Our One Bedroom at Makai Inn
Here's our litle slice of paradise. That large painting on the left is actually a beaded curtain which separates the living room and bedroom. Note that view out the sliding doors that lead to the lanai!
Remember the 40-80 dollar range is per person with rooms starting at 75 dollars a night.
An Affordable Place to Stay on Maui
I would recommend the Makai Inn to anyone looking for a pleasant and affordable place to stay in Hawaii. My fiance and I found this place by chance. The decor in the rooms can be described as "cheesy Hawaiian" but it has its charm! While it is not located in the heart of Lahaina, I think it's about a 20 minute walk. We saw it as a peaceful place to relax and to rest our heads. However, if you're looking for a place packed with amenities, then you're better off somewhere else. There is a pool and it is located on the beach. The view isn't the best beach view but it's decent. There is a nice beach which is about 10 minutes away by foot. However, it is about only a five minute walk to restaurants, Safeway, Longs, Lahaina Cannery Mall and the Old Lahaina Luau. There is no daily maid service, TV or telephones in rooms. The parking is free and there is a public phone and laundry facilities for guests' use.
The place you promised yourself you would live
Haven't we all at some point PROMISED ourself that we would live in a little place by the sea for just one summer of our life? This is that place. Maybe you can't do it all summer, but a week would be great too, right?
450 square feet with a full kitchen,stunning views from the four front rooms and the surf pounding just feet from where you sleep, sleeps two. I don't know if they allow more than two per room.
All that and totally affordable. And only a 2 minute drive to the heart of old Lahaina The Makai Inn is an apartment building converted for your ocean-loving pleasure.
No phone, no TV, no air (only functional ceiling fans in living and bed room) no maid service, no pool, no beach (although you are right on the ocean and there is a sun deck) no probem for your pocket book.
Please don't ask for discounts, this is a small place owned by a single family. Do ask for a 'weekly rate" if you plan on staying that long. Rooms start at 75 dollars a night, with the front units about 120, I think. I highly urge the front rooms if you can afford it.
You can stock up on the food necessities at the grocery store. Cook as you please, sleep as long as you'd like, as NO ONE will wake you up to clean your room. This is a do it yourself vacation. They supply towels and soap and kitchenware and a spectacular view. The rest is up to you
Full on Luxury
We started our trip with the very high end Kea Lani In Wailea and then moved to the Makai Inn in Lahaina. I'll start with Kea Lani and move on to the Makai.
Fairmont Kea Lani:
With each room a suite of 850 sq feet or more, this has just about everything you would want in a hotel. Large lanai, large bathroom with soaking tub and open air shower, daily maid, nightly turn-down service, stunning views, three pools, a swim up bar, a 120 foot slide, spa, wonderful restaurants, cabana boys, waitress pool service, unlimited beach towels, beach chairs....
well, you get the idea.
It's expensive, for Maui, but right on par with the other hotels in Wailia. With a rack rate starting around 550 a night, still if you do internet searches you can find rooms much cheaper.
This has been my favorite hotel for almost 10 years. It was a thrill to go back and see that it's still incredible. In addition to the suites, they also offer private, but ajoined villas with multiple bedrooms, it's own plunge pool and extremely easy access to the beach, which can be quite a haul from the main hotel. These start at over 1000.00 (yes one thousand) a night. A few beautiful shops if you are one to shop, a spa, 24 hour gym.
Whew, this place is amazing.
Snorkel fans get ready, grab your gear walk out into the ocean swim out in front of the rocks to the right and there is a STUNNING lava bed which hosts TONS of fish and even turtles!
Sunset from the Makai Inn
Our View at the Makai Inn
Sunset at the Makai Inn
Sunset from the Makai Inn