Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll probably tell you I’m fairly impossible when it comes to making decisions. Simply put, I suck at them.

When it came to deciding where I wanted to stay for my first visit to Maui, it was no different. After all, I was going to HAWAII for a super vacation-y trip, so I wanted someplace nice.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

To give you an idea of what was going through my crazy mind…

I wanted to be on the beach, and have access to a pool, but I wanted to be close to the town of Lahaina, where all of the restaurants, bars, and wedding festivities were going to be held.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
I wanted a kitchen, because cooking some of my meals would really cut down on costs. On the other hand, I kind of wanted the amenities of a hotel. I was really going on “vacation” (as opposed to the backpacking way I normally travel), and I didn’t want to be responsible for cleaning up the sand I knew would soon be all over my floor.

I wanted something nice, and preferably with a view, since this was Hawaii. BUT I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

I know. Impossible, right?

Luckily, I came across the perfect solution: Lahaina Shores Beach Resort.

The Best of Both Worlds

This hotel had everything I wanted, which is why I’m calling it “the best of both worlds.” (I literally kept saying that during my stay, as dorky as that is.)

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I booked it — honestly, it sounded too good to be true. I figured I was going to end up at a glorified Knights Inn. (Don’t know what that motel is? That’s probably for the best.) But it turned out to be an awesome choice.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

It’s right on the ocean, with a beautiful pool, but is within a five-minute walk of all the action of Lahaina’s Front Street. Though rooms are equipped with kitchens, they also have the amenities of a hotel and are cleaned daily.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Oceanfront rooms have an amazing view, and the mountain-facing rooms aren’t bad either. Though the rooms may seem costly, when compared to the rest of Maui, they’re not. And don’t forget that you’re saving money — on food with the kitchen, and on transportation costs since you can walk pretty much everywhere in Lahaina.

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Why I Loved Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

The Pros

  • Amazing view
  • Perfect location
  • SOUND OF THE OCEAN
  • Kitchen (hello, food cost savings!)
  • Coffee maker with free coffee
  • Friendly staff (Hi Kihei + Glenn!)
  • Free parking and fast wifi (for premiuim rooms)
  • Sofas can convert into beds
  • Lovely pool + hot tub
  • Lots of lounge chairs, with options in the shade

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

The Cons

  • The air conditioning was finicky and difficult to use
  • No on-site restaurant, though there are a few restaurants next door, and downtown is very close
  • No plushy bathrobes to laze around in
  • Yes, I realize I am really reaching. None of those things really bothered me, but I need to say something bad so you know I’m not a robot!

If I return to Lahaina, I’ll definitely be staying with Lahaina Shores again. With its location, amenities, and convenience, it’s one decision that will be easy for me to make!

A big thanks to Lahaina Shores Beach Resort for partnering with me during my stay in Maui. All opinions are totes my own.