I had booked into another hotel, but it was overbooked and I was put into the Hotu Matua and assured that it was an upgrade to a five-star hotel. I have no doubt that this hotel was once five-star in the distant past. It is a sprawling property near the airport, but the rooms are small. It has a swimming pool that is small but clean and gardens that, no doubt, were once beautiful but are now somewhat neglected. I was put into a room that smelled of mold and mildew, and when I opened the bathroom door, my lungs started to close up from all the black borders on the floor and walls. When I asked if I could have a room in which I could breathe, I was immediately given another room that was a great improvement, though it still smelled of mildew. There is no air conditioning, though I had a rusty fan. The sheets were threadbare, and there was no matress pad. The room was not clean, and it was cleaned only once during the five days that I was there; even then, it was not cleaned well enough to remove the flecks of toilet paper on the floor or the cracker crumbs that attracted hordes of tiny ants. There were mosquitoes, too. When I needed clean towels, I had to ask for them. After the first night, I had no hot water. There was seldom anyone in the office, and my second room did not have a telephone. Only the owner speaks a little English, but the two other workers I met understood my Spanish and were very kind and helpful. The Continental breakfast was adequate and the dining room relatively clean. A full breakfast costs $20.00 and lunch and dinner cost $28.00 each. A single room costs $120.00 per night. The hotel is located on a dirt road about 20 minutes from the village. All in all, the hotel was not very good, but I was told by others that it is not that bad for Easter Island.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Hotu Matua Easter Island/Hanga Roa