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“Perfect base for Lord Howe Island activities”

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Leanda-Lei Apartments
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Bristol
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Perfect base for Lord Howe Island activities”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

We had a wonderful three days at Leanda-Lei just before Christmas; taking a two bed apartment for the four of us (parents + 2 older kids). Whilst we didn't cook there, it was just so central for all the things we wanted to do (all restaurants are within a good walk), and it's five minutes down to the main lagoon beach. On site (cheap) rental bikes as well.

Three days isn't really enough for LHI but we were on a trip from the UK to Oz so were packing things in. Highlight was the full day walk up Mt Gower (8 hour walk) - the views from the top are simply stunning. It's just so easy to organise everything, everyone on the island was helpful & friendly and the natural surroundings are magnificent.

Although the flights are expensive, it's well worth it. In terms of food, our favourite place was the Anchorage Cafe.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2013

Leanda-Lei is situated in an ideal location, close to the Lagoon Beach, the Coral Café, Joy's shop and Ned's beach. The rooms are spacious and clean. The owners go out of their way to make your stay a happy one. We were a group of 16 and it was ideal for us. Perhaps a little too noisy for the other guests when we all got together for a BBQ!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

Leanda-Lei isn't the fanciest place, but the rooms are fair and clean. It is very good value and, being family owned, they are so friendly and accommodating they almost adopt you. I would definitely recommend this place for a family or group stay. Lord Howe is definitely worth the visit if you want a laid back holiday in a bit of a time warp with no mobile phones, bike riding, bush walking, swimming and snorkelling. We will be back....

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the garden.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

My husband and I stayed for 4 nights at Leanda-Lei in September 2013. We booked a 1 bedroom room apartment, but were allocated a 2 bedroom apartment on arrival. The apartment was simple, clean and tidy. The weather when we visited was warm during the day, however cooled down at night. Unfortunately, there was no heating in the apartment, so at night we needed to keep warm with the blankets provided. Leanda-Lei is situated in a convenient location, opposite Joy's General Store, and an easy ride mid-way up the hill, on the main loop of accommodation, stores and resturants on Lord Howe Island. Overall, we would recommend Leanda-Lei as a good accommodation option on Lord Howe Island.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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105 reviews
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

This is the ideal location on LHI. Right across the street from the shop and near to the beach. It's only a little way up the hill that stretches the length of the island, so it's easy to walk to the beach and restaurants. There are a number of places to stay on the island but some are up on the ridge line the overlooks the bay and others are scattered far and wide. It would be a trek from any of the others to get a coffee or do some shopping. And forget about walking home at night unless you're at the Leanda Lei. It's pitch dark at night and worse when it's cloudy or raining. The Leanda lei is also close to the museum and it's coffee shop. It's really worth a visit.

There are plenty of great walks and chillaxing to do, there is not much else! we did play golf and it's a lovely 9 holes with an amazing ocean and mountain backdrop. we were delayed for an extra night due to high winds; the plane couldn't land. Anyone visiting should be prepared that you may be stuck there. We got an extra night's accommodation at LL but it cost $330! Phew! But others we looked at are far more expensive!
We brought a few dvd's from home and you can also hire them at the shop, the LL has dvd players in each room. We found the shop prices to be quite reasonable and they stock everything including meats, wine, milk, daily newspapers and so on.
The best rooms are the two separate bungalows, number 18 an 19 that overlook the garden and the mountains, although only being fibro cement type construction (as is the whole place) they may be noisy. Anyway, we think that this is the best place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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LeandaLei, Owner at Leanda-Lei Apartments, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Thanks for your review and glad to know you enjoyed your stay with us.
We look forward to welcoming you back some time!
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

After spending two weeks on this splendid Island of Lord Howe we are satisfied we made the right decision to stay at Leanda-Lei apartments . It provided us with a central place to access the rest of the island ether by bicycle or by foot and the wonderful bus services provided by the accommodation and Restaurants was an excellent way to get to and from the eateries.
The well kept grounds were a welcoming sight at the end of a busy day, or just relaxing during the day and using one of the three barbecue areas to cook our meals .
The friendly and helpful staff also helped in making our stay an enjoyable one whether booking a trip or just general advice about the island history and origins.
The room we stayed in, Unit 6, was very spacious and clean, had everything that we needed to self-cater, with a nice little area for a happy hour. Bike hire, laundry and restful transit lounge with library helped provide all the extras that you might need. We would really like to return to this temporary but comfortable home and will certainly suggest it to everyone that will listen.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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LeandaLei, Owner at Leanda-Lei Apartments, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
So glad to read you enjoyed your stay with us!
We look forward to welcoming you back at some time.
Kind regards,
Judy and Team
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

First trip to LHI. Loved our unit, loved the location, friendly helpful staff! Over our six days we looked at lots of other Lodges locations but found nothing with the great location of Leanda Lei. Unit 18 has a lovely view across the lawns to Mt Gower and Mt Lidgbird in the distance. Very peaceful. Can't wait to come back again next year and bring friends.

Room Tip: Units 18 & 19 would be our pick of rooms. Great views. No noise.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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LeandaLei, Owner at Leanda-Lei Apartments, responded to this review, 4 November 2013
Please to read that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
Kind regards,
Judy, Family and Staff
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Property: Leanda-Lei Apartments
Address: Middle Beach Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Region: Australia > Lord Howe Island
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Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Lord Howe Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Leanda-Lei Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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