The Tupa Hotel was a thoroughly pleasant place to spend six nights on Easter Island at. Friendly and efficient multi-lingual staff were always on hand to help out with enquiries, bookings and sightseeing suggestions etc, as well as to provide free airport transfers. The public areas of the hotel might indeed benefit from a lick of paint here or there, but the place is so pleasant that it doesn't really register.
The location is on elevated ground giving fantastic views north-eastwards across to Hanga Roa harbour, the Tahai moai complex (easy walking distance and a great place to watch the sun set from) and the volcanic hills beyond. It is also within 2-10 minutes walking distance of a host of good restaurants, plus car rental offices, the post office etc. The rooms (mine was the slightly more expensive "ocean view" with nice private patio area) are large, airy and spotlessly clean, though free of frills like TVs or fridges (not really what I wanted/needed of Easter Island). The bed was really comfortable and I slept really well there. The bathroom was new and large and there was no problem with the hot water supply. Living in Brazil, where we rarely have bath tubs, it was a real treat to have one and to have a good soak after each day's wanderings. The breakfast was also good, with a good variety of fresh fruit, cake, bread (bring your own jam/spread - this is allowed by customs though do declare it) and crepes. There is also a pleasant garden area looking out to see with chairs and tables to one side.
I absolutely loved Easter Island - it's truly beautiful, fascinating and rewarding. I would say 4-6 days is about right to take in the expanse and spirit of the place, as well as it's wide array of of great sites to visit. I got my own vehicle which gave me complete freedom to potter about and explore at will. The Tupa Hotel was also a great choice and the place I would stay at if I returned again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tupa Hotel sits atop a small hill looking out over the West coast of the island and the town of Hanga Roa. Free WIFI is available in the lobby of the hotel. A free polynesian breakfast buffet is offered daily in the ocean view dining room. The hotel is located in a quiet area, one block from the main street and within 5 minutes walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and the coast. Please provide flight information in order to receive a FREE transport to the hotel from the airport Mataveri. Tours, car rentals, and other activities can be arranged at the reception desk. Mataveri airport (IPC) and Pea Beach are less than 1km away. Sebastian Englert Museum and the Tahai Archeological Complex are about 2 km away. Tupa Hotel offers 3 types of rooms: Ocean View, Garden View, or Budget. All guest rooms come with private bathroom, free daily breakfast, and daily room service. Ocean View and Garden View rooms have ceramic floors and include a patio. The most affordable option is the Budget Rooms, which are somewhat smaller than the others and have restricted views. For a real treat, book one of the ocean view rooms.Double occupancy rooms can be arranged with 2 twin beds or 1 matrimonial bed. Please indicate which bed type you would prefer at the time of reservation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tupa Hotel Easter Island/Hanga Roa