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Residence Inn by Marriott makes it’s debut in Hawaii with their first on the islands opening in Wailea. Newly built, and just a jaunt from The Monkeypod Kitchen and The Wailea Gateway, near fine dining, world class golf courses and beaches is Wailea’s newest (and only) affordable option.  A soft opening was held on August 1, 2016, and unlike condos or adjacent resorts, this option fills a big niche for vacationers wanting a short 1 to 2 night stay with no minimum stay required.
Common area at Residence Inn by Marriott Wailea
Common area at Residence Inn by Marriott Wailea

The family friendly accommodations include amenities like a pool, jacuzzi, putting green, basketball court, workout room, bar and coin operated laundry.

Common Area - Bar
Common Area – Bar & Lounge with TV

The suite style rooms include a kitchenette and can adhere to studio, single, and double rooms, with larger options sleeping up to 8 adults.  These budget friendly accommodations are near The Shops at Wailea and surrounded by world class beaches, resorts, dining and golf courses. Here the resident saves by omitting “bells and whistles” of a typical resort with no valet, bell staff or restaurant on property. When I was touring the grounds, I noticed that a lot of families with children enjoying the pool.  This is refreshing to see as sometimes the nearby luxury residences are a little frazzled by the sounds of child’s play.

Pool View
Pool View

With all of the pros, it’s fair to mention the unfavorable attributes I came across as well. When touring the rooms I found that they felt a bit cramped… Apparently the developers were trying to get as much as possible out of the space, resulting in what feels like tight quarters.  Maybe a bit too much.  I noticed that although the lodging is situated on the hillside, very few rooms actually have a stellar ocean view. This being said, you are still located just a 5 minute drive to the white sands and picturesque sunsets of Wailea. I also found it a bit off-putting that the budget conscious establishment still manages to charge $20 a day for parking, comparable to neighbors charging resort fees where the service is higher and your car and bags are being transported for you. Overall, it’s beautifully located and nice to see another option for one to consider when considering all that Wailea and South Maui have to offer.

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