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Cabanas Manatea
Reviewed 29 March 2014

The cabanas are basic but nice. The shared kitchen is really nice to have. The view is wonderful. It is a little bit out of town (10 minute walk) up on a hill. This is a bonus, because it is much more peaceful here. There is a big yard with some chickens. The roosters do crow, but we found the baby chickens fun to watch. The yard is beautiful and full of flowers. Carmen is wonderful. She is a busy single mom, so don't expect a 5 star hotel experience. However, we always had everything we needed and Carmen helped us with everything. She even drove us into town for groceries and brought us homemade guava juice. She was always going out of her way to bring us something extra, such as fresh flowers in the kitchen or bread and jam for breakfast. She also invited us to church on Sunday to hear the beautiful singing. We felt like we were staying with a friend rather than at a hotel. Thank you Carmen!!!

Room Tip: The cabana on the end (farthest from the kitchen) has two windows, great for a cross breeze.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We did careful research in picking Cabanas Manatea, since prices in Easter Island are about the highest in the world. We had a group of 7 so booked the private cabin plus two of the rooms in the main building.

The cabin is quite nice. Very scenic and set back from the rest of the property. A good sized living room and kitchen with 2 bedrooms and bathroom. But for the roosters and dogs often crowing/barking through the nights it was restful sleeping. It is rustic but comfortable and good value.

Where things fall apart is the service (when you can find them, there is no reception). While friendly, the staff are very irregular in their upkeep. We booked the cabin for 4 people and they provided only 3 towels and 1 roll of toilet paper for a week. We had to follow up several times on each for more. Garbage is not removed daily, which is a major issue since the location is understandingly prone to attracting insects (from small ants to huge cockroaches). Also staff do not have strong English and will have inconsistent policy. One told us no fee for laundry if we provided the detergent while the other later insisted we also pay an extra $30. A ride into town costs much more than local taxis even if you are catching a ride when they are going anyway. Also, expect no refunds - one of our family members had a medical emergency and had to cancel - we notified Cabanas Manatea in advance but there was no wiggle room (also understandable). But insultingly, they mismanaged their own bookings and asked us to leave the private cabin we payed more for a day early since they had another group come in (we didn't go, it would have wasted a lot of limited vacation time to repack and unpack everything).

Overall a good stay if you don't mind frequent service hassles.

Tip 1: book the cabin, the rest of the rooms are small and crowded together.
Tip 2: put garbage outside after every meal to avoid attracting insect swarms.
Tip 3: the excellent museum is across the street, don't miss it!
Tip 4: the coast at the bottom of the road is beautiful (especially at sunset), and the best way to walk to town. Taking the main road is a long boring walk with lots of traffic.

Room Tip: Tip: the cabin is the best bet for a good stay. The other rooms where some family stayed were small...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We stayed 5 days on easter island and since the island is expensive chose budget accommodation. The cabanas were just fine -- we appreciated the kitchen as we made our own food and the property itself is quite scenic. It is a bit of a walk to town but we rented bikes for 2 days which was a great way of getting around. It suited us for the price.

Carmen, the host, was the best part of our stay -- very caring and drove us to and from the airport. She gives the best hugs! She has basic English so knowledge of Spanish will help.

Because of the harsh environment the rooms have a bit of wear, which means you may have some close encounters with the bug life so don't expect a hermetically sealed environment!

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2013

My boyfriend and I spent a week with Carmen at Cabanas Manatea and everything was just great. Because they were doing renovations, we had the entire Blue House to ourselves, including a kitchen and living room - which was great for cooking and spreading out our gear. The front porch overlooked the ocean and was perfect for watching the sunset. While the location was a bit far from town, ~15-20min walk, we really enjoyed the seclusion and quiet (minus the barking dogs, of course). Plus, I couldn't find a better price, not even close! Carmen was also such a sweetheart: she took good care of us, made sure we were comfortable, and - when my boyfriend had an allergic reaction to the detergent used on the sheets - she was happy to rewash the sheets with the detergent I brought. She even offered to wash our clothes for us! While this might not have been right for everyone, it was perfect for us!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nhinkel
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Reviewed 25 March 2017
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Room Tip: La chambre sur la mer est de loin la plus agréable
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: November 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2016
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Room Tip: El dormitorio a la entrada del complejo tiene dos ventanas, por lo tanto, tiene mayor luminosidad y...
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cabanas Manatea

Address: Tahai s/n | Tahai, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Region: Chile > Easter Island > Hanga Roa
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Hanga Roa
Price Range: £42 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Cabanas Manatea Easter Island/Hanga Roa

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