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I believe this has been discussed before, but I cannot find it. I am making plans for Maui next January. We have stayed in the converted hotel portion (MOC). We really like it, even though it is older. We are going to try to get a week in a one bedroom. (ocean view)

We thought we might try the newer tower to compare the two. In your opinion what are the pros and cons of each? I do like that the older tower has the two baths. I believe it also has a larger balcony.

I would appreciate any info you can give. I probably am only going to be able to get a studio in the newer towers, but I will try to reserve an oceanfront studio.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Are you using DC points to reserve your week? MOC is not an easy trade and if you're going through II, you'll be at their mercy for the view category.

If using DC points, I'd go for a Studio in the original building (or a 1BR in the original building) over the Studio in the new building. The new building studios are smaller than the original building.

With respect to comparing the two, the new building (1BRs and 2BRs) have full kitchens as well as laundry facilities that are in the room. The old building has an extra bathroom (since its a converted hotel) so your 1BR unit in the original building has 2 bathrooms, which is very nice.

The balconies are nicer in the original building as well -- I think either one will work well for your needs.

There are other threads on this board that discuss this topic too, but these are some of the high points.

Good luck!

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I cannot tell whether you are using Trust points or Interval for your exchange, but if it is the former (i.e. if you have any control), I would pick based on view category rather than on one building or the other.
 

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Just to summarize for those who may not already be aware ...

Maui Ocean Club is a single property with two different types of timeshare buildings.

MMO is a conversion of Marriott hotel rooms. The original building includes three sections: Molokai, Maui and Lanai. There is a kitchenette but no full kitchen. No washer/dryer in the unit - use communal laundry room instead.

MM1 is on the same grounds and shares facilities with MMO, but the two new towers (Lahaina and Napili) are purpose-built timeshare buildings with full kitchens and washer/dryer in the unit.

Recent refurbishment in 2011 has resulted in a similar interior decorating style for all the units - whether in the original building or the new towers.

I previously posted my opinions comparing MMO and MM1 - attached below:

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The new towers are very nice indeed, but have a distinctly different feel from the original building.

Biggest positives of new towers:
- Full size kitchen
- Washer/dryer in the unit
- Beautiful lawn area facing the ocean with palm trees and many lounge chairs
- No overcrowding problem at the Napili and Lahaina tower pools

Biggest negatives of new towers:
- Feels more like an apartment complex, less like a resort
- Noticeably smaller rooms
- Tile floors in the living/dining area (cold/sterile)
- Sleepy, feels detached from the rest of the resort (some may prefer this)
- Smallish pools next to Napili and Lahaina towers are under-utilized, boring (some may prefer this)
- Towel service but no food/beverage service at the Napili and Lahaina tower pools
- Very imposing parking garage structure looms over the Lahaina tower pool
- Lots of wind at the Napili tower pool during the afternoons

Biggest positives of the original building:
- Significantly larger rooms
- Bigger balconies
- 3 bathrooms with a 2-bedroom unit
- 2 bathrooms with a 1-bedroom unit
- Close proximity to hotel-style services (valet parking, bellman service, food/beverage service) gives a resort feel to the main building
- We like the feeling of being in the center of activity
- We like close proximity to the large central "super-pool" and the kiddie pirate ship
- We like the lush interior courtyard landscaping in the Molokai wing
- We really like the view out over the central pool and beyond to the ocean.

Biggest negatives of the original building:
- No full kitchen - kitchenette only. Mini-fridge is too small for a large family.
- No washer/dryer in the unit
- Overcrowding at the central pool is common
- Getting a lounge chair can sometimes be a challenge
- Not a fan of the Lanai wing interior courtyard - even with the decorative sails it can feel like a prison block with all the railings
- Can be a long walk from the elevator to your room (especially in the Lanai wing)

It all boils down to personal taste. Overall, we much prefer the hotel conversion units in the original building. We don't use a kitchen much while on vacation, so the smallish kitchenette is fine for breakfasts and lunches. Using a communal laundry room enables us to do several loads at once to get it all done quickly. We understand if others feel differently - to each his own.
 
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Thanks so much for the suggestions. Yes, I am using points. The only reason I would convert to points is to insure the view I want and the exact dates. I know some people don't care about views since they are seldom in their rooms, but the view is very important to me.

I don't mind not having a full kitchen. This gives me an excuse not to cook a lot--not that I really need an excuse.

I also can get by with just using the laundry facilities available for guests at MOC.

The new units look fantastic. I might be tempted to just try it out for a few days. We will see what is available in March when I am able to reserve fewer than seven days for each reservation.

My use of points for Kauai next year worked out perfectly!

Again thanks for the info. I guess the bottom line is that it just depends upon personal preference.
 

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gblotter,

Thanks so much for the excellent summary of both properties. That really helps a lot!!
 

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Gblotter,

That is a nice summary -- we should reference this when the question comes up again in the future.

Best,

Greg
 

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good afternoon...

One could probably expand the analogy to the Kauai Beach Club?Kauai Lagoons dichotomy. Major difference is that KL is a shuttle ride away from the amenities of KBC. However, the KL units are the nicest in the entire MVCD system. They were built as Ritz Residence Clubs. The 3 bedroom OF is to just kill for....

The brochure and website picture is accurate!!!!
 

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Wow, my Hawaii knowledge is growing stronger each day... Wonderful summary and thanks for the added comparison on the Kauai resorts, puck! I think i'm sold on Kauai as a first trip. The pictures of KL did it for me.
 

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1-Bed Max occupancy?

Marriot website list 1-bed max occupancy for MMO and MM1 at 4, but they also list that you can request either a roll away or a crib. Does anyone know if they will let you sleep 5. I have two adults, and three kids (16, 6, 2). Could we fit in a 1-Bed room?
 

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Marriot website list 1-bed max occupancy for MMO and MM1 at 4, but they also list that you can request either a roll away or a crib. Does anyone know if they will let you sleep 5. I have two adults, and three kids (16, 6, 2). Could we fit in a 1-Bed room?
Using a rollaway bed, I think five people would fit fine in a 1BR unit in the original building (MMO). The rooms are quite spacious.

Five people might be more of a squeeze in the smaller rooms of the new towers (MM1).

Another option to consider ...

If you are staying in the original building (MMO), the master bedroom includes a nicely-upholstered lounge chair. In the past we have used that lounge chair for a child bed and it works quite well. It would easily fit your 2 year-old or 6 year-old. Then you won't need to worry about moving around the rollaway bed every day.

This photo shows the lounge chair quite well: http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2114315070075946734MRUdrl
 
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That's a great summary, gblotter, thanks! I'm not sure that we'd like either option at Maui - we love having the full kitchen and laundry facilities, but we don't like the high-rise buildings. We spent our two weeks at Waiohai and loved every single thing about the resort! If we go back to Hawaii it probably would make sense to try another island/resort but I'd hate to get somewhere that compares, for us, unfavorably to our Waiohai stay.

A question, though, about putting in an exchange request for Maui through II - if you specify either MMO or MM1, will they try to confirm you to the other?

I do agree with everyone who says that it's too long a journey from the east coast to Hawaii to stay for only one week. We actually said after our two-week trip that we'd extend the next one by another week, with at least 2-night stays coming and going in Seattle or LA or San Fran. May as well seeing as the best flight options from Boston require at least one stop in those places anyway.
 

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A question, though, about putting in an exchange request for Maui through II - if you specify either MMO or MM1, will they try to confirm you to the other?
No. MMO and MM1 are considered two different trades. You would need to request the specific one you want when making your Interval Exchange request.

This is different than Ko Olina. Ko Olina also has two codes (MKO and MK1), but for trading purposes they are interchangeable.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion on the lounge chair. That sounds like a great solution. Does Marriott ask you to register each guest by name? I'm used to DVC where each guest must be on the itinerary and your only issued pool wristbands for registered guest. I'd hate to have problems with the pool because we have 5 and not 4.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion on the lounge chair. That sounds like a great solution. Does Marriott ask you to register each guest by name? I'm used to DVC where each guest must be on the itinerary and your only issued pool wristbands for registered guest. I'd hate to have problems with the pool because we have 5 and not 4.
You do not need to register each individual guest at check-in.

Yes - they will issue you pool wristbands at check-in, but you can also get wristbands at the pool. Kids lose or forget their wristbands all the time, so it is not a big problem. I have seen a "pool monitor" checking for wristbands. If you don't happen to have yours with you, you can provide your name and room number. They will verify that you are a registered guest and give you another wristband on the spot. I wouldn't stress too much over that point.
 
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Cool Thanks. Squeezing into a 1-bed is a lot cheaper than having to book a 2-bed.
 

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Are there two small refrigerators in the 2BR units at MOC?
We stayed in a 1BR there years ago.

FWIW - We do not like not having a full Kitchen.
 

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Cool Thanks. Squeezing into a 1-bed is a lot cheaper than having to book a 2-bed.
I recommend you request a room assignment in the Molokai wing. The majority of 1BR units at Maui Ocean Club are located in the Molokai wing, so your chances of being assigned there are good. I think it is worth paying extra for an Ocean View unit, but many of the 1BR Mountain View units in the Molokai wing still have a nice view.
 

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Are there two small refrigerators in the 2BR units at MOC?
Yes - that is correct. One mini-fridge in the living room kitchenette, and one mini-fridge in the lockoff kitchenette (second bedroom).

With two mini-fridges, we have been able to get by even with a family of 6 or 8 people.
 
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I'm not sure that we'd like either option at Maui - we love having the full kitchen and laundry facilities, but we don't like the high-rise buildings. We spent our two weeks at Waiohai and loved every single thing about the resort! If we go back to Hawaii it probably would make sense to try another island/resort but I'd hate to get somewhere that compares, for us, unfavorably to our Waiohai stay.
That is the wonderful thing about timesharing - there is something for everyone.

We have stayed at Waiohai twice and had great vacations, but we would never purchase there.

Waiohai is a newer property, but feels like a condo/apartment complex and lacks the resort services that exist at Maui Ocean Club. Waiohai does not even have towel service at the pool (you must bring towels from your room). We found the tile hallways to be a little utilitarian. Waiohai also has small windows due to hurricane building codes, which is a shame when you have such beautiful views.

The setting is more intimate (no high-rise buildings as you state) and the feeling is more relaxed - even sleepy. The Waiohai pool was COLD and rather small, but still lovely. The Waiohai grounds are beautiful also, but on a smaller scale. The uncrowded beach is very nice but with rougher surf. Poipu is also a bit off the beaten path, so plan on driving further for your shopping and day-trip destinations.

The Waiohai units themselves were quite small by comparison. One of our trips to Waiohai followed a week at Maui Ocean Club, so the comparison in room size was quite dramatic. It was hard for our family of six to squeeze-in at Waiohai. We even had to put our beach gear and boogie boards on the balcony because there was simply no room in the unit.

The best thing about Waiohai is the Garden Isle itself. Setting aside the pluses and minuses of the resort, the island beauty of Kauai is incomparable. If you are going to shell out the big bucks for a helicopter tour, Kauai is definitely the place to do it.
 

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That's a great summary, gblotter, thanks! I'm not sure that we'd like either option at Maui - we love having the full kitchen and laundry facilities, but we don't like the high-rise buildings. We spent our two weeks at Waiohai and loved every single thing about the resort! If we go back to Hawaii it probably would make sense to try another island/resort but I'd hate to get somewhere that compares, for us, unfavorably to our Waiohai stay.

A question, though, about putting in an exchange request for Maui through II - if you specify either MMO or MM1, will they try to confirm you to the other?

I do agree with everyone who says that it's too long a journey from the east coast to Hawaii to stay for only one week. We actually said after our two-week trip that we'd extend the next one by another week, with at least 2-night stays coming and going in Seattle or LA or San Fran. May as well seeing as the best flight options from Boston require at least one stop in those places anyway.

I would have to believe you'd really like what the Maui Marriott and the surrounding area has to offer because it is amazing. You just may not love it as much Kauai, but I have to believe you'd still enjoy it very much.
 

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That is the wonderful thing about timesharing - there is something for everyone. ...

I would have to believe you'd really like what the Maui Marriott and the surrounding area has to offer because it is amazing. You just may not love it as much Kauai, but I have to believe you'd still enjoy it very much.

What a perfectly spoiled bee-yatch (hope that one's okay for the TUG mods!) I'd have to be to go all the way to Maui and sulk that a Marriott resort just isn't good enough! I honestly don't think it could ever happen - the longer we do this Marriott timesharing thing the more I find that there's something to appreciate about every one of the resorts, and they're all worth trying at least once. But it's like gblotter says, there is something for everyone and not every thing about every resort will appeal to every person.

If I had to prioritize what we like most when traveling, I'd say it's a full kitchen hands-down no contest. We love cooking and eating together, sitting around the table for hours after dinner, whether it's just Don and I or a whole gang of family with us. With his work/travel schedule we just don't get enough opportunities at home to do it. I know a whole lot of folks wouldn't even consider cooking dinner and cleaning up after to be fun vacation activities but it's important to us. We do make sure we eat dinner out at least once during each week away but sometimes it's a struggle to manage it twice. Especially when we've found such good places to shop as Fresh Market on Hilton Head - we may not be saving any money by eating in but we sure are getting some bang for our bucks. :D

We exchanged once to Crystal Shores at Marco Island - great time, beautiful resort, upscale facilities, good food shops, restaurants and outdoor activities nearby. The only thing we didn't like about it was that it's a high-rise on a stretch of beach loaded with high-rises. But we still had a great time and would consider a second trip. I imagine that's how we'd approach Maui, too, as long as we limited ourselves to the full-kitchen units.

Variety is the spice of life they say, and thank goodness for it!
 

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What a perfectly spoiled bee-yatch :eek: (hope that one's okay for the TUG mods!) I'd have to be to go all the way to Maui and sulk that a Marriott resort just isn't good enough! I honestly don't think it could ever happen - the longer we do this Marriott timesharing thing the more I find that there's something to appreciate about every one of the resorts, and they're all worth trying at least once. But it's like gblotter says, there is something for everyone and not every thing about every resort will appeal to every person.

If I had to prioritize what we like most when traveling, I'd say it's a full kitchen (spoiled bee-yatch) hands-down no contest. We love cooking and eating together, sitting around the table for hours after dinner, whether it's just Don and I or a whole gang of family with us. With his work/travel schedule we just don't get enough opportunities at home to do it. I know a whole lot of folks wouldn't even consider cooking dinner and cleaning up after to be fun vacation activities but it's important to us. We do make sure we eat dinner out at least once during each week away but sometimes it's a struggle to manage it twice. Especially when we've found such good places to shop as Fresh Market on Hilton Head - we may not be saving any money by eating in but we sure are getting some bang for our bucks. :D

We exchanged once to Crystal Shores at Marco Island - great time, beautiful resort, upscale facilities, good food shops, restaurants and outdoor activities nearby. The only thing we didn't like about it (spoiled bee-yatch) was that it's a high-rise on a stretch of beach loaded with high-rises. But we still had a great time and would consider a second trip. I imagine that's how we'd approach Maui, too, as long as we limited ourselves to the full-kitchen units.

Variety is the spice of life they say, and thank goodness for it!

Sorry, just kidding with you, but just HAD to do it. :hysterical:
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

But, I'm with you I really like having a full kitchen: I'm spoiled too. :D
 
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