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Ask for the price before doing anything!
Clean room but nothing extraordinary. Noisy as it is right in front of the main road. Comparable to a Motel 6/Holiday Inn Express in the US. Hosts/hostess are very friendly but ask for the price before doing anything. We booked a group tour but was charged private tour prices because nobody else went (was that our fault?). Tried to argue but since it was after the fact and would not want to create animosity, we just paid it.
If we ever get back to Easter Island, we would definitely stay somewhere else. Location of the hotel is not an issue. The inhabited area is so small - anywhere you stay will be walking distance to everything in town.
Nice place to stay
Edith is welcoming and Bill is just a great guy and very helpful so you slot into the Tauraa quite happily. Rooms are pleasant and kept very clean and the breakfasts are good and copious. The Tauraa served as a great base for exploring the island.
Good Easter Island Stay
First realize that there are no 4 star hotels on the island. With that said our 4 nights at the Tauraa were pleasent. Edith and Bill try very hard to make your stay as nice as possible. Room (#4) was clean with small safe, fan and bay window. Like rest of island hotels there is no TV, phone or a/c. Breakfast was good and is included.
Location is good with only a short walk to the entire town. Take a tour on the first day with Bill to understand the island layout and to understand what you are looking at when you are on your own later. Rental cars on site.
My friend and I stayed at the Tauraa Hotel for 3 nights, july 15th-18th! Bill and his family were always nice and willing to go the extra mile for anything we needed. The rooms are simple yet very nice. The bathroom was a nice suprise too! Breakfast in the morning was always creative and delicious. The beach is only a 5 minute walk away, and you can see the ocean from your front door! I recommend taking a tour with Bill, especially the south-coast tour. This tour you will see all the famous Moais and learn about the history of the Island. Bills tours are great because he takes 8 people or less and he is very knowledgeable about the history and gives you all the different theories and hypothesis about Easter Island mysteries. i also would recommend the Aloha pub, about one block from the hotel, great drinks and food. I would definitly recommend Tauraa Hotel to anyone going to Easter Island. Thank You
We booked a superior room ($120) at the Tauraa for 3 nights and were not disappointed. This is a wonderful spot and Bill and Edith will make you feel right at home from the moment they greet you at the airport. Bill's tours are excellent and educational but he will gear them to your liking. Edith's breakfasts are an added bonus to the start of each day in this interesting location. If you are turned off by possible street noise, by all means book one of the 4 superior units which do not front the main street. We telephoned directly to book and everything was taken care of quickly. A follow up email got a quick reply. No worries here! On a small island where everyone seems to be a guide, Bill will really get into the past, present, and future of Rapa Nui.
Charles Harrison and Trudi Baggs
Mission Viejo, California
I have just returned from a short stay at Tauraa Hotel Easter Island. Bill and Edith (the owners of the hotel) were at the airport to greet us and shuttled us to the hotel. The Tauraa Hotel is located in the middle of town close to many restaurants and shops. We felt at home from the moment we arrived. We were able to rent a car at the hotel to have a look around after Bill offered suggestions and a map. The next day he organised a tour guide to take us around the island which was spectacular. The hotel is clean and has a very warm feel to it. Breakfast was great. I will most definately stay at the Tauraa Hotel again if I am fortunate enough to be able to return to Easter Island and would recommend to anyone else looking for relaxed comfortable accomodation. You really get a feel for the passion that this family have for the island and how much they want every visitor to enjoy their stay.
Great hotel, outstanding tours
Considering the location of this hotel, the services it provides and the warm, friendly service, Taura'a was a great deal.
The rooms were spacious, the beds the best I slept on in five months in Chile, and the breakfasts tasty (and different each day).
The tours, offered by Bill (an Australian who has spent over 10 years on the island), were informative, extraordinarily well-thought-out and covered practically every major site on the island.
I disagree entirely with a later review offered by the traveller from the Netherlands. The cost of living is high on Easter Island, extraordinarily high. I did not use the laundry services, but have been charged up to 40 dollars more for the same amount of laundry in Perú. Everything on Easter Island will be relatively expensive to those who've been travelling in mainland Latin America , as the island is, oficially, the most remote scrap of inhabited land in the world. Everything must come in by either plane or boat from at least 2000 miles away--milk, cheese, beef, gasoline, and bottled gas for instance.
70 bucks for a night at this a hotel is a great deal. And the tours were less expensive than many I took on the mainland. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. The rewards of visiting the island and staying at this hotel far, far outweigh the costs.
A home away from home!
My husband and I just returned from our French Polynesian honeymoon and decided to make a stopover to Easter Island. We both agreed.. our stay at Easter Island with Hotel Tauraa was the highlight of the trip!! From start to finish, the owners, Edith and Bill, of this lovely property take care of you. From the gracious airport pickup, to the lovely rooms that are clean, cheerful and filled with loving touches...you cannot help but be filled with joy. Every day you are greeted by a smile and a different and delicious home cooked breakfast. We took a different tour with Bill each day of our stay and were fascinated by the knowledge, humor, stories and personal observations that he brought. Each tour is different and definitely worth taking. You do not need to rent a car to enjoy this island. The owners of the property go out of their way to accomodate you and even brought our luggage to the security gate. You cannot ask for a better value, clean accomodation, more gracious hosts. We cannot say enough great things about Hotel Tauraa! and wish every hotel approached their service as Edith and Bill do. We would only recommend Hotel Tauraa to persons travelling here. You will not regret it!
Loved the Tauraa Hotel & Tours
Thank you for all the advice received from Trip Advisor. Stayed on Easter Island for three nights (four full days) and this is the minimum I would recommend. Wish we had stayed for longer – just loved every minute.
Edith and Bill were excellent hosts. Edith’s warm welcome on arrival and gave much needed advice about how to allocate our time to ensure we got the most from our visit. We immediately set off on the scenic coastal walk past the single moai to the museum.
I cannot recommend Tauraa’s Tours too highly. We booked 2 full days, first with Bill to the south-west and the second with Sabrina (a local Rapa Nui guide) to the eastern side of the island. At first we were disappointed to learn that Bill would not be leading both tours as we had read so much about his knowledge and enthusiasm on Trip Advisor. However, Sabrina’s tour was equally inspiring and enjoyable and it was good to get two different perspectives on Easter Island. Bill takes care to arrange his tours in small groups and on days when he knows that other larger tours will not be on that part of the island. The isolation really re-enforced the remoteness and wildness of Easter Island.
We reserved a room in the bungalows on the far side of the property (US$120pn). The pleasant room was very clean and functional, containing a fridge and coffee making facilities. The bed was one of the most comfortable.
A point to mention is the apparent lack of reasonable laundry facilities – especially for those staying for more than a couple of days. Edith warned us when we arrived that the local laundry charged US$30 a load and did not charge by the item. Yet there is a notice in the rooms forbidding the washing of any laundry! We were travelling around the world and travelling light. I would have liked to be able to openly wash & dry smalls out in the privacy of our bathroom! However, this is a minor detail in what was an extremely enjoyable stay.
The following few notes may also be useful:-
1 Kari Kari show of local music and dancing put on twice a week at the Hotel Hanga Roa. A must and not to be missed - book ahead to ensure good seats – cost US$20 to US$25.
2 Cinema at local hotel – screens Rapi Nui most nights (twice a week in English). The secondary feature film that runs first is a documentary on the Easter Island annual festival and well worth seeing.
3 Te Moana restaurant – very good band that starts at 10pm. Timing works well after the above film.
4 Church on Sunday! The guitars and accordions are out in force and the enthusiastic Rapi Nui singing lifts the roof. Easy to join in as the words are printed on the walls!
Food & Eating Out:-
1 Te Moana – great food, good value plus entertainment. Very friendly.
2 Le Taverne du Pecheur – the French restaurant - disappointing and expensive. Not at all what I would call French cooking. Maybe we just ordered the wrong fish dishes!
3 El Jardine de Mau – good food and great to just sit and relax for an hour and watch the ocean. We had lunch here on the last day. Turn left in front of the indoor market and follow the road turn left at the coast and it is just a few yards along.
4 The Gas Station – surprisingly we found that this was the best place to buy wine and food! When you go to pay for the petrol you discover a modern supermarket!
Mixed review Tauraa Hotel
Stayed at the Hotel Tauraa for 4 nights in September 2006. The room was clean, nicely decorated and the breakfasts were very good. Bill and Edith the owners were pleasent enough, but we found Edith to be all business. As one guide book put it "she runs a tight ship." If requests ment financial gain, she was very helpful, otherwise not. When she found out that we had booked three full day tours with Josefina Nahoe Mulloy and not Bill (her husband) we never saw her again. We requested help with a local flight reservation and she referred us down the street to pay telephones, even though she has a travel business. When reviewing the final bill, we discovered that we had been charged an extra day, which she did fix. Laundry services are expensive at the hotel; take your laundry just two stores uptown. The hotel is well located and within easy walking distance to the town, but at $100 a night, it was expensive compared to simular properties we looked at.