First out, let me clarify, is this place expensive? Yes, yes it is. Is it worth it? It damn is worth it when you're in freaking Easter Island away from the world and have a unique experience.
I'm the kind of person who greatly appreciates simple commodities and praises good amenities in unlikely circumstances. First off, the setting is incredibly pleasing. The view from the terrace is simply breathtaking, and the fact that you have an actual moai a 5 minute walk away is a true plus. The staff are wonderful, pleasant and diligent, you won't have problems there. The fact that thet have WiFi at the lobby is a great feature and even though the bandwith was very limited (try getting internet on this island at all) I was quite satisfied with it.
Breakfasts are quite simple. Not special at all, really, but I'm not thinking about breakfast when I'm at Easter Island. Lunch and dinner, however, are another story. Yes they are very expensive, but trust me when I tell you that the food is top notch, a local fish lunch was amazing and a dinner buffet we had was THE BEST BUFFET IN MY LIFE.
Rooms are private cabins that have the basics. No complains, beds are comfortable and there's a small safe in each one. Bathrooms are awesome, two showers, one with an open roof. Oh and hot water (don't tell me you didn't half expect not to find hot water easily in this island).
All in all a very pleasant experience. We booked an itinerary with the hotel website and got a tour guide all for ourselves (Matías). The hotel IS a about a 20 minute walk to Hanga Roa, but when you take the Tahai road with the moai you won't mind at all, trust me.
Its a great place, you won'r regret it. Just remember you're in Easter Island.
Oh, one thing I did hate was the complimentary coffee, ugh, it tasted really weird. >_<
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Altiplanico Easter Island/Hanga Roa