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Chez Steve Residencia Kyle Mio
Ranked #3 of 33 Hanga Roa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Great value”
Reviewed 8 December 2011

Chez Steve http://chezsteveresidencekylemio.com/en/index.html is excellent value for pricey Easter Island, locally called Rapa Nui. My room was new and lovely, well-maintained, quiet, en suite, and included a mini-fridge and a wooden deck with a table and chairs. Breakfast, a local cell phone, free wifi, airport pick-up and drop-off is included, and Steve gives a tour of Hanga Roa on the way home from the airport.

Steve is French, his wife is originally from Rapa Nui with all her family being here, and his daughter has a foot in both worlds. His wife and daughter also speak Spanish. His daughter speaks English. Everyone in the family speaks a tiny bit of English and I mangle a bit of French and Spanish, and Steve's wife has an intuitive understanding of a guest's mood or needs, so we managed to communicate even when the daughter wasn't available. The family is adorable, and since they are European as well as Rapa Nui, they manage to both understand international tourists and local customs. Steve is enthusiastically interested in all things Moai and in the archeological findings of Easter Island history, and can explain the many different theories about the island's past. Everyone in the family also has a good sense of humor.

The B&B is a 10-15 minute walk from the center of town and a five-minute walk from Tahai, the best spot for watching the sun set over the Moai. The museum is also nearby. I was confused at first about the roads, but Steve gave me a map and Hanga Roa is small. You can't stay lost for long.

The kitchen currently includes only a microwave, refrigerator, and electric kettle but the family has plans to expand to where they will have a complete kitchen for guests. As of 12/11, I think it will be at least six months before this is underway as they are still doing the finishing touches on their own house next door to the B&B.

My room had a double bed, but the sofa also converted into a futon, and had a bunk bed above it. You could stay here as a family.

There are many dirt roads on Easter Island so be warned you'll end up with dirty feet fairly often. Mileage may vary on your wifi and internet cafe experiences on the island—it is in the middle of the Pacific, after all. Rental cars ($70/day) and food are not cheap—if you bring snacks so you can make your lunch to carry along on your hikes and excursions, you'll save a fair amount of money (don't bring fruit or anything that might break the quarantine rules). You can buy local vegetables and avocados to supplement your snacks.

Mikafe (by the surf/scuba shop at the harbor) and Caramelo on the main road in town offer decent espresso, and there are at least three cybercafes. I was able to use my iPhone wifi and laptop wifi both in town and at Chez Steve.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Santiago, Chile
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

Steve and his wife are extremely friendly and hospitable. The rooms are clean and comfortable with lots of extra pluses like a bar fridge, wifi, a cell phone, coffee and tea, etc. Breakfasts are different every morning and are both generous and delicious with surprises like local guava jam and homemade French pate. Steve is very knowledgeable about the island and was happy to answer all of our questions and make travel suggestions. His wife, who is rapa nui, has lots of connections on the island and negotiated some preferential rates. The location is also very good. Less than 5 minutes walk to the Tahai Moai and maybe 10 minutes walk to the main strip in the village. Easter Island is quite expensive, so I found this to be excellent quality for the price that we paid. Steve speaks French, his wife speaks Spanish and their daughter speaks English. This is a great choice for anyone planning on travelling to Easter Island.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

Chez Steve is a really nice B&B where the rooms are brand new and very clean. Towels are changed everyday and the batheroom meets the most requiring european standards. There is a really nice and big balcony where you can relax and enjoy the free wireless internet or eat a fruit (available all day long). Steve is a relly nice host who comes at the airport and makes a small tour of the village in order you to get the first impressions of Rapa Nui. Steve has a huge knowledge about Rapa Nui and making a tour of the island with him definitively worths it. Breakfasts are huge and very delicious and a particular attention is given to the quality of the products. The mobile phone is really useful in case you need some assitance from Steve (if u want to be picked up from the restaurant...).
We definitively recommend this place and we are pretty sure you will feel at home.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We were picked up from the airport and after a city tour introduced in the guesthouse. The rooms in Chez Steve are clean and very comfortable. Every day new towels. Next to the room a first class design bathroom and in the room a nice couch to sit on. You even have a balcony with comfortable chairs. There is a small common kitchen with all that is needed to cook and free tea and coffee. Breakfast was delicious with a choice of local pastry and fruits, ham and cheese. The host Steve was very available to provide information, means of transportation and guided tours. He organized a horse-riding tour, the rent of a quad bike plus suggestions for places to visit and a guided tour with a minibus for us. We even got a mobile phone so that we could call him at any time for instance when we needed to be picked up at a restaurant at night. But the restaurants are on walking distance and Hanga Roa is safe to walk at night. Steve can also tell you a lot about the history of the island. He even played us some interesting documentaries during breakfast. At the end of our stay our host brought us to the airport after a visit to the art market as we needed to buy some last souvenirs. We enjoyed our stay and we would certainly stay at his place again.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Houston, TX
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We happened upon Chez Steve when our original choice of B&B was sold out and the inn keeper referred Steve to us. Steve and his wife had just started in the B&B business and had two rooms to offer. We decided to stay with Steve because it is a new place so it is unlikely for things to go wrong. After reading horrible reviews for the Easter Island hotels and B&B, our expectations were pretty low. We were pleasantly surprised when we got in the rooms. What we found were spacious, spotlessly clean, and comfortable rooms with balcony. We loved to read on our balcony each morning and afternoon. Chez Steve is one of our luckiest finds during 30 years of travel.

While Chez Steve is not in the city center, it is within the walking distance of the town center. We spent our first day walking around town and along the coast near town. Steve provided one cell phone for each room. We can call him anytime if we were in a bind or needed assistance. Steve offered to pick us up and drive us back Chez Steve if we found it too far to walk. We found it to be unnecessary. The next day we decided to rent a car instead of booking tour packages. Steve and his wife helped us negotiate a nice discount for a rental car. Besides saving us money, they also saved us a lot time in the rental process.

Steve and his daughter met us at the airport. He showed us the town and spent extra time with us. He is easy going and friendly. He is like a cousin who want us to enjoy his town. He pointed out the best grocery store and restaurants. His recommendations were spot on. On the day we left, Steve and his wife showered us with farewell gifts. What a wonderfully friendly family!

Steve, who is French, speaks little bit of English. His daughter was our translator. After the first few hours we realized that we did not need his English speaking daughter to communicate. Between a few French words my husband knows, the English Steve speaks and the Spanish my son knows, we got along famously for the few days we stayed at Chez Steve.

I definitely will stay with Steve again.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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San Francisco, CA
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We booked at Chez Steve at the recommendation of Sharon, the owner of Te'ora, which is probably one of the most popular lodging options on Easter Island. We were really glad that we took her suggestion, because Steve and his wife Ana were wonderful hosts and they have a beautiful new hotel. The rooms were very comfortable and spotlessly clean. There were so many little details that were nice, from the cool glass sinks to the neat wicker closet. There were also good places to relax inside and outside the room with comfortable chairs. Clearly they have put a lot of thought into making this an enjoyable, comfortable place to stay. Incidentally, they clean your room each day, so the room stays spotless and you can enjoy a fresh towel.

Breakfast, included in the rate, was a treat. There was a wide choice of (cold) items like meat, cheese, breads, cereals, yogurts, and fruits, as well as fruit juice and coffee/tea. It was a very filling meal and made for a great start to the day. There are no restaurants right by the hotel, but about 3 minutes walk down the road is a little market, and about 7 more minutes walk takes you into town. The walk is safe, and there are usually a number of other people walking, but it is very dark at night so be sure to bring a flashlight. For those that don't want to walk, you can easily rent a bicycle, scooter, or car; Steve and Ana can help you book those. (Note: like most hotels on Easter Island, Chez Steve offers complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off.) By the way, the location is very quiet and peaceful, with views towards the hills. If you look into the distance, you can also see the ocean.

What makes us especially happy to give a 5-star review is that Steve and Ana were such kind hosts. They really went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time on Easter Island. They were full of suggestions on where to go and what to do, as well as information about the island. They were also so thoughtful: for example, on one day during our stay there was a festival on the island with a public picnic, so they gave us plates and silverware we could take with us. On a couple of mornings, they played informational videos about the history of the island while we ate breakfast; these were really interesting and informative. They checked in on us throughout each day to see if we needed anything, and they also loaned us a cell phone to use during our stay for any emergencies. We can't say enough about what good hosts they were; in many stays at small hotels/inns throughout the world, it's rare to find people this kind and hospitable.

On a related note: Steve is French, but he also speaks Spanish. Ana is Rapa Nui and speaks French and Spanish as well. We always spoke with them in Spanish, but if you need to speak in English, their daughter speaks it well and can translate as needed.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Chez Steve. It made our last 4 nights on Easter Island so special and we will remember their hospitality for a long time to come. We recommend it highly to anyone considering staying.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Schindellegi
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

We were the first couple to stay here. We enjoyed the lovely room and the spacious balcony. Steve and his wife were very helpful and assisted us with bookings and tours. The breakfast was delicious with a lot of fresh fruits.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chez Steve Residencia Kyle Mio
Address: Sector Tahai, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile
Region: Chile > Easter Island > Hanga Roa
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Ranked #3 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Hanga Roa
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