Best Western Pioneer Inn is a historical property that was the first hotel on Maui. It's in a very central location in the heart of Lahaina, which used to be Hawaii's first capital, prior to Honolulu taking on that mantle.
I had done my research and knew that there was no beach access from this property, but we were going to be here on days, such as doing the Road to Hana, when we would not even have time for the beach. In any case, there are many nearby beaches that are spectacular, and you can have a great experience anyway.
The check-in was quick and efficient. Be forewarned that there is no elevator, but I still requested a second-floor room, and it was manageable.
The room was very clean, and had a strong air conditioner, which is admittedly noisy, but does the job well. The bathroom was also very clean and had good quality toiletries. There was also a great coffee- and tea-maker, which made individual servings Keurig-style.
We had breakfast at the restaurant downstairs, and both the service and food were great. You also get a 15% discount as a hotel guest. There is a caged parrot at the restaurant, who became very chatty with me, and the staff told me he must have liked me, as he mostly ignored folks.
The parking is complimentary and is a very small block away, it's also very convenient. I never had problem finding a parking spot, especially in the back section of the lot. Make sure your tag is prominently hanging from the mirror.
Lots of famous people have stayed at Pioneer Inn - from Frank Sinatra to Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who are rumored to have started their affair here. If you need to use a computer or a printer, they will provide you access to this very historical part of the hotel. The historic nature is authentic at Pioneer Inn, and is rare to find in other properties.
Also, at Pioneer Inn I got a lovely gift from a couple from New York. As they were departed, they gave me their brand beach new chairs with the proviso that I pass them on to someone else with the same proviso to keep passing them on. So we blissfully used those wonderful chairs for many days, and them we gave them to a lady from Chicago with the proviso that she pass them on, and she assured us that she would. So I am hoping that this chain of kindness and generosity that this couple from New York started goes on for a long time.
Overall, Pioneer Inn exceeded my expectations, and I would be happy to stay here again, and am glad to recommend it to others. less