A historic, character-filled alternative to Lanai's luxury resorts.
Since the larger resorts on this island were built, this ten-room and one cottage plantation-era hotel has taken a back seat to the Four Seasons’ grander and more luxurious Lodge at Koele and Manele Bay properties. Located in the center of Lanai city, this hotel has no pool and is eight miles from the white sand beaches of Manele. However, it still has loads of charm and friendly service. It is close to the center of town near shops and restaurants, not to mention the public nine-hole Cavendish course, where greens fees are on the honor system and no tee times are required. Built in 1923 as a retreat for Dole Pineapple executives, the Hotel Lanai recalls the old plantation days with white walls, tropical fabrics and slow-moving ceiling fans in each room (no air-conditioning). The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast for guests, as well as tasty fare for dinner at its Lanai City Grille. Best of all, the property provides insight into what this island has been like for the past century --- a place where talking to your neighbors is more important than hurrying to get things done, watching the sunrise is considered necessary for mental health and staring into the starry sky is a nightly activity.