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.
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