Just returned home to the US from a 3 day stay with a group of our Chilean friends at the Iorana Hotel in Rapa Nui, Chile. This is a small, decent hotel, close to the Mataveri Airport and town with beautiful ocean views and adequate rooms.
The room we stayed in was considered a "Superior", but quite small and spartan by most "Superior" standards elsewhere. It was simply decorated with a queen size bed, ("cama familial"), air-conditioning, small table with 2 chairs, dresser, clothes closet, fridge (in closet), separate bathroom with bath/shower, (didn't notice smell of sewer) and, as other travelers have indicated, ants love this place, they were everywhere by the sink. The hotel provides hairdryer. Towels are ok, bathmat very small, needs replacement. The bedspread looks like it had seen better days. Since Easter Island is not a place one goes to watch TV you will note that the tv only has one viewable channel, in Spanish, of course. One of the receptionists speaks English, so shouldn't be a problem if you don't speak Spanish.
The restaurant was adequate. Had one late meal there on the first night, but not memorable. The breakfast buffet was ok but the staff was a bit grumpy at 9:00 a.m. We had to wait a while for coffee and eggs. Juices were very watered down, cereal was fine and so was the assortment of cakes and pastries. Ham and cheese is also served. This is a good deal as it is included in the room rate.
The nicest time of day here was at around 8:00 p.m. when we sat outside on our small balcony and had our evening cocktails with our group of friends while watching the sunset. You can also have cocktails on the terrace by the tiny (and cold pool) and watch the sunset from there as well. It is spectacular!
This hotel has a second pool at the bottom of a hill by the shore, it has salt water but it is somewhat difficult to access by a steep rough path. It would be nice if they made it easier to get to. Also, the hotel should check it out from time to time as there were empty water bottles and litter strewn around this pool. You have a choice of rocks or rubble if you want to sunbathe here, otherwise, climb back up to the pool deck and lie on the astroturf covering the ground there or on a deck chair.
This hotel is small, quiet and good value, if you aren't looking for the Ritz or Taj Mahal. Can't complain, this hotel was fine for a 3 night stay as we were rarely in our rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iorana hotel located on Easter Island is a place to relax and recharge energy at any time of the year. The hotel offers two swimming pools, one in the beautiful and big garden and the other directly formatted in the sea rocks. Guests can enjoy beautiful sunsets from the chairs near the swimming pool. Hanga Roa center is 15 minutes away from the hotel and Rano Raraku volcano only at 3 km away. Rooms are decorated with wood and the floor is in ceramic. They include television, phone, a mini-bar and a view on the sea or on other wonderful landscapes. Every day, a buffet breakfast is served. The restaurant offers local and international specialties with media pension. At the 24h reception, you can book a transfer to the international airport Mataveri, located 1km away from the hotel, rent a bike to explore the island or reserve an excursion. We have 25 years of experience providing our services in a pleasant and familial atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iorana Hotel Easter Island