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Lani Kai Island Resort
Ranked #41 of 48 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Do not go there...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

if you are not around 21 and want to get drunk. Loud late music, weird exterior decor, room hold - toilet door needs paint, rust in the sink, small uncomfortable beds. Woke up at night worrying about bugs entering our luggages. Had a very bad sleep. Will never go there again. Only positive point: the view from the balcony facing Gulf of Mexico.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Wow. What a God sent Lani Kai was for us. I want to go back already… After our sons wedding in Orlando Florida. My husband, a very close friend and I just needed some time to soak recent events and the passing of my mother and her not being at the wedding. We decided to drive to Ft. Myers. We had no agenda or prior hotel plans scheduled…we just winged it. As we got closer, we seen Lani Kai on a hotel site and we all loved what it looked like….especially the ocean view each room had to offer, and the price caught our eye also. We found it and decided to stop and see if they had a room available. We were greeted by a very pleasant staff. They did have a room available but at a different price than the site showed. They got the Director of Sales Trent and he honored what we saw. We were very thankful for his kindness. He did indicate to us he could only offer that price for one night and we gladly accepted.

After being there for less than a half hour, we all knew we wanted to stay another night. I contacted Trent again and he stated he would see what he could do. Within an hours time HE located us in the hotel restaurant and said he had it all worked out for us to stay another night. He went up and beyond for us.

I have to add, yes the place may need some renovations BUT, you can see they are working on that which does take time. Our room was on the 4th floor. It was very clean and everything was in working order. I loved the fact it had tile floors because of the sand from the beach.

The view from the balcony was breath taking to be able to see the sun rises and sets. The beach was very clean and for a small cost they offered chairs and umbrellas which was a great touch.

Lani Kai has multiple bars and restaurants to visit on site with great prices to meet your budget. Even though we do not have small children, I found the play area for kids was a wonderful added touch.

During the day as we sat on the beach drinking beverages, they had a lady doing singing which made it even more relaxing.

During the evening the place did get very busy with all ages of people NOT just young. They did have beach entertainers doing fire trick which was amazing and also bands playing. The music was loud which to me was to be expected but was not unbearable even when we returned to our rooms to relax.

This is a place to go if you want to unwind and relax in a party yet nice atmosphere. BUT if you are looking for an extremely quiet place keep looking but you will miss a great place.

I would go back to Lani Kai in a heart beat even with knowing it is not a 5 star place. I look forward to seeing the changes when we return later this summer.

Tammie
Fort Wayne, IN
January 2013

Room Tip: There is no bad room when they are all beach front
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Oxford, England
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed here for 6 nights in January '13. The location is fantastic all rooms overlook the ocean. The beach is fantastic with plenty of beach chairs, umbrellas, jet skies, parra-gliding. The hotel has a full entertainment programme during the day & evening. Good live music from the beach bar (sometimes the group was a bit too loud but the female singer was great). Beach games for all, hula hoop comp, limbo comp etc. There is a restaurant but we didn't use it also a lovely open air bar on the top floor. The room on the 4th floor was large and comfortable, we had 1 large king size bed, fridge, dining area & sofa. The laundry was changed regularly. The only complaint we had was the music from a disco on Fri & Sat evening - going on until 2 am. The base from the disco was so loud that it was like a continual bang bang bang - also the kids in the disco laughing & shouting on the beach. However I would go back to this hotel again.

Room Tip: Try to get a room to the left or right of the bar area as the weekend disco is noisey until 2 pm. Al...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Unless you really don't give a s*** about the quality of your hotel and only want a bed to rest your head, don't stay here. They ONLY perks to this hotel are the view (which plenty of other hotels offer) and the location on Ft. Myers beach. This hotel is dirty, neglected, and falling apart. Our room was purchased using a gift certificate we won at a local bar for a hurricane fundraiser. It was for one night stay in a standard oceanside room at the Lani Kai. Having been here twice before I know not to expect much. Had we actually been paying for the room we would never have booked with them.

So my boyfriend and I take a trip to the beach for the day. We decided to go jet skiing after checking in. We came back to the room, covered in salt and wanting nothing but a hot shower, only to find that the hot water is out in the entire building, and remains that way for hours. The cold shower was really not satisfying but you can't just sit around with that salt drying your sunburnt skin so we suffered through. The cable TV was so in and out that you couldn't even bother to watch it. No help from the front desk offered....it just is how it is. The kicker was in the morning when I called room service to get some coffee delivered. I got transferred to the restaurant that handles this. I ordered two coffees and gave her my room number. I was put on hold. At this point I hear the lady ask someone else if they feel like delivering. Then I hear her say "No, I don't feel like doing it either". She comes back on the phone and tells me they are not doing room service. I told her it was bs and that I just heard her say she didn't feel like it and hung up and called the front desk back asking them when they do room service. The front desk lady apologized for them and brought me coffee herself.

At checkout we discussed all the issues we had with the receptionist and her response was that because we stayed on a gift certificate there is nothing she can do. I asked if a manager was available and she said the manager would say the same thing. Rather than argue I told her I would be posting a review and there you go! Apparently staying with a gift certificate means you aren't a guest at all. Unfortunately we have paid money in the past only to receive the same complete lack of service and a dirty, disgusting room. Also, don't think you can save a quick buck and stay in the rooms across the street also owned by the Lani Kai. Made that mistake last year and had roached in my room. Steer clear of the Lani Kai.

They make all their money off Spring-Breakers who are going to be too drunk to care and probably will never return anyways.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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20 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Room is old. Beach sucks because all the locals go with their boat right up to the she shore and get down to drink and party at the hotel bar so you are literally swimming in gasoline from the boats and exhaust fume smell. This is place for party people, drunk young crowd everywhere. Pay more and stay elsewhere. Music is so loud that even with closed doors you feel like the band is in your room from super early in morning until past 2 am. Just believe all the reviews and stay away. Also my balcony and front door would not close and I had a leak right over my toilet from the ceiling... Disgusting!.... On a plus I found no roaches!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Greenville, South Carolina
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54 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Reviews from young people (two of us) will think this is the greatest place on Earth. Reviews from older (me) people will frown heavily on this resort. My rating is in the middle because there were great things here and almost unbelievable half-assed things. LOVE the party atmosphere during the day. HATE getting hit on in the elevator by drunk women. LOVE the location, HATE the staff dumping trash barrels of glass beer bottles into a metal dumpster at 6:45am. LOVE the rooftop restaurant, rocking tables and the view, HATED the fight on the beach at 1:00am...on and on.

Room Tip: Stay here if you party
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

At first, the place seems great. the room was clean for the most part. The shower was useless. Zero way pressure, no way would I have been able to wash my hair. The noise was unbelievable. The music was banging till three in the morning. We were woken up at the crack of dawn by a million birds on our balcony and what sounded like construction. There was a sizable gap between our door and its frame. I also woke up with several bug bites. Awful stay.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Lani Kai Island Resort

Property: Lani Kai Island Resort
Address: 1400 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Lani Kai Island Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
*Lani Kai Island Resort* - Beachfront Resort on Fort Myers Beach This oceanfront, family-owned resort is located in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Features include 3 beach-view restaurants, 7 beach bars with specialty tropical cocktails, full resort amenities, live entertainment 365 and more! Our rooms are recently renovated and include bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, makeup removal towels and more! Each room has a beachfront balcony to enjoy the mornings and sunsets and include a coffee maker and fridge to keep your mug warm and drinks cold. Free high speed wi-fi, private beachfront balconies, flat-screen televisions with full cable broadcasting, an outdoor pool right by the Gulf of Mexico, beach chairs & umbrellas, Jet Skis, Dolphin Tours, Parasailing, and more! Experience excellent service from our 24-hour front desk staff, refresh your wardrobe in our laundry facilities, and keep values safe in the safe deposit box. *The Bay Inn at the Lani Kai* - Inn on the Fort Myers Beach Bay Situated on Fort Myers Beach bay, The Bay Inn at the Lani Kai includes access to all resort amenities at Lani Kai Island Resort, which includes 400 feet of beach access, a heated pool, and nightlife entertainment. The inn features a dock for fishing and wildlife viewing. A microwave, refrigerator, and coffee-making facilities are included in every guestroom, and a seating area with a sofa bed is provided. Guests can stay connected with our high speed WiFi for free, and can relax with beautiful views while enjoying our flat screen TVs with cable. Suites offer full kitchens and more space for extended stays and larger parties, or enjoy the extra room all for you! The 24-hour front desk is located at the Lani Kai Island Resort while The Bay Inn at the Lani Kai includes free parking for 1 vehicle. *Lani Kai Attractions* - Fun in the Sun! Beautiful white sand beaches and the soothing warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico on Fort Myers Beach, there is always something to keep you busy at the Lani Kai! The Fort Myers trolley stops directly at the Lani Kai Resort throughout the day. Using the local trolley service, guests can explore Fort Myers Beach’s Island, and Lover's Key State Park which is a 12 minute drive away. We have talented performers and entertainers to dance & sing along to. Limbo, water balloon toss, and dance offs daily with special prizes for winners! Public events for everyone, private events for parties/businesses and destination weddings means daily events and weekly specials all year! No visit to the Lani Kai is complete without some outdoor adventure. Try out a wave runner or fly high over the Gulf of Mexico with panoramic views behind a parasail boat. Glide through the water on a 2-hour guided jet-ski dolphin tour. Feel the wind through your hair or capture images of this beautiful tropical island. For the beach bunny in you that doesn’t want to move out of your chair while enjoying the beautiful sea breezes, we have a fantastic wait staff that brings your cocktails right to your chair! We won’t let you go thirsty at the Lani. Explore classic beach styles in quaint boutique gift stores lining the beach and have fun shopping for all your vacation souvenirs! We have a beach side playground area for kids to play as parents enjoy an amazing view of the Gulf. Beach games and the pool keep kids happy. *Beachfront Restaurants & Snacks* Food is Lani Kai’s forte with top rated restaurants ranging from casual beachside patio Sabal Palm Beach Bar & Grille, to our two rooftop restaurants including Sun Deck Restaurant with legendary “Glider Lounge” and Island View Restaurants infamous seafood and Italian fusion food fare. All restaurants have happy hour 7 days a week as well as unique daily specials to keep bringing both guests and local restaurant patrons back for more! With validated parking for every customer, you can park on the beach for FREE while enjoying your favorite plate overlooking Fort Myers Beach! *Live Entertainment 365 Days A Year* Fort Myers Beach’s best Entertainment on the island is found only at the Lani Kai. Keep jamming at our beach stage with island tunes and into the night at Club Ohana with live entertainment 7 days a week. From Dueling DJs, Live Bands and special guests appearances from national acts and celebrities through out 6 different bars and lounges, Lani Kai are always up to something! *Paradise Weddings and Private Events* Experience a magical Destination Wedding on Fort Myers Beach. Lani Kai provides all types of wedding services from rehearsals to full on ceremonies and wedding receptions. We have everything covered from rooms, food, decor and more! Our wonderful wedding planning staff is ready to assist your every need and is happy to assist brides and grooms with all the support they need so that their special day is perfect. Plan your next event at Lani Kai from birthdays through corporate events. Birthday parties, religious holidays, private parties, non-profit events, fundraisers, award ceremonies and more! Ranging from small gatherings to full restaurant's service, our event venue flexibility is what makes planning an event at Lani Kai fun! Choose your size, food selection, location and we will take care of the rest! *Convenient Location* Fort Myers Beach Times Square and Pier is 550 m from the property. Naples is 38 km from The Bay Inn at the Lani Kai, while Sanibel is 7 km away. Southwest Florida International Airport is only 13 Miles (22 km) from the property. Thanks for being here! ... more   less 
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