Inn on the Blue Horizon is like being in heaven, if heaven needed a deep cleaning and attention to a few details. I have wanted to stay at the Inn ever since they opened back in the 90’s. I’m always attracted to smaller hotels that offer a more unique experience and privacy. My partner and I stayed there from January 7th – 10th 2013. Originally we were going to stay a year earlier but my partner had to have emergency gallbladder surgery 2 weeks prior to our vacation. Needless to say we had to cancel our Puerto Rico vacation. The manager was very professional and agreed to rebook our reservation for this year. Upon arriving to the hotel you get a sense of being somewhere tropical, remote and private. A long dirt path from the main road brings you to the parking lot and the main buildings. There is no sign to direct you to the front office but it is fairly apparent where to go. We proceeded to check –in at the office. Ivana was working and assisted us in our check-in. Ivana was very pleasant and professional. She accompanied us to our room and gave us a tour of the facilities and the grounds. Unfortunately our room was not what I was expecting, a large bedroom with a king size bed, but it lacked the charm of the rooms featured in the website. It didn’t have any appeal, no antiques, no interesting art or décor. The bathroom was minuscule, like it was an afterthought. It had ocean views but regrettably unless you stood in front of the windows you wouldn’t see anything. To make things worse this room is next to the office and the public bathrooms for the bar & restaurant. There is the feeling of being exposed to everyone at the bar and at the office. The following morning Ginnette was working at the office so I asked her what other rooms were available so we could switch. Ginnette was very attentive, responsive and friendly. She allowed us to switch to one of the duplex villas, as long as we paid the difference in price, which we were more than happy to do so. We were given the Isabella room, the farthest room and closest to the water. Unlike our previous room, this room was very private and well appointed. The bed was comfortable enough, the air conditioner work well and the bathroom was adequate. The large bathroom window did not have a curtain so if someone was walking by, they would be able to see into the bathroom. I had to take a towel and hang it over the window so we could have privacy. The front porch was private and had a good view of the ocean. The room was clean overall but a few details weren’t so. The window screens were dirty and the window sill between the screen and the glass were covered with dead insects. Some of the windows had weeds growing inside and all the glass windows were soiled.
The grounds have the potential of being stunning. The views of the ocean and the surroundings are dramatic, but the landscape is neglected. The grass was overgrown upon our arrival but it was mowed the following day, but they never took care of the edges. The lack of attention to detail was evident all throughout the hotel. The infinity pool is impressive but the lounge chairs’ cushions are all stain with mildew. Table lamps at the bar were dusty and full of dead bugs.
The bar and Restaurant are open air and very attractive. The atmosphere is tropical and relaxed. Adam the bartender/ waiter was very polite and helpful. All of our meals at the restaurant were outstanding. Should you want a different option for dinner, I highly recommend El Quenepo in Esperanza on the malecon (esplanade). It’s expensive but worth it. By the way all the employees we encounter at the Inn were very helpful and professional, great costumer service.
We will come back and stay at the Inn on the Blue Horizon next time we are in Vieques. I just hope they will be more attentive to the small details.
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