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“if you want to really experience hawaii”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Lanai

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Hotel Lanai
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lanai City
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“if you want to really experience hawaii”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

I could be the reviewer from hell for this resort... as I was raised in hawaii and have 40 years of Hawaii and international hotel management experience...but i am not. I am a huge fan.
Our recent vacation to Hotel Lanai was simply outstanding. It is a wonderful repurposing of an old guest quarters for Dole Pineapple. The location in Lanai City is very convenient, with regular shuttles available. The architecture of the hotel reminds me of my old house in Hilo and truly captures the ambiance of old Hawaii. While the architecture and facilities of Hotel Lanai are traditional, they are spotlessly clean and well maintained. The owners and staff of the Hotel have seized every opportunity to add luxury and comfort where it can be done without compromising the ambiance of the Hotel. The beds and linen are great. And there are so many touches of authentic Hawaii throught the Hotel. Yes, parts of the building are a bit rustic, but that adds to the charm of the place.
Be sure to ask for rooms 1, 2,9 or 10 to enjoy a comfortable lanai that is a part of only these rooms. Something wonderful about having a lanai, at Hotel Lanai on the isle of Lanai... while there is no view from the lanai, it was fun to watch the sun set behind beautiful norfolk pines with a refreshing gin and tonic in hand.
Check out the restaurant too. Our party of four enjoyed the mahi, sea bass and venison. All were well prepared and delicious. Like all of Lanai (except the bigger hotels) the restaurant oozes a laid back vibe that is perfect.
If you want to taste a bit of the magic of old Hawaii be sure to include a night or two at the Hotel Lanai. It is a remarkable diversion from the antiseptic and cliche chain hotels throughout Hawaii.
A quiet rest in Lanai from the rest of your multi-island trip is akamai!

Room Tip: Rooms #1,2,9 or 10 for the porch/lanai.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

You get a good feel for the old world ambiance of Lanai at this hotel. The breakfasts are included - and no TV! A bit pricey - but then again, everything is on Lanai. Much better value than the Four Seasons options.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank TKIP
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

Do not miss this blast from the past if you are visiting Maui ( GO TO LANAI.!) - book well in advance ( honeymoon cottage.) take the ferry over, free shuttle to the hotel and Sara ( at Hotel.) can line you up a jeep.
The hotel ( not really a "Hotel" ) is a blast from the past, and now that "Larry E." owns the Island who knows what it`s future is - but - while you can, visit Lanai, tour the island ( 4x4 a must .) it is unspoiled and largely unvisited. Fantastic beaches / historic heritage sites / scenic wonders.
The Lanai Hotel is affordable, great ambiance, friendly staff, excellent food ( award winning.) and it even has music on Friday nights.
Manele Bay has some of the best snorkelling in all of Hawaii and you can walk to it from the ferry if you only take a day trip.
Enjoy - Mahalo.

Room Tip: The cottage is well worth booking in advance - it is very special.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Signal Hill, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

A friend and I stayed at Hotel Lana'i for a week in December. It is a very simple, clean and charming hotel. The rooms are decorated with beautiful hawaiian quilts, fans and local art work. The building was built in the 1920's and has retained many original features. If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs because you can hear what goes on in rooms with adjoining walls. The hotel staff made us feel very welcome and responded easily to any need we had. Thank you again Jolie, Shanette, Bert, and Sarah for helping make our vacation one of a kind. Also, the Lana'i Grill was awesome!

Room Tip: Try and book a room with a lanai or the cottage. It is nice to be able to sit outside comfortably.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank TKB1957
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
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
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 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
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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 
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