I liked staying at the hotel, however, I would caution that this accommodation on the mainland would not be getting such high reviews, not for this price. The hotel is cute and the rooms are all in separate bungalows. The bungalows are quite large and somewhat resemble "jungle dwellings" which adds a particular flair. I liked the bathrooms very much, because they are large and the shower was huge and (almost) open air. The rooms are very well lit because they have huge sliding windows that open to a terrace/garden.
Regarding the "equipment", the rooms do not have television. There are no moskito nets on the windows, just two above the bed. They spray the rooms every day with some chemical, I suppose to keep out insects. The rooms are a bit worn and could use a fresh painting. I would think they are just slightly overpriced for what they are. Definitely very overpriced if this was the mainland. The Maldives offer higher quality accommodations for such prices, and they are also "out there" if you want to argue that being on an island increases the costs.....
The location is a bit outside the city, but such that you get to see stunning sunsets with an ocean view. It appears there is a loud neighbour on an adjacent property, so if you are allergic to loud music you may find that a bit annoying. Walking to the city takes about 30 minutes to an hour if you walk along the shore, which offers some great maoris and ahus that are also visible from the hotel terrace. You dont need a rental car...taxis will take you anywhere in the city and back.
Which brings me to the next point. You want to have dinner in the city, not on the hotel premises. The reason is the restaurant's pricing policy. When I sat down on the first evening to have a small bite and a Pisco sour, my jaw dropped when I saw the prices. Twenty ($20) US dollars for an appetizer, or a sandwich. Ten ($10) for a cocktail. I faintly remember such prices from a recent vacation to a high-end luxury hotel on the Maldives...Anyways, the city's restaurants are priced much more competitively. I cannot comment on the hotel restaurant's quality of food, because I never ended up ordering there. It is too bad, because the location is stunning with its ocean view.
I do note though that the breakfast features world-class pastries which appear to be made fresh every day. Whoever makes those pastries is highly talented and deserved praise. The hotel staff is quite friendly overall, with the occasional outlier (e.g. the girl that serves the breakfast is very good as a waitress, but stone cold emotionally.....).
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Altiplanico Easter Island/Hanga Roa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a property of 1.5 ha the hotel has a panoramic view of the shoreline on one of the world’s most unique destinations, Altiplanico Rapanui is designed in the style of the traditional Rapanui boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the seductive mysteries of the island. ... more less
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