This historic inn adjoining to the Lahaina harbor was inbuilt 1901, again when there have been no lodgings on the island in any respect — and four hundred whaling ships recurrently anchored offshore. This can be a place wealthy in lore, the place a horse as soon as received thrown out of the saloon for misbehavior — it’s unclear whether or not it was the horse or the rider who was misbehaving, however they have been each indoors. And Frank Sinatra and Spencer Tracy filmed “The Satan at four O’clock” right here — legend has it that between takes, Tracy carried on a steamy affair with Katharine Hepburn upstairs.
At present, this two-story picket construction, with a pleasing courtyard and saloon, is owned by Greatest Western, so all that historic appeal is now coupled with snug, clear beds and Keurig coffeemakers in each room. The lodge is not any grand resort — it’s a modest, three-star lodge — nevertheless it’s a enjoyable spot for historical past buffs, it’s mild on the pockets and in case you’re making an attempt to catch the 9:15 a.m. ferry to Lanai, it couldn’t be extra handy. You’re subsequent to the harbor.
Plus you possibly can pose for selfies with the life-measurement, huge-nosed picket sea captain who stands guard out entrance. The wooden, wire and plaster captain is the work of Maui artist Reems Mitchell, whose intelligent sculptures can be noticed at different places, together with the Ulupalakua Ranch Grill.
Rooms: The lodge’s 34 rooms are on the second flooring, reached by way of stairway. They’re small, however properly appointed with classic furnishings, balconies and air-conditioning, which isn’t a given whenever you’re speaking about historic lodges.
Zzzz’s: Our queen-measurement mattress was snug and the air conditioner stored the tropical warmth at bay.
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Splashes: There’s a small pool for guest use. Bathrooms have showers in the bathtubs. The hotel provides soap. Best bring your own shampoo and other toiletries.
Extras: The hotel’s Whalers Saloon recalls days long past, and guests receive a 15 percent discount on meals (but not booze) at the grill. Parking is available across the street.
Details: Rooms start at $182. Find the hotel and grill at 658 Wharf St., Lahaina; www.pioneerinnmaui.com
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