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“Charmingly Simple” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Lanai
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lanai City
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
317 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Charmingly Simple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at this charming hotel on our honeymoon. For an island dominated by the Four Seasons, we found this an incredible compromise. We stayed in the Cottage which is detached from the rest of the hotel and provides maximum privacy. The Cottage has a living room (with television), bathroom, and the bedroom (with queen bed). Its very spacious and includes a nice lounge area with a hammock and table right outside (private). We found the cottage to be very clean and perfect for our needs.

The Hotel Lanai staff were very friendly. They provide continental breakfast every morning which is simple but convenient. They also will provide beach towels at request. Parking is free and they offer a shuttle for a small fee that will bring you to the various Four Season Resorts on the island. One thing I would caution is that you are unable to use the amenities (i.e., pool) at the four seasons unless you are a guest at the hotel (this is strictly enforced). As such you are limited to the beaches and the public pool when staying at Hotel Lanai. We did not however find this to be a big deal.

The hotel itself is rich with history and occupancy is limited as there are only 10 rooms plus the cottage. Its located in the middle of town so you easily can interact with the locals and get the full Hawaii experience. I definitely recommend this hotel to any travelers, the value you get with this hotel (especially the cottage) is unmatched.

Room Tip: Get the Cottage, you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

We are originally mainlanders, but have lived in Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu for 40 years, and have stayed at the Hotel Lanai many times over the years. It remains our favorite on the wonderful, charming island of Lanai. We had the absolute best night's sleep there the four nights we spent over the past long Thanksgiving weekend...the MATTRESSES are the MOST COMFORTABLE of ANY hotel in which we have stayed in our decades of travel throughout the world, which includes numerous five-star resorts. Amazing! Hotel Lanai's staff live the Aloha spirit, making everyone feel at home, and seem more than happy to accommodate your requests. We love the décor of the rooms, feels like Hawaii. Very clean! Complete with small refrig, hair dryer, and they even have a cooler in your room for you to take with you to the beach. The picturesque tiny town of Lanai City is a block away surrounding their park and has two small stores, and great small local restaurants from which to choose. The hotel grounds are beautiful, the two rooms facing the front have lanais to sit on, all rooms feel relaxing and tranquil maybe because the hotel is small with only 10 rooms and a cottage, see photos on their website. Read the other reviews expressing the hotel's other great points. They have a popular and wonderful restaurant and bar, Lanai City Grill, a gathering spot for local families, Hotel Lanai guests, as well as guests from the other two five-star hotels on the island. Always good conversation to be had. We love it. Can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: ALL ROOMS GOOD ~ call the hotel and talk with the front desk, they will help you choose the perfect...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank HVFraser
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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54 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

The thing I liked most about this hotel, was that it had no tv's in the guest rooms. After all, what's a vacation for, if you take the world with you via tv? Also, it is right in front of Dole Park where you have access to Blue Ginger, 565, and Canoes to eat at, with huge food plates, and cheap prices. Also, the Lanai Grille at the Hotel itself, can hold its own with the two 4 Seasons hotels with half the prices! Can still take the shuttles to Koele, Manele Bay, or the airport. The Hawaiian quilts are really nice, and the overhead fans are a great bonus. The island is cool enough on its own.

Room Tip: Its not the 4 Seasons,but neither are the prices, and you can still hunt, or play golf.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank istagner11
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California
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23 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2013

Built in the 1920’s, this hotel maintains a historic feel. The rooms are basic, but small details like original doorknobs on the door, woven mats on the floor and handmade quilts on the bed make for a delightful stay. The big windows which look out onto the garden in front are a constant reminder that you are in a tropical paradise. If you are hungry in the morning, perhaps head over to the Blue Star Ginger Café, as the continental breakfast is pretty sparse, and in a fatal flaw, uses fruit trucked in from the mainland rather than local island-grown fruit, of which there is plenty. However, the baked goods do seem to be homemade and are quite good. It is a great location, right in Lanai City, however you do have to take a shuttle to the beach. As a tip, unlimited shuttle access is an extra $30/day, but I think you can also just pay $10 to ride the shuttle, and even if you have to pay per ride (but the $10 might cover the entire day), you will probably come out ahead. The Four Seasons Lodge at Koele is walking distance, and it is really fun to just walk through the lobby and out to the gardens. The lobby is sort of Indiana Jones-esque, with high wood ceilings, high-back chairs with coffee tables made out of huge logs, and two fireplaces. The restaurant has venison on the menu, and the garden is also the start of an amazing 5 mile roundtrip hike to Koilokoi Ridge.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank kbyrdCalifornia
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Coppell, Texas
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

This was our third trip to Lanai, and second stay at Hotel Lanai. We love watching the town go by from our lanai. The members of the staff and management are all very welcoming. Continental breakfast was a great way to start our day. Dinner at the restaurant onsite is not to be missed; plan to have part of it for lunch the next day!

Room Tip: We love the lanai rooms!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank pattic777
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Hawaii
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

An older building but fairly well maintained surrounded by Norfolk pines. Located a few steps from "Lanai city" which is really only encompasses about three square blocks. Our room was simple with not a lot of amenities. Shower leaked on to floor. Personally, we can live without TV for a while so it's not a big thing for us. Walls are paper thin. A honeymooning couple in the room next to us kept us up most of the night. Thank god they were there for only one night! As I said the walls are thin; doors opening/closing, people coming and going,etc. You can't beat the location though. Very expensive restaurant within the building with average food. Nice staff who are willing to go out of their way to help you. Shuttle at your front door. Lanai is a unique place worth exploring. Would stay here again but request room with private balcony next time.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank musicman45
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New York City, New York
Level Contributor
20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

As a result of an awesome deal on Hawaiian Air, my boyfriend and I found ourselves forced to go to Maui during a lovely winter on the mainland...it was a great decision!! We decided to explore the nearby island of Lana'i and we were not disappointed. The other lodging options are both Four Seasons resorts, so if you want to spend a night or two on this beautiful little island, then definitely book a room at Hotel Lanai. The hotel is small (only about 10-12 rooms) but comfortable. Our room was right by the lobby, so you could hear the music at night, but it never really got loud or disruptive. Of course there was no TV to drown everything night, but that was actually a draw for us.

The hotel offers a continental breakfast in their lobby, which you can eat on the porch or back in your room. The front desk helped with everything from arranging a Jeep rental, and providing beach/snorkel equipment, to calling up the Four Seasons on the beach to find out the weather! The island does have varying climates, so this was especially helpful! All of the staff members were friendly and nice.

The hotel is right in front of the "main town" which is about 4 blocks! A bit shocking for a city kid, but a welcomed, refreshing experience. The town has a grocery store with numerous supplies and snack options (perfect for a beach picnic), as well as some cute stores, local art, and food options. Dinner in the hotel restaurant was excellent, definitely the best on the island. We also visited some of the local places, which were generally good. The free shuttle bus to either Four Seasons hotel stops right in front of the hotel, and ran from early in the morning to late night, with hours posted in the lobby. It was a great option for the beach, as well as checking out parts of the island, and hopping over to the other hotels for a late night drink.

To really get around to some of the other beaches and amazing landscapes, definitely rent a Jeep! It was worth it to have it for just a day, and the staff at the front desk was able to give us recommendations based on the weather to pick which day to rent.

All in all, it was a great stay and we had an amazing time on our own little private island.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Lanai

Property: Hotel Lanai
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lanai 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amongst 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. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hotel Lanai City
Hotel Lanai Hawaii

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