So often 'boutique' hotels seem to disappoint. These are places that try too hard and lack coherence. That's not the case at Paia, where the hotel pretty well lives up to its billing - and manages a few pleasant surprises too.
Yes, it's relaxed, a little chic in a beachy sort of way, and it's in the middle of the Paia action. The rooms are nice (ours was on the front, and although the road is busy, the double glazing is effective), comfortable, clean and welcoming.
Surprises? The private alley from the back of the hotel to the garden is a delight - clean, well maintained and decorated with nice touches on the way. Then, you arrive at the garden, right on the beach! All the gear you need is right there for you to pick up - chairs, towels, boards - and when you step out of the gate, the beach is amazingly empty and provides a lovely view as the sun goes down, and a tranquil place to nibble breakfast away from all the buzz.
Paia Inn was the perfect end to our Maui visit!
PS We tried Mamas Fish House a couple of miles away for dinner, and had a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The postcard perfection of Maui’s North Shore (white sand beaches, raging waterfalls, stylish cafes, and world-class surfers) just got even better with the opening of the Paia Inn. This beach town boutique inn seamlessly blends modern amenities with the historic character of its building. In a nod to the town’s plantation trade days, the building’s exterior has retained its charm with tin rooftops and rustic hues; yet, the interior mixes contemporary island furnishings with the chic lushness of the W Hotel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paia Hotel Paia
- Paia Inn Maui