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“2 Days on the Beach” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lani Kai Island Resort

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Lani Kai Island Resort
Ranked #41 of 48 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews
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“2 Days on the Beach”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were spending a week in Cape Coral & decided to spend a couple of nights on the beach. Looked at the reviews & prices & chose the Lani Kai. Our stay was fine, I would not say that the hotel was lovely or really nice, but it was fine. I checked the room over when we checked in & it was clean. They are renovating, but our room was not done yet so it was the old floors & furniture, but still clean & good enough. The view is fantastic, the roof top bar is lovely & the breakfast up there was great! The pool was refreshing & the staff were very nice & accommidating. We had an air condditioner problem when we checked in & they fixed it right away. Not sure I would stay here during sring break, but our stay was perfectly fine & We would stay here again. Location & views from the rooms are fantastic. Can't beat the price!!!

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

The initial reaction will not be good. We had to park across the street, but didn't move the car for 2 days anyway. The ground floor is designed for high volume, Spring Break business and it's taken a beating over the years. All the open air halls face the street, elevators were slow, but the room makes this place worth it. Our room must have been one of the recent remodels because it had no issues: Large enough, decent bathroom, desk, couch & chairs plus the balcony facing the ocean. Promptly cleaned everyday to satisfaction. The weekend entertainment schedule continues Noon until 2am, pretty loud, and a crowd later you would expect at a party bar. Sunday was Funday. Dozens of boats anchor off the beautiful beach and everyone was enjoying the live Reggae band. Free use of beach towels, volleyballs, etc at the front desk & the inground pool was nice & clean. Two restaurants on the rooftop: Open air with gliders had $8-$20 entrees. Enclosed was more upscale $15-$35 entrees. Great deal inside with the BOGO coupon included with the welcome package. For $23 your choice of 3 fishes prepared 5 different ways. Get the Grouper with soy/ginger. Overall please remember THIS IS A PARTY HOTEL. We came for beach activity, pool, bars, bands, seafood and drinking. If that's why you're going to Fort Myers Beach, this is ground zero. A fun vacation at a reasonable price can be had here, just don't expect an upscale place.

Room Tip: Avoid the noise: Get on floor 4 or 5 with a low room number to the South side
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014

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★☆☆☆☆ Horrible customer service from a 'Manager' just now. Came back to our room after a long day of travel, to find our door WIDE OPEN (with ALL of our belongings inside) and a few Comcast Cable installation crew in our room. Bathroom ceiling ripped apart and nothing but attitude from the man claiming to be a 'manager'. REFUSED to comp the room for the day. (His offer was to take $30 off our bill) If we would have been here all day, our room would not have been accessible to my family and I. We couldn't change our clothes, use the bathroom or go to sleep as planned, after our long morning and afternoon. HUGE INCONVENIENCE.
My family now feels unsafe being here. Not to mention after speaking to this "manager" I, also, no longer feel welcomed and safe! He started to scream at me and kept repeating himself over and over that he CAN NOT ever comp a room. Being a well seasoned traveler and in the business, I know better. All I asked for was this 1 day out of the entire stay here to be comped for our extreme inconvenience.
Book elsewhere, and read the reviews, I read them but ALWAYS give a place the benefit of the doubt. I definitely won't be recommending this "resort" to anyone. It is loud all day and night until after 2:00am.
The best part is the rooftop restaurants.(Good food and very reasonably priced!) The manager should take customer service lessons from all the staff up there.
I believe that customer service is to be something a business should be proud of. No matter what, make the customer satisfied, don't argue with the paying consumer. 
Besides the so called manager, the rest of the staff has been welcoming and fun.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

We booked here after reading some not so great reviews but decided we wanted the location and the extra amenities. The glider lounge on the roof was great. The food was very reasonable and good. The customer service was great, ask for Nick. He was very knowledge about the area and super friendly. We also ate at the island view restaurant while there and that was spectacular. The food was great and the prices were still reasonable for the service and view we got. All in all the hotel was way better than we were expecting and we would book there again.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

Clean spacious rooms with balcony with a great view!! Great bars and best awesome happy hour with amazing specials!! Great service throughout the hotel!! Centrally located. Only thing I didn't like was that we couldn't bring a cooler to the beach but other than that we had a great time and are ready to go back !!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 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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Miami, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

Our first time staying at this hotel, but certainly not our last. Friendly staff, clean room, beautiful beach. Walking distance to pier, shops, restaurants, bars. Not a 5 star luxury hotel, but a million dollar view from your balcony. Can't wait to go back again.

Room Tip: you can't possibly get a bad room here, all the rooms face the ocean and have great balconies to...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Lani Kai over the weekend for our wedding anniversary. The hotel is dated & the rooms are run down. You will be assessed a $50 credit card fee upon check-in for any room charges you may incur, however, it is refunded within 3 business days. It is in a great location right on the beach, near the pier, shops, and bars. There are two restaurants on the top floor, one indoor and one outdoor. The indoor, Island View, is more up-scale dining. The food was good and upon check-in they gave us a coupon for a free entrée with purchase of an entrée. The outdoor, Sundeck, has a bar and glider seats overlooking the Gulf; very pretty at sunset! The servers were very nice. There is non-stop entertainment on the weekends. There are three bars down stairs, a stage, a DJ and a band at times. They were having hula competitions, water balloon toss, limbo, etc. throughout the day. At night, there was a fire juggler, a band, and the bar area turned into more of a night club with people coming in that weren't even staying at the hotel. The drinks are over priced and you are not allowed to bring your own coolers to the beach. Security polices the beach all day walking back and forth to check for outside drinks and food. They do have happy hour, but it is only on the Sundeck. Overall, we had a good stay, but renovations would make the hotel a lot better.

Room Tip: Our room was on the second floor, ocean view, and right above the stage and bar area. If you are loo...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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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