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“Everything I hoped for”
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Hacienda Tamarindo
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isla de Vieques
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Everything I hoped for”
Reviewed 8 March 2006

My partner and I stayed at the Hacienda at the end of February and loved it. This was our first trip to Vieques and based on advice on this forum we chose the Hacienda. We were looking for a quiet place with a pool and a view of the ocean. It was perfect. The Hacienda is a beautiful building and its decorated with lovely antiques and art work. I loved the resident dog, Barkley, cat and bird. (If you don't like animals, I wouldn't go there.) The honor bar was resonably priced and we took advantage of it on more than one occasion. Especially after touring the biobay. You get back around 9pm and there aren't too many places open to eat.

They arranged our rental car and everything went smoothly. We did get a pinhole leak in the tire and we noticed it going flat one morning. Burr, the owner, helped us find an air compressor to fill it and we were able to get it back to the rental place (Martineau Car Rental) and they changed it in about 20 minutes. No hassle.

The orientation to the island is worth it. You find out a lot of useful info on restaurants and how to get to the secluded beaches.

I would avoid Bili restaurant in Esperanza. The service was really bad. Not just Vieques slow, but bad. We had 3 different waiters who didn't seem to know what they were doing and the food made me sick.

I loved Vieques and the Hacienda and will go back soon.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed 25 February 2006

Vieques is beautiful and as wonderful and everyone says. After all the great reviews for this place, I booked the top room in the hotel (Carribean Deluxe Suite) even though it was very expensive ($275 per night). I was very dissapointed. Only the living room faces the sea. The large bedroom has a wall of window facing a hedge that blocks a road. While the road is not used much, when a car or truck went by it was as if they were in the room. Even more dissapointing is that there are 2 central air conditioners right outside of the room. When these turned on, it eliminated and possibility of enjoying the room. They are loud and overwhelm the night sounds. We actually has to run our A/C to be able to sleep. Unless these air conditioners are moved, I would recommend people avoid this room.

Other rooms also have problems. Many enter through the breakfast area so you are up at 7:30AM. Others have no privacy at all if you open your shutters.

Finally, we signed up for the owners introduction which is set up for 10 and found it very boring and excessively long. He rambled on for 2 hours and basically wasted the fist morning of our trip. A simple overview of the island while checking in would be much more appropriate, and people looking for more discussion with the owner can do so.

Choices on Vieques are limited, and with the right room this can be a nice place to stay. Just be sure you ask a lot of questions and specify what you want.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Reviewed 21 February 2006

We stayed here for four nights and were actually sad to go. It took us a while to get used to no TV, but we were so exhausted from all our snorkeling and swimming that we ended up going to bed early anyway. I expected the guests to mingle a little more in the library during the evenings, but people just seemed to go in to check their e-mail on the computer. Our room wasn't exactly luxurious, but was clean, comfortable, and big, and had everything we needed. The building is charming and the grounds are beautiful. Breakfast was delicious. I would not reccommend the hacienda if you like to sleep really late because the sounds from the breakfast area will wake you up at 8 am anyway. It was great to have beach towels and the honor bar was really useful as well. My only caution would be that Burr, the owner, can be a little bristly at first, but he is actually a really nice guy. The clientele was a mix of older and younger couples - the hotel does not take kids under 15.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed 26 January 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Hacienda for our 21st anniversary January 16-19, 2006 and loved it. This inn is not for the "high-rise" traveler. It is cozy, welcoming and is decorated lovingly by its owners with an eclectic collection of art and hand-crafted treasures. Our gracious and knowledgeable hosts, Linda and Burr, WERE available for advice and suggestions for meals and sight-seeing. Joey and Jim, our concierges, were helpful with reservations for jeep rentals(must do), dinners(Trade Winds, Cafe Media Luna), and the bio-bay tour (must, must do).

The rooms and views are beautiful (suggest room 23, Caribbean Deluxe). Full breakfast is yummy...big and filling (the condensed version of the Times is great) and the girls will cook up anything you like (within reason) and pack you box lunches for the beach.Even if you have an early flight home, they won't send you away hungry. Don't miss Burr's orientation...he is a plethera of information: funny, useful, historical and bizarre.

Take advantage of the honor bar: sign out some drinks and sit by the beautiful pool overlooking the caribbean when you arrive..wonderful. You can walk to the seaside town of Esperanza for dinner and more drinks within 10 minutes...very safe, but the road is a little dark after sundown.

The Inn, the people, the views, the location, the whole island is beautiful and make for an extraordinary vacation for anyone loving quiet beauty.
Highly recommended, we will be back.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Reviewed 29 November 2005

Very well run and clean hotel with nice comforts and a beautiful pool! Highly recommend.

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Property: Hacienda Tamarindo
Address: Rte. 996, Km. 4.5, 00765-1569, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda Tamarindo 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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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