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“Good overall, but...” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa de Kathy
Barrio Esperanza | 367 Bromelias Street, 00765, Puerto Rico   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #10 of 31 Isla de Vieques B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good overall, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed at Casa de Kathy for 3 nights in January 2013. I have to admit that upon arrival, Kathy gave us excellent information and tips on all kinds of topics from excursions to restaurants. We thought it was helpful and we were grateful for it. She also prepared an excellent breakfast on our first morning there.The room was spacious and clean, and there were nice touches added into the room that made it even better. However, hot water was not one of those special touches. Every single shower we had during our stay was cold. My only other complaint was the lack of privacy. I asked for an extra blanket and she was hesitant to give me one because she said that our room should not cold enough that we should need a blanket. I'd like to point out that we always turned off the air conditioner during the day. We turned it on only at night while out to dinner. And while we were out that night, she left the blanket I had requested and turned off our AC. I find this a little much; I mean we are paying for this room and have a right to keep it cool at night. I don't think she should have gone into our room and turned it off. There were also other little things she said and did that also lacked privacy.

However, overall it was a pleasant stay. Her house is located just a couple blocks from the more popular beach (Esperanza) and also where most restaurants and bars can be found. She also had bicycles for rent at a cheaper rate ($15/day) which we enjoyed very much. I would recommend this B & B but keep in mind that you are staying on someone's property and sometimes that may feel a little closer than you might be used to.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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casadekathy, Owner at Casa de Kathy, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
This is a wonderful review and I appreciate the time taken to write it. If there was any problem with the hot water, it would be the first report of this kind from any guest. The hot water is plentiful.

Casa de Kathy supports energy conservation and, therefore, guests are required to shut off the AC when they go out. I am happy to say that my guests support this effort to help our planet survive.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed 2 days with my family which included 2 young-adult sons in early January. We really enjoyed our time at Casa de Kathy and wish we had planned a longer stay! Kathy was wonderfully helpful both before (with many informative emails and answers to my questions) as well as during our stay (she provided a sit-down orientation to the area when we arrived, as well as useful brochures and maps, and was very accessible for further information and loan/rental of equipment). The unit we stayed in (2-bedroom) was lovely, and fully and comfortably equipped (including a fully functional kitchen). And her house is just a short walk from the main street in Esperanza so the location was very convenient as well. Some have commented that only the bedrooms have air conditioning - this is true but there were fans available in the other rooms so we were perfectly comfortable with this, particularly since the weather while we were there was quite mild and not humid.

I would highly recommend her house as a great place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed in the studio-king size bed apt. Very well kept , comfortable and fully equipped, great back yard and also a shared balcony. We enjoyed everything about our stay there. It is also very conviniently located , few minutes walk to all the restaurants, beach, bakery.

Best part is, even before we arrived Cathy was very helpful in passing information of the place around, things to do, tours to book etc. Her emails were very very informative and useful. When we arrived she personally greeted us and after check-in she sat with to show the area map and shared all the possible information we would require to go around the place.

One thing to note is, there are ceratin "rules" this property has - tip toe if you arriving after 10 pm, cannot use laundry after 9 pm , switch off the ac when you leave and a few more. So if you are in a big group and like to hang out in the room later...this may not be the place :).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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casadekathy, Owner at Casa de Kathy, responded to this review, May 30, 2013
This was great review! I would like to confirm that Casa de Kathy does have a few guidelines so that all my guests can have a great vacation. The guidelines include all the normal stuff you would expect at a guest house in a residential area: quiet in the common grounds after 10 PM and no use of the washer after 9 PM. We also require the AC to be turned off when you go out. This studio apartment would be inappropriate for a large group, but I have a two bedroom apartment suitable for 4-5 people. Happy to know this guest really enjoyed Vieques.
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My wife and I went to Vieques for our honeymoon. I did some research and found that Casa de Kathy was a good place to stay, so we chose it. Right after we arrived, we know we made a right choice. Kathy, who is the owner, is a very sweet lady. She introduced the good restaurant, beautiful bay, where to snorkel, where to hike on her own initiative. We only stay there one night, but I can feel Kathy is a very sweet and considerate lady. The check out time there is 11:00 am, but the ferry we planned to take is at 3:00 pm. Kathy will not be there when we leave, she still did her best to help us find a place to store our bags, so that we can do some hiking on the beach and enjoy the beautiful sea view after check out.
And to our surprise, on the first day, when we came back from the biobay tour, we found a note on a small blackboard, writing that "happy honeymoon". That's really sweet.
The rooms there are very clean, and fully equipped. you can cook there yourself. I highly recommend people wants to visit Vieques island stay there. And the island is worthy to visit.

Room Tip: there's no swimming pool, but i don't think anyone need a swimming pool with the ocean besid...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Clemente, CA
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We spent our Christmas in Esperanza on Isla Vieques so we wanted to make it special. Casa de Kathy was the perfect choice. The two-bedroom apartment was clean, comfortable and fully equipped with everything we needed. It had a homey feeling and without a tv we were able to play games with our teenagers and enjoy some laughs. Kathy was really informative about the area and resources. She helped us find a great dive operation when we had waited until the last minute to book. The beds were comfortable, which is usually not the case in a rental so that was a bonus. I would not hesitate to recommend Casa de Kathy and will stay there when we return to Esperanza!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Clean ..... comfortable....well equipped... lots of towels.. even a choice of games we could play with our family. Kathy provided us with all the information we needed including some we didn't think to ask about. Close enough to town but away enough to be quiet. Great price!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Biarritz, France
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

The place was nice, well decorated and clean : we were feeling like home. The only thing, it was very hot in the 2 bedroom apartment, and if you don't like the air cond. you don't have the choice if you want to sleep.
Kathy had provided to us all the good information to have a nice time at Esperanza! Books, maps, everything you need to know!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Barrio Esperanza | 367 Bromelias Street, 00765, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 31 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 & 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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