KAANAPALI, Maui -- Imagine an upscale hotel here under heavy
demolition and renovation, with no restaurant and no pool and still
running at 72% occupancy.
That was the scenario at the Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean
Club, which underwent a $70 million renovation from July to
December of last year, according to general manager Stan
"We pretty much demolished this place. We had no pool; no
breakfast, lunch or dinner, and we were serving food out of the
ballroom," said Engeldorf during a recent tour of the property.
"We [stayed open] because we wanted to keep our customers. We
were very honest and candid with our guests. We told them, 'You
leave at 8 a.m. and don't come back until after 4 p.m., or it'll be
The hotel has three wings: the Maui and Lanai wings, with 391
newly refurbished rooms, and the Molokai wing -- which was not
refurbished -- with 215 hotel rooms and 50 time-share units on the
top three floors.
The hotel also has a 3.5-acre pool with a slide and shipwreck
playground, four tennis courts on the beach, a fitness center, some
shops and several dining options.
There is Va Bene, an Italian restaurant that serves breakfast,
lunch and dinner; the Nalu Sunset Bar and Sushi, which offers
Hawaiian-style sushi in the evening and live Hawaiian music; a deli
called the Beach Walk Market Place and Pantry, and the Marriott
Luau, which costs $72 per person and averages about 440 guests per
All hotel rooms have a queen-size sofa bed and either two double
beds or a king-size bed.
A maximum of four persons are allowed to stay in each room.
The construction is about to begin anew April 23 on the Molokai
wing as the hotel prepares to convert more hotel units,
floor-by-floor, to time-share units.
The whole hotel may one day be converted to one giant time-share
resort if sales go well, according to Engeldorf.
Hotel room rates in five categories through Dec. 25 range from
$329 to $539 a night.
The rates for the refurbished rooms are the same as those that
have not been renovated.
There also is a presidential suite that goes for $1,499 a
The hotel offers a Paradise Plus package that includes
accommodations, a rental car or daily breakfast for two for $319 a
night in a standard room, $349 a night in a deluxe room and $379 a
night in a junior suite.
For additional information and reservations, call (800) 228-9290
or check out the property's Web site at www.travelweb.com.