We stayed at Hacienda Tamarindo for 3 nights. The pluses - (1) It has an excellent location. (2) It includes breakfast. We thought breakfast was very good, with a daily special and fruit. It easily saves you $10-$15 per person, plus the hassle of having to go somewhere to eat. (3) The hotel has a beautiful view, a nice pool area and a hammock to relax. (4) The hotel personnel was very helpful and accommodating. They made dinner reservations at local restaurants, (another must if you want to eat at the finer restaurants) and were always available to help.They actually let us have breakfast 1/2 hour early to our early flight on Monday morning. That is good customer service! (5) The room was spacious. The Minuses - There are few minuses in my opinion. It is peak season in Vieques, so any hotel will be VERY expensive compared to low season. Our room was in front of the breakfast dining area and you could clearly hear voices when people were at the entrance downstairs or in the breakfast area. The Hacienda Tamarindo seems to cater to the baby boomer generation, so it was not really a problem, because people seem to hole up early and being on vacation they get up late. But it is something to be aware of if you are sensitive to noises. Our room had air-conditioning and this also helps mitigate any noise. The room also had a slight odor when we entered coming from the bathroom. Once you turned on the AC and closed the bathroom door, you did not smell it and I informed the manager, so I am sure they will take corrective action. A final point - If you don't want to risk your life walking to Sun Bay and La Esperanza or depend on unreliable taxi service, you need a car. I would recommend a car to anyone traveling to Vieques, who really wants to get a feel for the island. We had a car, which the hotel personnel graciously reserved for us in advance. You should reserve the car when you book the hotel reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vieques’ Hacienda Tamarindo offers 17 very special rooms, each lovingly and creatively designed and decorated by owner, Linda Vail -- her swan song after over 20 years as a commercial interior designer. Each guest room and public space is unique; imaginatively spiced with a lifetime’s accumulation of art, antiques, and collectibles. An ancient Tamarind tree in the lobby atrium majestically rises three stories through the center of the building. Terraces, courtyards, and sitting rooms offer ample space for relaxation and conversation. The Hacienda is perched on a hilltop with spectacular 180 degree views of the Caribbean -- from sunrise to sunset; looking down on the bedazzling, ever-changing myriad of blue, emerald and turquoise waters. Caribbean trade winds and lazy paddle fans keep you cool and comfortable. Here, you can fall asleep to a tree frog serenade and awake to the smell of jasmine on the gentle sea breeze. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Tamarindo Hotel Isla De Vieques