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“Who said Lanai was a sleepy little town?”
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Hotel Lanai
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Lanai City
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Reviewed March 16, 2010

Just back from a birthday bash with friends at Hotel Lanai. Who knew the place was jumping on a Friday night with a live band and dancing? And of course there was great food from the kitchen. Accommodations at Hotel Lanai were the best -- comfy, great decor and relaxed island style ambiance. Managers Mike and Michelle are terrific hosts.
Lots to do on the island: we hiked, we visited the cultural center, we shopped, we ate and we ate some more. Great weekend, great island! This little gem beats the fancy resorts.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

We found a lovely, Hawaiian style, historic hotel on the Island of Lanai, The Hotel Lanai. The hotel is located in the small, quaint town of Lanai. The guest rooms are charming but the real surprise was the hotel's restaurant, The Lanai City Grille. The menus are created by the famous Hawaii chef Bev Gannon. It is a first class restaurant with world class wines, but at reasonable prices. We loved the ambiance of the hotel, and enjoyed the live music on Friday night. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome, especially Michelle and Mary Lou, the bartender. We will definitely return to the Hotel Lanai.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2010

Hotel Lanai is refurbished and is charming and rustic. Everything is clean and new but the hotel has maintained the feel of old Hawaii. Staying at the hotel is a must for any traveler who wants a unique and truly relaxing experience. Set among the beautiful, majestic tall Norfolk trees in the cool climate, you can breathe fresh air and hear yourself think. I was there for a fabulous traveling golf school called Insight Golf School for three days. We dined each night at a five-star restaurant Lanai City Grille in the hotel. The service by the owner/manager Michael and hostess/manager Michelle was unbelievable. The food and presentation of each dish were top of the line and could easily compete with any high end restaurant at moderate prices.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

we went to a golf school, Insight Golf School -traveling golf school, and stayed at the Hotel Lanai. It is a very charming place to stay....very quite, relaxing. The Lanai City Grille in the hotel is absolutely fabulous. the chef is as good as it gets. Would give it a 10 our of 10!!!! And it doesnt get better than this: Great Food and Great Golf!! the pros were very special in that the lessons were customized to fit me at my level. Then after golf, the social part of the group was really good also.Would highly reccommend both the Hotel AND the Insight Golf School! We are going to travel again with them to Vermont in October!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

This charming hotel offers visitors a great location within walking distance of the town and on the shuttle route connecting it tothe Four Seasons Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Koele Lodge. It is a lovingly cared for hotel whose owners believe in offering good value and quality in terms of price. Hotel Lanai is meant for those who appreciate small hotels that fit the environment--it has old style Hawaiian charm. The well appointed rooms have lauhala mats on the wooden floors, Hawaiian quilts on the beds and modern bathrooms. I was impressed by this little hotel and by the warmth and graciousness of the reception and the manager, Michael Charles. A wonderful continental breakfast which includes juice, fresh fruit and freshly baked breads and pastries is served each morning. As a bonus the Hotels' restaurant, The Lanai Grill, is the absolute best restaurant to be had on Lanai and ranks up there with the finest restaurants in the United States. It is a real find. SF, Honolulu, HI

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

Have been to Hawaii on numerous occasions but had never gone to Lanai. Had a conference in Waikiki and stayed in Hawaii for three weeks to really explore and decided that we would finally be in the islands long enough to allow a stay on Lanai. What a gorgeous island!

The more expensive hotels on the island are beautiful and the settings are lovely, but don't seem like good value; and we had decided to spend the big bucks on a stay at Kona Village when we got to the Big Island. I had always wanted to stay at Hotel Lanai because it looks so cute and historic in pictures and it seemed like Lanai City would be a really laid back kind of place (it is!)

We definitely made the right decision. We stayed in room number 9, which has a shared veranda. The room was large enough, with a lovely Hawaiian quilt on the bed, furniture that fits the style of the room, a remodeled and modern bathroom, and best of all - no TV! As previous reviews have indicated, the walls are quite thin, but we had great neighbors and we not at all bothered. Because room no. 9 is next to the walkway that leads to the hotel (and hotel restaurant), it was a little noisy in the evenings as people were heading home after dinner. But really no big deal.

Breakfast was great! Lots of fresh fruit, lovely pastries, yummy juices. It is a continental buffet, but we never left hungry and the lack of hot food was not an issue. The food was delicious. We did not eat at the hotel for dinner, as we like to try more "local" places, and again, we were saving up for Kona Village.

When we were there the shuttle was not free but a charge (maybe $25 per person?) was added to your hotel bill and you could take the shuttle as often as you liked during your stay. We went to the beach every day (sometimes before AND after lunch) - the tide pools are great we saw amazing fish and eels! Just in the tide pools. And there is a nice short walk to a cliff from which you get an amazing view of Pu'u Pe'he. We also took the shuttle to the Lodge at Koele one day and hiked one of the trails through the forest. Beautiful.

I don't know if we will ever make it to Lanai again - my husband loves Maui and the Big Island is my favorite. But if we ever do, we'll definitely be staying at the Hotel Lanai.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 2, 2010

Okay, folks -- here is a comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-the-minute list of all your hotel options on Lanai (no thanks necessary, I'm a giver):

1. Four Seasons Manele Bay
2. Four Seasons Lodge at Koele
3. Hotel Lanai

That's it, ladies and gents; those are your choices.
The two Four Seasons are both excellent properties -- both regularly make Conde Nast Traveler's list of the top 10 hotels in the world -- the Lodge is nestled in the woods and Manele Bay overlooks the best beach in all of Hawaii -- and both start at $500 per night and shoot up into the ionosphere from there. If that's your thing, be my guest -- but my wife & I have a basic problem with paying somebody a hundred bucks an hour to sleep, no matter how nice the bed happens to be.

Which leaves Hotel Lanai -- a homey, historic building originally used by Dole's corporate guests in the days when the entire island was one giant pineapple patch. Luxurious it is not -- if you absolutely need a TV and air conditioning, this ain't your kind of inn. But if you want to get some idea of what Hawaii must have been like before The Great Condo Invasion, it's perfect. And at $129 a night, it's a steal.

The staff is great, the rooms are perfectly adequate despite the lack of TVs (there's one in the bar), and there is fast, FREE wireless internet access. And you're right in Lanai City -- such as it is. There is also an excellent restaurant -- possibly the best on any island not named Oahu -- and free shuttle service to both Four Seasons properties. And you have the use of all facilities at both Four Seasons, since the 3 hotels share a common owner.

So you can avail yourself of the Four Seasons amenities at a fraction of their extortionate prices -- AND you're staying in a quiet, comfortable, charming, historic inn with a great restaurant and a friendly, attentive staff. The best of both worlds. A complete no-brainer, in my humble opinion.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 828 Lanai Avenue, Lanai City, Lanai, HI 96763
Location: 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: $129 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lanai 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among 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. Complementary continental breakfast is provided to registered hotel guests. ... more   less 
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