I spent three nights at Chez Steve over New Year's. It's a no-frills sort of place--thin mattresses, tacky bedding, cheap construction--but Steve and Ana compensate for the basic accommodation by being friendly, helpful & on point with things like airport pick-ups and drop-offs, varied breakfasts that appear when you need them (including a really generous picnic breakfast/lunch that they made on the day we got up early to catch the sunrise on the opposite side of the island). The bathroom is, again, very basic, but we never ran short of hot water & the toilets always flushed. They also have a drying rack outside of every room, in case you need to do laundry in the sink, which was a thoughtful touch.
On the con side: the wifi was terrible. But that might be the case everywhere. Cell signals are poor on the entire island. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from the main square in town, which isn't so bad unless you happen to get lost on the way home at night, at which point it's surprisingly easy to wander around in circles for an hour or so before finding the place. (Yes, speaking from personal experience).
Rapa Nui is a tiny little island where the main industry is tourism and everything has to be imported. It's a neat place to visit, in no small part because it's so very, very remote. I admit that I wished for a prettier, more elegant hotel--but I also thought Chez Steve offered good value for money in a place where that's hard to come by.
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