Off the beaten track, on the rural island of Lanai, sits a small hotel that’s undergone big changes lately.
When I stayed at Hotel Lanai two years ago, it needed a good touch up both inside and out.
Hawaii travel icon, Mary Charles, came to its rescue as the new owner. She went to work immediately on upgrading the rooms, landscaping and restaurant. It’s a bright new future for this historic hotel that has sat here proudly since 1923 in Lanai City.
Bev Gannon, Maui’s favorite chef, is now culinary advisor at the hotel’s new restaurant, Lanai City Grille. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday from 5-9 pm, with entrees priced from $18 to $34.
What’s Included at Hotel Lanai: Upgraded accommodations with plantation style decor. Personal attention (you won’t get lost in a crowd here). Continental breakfast. Historical atmosphere. Free parking. Central location in Lanai City. A chance to mingle with the locals; most of the hotel’s staff were born and raised on Lanai.
What’s Not Included: TV (except for the cottage). Ocean views. Resort ambiance. Island shuttle service between airport, resorts, beach and ferry landing (an extra $36 per person during length of stay).
Rates: $159-$179 (price varies by size of room) and $229 for the Cottage. Cancellation policy is 21 days.
Special Packages: $349 per person for two night stay and $660 per person on a four night stay. Includes room with breakfast, dinner at Lanai City Grille, choice of activity (golf, jeep for the day, zodiac expedition or massage) plus complimentary island shuttle service.
Phone Number for Additional Information: 808/565-7211.
If you’ve stayed at Hotel Lanai recently, let us know how you liked it.
(Who’s in the photo: Jeff, his Aunty Rhea and Gail, our local Lanai friend).