I read a lot of the reviews before choosing this hotel for a one night stay in November 2013. We were coming for just one late night kayak on the bio bay. We needed a reasonable room rate for 2 rooms. Although I wanted to stay at the W, it was just too expensive. I was a little nervous that this hotel wasn't going to be as nice as it looked in the pictures and I was also concerned about many of the reviews that talked about the mosquitoes in the rooms. So having stayed there and been very happy, I thought I would write and let readers know the truth and a way to deal with the mosquitoes! The location is good if you can don't mind getting a ride back and forth to the little main strip to eat. This was no problem because some woman taxi driver in a van found us at the ferry port when we first arrived and ended up happy to be our driver for that night to the bio bay drop off and the next day back to the ferry. So firstly for a short visit, don't bother renting a car, there are cheap "taxis" all around and they really need the money, so why not support the locals--they are very nice! Back to the Hacienda..the Hotel was very pretty, the room was very pretty as well with nice tile floors and comfortable bedding and the bed itself-- plus a very nice size room. I had a beautiful ocean view as well. My room was upstairs and near the restaurant. Since I got up early to enjoy some quiet time by the pool and enjoy the ocean views-- I suspect the noise from the restaurant would bother some in the morning, so if you think you want to sleep in, don't get the rooms right near the restaurant. For an early riser like me, was a great location. The breakfast was fantastic and I am a picky eater. It was full American breakfast cooked to order and they made it exactly the way I requested. The coffee was good too. Juice, not so much ( not fresh squeezed) but the fruit in general was oddly horrible in Puerto Rico so no fault of the Hacienda. And it was a great deal to be included with the room cost. The front desk and restaurant staff was so attentive and accomodating to me personally --I had requested that I be as close to my friends as possible and they put us directly across from each other- almost adjoining rooms!
Here is my final tip for those worried as I was about the mosquitoes--When I first opened the door, turned on the light one must have flown in . Sorry bug lovers, I killed it . The thought of it buzzing my head all night as they do. But the trick is. Keep the lights off in your room when you go out and when you arrive back to your room, open the door and even though it is a beautiful heavy wood door, do your best to push it shut as fast as possible behind you. Then once it is closed, turn your lights on in the room. Ok, I was only there one night, but I went in and out a few times ( the mosquitoes are out in PR all day long) and it worked every time at every hotel I stayed in! They are attracted to the lights right outside the hotel room doors, so just make sure to get in the room and close the door, and no lights inside. Secret tip, it works! I also recommend keeping the windows closed. this keeps out the bugs as well, no matter how tempting it is to open the windows and see that gorgeous view. I suggest keeping everything closed in your room and going outside on the terrace or outdoor lobby and taking in the views from there if you have any concerns about mosquitoes. keep your room bug free. It is worth it for the comfort of a good nights sleep and no bites- plus they have great AC .
The one thing was that my very nice room did have a few holes in the screens even though the screens looked newish. I do think it would be nice if the staff would patch those holes , because that is another way the mosquitoes do get in. I improvised and stuffed tissue to block the holes. But this would be something I suggest the hotel keep up with, properly fitted screens with no holes would help a lot!
P.S. to the poor honeymooners with that stolen tire issue. I really don't think it was an "inside" job, I think the owners of the Hacienda have a lot of integrity and pride of ownership. I just think the timing of the last night was a coincidence and that local thieves might know that this hotel is up off the road and in a quiet dark place , a good spot for thieves to know about. Sad situation to be sure for them, maybe the car alarm wasn't on? Who knows, but I think the inside job part was a bit of a stretch and I agree. Just use the local very cheap taxis like we did. It was like having our own car service, we used the same woman for all 6 drives in the day and a half we were there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vieques’ Hacienda Tamarindo offers 17 very special rooms, each lovingly and creatively designed and decorated by owner, Linda Vail -- her swan song after over 20 years as a commercial interior designer. Each guest room and public space is unique; imaginatively spiced with a lifetime’s accumulation of art, antiques, and collectibles. An ancient Tamarind tree in the lobby atrium majestically rises three stories through the center of the building. Terraces, courtyards, and sitting rooms offer ample space for relaxation and conversation. The Hacienda is perched on a hilltop with spectacular 180 degree views of the Caribbean -- from sunrise to sunset; looking down on the bedazzling, ever-changing myriad of blue, emerald and turquoise waters. Caribbean trade winds and lazy paddle fans keep you cool and comfortable. Here, you can fall asleep to a tree frog serenade and awake to the smell of jasmine on the gentle sea breeze. ... more less
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- Hacienda Tamarindo Hotel Isla De Vieques