All in all, my husband and I love Hawaii, this was our 3rd trip and we plan to return but we will NOT be visiting Lanai again.
This trip, my husband and I visited 4 of the Hawaiian Islands and spent a total of 15 nights. When we started to plan our trip we only intended to stay in Lanai for 3 nights, but upon contacting the hotel we were told there was a 4 night minimum. Therefore, we adjusted the time spent on the other 3 islands to accommodate this rule.
As for the 4 night minimum, I noticed our neighbors didn't stay more than one night (maybe it was the paper thin walls). When I questioned at the desk, I was told that they had canceled within the hotel policy. When I asked what that meant I was told they had changed their reservation over 21 days out. I said you mean to tell me if we had changed our mandatory 4 night minimum reservation over 21 days ago, we wouldn't have had to stay 4 nights? She said yes.
Now for the best part!! PAPER THIN WALLS!!! One has no idea what that truly means until you experience it. Every single word and every bodily function our neighbors made was as clear in our room as if our neighbor was in the room with us. Not to mention one neighbor, who was on his cell phone for 90 minutes starting at 4 am, even when others pounded on his door he did not stop. This is no exaggeration!!! I know more about those neighbors than I ever want to know about anyone. My husband and I spent as little time as possible in our room and when there, we tiptoed and whispered and nothing else!!!
The hotel is pretty much as it was when built with some updating being done along the way. Our room was #8 and was apparently the largest room they have. The first night sleeping was to the constant drip of the shower, 10 drips, 1 pause, 1 drip, pause and repeat. When I asked at the desk the next day to have that repaired I was told the plumbing is very old and not replaceable. Their solution was to hang a long pull type chain from the shower head to the shower floor, position it just right and the drips run down the chain and make no noise. This did work but positioning the chain just right each night was a chore.
The entire floor area between the bed and the bathroom was so squeaky that neither of us could get up during the night without waking the other one up. We probably woke our neighbors too.........
Also, we did as others suggested and rented a Jeep for 1 day. Other than breaking up the monotony of the 4 days it is NOT worth $139. The map given us by the rental company indicated sites to see. To get there meant driving over roads that allowed no faster than max 15mph while constantly braking. These were as rough as real off road driving over rock piles. Finding the "sites" indicated on the map was also difficult, and once we did, none were worth seeing. The ship wreck viewing area is a good 1/4 mile from the ship. The church and other "sites" were nothing but dilapidated and decaying structures, unsafe to enter.
The Lanai City restaurants were good for a cheap meal but the shops were very over priced. The food in our hotel dining room was absolutely fabulous and we'd highly recommend eating there. The shuttle service between the hotel and the 2 Four Season's resorts was easy to use BUT it is NOT free as others have stated.
The bright spot was taking the shuttle to the Four Seasons Manele Beach Resort. That is where we spent most of our time. Also, the Four Seasons Keole Lodge is accessible by shuttle. The grounds are beautiful but it was cloudy and rainy there most of the time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lanai City
- Hotel Lanai Hawaii