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Malecon House
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Isla de Vieques
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

The Malecon House is a very unique property in a variety of ways. It is a beautifully designed property with very comfortable beds, large rooms, lovely staff and charming/accommodating owners. The buffet breakfast includes a variety of fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt (when available), juice, milk, coffee, tea and often Marsha's homemade goodies. (Her scones are terrific, as are her muffins.) There are comfortable chairs/tables under the covered porch which looks out onto the ocean and their beautifully landscaped property. If you need reservations for anything, just ask...they're happy to assist you with a variety of requests. Their secluded pool has two small soothing waterfalls...easy to drift off to sleep while reading your book or swimming a few laps...(I did all three!). It's in an excellent location as it's close to the local restaurants, but far enough away that you don't hear much noise in the evening. This wonderful inn is a jewel! Sincerely, Olive

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

I am on the fence about calling this "very good" or "average". In the end I went with pretty good as it was clean as a whistle, and the breakfast was very good. We thought the Malecon House was also in a very good location and it had excellent parking.

Here's the rub: Apparently we are too loud. I would NEVER take kids here-they would be in trouble all the time. We were just talking by the pool (it was about 9-10 at night) and we were spoken sharply to by someone (a man-not exactly sure who) that other guest were trying to sleep and and to please either return to our room or lower our voices. We had not been drinking or anything like that, so we were not being loud or rowdy. We were really confused and kind of offended. Being in our late 30's, we are past the point where we feel like the kids in mom and dad's house, but that is how we felt.

After reading other reviews, I have come to the conclusion that we are the wrong "type" for Malecon House-and that is okay. Again, MH was very clean, we liked the rooms, food was good...but we felt like we were tiptoeing around Mom/Grandma's house, trying not to get mud on her carpets. I guess we just did not feel the "Island Vibe" of relaxation here. It felt a lot like a strict library. But if you like that sort of atmosphere, go for it! One other thing-I could hear every (and I mean "every"!!!) noise my next door neighbor was making. Some soundproofing would be good, as we could not look those folks in the face at brekky the next day.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms are nice.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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ViequesPom, Owner at Malecon House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2013

We thank you for your review and appreciate the very positive comments about Malecón House, especially those about our breakfast, excellent location with parking, cleanliness and rooms. Nice to know that your positive experiences stayed just as fresh in your memory after 9 months as ‘the incident’.
I have read your review several times and really do not understand why you would say we are not suitable for children. We adore children (of all ages) and find it a joy to have them on the property. We are about the only property of our type that does. We wanted to have a guest house to meet people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, etc. and we have no ‘typical guest’ - they are all unique with their likes, dislikes, wants and needs. We try our best to cater to all.
It is our belief that another guest made that remark to you and we have little control over what one guest says to another. Maybe you were a little bit louder than you thought. You noted yourself that you were unsure who the man was- Robin speaks with a distinctive English accent and would never tell anybody to go to their rooms (the last time he tried was with our daughter when she was 16 and that definitely did not go well!) and our night watchman definitely has a Spanish accent. We are used to people enjoying themselves after a night out. We researched and picked this location as the best place in Vieques for our guests to enjoy all that our island offers and we believe that is what we have. Lastly, it amazes me that you heard so much through the 6” masonry walls. Guests regularly comment on how quiet it is inside the hotel. Sometimes our garden Coquis (Puerto Rican tree frogs) can be a little loud when they are being amorous.
Happy Christmas, Marsha

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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We've both traveled the world and enjoyed every minute at Malecon House. The owners went above and beyond to make sure our trip ran smoothly. We happened to arrive in San Juan during a day long torrential downpour with all the commuter flights cancelled. Everyone at the hotel stayed in touch with us to make sure no matter what time we finally arrived at the island there would be someone there to welcome us to the hotel.

We had everything we needed in the room. The refrigerators were great to keep drinks cool for the beach days and there are many convenience stores in walking distance to pick up basic supplies. The hot water and water pressure were fabulous (unlike some other hotels on the island) and we had a lovely patio on our room. On rainy days there were umbrellas available and on sunny days there are always coolers, beach chairs, towels, ice, beach umbrellas, swimming noodles, etc. for you to pick up and use.

We loved the location. Waking up to the ocean every morning and being able to walk to numerous restaurants for dinners. We are counting down the days till we find another opportunity to stay at Malecon House again! Don't even think twice. Just book it and you will love every minute on the island and hope you get stranded here again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

My wife and I stayed in the 'Buena Vista' for three nights back in January of 2013. Sure -- I agree with the BrooklynTraveller (even a year later) that the place is "expensive for what you get," but that's because I've never before dropped nearly $900 for that short a stay on the island -- and we've been visiting since the "navy days" ...long before the corporate "W's" and "boutique" crowd moved in.

BUT, we are still impressed with Marsha & Robin, as managers -- especially Marsha's recent effort to reply to a negative review. We enjoyed meeting them both, even though there was rarely an opportunity to properly "chat them up." It was an extremely busy time for them, and we know what a tough gig it is to run a place like that. They both handled the daily stress and little hassles (guests who carelessly left the gate open!) with grace and humour.

I appreciate how they designed the Malecon House and had no problem with the bed or anything else, really. I understand the tourism biz as a typical supply & demand situation, where a "fee" charged for a "service" might seem quite high; but there's usually a competitor offering something a bit 'lower.' I can choose the less expensive, but I may still leave feeling like I overpaid "for what you get."

All-in-all, we would recommend the Malecon House. If you desire a more laid-back (and affordable) beach island getaway -- hop over to CULEBRA! That, for us, is much like Vieques USED TO BE :^) No one there, for the most part, is trying to out-posh the next guy.

One personal peeve I had with our stay was really the actions of other guests -- always stepping just outside their ground-level room to suck on their damn cigarettes. Marsha & Robin politely and rightfully request that their rooms be kept smoke-free; but having that stench wafting up to one's $300 balcony every day, courtesy of the sophisticated NY couple below, was enough to keep me away next time. The 'smoke-free zone' should be required throughout the property. After all -- it's literally steps across the street to the seaside MALECON, where young couples can snuggle and romantically smoke their lives away!

Cheers to the Poms! Well done.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Our stay at the Malecon House was the disappointment of our trip to Puerto Rico, especially after reading all of the positive reviews online. These reviews rave about the owners, but never once did they introduce themselves during our entire stay. The people who otherwise work there were not helpful in providing information, seemed more preoccupied with their own personal calls than with answering questions, and did not even take the time to show us around the property when we arrived. We were very disappointed as this claimed hospitality is why we chose the Malecon over other impersonal properties (i.e. the W).

The good news: the location is great and the common areas of the building are very clean and beach-appropriate as are the bedrooms. The items left for guests to use (coolers, chairs, umbrellas) were very helpful, though it would benefit Malecon to also have snorkeling stuff, just as many other island B&Bs supply for guests. Similarly, it would be nice if they had some sort of "honor bar" for guests to use (or room bar) so that guests do not have to go out to buy every item each time s/he wants something to drink.

The bad news: the beds are incredibly uncomfortable and cheap, which they try to mask by putting on thin egg crate mattress toppers and breakfast is abysmal with bruised old fruit (in the tropics? how can they not get fresh fruit?) and granola/cereal (but not even yogurt as others have pointed out).

We really wanted to like this place - and were very excited about it. And, while it looks nice from afar and it is well-located, it just didn't have the warmth, hospitality, or special touches that elevate a property like this from something average to something truly special. For what it is, it is definitely overpriced.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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ViequesPom, Owner at Malecon House, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2013

We are sorry that we did not live up to your expectations. It’s hard to understand that you stayed at the same place as the many positive previous reviewers- all senior reviewers with many detailed reviews to their name. However, a poor review is bound to happen and the solution is to accept with grace – apologize, then make ourselves even better…… and enjoy being on the beautiful island of Vieques.
At check in (3–6pm) guests are guided to their rooms and given an introduction to Malecon House. You arrived about 9 pm and as arranged there was someone here to greet you. It also means that we would tend to leave a tour of the property until the next day in the light. Important in-room items are noted- AC, hot-hot water, safe etc. Also pointed out are ice machine, hot/cold water dispenser, the gate (to keep the wild horses out of the garden and off the plants at night) and late serving restaurants that guests can easily walk to. If Robin or I missed making sure that you were properly welcomed the next day and we did not connect altogether, we do apologize. Sometimes on short stays our paths do not cross for a proper introduction and perhaps you hadn’t realized the grey haired guy working in the garden every morning is Robin and Marsha is the one walking around with a cheery/goofy smile on her face. Perhaps we need to update our old website photos- or not…... Robin’s been a little out of things this past month with an old back injury and flu. We’ve also had no phone line for most of November and the staff has been on their cells a lot doing all of the concierge things we do. We are blessed with truly wonderful staff- they are a great asset.
Regarding the scarcity of good, locally grown fruit, I think the TA forum posts are helpful- link below.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147326-i649-k4539927-Where_are_all_the_local_fruits_and_veggies_in_Vieques-Isla_de_Vieques_Puerto_Rico.html

Please note that the political comments are not mine but I think the forum posts give a fair picture of the fresh local fruit situation on island. We grow some of our own but it’s not always in season.
We take to heart your comments- and others- about breakfast yoghurt and will be including this in approx. two weeks (subject to availability as we are an island off an island and virtually everything is imported via the inconsistencies of the ferry service). However, we inform on our website what our simple continental breakfast contains and it is not intended to be a major meal. We are lucky to have great restaurants very close by who serve a delicious cooked breakfast and soft and hard drinks. Whilst we love to do things as nicely as humanly possible, I’ll let you into a secret: after close to 40 years in the Caribbean we follow the KISS principle. (Keep It Simple Stupid)……..it works.
The bed in your particular room is called a platform bed- it is solid wood and believe me- much to my husband’s chagrin- I have never picked out anything cheap in my entire life!. The eggshell topper is on to keep you cool- I really don’t think you would of enjoyed sleeping with the sheet directly on the waterproof mattress pad we are required to have on the mattresses. We do have rooms with more traditional – king sized 4 poster and sleigh beds that you might of been more familiar with.
Today is a beautiful day in Vieques- a lovely fresh morning. The rain that we’ve had for much of November and during your visit has blown itself out and the gardens at Malecon House have never looked better. The hummingbirds are filling themselves from all the flowers and I am amazed at all the different colors of green there can be. I enjoyed a lovely walk on Esperanza Beach and the water was crystal clear; the sky blue with clouds of fluffy white. I wish you would visit us again- we would pamper you and show there are so many simple wonderful things to enjoy at Malecón House and Vieques.
Marsha

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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This is a spectacular property in Vieques. If you have not been here, stay here.

The Property: One thing that doesn’t come through in the reviews is how lush the area is just to the east of the property. It has a rain forest/Costa Rican feel to it and the smell from all the surrounding foliage and flowers is intoxicating. The cocqui frogs at night are not quiet but if you complaining about frog noise then perhaps you should vacation in a large metropolitan area rather than Vieques. The property is well-maintained and very clean. The pool is a little gem. It is not a token pool and the website photos simply cannot do it justice. It is set among the lush edge of the property and offers you a quiet place to relax after beach hopping.

The Rooms: Our room (Mar Azul) was very clean and simple. The highlight was the terrace which faced the sea. It had comfortable chairs and came equipped with a mini-fridge. The beds were comfortable and the view overlooking the Caribbean Sea was extraordinary. When we stayed air conditioning was a must, so we heard very little street or bar noise over the noise of the air conditioner. The rooms were cleaned daily; no complaints.

The owners: Marsha and Robin are gracious hosts and very knowledgeable and helpful.

The Location: Malecon House is near the edge of the strip on Esperanza. It was so convenient to walk to the restaurants down the street and not have to drive or park. We were a 1 minute walk from Belly Buttons which was our favorite bar on the whole Esperanza strip. It was great to enjoy an evening drinking Pain Killers and then be in our room 2 minutes later. The Green Store around the bend from the strip is stocked with food, beer, wine, drinks and toiletries. We were able to stock up on our beach needs such as beverages.

The Fringe Benefits: one of the unsung benefits of Malecon House is that it offers ice, plastic coolers, comfortable beach chairs, beach towels, beach toys and equipment and umbrellas for beach hopping. We came to Vieques for the beaches and Malecon House did more than enough to equip us to enjoy them. We were able to pack up our Jeep and have everything we needed to spend an entire day relaxing on the magnificent Vieques beaches.

The Breakfast: suitable. Sure, the fruit could be fresher and more offerings made. Even some yogurt would have given us a little protein. If you want a more elaborate breakfast, Belly Buttons (adjacent to Malecon House) can meet your needs.

Nitpicks: the room could use a little more color and perhaps some artwork to make it more warm. The bathroom lacked sufficient counterspace even though it was just two of us. The air conditioner was a touch on the loud side. The wi-fi only worked in common areas. We understand the ownership’s desire to encourage “unplugging” when on vacation, but we needed connectivity to research beaches, restaurants and activities on the island and wished to do so from the comfort of our room. If it’s a cost issue, we would have paid a small fee to have had that option. Lastly, the toilet paper was institutional.

We originally had reservations at the W Resort, but our desire to be closer to the restaurants, beaches and activities made our decision even easier. Malecon House offered us all of that. We were glad we made the switch. We look forward to our return trip to Vieques and Malecon House.

Room Tip: Fantastico and Mar Azul offer the best ocean views.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

My friend and I stayed here for a few nights and really enjoyed it. The location is perfect - a short walk down the road to rent snorkel gear and then a stroll along the beach and quick swim across the bay for some awesome snorkeling. The hotel had boogie boards and other beach toys we could borrow, and the hosts were very knowledgeable and friendly. It is right across the street from a board walk featuring amazing sun sets, and roof access makes for a nice view of the stars.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 105 Calle Flamboyan, 00765-4003, Puerto Rico
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Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
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Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Isla de Vieques
Price Range: £127 - £176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Malecon House 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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The recipient of TripAdvisor's 2015 Excellence Hall of Fame Award, Malecon House is a 13-room inn situated on the Malecon, a fun, picturesque Caribbean seaside boardwalk in the charming village of Esperanza, Vieques, Puerto Rico. Stroll to interesting beach bars, a variety of restaurants, boutiques and exciting island-style activities. Close by, enjoy fine dining, upscale shopping, funky exotic nightlife, exhilarating ocean sports and beaches of unmatched natural beauty. Or enjoy peaceful seaside relaxation in the hotel’s beautiful gardens and oasis pool. The bioluminescent bay tours pick up right down the street where you can also rent snorkel gear, kayaks and jet skis. Free onsite parking though a car is not essential. We offer a complimentary continental breakfast on our sea view terrace where you can savor Puerto Rican coffee, tea, cereal, fresh fruit and homemade muffins. ... more   less 
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