In the Loop

Hotel Lanai up and running following its renovation

The exterior of historic Hotel Lanai is now transformed with a rustic and modern design and vintage feel complete with fire pits. -- Hotel Lanai photo

Hotel Lanai is an island landmark in the heart of Lanai City. Recently renovated, the plantation-style hotel features modern, stylish accommodations and amenities for travelers seeking a quiet retreat on Lanai. The 10-room property located steps from Dole Park welcomes travelers from around the world to enjoy lush garden views, warm Hawaiian hospitality and island cuisine at its on-site neighborhood restaurant, Lanai City Bar & Grille.

Designed by John Milander Architects, Inc. and renovated by Lanai Builders, the interior design combines natural elements such as grass cloth wallpaper, bamboo and natural wicker furniture. Historic photos hung in the lobby and sitting areas recall Hotel Lanai’s roots dating back to 1923, when it was built as the first hotel on the island at the height of the Dole pineapple plantation era.

The Lanai City Bar & Grille, Hotel Lanai’s on-site restaurant, features a new bar and upgraded outdoor seating area. The restaurant takes on a new culinary direction with the hiring of Executive Chef Joel Harrington, who has introduced Sunday brunch service and an all-new dinner menu.

Harrington has cooked at critically acclaimed restaurants and premier hospitality institutions throughout the U.S., including celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Red Rooster Harlem in Manhattan. His vision for Lanai City Bar & Grille’s new menu is “global cuisine with an island fork,” celebrating the local products such as Lanai venison, while incorporating Asian and American flavors and techniques.

“Hotel Lanai is a special place for guests from around the world to experience Hawaiian hospitality and enjoy all that Lanai has to offer,” says spokesperson Lesley Kaneshiro.