Hotel Taura'a is located right in the heart of downtown Hanga Roa on Av. Atamu Tekena but is tucked far enough back from the main thoroughfare that you can count on quiet nights and on being able to laze around peacefully in the gardens in front of the main house without there being any unwarranted or unwelcome distraction. The rooms are big, open and airy (as are the bathrooms) with ~beautiful~ TALL ceilings and have plenty of windows (many with gorgeous views of the hills in the northeast). Despite their seeming cavernous, the rooms feel comfortable and cozy. You'll feel at home in no time; especially given the warm welcome Edith and Bill extend starting the minute you step out of the airport. Seriously, Edith and Bill are honest gems. They're great people, both with very interesting stories. Both Bill and his friend Larry, who does GREAT, one of a kind tours (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) chock full of character and wit, were involved in filming the historical drama/action adventure movie "Rapa-Nui" (1994) . . . Beyond its great rooms and its genuine, down-to-earth and warm owners (I don't think I can wax enough about how great everyone at Taura'a is), the hotel also has one other very, very important thing going for it: location, location, location. The Hotel is located near some of Hanga Roa's best restaurants, including Izakaya Kotaro and Kanahau, and is minutes from Mokomae's tattoo parlor and what is, in my opinion, the best artisanal shop on the island: Luis Tomas Pate Riroroco's Artesania Vai Teka, where I picked up a handsome - really, stunning - mo'ai kavakava carving as beautiful as the one on display in the Museo Antropológico "Sebastián Englert". The hotel is also located, essentially, right next door to Ballet Kari Kari where you can hunker down and watch a traditional dance-and-music show. There's also a supermercado just across the street from the hotel where you can pick up any essentials you forgot to bring with you from the mainland. Everything aside, if I had to try and sum up what I've been saying it would be "Stay Here!" Whether you're planning on dropping in on Easter Island for a couple of days or for a couple of weeks, this is the place to set up shop and soak in the best the island has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tauraa Hotel, is locate in the center of town, run by rapanui family, we specialice in english speaking guest and also our staff speak french and spanish, the rooms are large,comfortable with private bathrooms,has a fridge,cieling fans,hair dryer,safe beach towel and coffee making facilities in rooms. Close to all amenities and just a short walking to Pea Beach and Tahai the most complete archaeological sites in town, also free wifi and parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tauraa Hotel Hanga Roa
- Taura'a Hotel Easter Island/Hanga Roa