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Hotel Lanai
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lanai City
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

If you can live without a television, and if you aren't willing to spend $400 a night for a room, this is the only hotel on Lanai for you. Our room, a "standard," was small but tastefully furnished. The staff was friendly and helpful, especially a desk clerk named Sarah. The restaurant was excellent but much pricier than the hotel itself--our dinner cost more than our room. Since it's in the "city," however, the hotel is close to several good, moderately priced restaurants. One warning: on days when the restaurant is not open for dinner, the hotel staff leaves around 5 o'clock, so if you want service (ice, for example), you had better get it before 5.

Room Tip: To minimize noise, don't get too close to the restaurant.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank IrvingBrown
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Although expensive the hotel and all staff were gracious and helpful. Lanai is charming; we enjoyed eating at the local cafes with the locals, nice little shops, spent time at both 4 Season Resorts. All in all we enjoyed our time in Lanai, could walk all over the town, very clean!

Room Tip: Because we were 3 there was only 1 room for 3, would have been nice to have a balcony. 4 rtooms have...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank judylamb
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

As we come from a small SE Alaskan community we found Lanai to be a good fit. The small plane ride from Honolulu reminded us of home. The bus service seemed overpriced at first but we used it a lot and proved to be fair, one driver even made a detour for us to catch the ferry to Maui one morning after we misread the timetable. The Hotel Lanai is a charming small hotel with a lot of history. We found the room to be quite comfortable, even though we found the bathroom to be a bit small. There is no TV in the room (one in the bar), which I found to be a plus, allowing for reading and visiting. The staff cleaned while we were off exploring, fresh towels and a made bed awaiting our return. The front desk staff was always friendly and very helpful and made our stay very enjoyable. The Lanai City Grill operates in the hotel and was an excellent complement to our room. It is on the more expensive side, but the food and service makes it so worthwhile. There is a limited choice for dinning, but we did find the Blue Ginger Cafe for several breakfasts and Pele's Other Garden for several dinners. All had fast and friendly service and we felt we got our moneys worth.
We were here for a week and found ourselves worn out from exploring, rested from sleeping and well fed. This my not be the place for everyone, but if you like a little adventure and want some peace from the hectic pace the you might consider Lanai.

Room Tip: Go extra and get the front porch rooms, so you can sit outside. Remember, it gets quiet around 9pm a...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank jeffrey m
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

Lanai is a small Island about 20 miles by 15miles. The hotel is situated in Lanai City the only settlement on the island with about 2000 inhabitants, on high ground overlooking the centre where there are small shops and a supermarket.
The hotel is traditional wooden built, the rooms are of average size with a small shower room. The rooms with a balcony are good, although Lanai city is about 1500 feet above sea level so to sit out in the evenings it can be cool. The walls are thin so some noise from other guests may be a problem.The hotel restaurant is excellent although not cheap. Continental breakfast is included in the room price, quite adequate but not extensive.No tv or radio so takes plenty of reading.
A 4 wheel drive jeep is needed to tackle the dirt roads around the island and they are rough, but lead to totally deserted beaches.Without a jeep you have to use the island bus service which is good and will take you 7 miles to the only beach with access by tarmac road, although one of the best beaches on the island.
A very different experience to Honolulu and a great place to visit. 3 or 4 days is probably about right.

Room Tip: Book a room with a balcony. It is shared with one other room but is quite spacious, sunny in afterno...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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6  Thank dunera
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Reviewed 29 January 2012

We LOVE Hawaii. We spent 3 nights here. Our flight from Oahu came into Lanai early in the evening. You have to pay an outragious amount to get to ANY of the 3 hotels on Lanai....and it's only about an 8-10 minute ride. Talk about price gauging.

From the outside, it looks very charming...just like you see on the web. Check-in was okay and we dropped our luggage off in the room. Went back to the bar area/restaurant and had a few drinks. The clientale here looked like they would be more suited to a National Park Inn. VERY casual...to say the least. Hotel looked okay...a little worn around the edges for sure.

Then, there is the room. We paid extra for a front porch room overlooking the "square" of Lanai. The cushions on ALL the chairs/sofa/and tables...ALL had heavy red dirt on them. You could not sit anywhere. It was disguisting. This was not because housekeeping overlooked it for a night or two. It's because it had not been looked on for WEEKS. The porch was useless.

The bed was up against one of the walls...something you do not really see in any nice hotel. Bedspread/linens were hard and very used. Worn, is a better word. Walls are paper thin...so you DO hear ALOT of room noise from others. Hardwood floors that could stand a new area rug...ours was old and frayed...and VERY worn. Cob webs in the corner that you could see w/ the lights on. Dim lamps as well.
BATHROOM: MAJOR issues here. SO tiny is was really hard to be in. You could not dry your hair in here for sure. SO small sink with water stains/marks...I assume from well water. Did not drain very well. Toilet that was operable...but did not flush good...if you know what I mean. The shower, well, it was there. Small and a pre-fab. The grout was moldy and BLACK. There was wood rot down in the corners of it by the floor. The towels were again hard and very old. It had a shower curtain that should have been replaced YEARS ago. Floor was pitiful. At night, the room was pretty cold. It does get cold here at night because of the elevation.

Breakfast(included) was just okay. Alot of gross food to feed us Americans..but nothing of any value or taste.

It is within easy walking distance to the town "square"...a few shops and a few mediocore places to eat. More just places to eat and not really restaurants. You can walk around the whole place within 30 minutes or less. Not much there. Car rental is about 5-10 minutes away in the other direction.

Shuttle takes you here and the 2 Four Season Resorts on Lanai. It's really like a bus.

If we were to ever go back to Lanai, we would stay at one of the Four Season Resorts for the extra money. They are like day & night. But, Lanai, is really like a one time place...as there really is not much there.

Room Tip: Inspect the room before you commit...and double check the bathroom and porch, if you have one.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank HawaiiKaiGail
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Address: 828 Lanai Avenue, Lanai City, Lanai, HI 96763
Region: United States > Hawaii > Lanai > Lanai City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lanai City
Price Range: €109 - €168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lanai 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among the towering Cook pines is a small country inn with ten plantation-style rooms and a private cottage called Hotel Lanai. It is a historic landmark, built in 1923 by James Dole as lodging for his pineapple plantation executives. Inside Hotel Lanai is a beautiful restaurant and bar, the Lanai City Grille, with award-winning cuisine. Tourists can relax in the cool breezes, enjoy the quiet atmosphere, and appreciate affordable accommodations. Complementary continental breakfast is provided to registered hotel guests. ... more   less 
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