Lanai is a magical Hawaiian island, obvious by its history and upbeat culture. It’s the perfect place to unwind after enjoying the high adrenaline excitement of the other islands.
Erected all the way back in 1923 in Lanai City, Hotel Lanai was originally meant to be a retreat for executives and important guests. It existed as the first hotel on the Island of Lanai.
What’s Special About Hotel Lanai?
Strictly speaking, the choice of accommodations in Lanai is limited to the Hotel Lanai, a resort near the Harbor, a few small guest houses and a few villas. As such, Hotel Lanai gets a constant influx of visitors. Moreover, the location is ideal, smack in the center of town within walking distance to almost everything you need; including restaurants, shops, groceries, museums, etc.
Over the years, the hotel has become a central meeting point for special gatherings among locals. It’s especially popular for dining and a place to relax and “talk story”. To get there, shuttle service is available from the airport directly to the hotel on Lanai Avenue in the heart of the city.
Amenities & Rooms
Being an older hotel, rooms and fixtures here feature a charming plantation style décor. Each guest room features designs that preserve the original setting with unique Hawaiian quilts, distinct furnishings and artwork from Lanai’s artists. Indeed, the rooms are standard and quite basic, you won’t find state of the art luxury here, you’ll find a cozy and warm atmosphere that’s more like home.
Here you’ll find ceiling fans, hardwood flooring, private bathrooms with shower, mini refrigerators and pedestal sinks. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for all rooms.
If you are especially averse to noise, you may want to point that out to the front desk as some rooms close to areas of high activity are prone to the sounds of loud music, laughter and merriment of the street; remember you’ll be in the middle of town.
The hotel also offers a well-equipped cottage suitable for couples or small families looking for extra privacy. The Cottage is detached from the rest of the hotel and so provides maximum privacy. It includes a living room, bathroom, bedroom, a lounge area with a hammock and table right outside.
Top Notch Restaurant
The Lanai hotel features a rather popular restaurant, the Lanai City Grille.
This alluring in-house restaurant maintains the original ambiance of the hotel and offers tapas-style dining for its guests in a relaxed and friendly setting. The restaurant holds the distinction of serving up healthy choices including fish tacos, crab cakes, salads and vegetable sides.
In addition, guests are privy to maid service and complimentary continental breakfast is self-served in the lobby.
Their popular breakfast normally comprises fresh fruit, homemade granola, natural juice, coffee and freshly baked cakes. It’s not the best for low-carb diets, but it’s delicious.
Staying at Hotel Lanai is more than just enjoying the offerings of the hotel. It’s also about enjoying Lanai from this central location.
Of course, guests will have access to several activities available on the island including snorkeling, whale watching, archery, kayaking, deep sea fishing, sport clay shooting, golfing, horseback adventure and a number of other attractions.
There’s also a state of the art movie theater just a few blocks away. Sadly, there is no beach within walking distance of Hotel Lanai, but there is a few within driving distance; particularly the Hulopoe Beach at Manele Bay.
Service is a major offering at Hotel Lanai. Here, the staff truly shows what the Aloha Spirit is all about. As mentioned, the hotel’s central location places it in close vicinity to important sites in Lanai and important amenities. As an example, just across the street are shops, grocery stores and medical facilities.
You’ll get a good feel for the old world ambiance of Lanai at the Hotel Lanai. If you’re akin to old world, laid back Hawaiian style living then this is the perfect place for you to kick back and enjoy Hawaii.
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