by Amanda Geronikos
Opened in 2016, Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea is the brand’s first foray in Hawaii. The modern, all-suite property features spacious one- and two-bedroom units that are perfect for families, each one with a fully equipped kitchen and lanai (balcony) overlooking the beach or mountain range in Maui.
Guests of the Maui hotel enjoy complimentary breakfast, complimentary grocery delivery service, an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, sports court, guest laundry facility, and a 24/7 onsite market selling snacks and beverages, toiletries and souvenirs. Parents — if you like to golf, there are three courses near the hotel.
Our Editor Loves
- All-suite beach resort
- Complimentary breakfast
- Free grocery delivery service
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
This RI is nicer then the typical RI. The room was spacious and the pool area was gorgeous with views of the ocean. The internet worked well and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Beach is a mile away. Parking $25 a day is steep but it’s Maui...
The challenges: The construction noise is insane. Very hard to relax on deck with that background noise. The pool is cold at night. You can’t set the room temp under 68 degrees which isn’t cool enough.
We may stay here again but would likely look elsewhere if the construction was still ongoing.
We spent 8 nights here (family with 2 older teens) using a Marriott 7 night certificate and a free night from the credit card. Thus, I can't speak to the cost vs. other area hotels. We were upgraded to a 1BR suite with an ocean view as a Titanium member, but the 2BR wasn't available for an upgrade. When I asked they said it was only for paid upgrades or suite night awards (which I think is a violation of the Marriott Bonvoy T&Cs).
As to the hotel itself, the staff were friendly and helpful, the cleaners came relatively early each day (which is great as we often came back for an afternoon nap) and the breakfast area was consistently well-staffed and clean. The pool area was very nice and there were always plenty of towels to grab if you were headed to the beach (with no signing them out, even though we always returned ours). This is a great place for a family compared to most hotels as you will have a larger space, Parking is $25/day but there were plenty of spots available and we could park near our room on the end of one of the wings to take the stairs up rather than go through the lobby.
The location is excellent to walk to a few places (Monkeypod, Shops of Wailea, Snorkel Bob's) and hop right on the Pi'ilani Highway to get to Kihei and points beyond. Because it's not on the beach, we took advantage of visiting a bunch of different beaches, but we just drove as you can find free parking at most beaches. My wife and kids used the shuttle a couple of times and it was available when they needed it.
I probably wouldn't stay here as a couple, but as a family, it's a good choice.