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Lani Kai Island Resort
Ranked #45 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Reviewed June 18, 2014

One of the first places our friends took me to when looking for houses in Cape Coral was the Lani Kai for watching the sunset - and that's about the only reason to go there! They have these funky tables at the rail that rock back and forth but are the most uncomfortable seats ever! They're hard to get into and out of. The food is bar food and not good bar food either. Not so sure that I would ever take an out of town guest there, or go there again myself. Been there - done that - it's over!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

The Lani Kai is the worst hotel one could EVER stay at according to locals, people that are currently renovating the hotel, and some hotel staff. If you are looking for a hotel that has roaches crawling on the curtains in your hotel room, multiple leaks that form lakes in your kitchen and puddles that the microwave sits in, holes in furniture, dirty furniture, slow elevators, and lack of staff to take care of leaks, then this is your hotel.

We arrived the Sunday during Memorial Day weekend and were shocked and disgusted by the outside and inside of the hotel. This hotel is a ticking time bomb of rotting decay. The hotel does not make enough money to keep up with making renovations that were needed over twenty years ago. We asked for a non smoking room, but the room next to us was a smoking room and the smoke would come through a door that joins the rooms if you chose to make the suite a two bedroom suite. When we called the front desk to report a leak in the kitchen ceiling that left a puddle of water under the kitchen table that was an inch deep, the front desk clerk said, "I will make a note of that for maintenance to check out in the morning. We do not have the hotel staff at night to take care of problems like this." When we asked for more towels, the front desk guy said the same thing as well, "They don't have the hotel staff to bring up towels. You will have to come down to the front desk to get towels." When we showed the girls at the front desk the body of the live roach we caught in our room, they tried to tell us it was a palmetto bug. The hotel was dirty and unsanitary. It is in desperate need of renovations, but they can barely pay for the minor renovations they are currently doing.

I could go on for hours about how bad this hotel is, but I won't. If you are ready to sleep, eat, and vacation with bed bugs and filth, then the Lani Kai is your hotel.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
9  Thank WarEagleGA
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is a party Hotel the bed was uncomfortable and the A/C didnt work well but it was a place to sleep, After what was a beautiful week end I was left with a sour taste in my mouth as we were checking out, our bikes were parked in the check out area, I was packing my bike This old guy in a powder blue car started blowing his horn and yelling at me to move one of the bikes said he couldn't get thru Which was a lie, as a SUV had just gone thru there, he then yelled I own this motel and I yelled back I just spent money at your hotel, then he yells at his parking lot guy to make me move the bike I yell that we are checking out and he then yells at his employee to "get them off his property" So I then move the bike and proceed to tell him his customer skills suck and I will never spend another penny at that place again. Obviously he has nothing to do with training his staff as the staff was great all week end. Maybe you should spend some of your time and money getting some decent beds and some good A/C As for me, I will never spend another penny there we had 2 rooms this time, and 5 rooms the last time, I love Ft Meyers beach But will never return to Lani Kai, I started out in the hotel business, I own a business and I would never think to speak to a customer like Mr C did to me.

Room Tip: Do not go to the bay side building ,the a/c is not cold, the building needs a lot of work But it is...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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8  Thank Laurie H
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We arrived on the last day of memorial day weekend. It was a frightening experience. Party Palace is what the locals call this hotel, they are right. We almost left due to fights and police. After the holiday was over we found one of the most awesome places to vacation. Lani Kai is truly unique. Clean pool, clean grounds, clean restaraunts, the staff was amazing. Kyra at the front desk is a gem. Jason Smith-Agate is the chef at the Island View rest. at the top of the hotel. We ate there 3 times and were completely blown away. He is the next greatest chef. We will never,ever,ever go back on a weekend but we will stay all week.

Room Tip: all rooms have a private balcony and an ocean view. stay to the south end if you want to sleep earl...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Tina T
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The hotel is old, needs some serious updates and cleaning. The room wasn't too bad. The view was excellent. The staff wasn't very friendly or helpful. Parking stinks. Went to the rest. top floor took forever to get waited on and the food wasn't all the great even with $5.00 off coupons. Sun, before we left, went up to have breakfast I sat and waited for over a half hour and NO ONE asked if they could help me. I saw too many other hotels in the area with just as great of view and looked newer and cleaner. If I go back to Ft Myers I won't be staying there.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Bobbie P
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Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

This place is disgusting. . Never stayed at a hotel this gross. This is a party hotel, so if you want to stay in a room that smells like vomit & dried semen, then the Lani Kai is the place for you. Don't forget to bring the kids, they can laugh at all the drunks on the beach in front of this place.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
7  Thank William B
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We LOVE the Lani Kai. Its not a high class hotel but its so much fun there. The staff is awesome!!! Very friendly!!! Their food is awesome also. They make great drinks and its the hot spot to be. We have stayed there now a few times and enjoy every minute of it. If you like to have fun and enjoy people this is the place to be.

Room Tip: Just make sure you dont get a room over the bar or under the roof top bar. But other than that its a...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank Holly O
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Address: 1400 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-2798
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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:
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range: $149 - $517 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lani Kai Island Resort 3*
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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