Puku Vai's great asset is a willing staff who seem genuinely concerned to help with your stay. It's slight weakness is its distance from the hub of things: it took us 20 minutes to walk back from one of the nearer restaurants.
After reading Trip Advisor reviews, we chose this hotel over recommendations from our travel agent. We weren't disappointed. The room was spacious; the wi-fi worked well; the aircon was almost too efficient. The shower operated properly and there was no problem with hot water. There was a minifridge stocked with beer, fizzy drinks and mineral water. A bar was available during most the day. Breakfast was plentiful and the kitchen produced a fine ham and cheese omelette along with other cooked egg products.
Our plane in was delayed by eight hours. There was no question that reception staff would not be there to welcome us. During our stay they produced restorative cups of tea when requested and pointed us at three fine, if very different, restaurants. One felt reassured that they were there as a first line of defence should trouble occur. Taxis at a fixed in-town price of 2000 pesos (£2.50) dealt with longer forays.
Hotels and restaurants on the island may seem to be charging high prices compared with the mainland. But considering where they are and how supplies - other than basic foodstuffs - need to make a 10-day boat journey to the island, we seldom felt overcharged.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Puku Vai invites you to explore the mysteries of Easter Island and enjoy the harmony of nature. Our services include Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Tours and Complete Programs. We offer Superior level rooms with all the modern comforts - including Air Conditioning and Free Wi-Fi Internet - a peaceful location close to the main attractions of Hanga Roa, and a pool surrounded by a garden full of tropical flowers and plants. Our Service Provider is Kia Koe Tour, the first and leading Tour Operator on Easter Island, founded 1984. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Puku Vai Easter Island/Hanga Roa