We had a nice stay at Evamer in August 2012. What a fabulous setting right on the ocean. The beach there is beautiful and we enjoyed walking there each morning and searching for sea glass, of which we collected quite a bit. The property appears very modest from the road, but once you set inside the security of its gates, you see the grounds including beautiful palms and flowering plants, along with a small pool, all set right on the edge of the ocean, with views of bots coming into the harbor at the town of Isabella II. This is probably one of the nicest settings on the island and was the starting point for our many great adventures we experienced on Viequez, including lots of beach time, snorkeling, the bio bay, horseback riding, and exploring.
Thew property includes a main residence, several separate rooms and cottages. We stayed in a cottage, which was smallish but very adequate for two. With the kitchenette we were able to prepare breakfast each day which we then enjoyed on our porch which had a view of the grounds, pool and ocean-very relaxing. The room itself was comfortable and well decorated, with cool AC which was nice for those warmer times at night, and lots of windows for taking advantage of the breezes. In many ways, we had a wonderful stay, but several minor and not-so-minor issues changed that impression and left the entire experience short of what it could have been.
As someone else pointed out, the kitchen had no spices or other housekeeping items whatsoever which we expected, not even salt and pepper, a minor inconvenience.
Getting problems fixed in a timely fashion was an issue.
We had no hot water in the bathroom sink throughout our visit (well over a week). We alerted the manager, Eva (who says she is the owner), on our first day of this problem which her handyman fixed by unhooking other plumbing and flooding the bathroom. And after this "fix", we had no hot water to the shower or the rest of the cottage either. So, yes, it was cold showers and boiling our water for 2 days. After waiting for her promised fix to the sink (which never came) we asked that the hot water to the shower be fixed at least, so we could take showers. Finally, this was taken care of on the third day. However, we never had hot water to the bathroom sink at any time. We were not offered access to any other rooms to shower, though this would seem to have been a reasonable fix as rooms were available.
We tried to use the adjacent hot tub but it did not work (never got hot).
Reading reviews, you hear about the great impression Mark, the previous manager, made on guests and their satisfaction with their stay. Well, he no longer works here and management of the details which make a place run smoothly appears to have suffered.
The current manager says her daughter handles all the business arrangements, including rates and payments. She used that as an excuse for not offering us any sort of accommodating for the inconvenience of having no hot water for 2-3 days. Yet we only dealt with her, financially and otherwise both in person and via email.
Overall, this is a wonderful property, in an amazing setting. The management side, however, had some very rough edges and was a concern. For our next trip, I plan to stay elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on the beach on the north shore of Vieques, EvaMer has incredible views of the beach and ocean along with Culebra and the main island in the background. It is just 5 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from Isabella Segunda, the main town. Our rooms offer king beds, AC, cable TV, kitchenettes, private bathrooms, private patios and all come with beach chairs, towels and coolers. Assistance with car rental available as well. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Evamer Hotel Isla De Vieques