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“Amazing host and great location”
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Casa de Kathy
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Amazing host and great location”
Reviewed 20 January 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Casita behind Casa Bromelia as part of our honeymoon December 23-26 2013. The little Casita was perfect for us as it was nice, quite, and private. The location in Esperanza was perfect as it was a very quick walk to the Malecon, but just far enough away to be out of the commotion. It is also close enough to walk to some amazing beaches (Sun Bay & Media Luna) so we were fine with not having a rental car.

What really made our trip extra special was our experience with Kathy. She was very professional, kind, accommodating and was very helpful for us 1st timers to the island. She knows EVERYTHING about Vieques, so be sure to soak up all the knowledge and tidbits you can during your stay. She gave great dining (El Quenepo & Blue Horizon) and beach recommendations, and can help you book excursions and/or taxis for whatever you want to do.

I would HIGHLY recommend staying at either Casa De Kathy or Casa Bromelia. Esperanza is the place to be on the island and you can't have a better host than Kathy!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

The two bedroom is clean, spacious and convenient. All restaurants and beach are within walking distance. Kathy is very friendly and has lots of information about the little town. Definitely will stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Well, I will start with Kathy changing the price of the apartment. I stated on the phone that we were two couples with one chid and a baby ( 4 months). We try to stayed at the beach but the weather was impossible. We stood one night at the beach and in the middle of the night we needed to go to the car. Next date after the storm, we were looking for a place to stay on our second night and we found La Casa de Kathy in a local newspaper. Kathy informed us that she had a two bedroom apartment for $105 the night. Since not all our stuff from camping will fit in the car with all of us, we decide to make two trips, first mom with the children and second our partners. Once Kathy saw our partners decide to increase the fee, counting us like 6. She explained that she needed to charged $25 extra for the baby because " they made garbage too". She made up many explanations about discounts, her broken spanish to justify her fee changes. She also ask us many questions about who we were and what we do... I believe Kathy hasn't been exposed to local people staying or simply people of color. Her tone was very judgmental and "pushy".
Ok, we were in desperate need to find a place to stay so we took it anyways.

Second, our stuff from camping was completely wet and we utilize the "marquesina" (garage) to put our tents to dry. In the middle of the night (2am) I went to get a shirt that I left in the garage and all of the sudden I found Kathy with her dog. I was shocked to noticed that Kathy was outside waiting for me. Kathy asked me if my friend was awake because one window in the room was not completely closed. Again it was 2 am in THE MORNING! I found very intrusive, creepy, and scary that she will be checking the windows from outside at 2AM in the morning.
I believe Kathy likes the company of the visitors but can't manage appropriately to establish clear and respectful boundaries.
I am Puerto Rican and I love Vieques but I couldn't feel more awkward and uncomfortable by Kathy's attempt of hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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casadekathy, Owner at Casa de Kathy, responded to this review, 7 December 2013
I recognize that this guest was not happy and that disturbs me. I appreciate that she took the time to say that I have a "beautiful place". Unfortunately I do not agree with her description of what went wrong.

In the phone conversation about this reservation, I understood that there would be four guests. At check-in, I became aware there were six in her party. Due to the misunderstanding, I graciously gave them a significant discount and they ended up paying LESS than the rate for four guests. I asked them several times if they were satisfied with the final price and understood that they were. They arrived at my place during the morning and I gave them an early check-in. They had ample time to go elsewhere if they did not like what I was being offered.

The statement about charging $25 for the baby is untrue. Babies are charged equal to one guest. I welcome children of all ages, which is not the case with many other Vieques rentals.

The other untrue statement is that we had a conversation at 2 AM in the morning in my driveway. I usually walk my dog between 8 and 10 pm. It was on my way upstairs from walking my dog that I found Ines in my driveway and told her I noticed a window open and that it would be helpful to close it while running the AC. No one but the frogs and the occasional rooster is up and about at 2 AM in this quiet and sleepy island of Vieques (and surely not on a Thursday evening).

I apologize if I contributed to making her uncomfortable during her stay. Was it my "broken Spanish" that contributed to the misunderstanding? I have been speaking conversational Spanish for more than 20 years. I have had the privilege of representing many community Vieques organizations in newspaper, radio and TV interviews (in Spanish). And I was also active in the Puerto Rican community in Boston where I used live. I think the problems in our communication did not come from language but from her unfortunate judgment of me. Paz, Kathy
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

The two bedroom is not only clean and spacious, but came fully stocked with kitchen supplies. Service was amazing. And most importantly it felt safe. Just a couple of blocks from the malecon. Will def recommend to anyone who is going to Vieques

  • Stayed November 2013
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Singapore
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Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at Kathy's for 2 nights. And I must say, it was amazing. The rooms, location and service was great, but having Kathy as our host was icing on our cake. She was informative and helpful. Through her website and convos with her, we got loads of information about the island. We really appreciate it as we spoke close to no Spanish, and were very foreign to Puerto Rico.
From her, we learnt about the protest against using the island for military bombing. Really insightful.
The whole island is filled with friendly people, though we couldn't really speak Spanish, simple smiles warmed things up. I would say having Kathy as our host made our stay 200% better.
THANK U KATHY!

  • Stayed October 2013
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grayslake
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

My friend and I stayed here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The 2 bedroom apartment was wonderful. It was clean and spacious and really close to everything! We walked to restaurants and bars, the place to be picked up for the bio bay tour, horseback riding, and the beach (although it is a bit of a walk so carrying the chairs was a challenge). It is an apartment so you can make your own food in the kitchen etc. The air conditioning is only in the bedrooms, but works perfectly and cools down the rooms very quickly. Kathy was super helpful. All in all it was a wonderful experience!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We stayed here for one night and the host is very nice and helpful!!! My friend and I wanted to go to the bio bay and she helped us to call the agency. Kathy is very nice. she gave us lots of trip advise and answered all our questions. she also provided lots of useful pamphlets and books with detailed information about Vieques on the desk in our living room.The 2-bedroom apartment was very nice too. It was clean and very well kept. The kitchen was well equipped. We could use anything in it. It was very comfortable to stay in the apartment. We don't have any negative experience here. Everything was just fine.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Casa de Kathy
Address: Barrio Esperanza | 367 Bromelias Street, 00765, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect Vacation Apartments. Walk two blocks to Caribbean beaches, coral reefs for snorkeling, bio-bay tours and boardwalk restaurants & shops. Studio sleeps up to 3 and two-bedroom sleeps up to 5. Discount for a week. Modern AC, TV/DVD & kitchens. Shared balcony with panoramic ocean-view. Located in quiet, residential village of Esperanza, fifteen minutes from ferry dock or airport. Resident-owner Kathy provides great hospitality and overview to Vieques culture, history, & attractions. ... more   less 
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