I just got back from a week in Rapa Nui (This is the real name of Easter Island).
I did not book a hotel in adavance. I relied on the hotel owners to wait in the airport.
Well, the plane from Santiago was 3 hours late, and we got to Rapa Nui in the middle of a stormy night. Only 2 hotel owners were in the airport. One of them was Cecilia, which promised a wonderfull room near the main street.
I took it. What a mistake!
The room was ugly. Empty white walls, with a dead cockroach waiting for me in the room.
No TV, radio or pictures in the room. Not even a chair.
After a short shower with very weak water flow (at least it was hot!), I went to sleep.
I woke up in the middle of night when the rain leaked on me from roof. (I asked some compensation/discount for that night, but got the answer: "It's La Natura!")
In the morning I discovered that "near the main street" means 15 minutes of walking in the muddy roads to get to the center of town. In the evening I will discover that it is the DARK muddy roads...
There where no restaurant in the area. There is nothing in the area except a small store where you can buy a soft dring and a snack for dinner.
After a long day of traveling, if you want a sandwich or more you need to take a taxi to the center (and back). Near the main street, remember?
Bottom line: There are other places on the island. Nearer. Cheaper. Nicer. Better.
The island itself is amazing!! The people in the street are friendly, and Moais are overwhelming. The scenery is beautiful, and the story of the Rapa Nui people is fascinating.