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Wailea Marriott vs. Maui Prince

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Wailea Marriott vs. Maui Prince

I have read the reviews for both the Wailea Marriott and Maui Prince and cannot decide. My husband and I are planning our first trip to Maui in October (obviously last minute) for 7 days. We don't have kids. We are looking to snorkel, hike, relax on the beach, and will rent a car. From the reviews, it seems like the Maui Prince has a nice beach, no extra fees, but the facility is outdated. The Marriott seems closer to other restaurants, which is very appealing, recently underwent renovations, but some felt nickle and dimed, and the service can be poor. Can anyone share their perspective or experiences that might be a dealbreaker for me? I realize there are things I might not be considering and I need to decide soon.

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We stayed at the Maui Prince and loved it. It's very quiet and laid back, which is what we wanted. The room was nice, especially since we had oceanfront. If you want oceanfront, I think the Maui Prince is your best bet. Another thing we liked was how close the parking lot was to the hotel. We come and go a lot and it wasn't a big hike to get from the car to the room.

The Prince is a bit away from anything else though. We had to drive to get to restaurants and shopping. There are a couple of restaurants at the Prince but we wanted some variety. The drive was only a couple of miles tho to get to other hotels or the Shops at Wailea so even that wasn't too bad. But, if you want to be able to walk to other places you might be happier at the Marriot.

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Maui Prince has 80's Japan-inpired architecture and simple furnishings that focus attention on the atrium, outdoors. Rooms have been refurbished. Look at recent guest photos. It is emphatically NOT glitzy marble and brass glamor. I did a review as a repeat customer in January, Bips was just there.

I have stayed at Four Seasons and Grand Wailea but prefer Makena. You might choose based on the location you prefer--Wailea (in the thick of the resorts) or Makena (remote in that it is a 5 min drive to Wailea or a 20-30 minute walk to the Shops there). Prince has a free shuttle.

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We are leaving this Friday for the Maui Prince! We stayed there for our honeymoon about 5 years ago and loved it.. It depends on what you want but we enjoyed that it was a little further..felt more secluded.. the hotel was nice and quiet last time we were there..nothing glitzy as others have said but the beach is awesome, service was great and I felt very relaxed.. we debated this time about staying somewhere else jsut to try it out but as my husband always says, why fix it if it aint broke:-)..so we are going back to the Prince..

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I love the location/beach of the Prince for swimming with the turtles. At the Marriott, you have to walk to the beach. Since I usually drive to restaraunts, I would choose the Prince.

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My choice would be the Maui Prince too! It has been a number of years since we stayed there but it was beautiful...it was quiet and peaceful with beautiful gardens and great views of the ocean from the room! I wonder if they still have those louvered "back" doors. With the balcony door open the breeze used to whisper through and it was just beautiful! To some the more "remote" location might be a problem...to us it was a bonus!!

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Okay - so here is a different perspective. We stayed at the Grand Wailea and the Marrott last May and thought the Marriott was so wonderful that we have already booked for next May. The hotel has been completely redone, the rooms are good size and very clean, the adult pool is by far one of the nicest in the Islands and the staff were 100 times nicer than those at the Grand. We did not feel nickeled and dimed although food service at the pool was not inexpensive(after all this is Hawaii). Although there is no beach directly IN FRONT of the hotel it is just steps to either side and there is a wonderful beach walk in front of all the Wailea hotels. I really loved the idea that I could walk up to the Shops at Wailea in the morning and get my morning coffee and bagel for a very reasonable price at Whaler's little grocery. There are also some great restaurants at the shops and you don't need to get into your car and drive, it's just steps away. So my vote would be for an updated, great hotel just steps away from shopping and eating.

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Novice we just got back from our 3rd stay at the Prince. this is our goto location on Maui, with a rental car it is the best out of the way location, no crowds, stay on the other side from the pool because of the construction going on on new townhomes 100yrds away. We would also recommend to check out "Ocean Riders" for snorkeling tours they are the only ones to go around the whole island of Lani, outstanding snorkeling and saw dolphins 3 times. The snorkeling on the beach at Maui Prince is great, hot spots are south end by the construction areas and by the tie up bouy for the sail boat that is in front of hotel (turtle hotspots as well) hope this helps most of all remember your on Vacation

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Maui Prince is it for me!! They have the best Sunday Champagne Brunch on the island. Get reservations, you won't be sorry.

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I stayed at the Wailea Marriott this past May using points, and I thought it was a great hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to the Wailea Shops and to various beaches via a paved path in which the Marriott is on one end and Grand Wailea on the other end. The area is pretty, and I like the piped-in fragrance that you can smell as you check in. It immediately puts you in the Maui mood. The adult pool is a definite plus. The Grand Wailea seems like a great place for a spa day -- expensive but the facilities looked very pretty. The Marriott is also 5 minutes from Kihei for more dining options. The only negative is the stupid $25 (I think) daily resort fee.

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