Bravo Beach Hotel is a hidden gem! Like others have said, this is not a resort, it's a boutique hotel but so much more than that. First off, unless you're staying only for a night, you shouldn't stay here unless you are renting a jeep. The beach on the hotel is not swimmable but boy does it make up with a beautiful view of the ocean. You'll definitely want either a jeep or planned daily excursions because you will get bored after a day. I followed the advice of the other reviewers and booked an upper level ocean view. I definitely agree that the ocean view room was more than worth it. We even saw a rainbow one morning. Our room was spacious and more modern than I had expected, with a super comfy platform bed and soft pillows. We also had a lovely balcony where we ate breakfast each morning, although the mosquitos were too much for me in the evening. Breakfast was also a nice surprise - hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, cereal, toast, peanut butter, jelly, butter, etc. They even had soy milk and juice provided.
I could go on and on about the hotel grounds because it's beautifully landscaped, with two small refreshing pools and plenty of places to lounge in the shade. I'll mention that while the hotel and the furnishings aren't sparkling new, everything is very tidy and you can really tell that the owners put a lot of hard work into keeping the hotel clean and well maintained. If you read my review of another boutique hotel, I mentioned that it's the small things that make or break these kinds of places and Bravo Beach Hotel didn't disappoint. The little things like having soft quality beach towels, beach chairs to borrow for free, super helpful people in the office, comfy sheets on the bed - made for an experience that we hope to have again in the future.
A few last comments on the surrounding town - yes it is a bit worn down and there are clear marks of poverty. The only part that made me nervous was walking along the small streets with the huge jeeps that zip around. It's a small but laid back area with a "fishing town" vibe. As a woman I am probably more paranoid about feeling "sketchiness" when I travel, but not once did I feel like that was a concern while walking around Isabella or elsewhere on Vieques. I hope to be back as soon. As my partner and I traveled to our next destination in San Juan, I missed hearing the roosters in the background and the friendly neighborhood dogs. We definitely said more than once "I miss Bravo Beach Hotel and Vieques." Sounds cheesy but there really is nothing else like this gem.
A little tip - if you're coming from the ferry, you can pretty much walk to this hotel so save yourself a taxi ride unless you have a ton of heavy bags or have trouble walking up the hills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bravo Beach Hotel is an 18 unit ocean front hotel consisting of 2 properties - the main hotel and Casa Roja (located just across the street). All guests have the same amenities and 24 hour access to the main hotel property. We are located on the Atlantic coast of Vieques, five minutes from the town of Isabel Segunda.Amenities include daily continental breakfast, wifi, satellite tv and free use of beach towels, chairs and coolers to take with you while you explore the island. Please note that while we are a coastal property, we do not have a swimming beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bravo Beach