We would highly recommend against staying at the accommodation at Pandanas. We were very disappointed with our stay at Pandanas, especially considering the costs of this accommodation at over $350 per night.
To note the quality of the Pandanas restaurant and service was very good, however this is run by different people (apparently an independent lease) and although we had looked at some of the reviews for Pandanas before staying there, I think the good reviews were in relation to the restaurant and not the accommodation.
Whilst we don’t normally stay in accommodation this expensive, I had been very sick in the earlier stages of my pregnancy so thought we’d stay somewhere nice for our baby moon (last holiday before our baby is due to arrive in 2-3 months), and most accommodation on Lord Howe appears relatively expensive. However, I would far prefer to have stayed in a big impersonal hotel than be treated so rudely and end up feeling so ripped off by the service of the manager of Pandanas. I normally prefer staying at small places as they have always been more friendly and had a more homely feel, but have felt far more comfortable staying at big impersonal hotels than at Pandanas.
The facilities provided at Pandanas were very basic (far more basic than most other places I have stayed in that are less than half the cost), for which we weren’t surprised (considering the island), but it was really the services and communication that was very poor.
Initially we thought it was nice that the manager (query owner) offered us transport to different restaurants (the restaurant usually provide transport home at night as there are minimal other transport options available especially when raining), however any service at Pandanas was certainly not friendly. Examples include: after 1st night (we needed to change rooms, as a single bedroom unit was not available for the first night, so we stayed in a 2 bedroom unit the first night and then a single bedroom unit the other 6 nights) we were told in the morning “ we need you out in 15 mins”. We were already nearly ready for the move, however there was no simple friendliness – “like how are you?”, “how was your stay last night?” Etc, or polite request like “do you think you could be ready in 15 mins?”. When i worked in the hospitality industry, we never spoke to guests like this.
Following this, of the 7 nights we stayed there, the only additional service we requested were a change of beach towels and other towels once during the 7 night stay (as they were wet and did not dry well overnight), and transport to two restaurants. On any attempt to book transport (as offered on the first day), we were greeted with a blunt “whats up”. The first one, on my birthday, of which she was about 20 mins late to the time we had agreed (missing the sunset as planned).
Otherwise, we loved the island. All but one of the restaurants we attended had great food and excellent service, although some a bit expensive, no more expensive than what we’d expect to pay for good quality food at any normal Aus city. In general, the other services offered on the island were great, although we were surprised that some of the “tours” that we advertised were not offered at all during the whole week we were there.