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“Best location on Quiet side of Esperanza. Cute and quant basic rooms”

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Trade Winds Guesthouse
Ranked #14 of 32 Isla de Vieques B&B and Inns
Virginia
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“Best location on Quiet side of Esperanza. Cute and quant basic rooms”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

If you want granite and glitz, this isn't your place. If you are all about location, are onk with a basic place spruced up with art drawn on the walls, and being on the quiet side of Esperanza, across from the ocean and beach (albeit not the beach you would spend hours in) this is the place for you.

Great for kids too and one night stays for trips to the BIOBAY. Few places will let you do a short term like this.

Amazing restaurant too, with waterfront views.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

I first stayed at TradeWinds MANY years ago after spending a horrendous night elsewhere on the island. Got up in the morning and looked elsewhere, ending up at TradeWinds, where the lackadaisical summer staff put us up.

If you're expecting pampered luxury, this is not the place for you. If you enjoy camping out, as I do, TradeWinds may seem like luxury. The rooms are a very comfortable step up from camping out. Don't expect TVs, phones, or luxury bathrooms. DO expect clean rooms and good AC. That's what you'll get. You might get the odd bug (this IS the tropics, and they're right outside).

My first experience at TradeWinds was good enough that I have revisited the place 6 or 7 times since, and I have enjoyed it every time, especially the service from the owners (Harry and Janet) and the regulars.

I understand that staffing the place in the off-season is a problem. That's true everywhere. I have been to several out-of-the-way places in the Caribbean off-season, and you will find restaurants closed and guest houses staffed by temporary ex-pats without much in the way of hospitality skills. This has been less of a problem at TradeWinds than elsewhere.

The rooms are very comfortable--if just to sleep in--and their breakfasts are a great way to start the day. Equally good marks for the restaurant and bar.

I have enjoyed every stay at Tradewinds and I look forward to my next stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

This is a very, very basic room. We had 2 rooms. One room didn't have an outlet. Both rooms didn't have a tv, no phone, no hairdryer. The closet is open to the bed area. The air conditioning did work. We slept on the ground level and for me seeing the geiko crawling up the outside wall was scary. It didn't come in the room but I was scared because there was a small opening in our door. The rooms were clean, the bed was terribly hard and uncomfortable. It was a place to sleep but there was a loud disturbance at night from a drunk hotel guest that woke everyone in the hotel up. The check out process the staff was very rude and not helpful.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

This is a very simple, basic place. Our room was clean; the beds were semi-comfortable (until my foam mattress slipped off the platform in the middle of the night). It was, essentially, a place to sleep. That is, except for the extraordinarily loud street noise the first night we were there; it was a holiday, and there was very loud bar music, combined with cars cruising back and forth with their stereos (bass) at full volume, until late at night. But the second night wasn't as loud.

The outside courtyard is a nice place to sit--much better than in the room. The complimentary breakfast is good.

It looks as though three or four older women run this hotel. A couple of them are pretty nice and friendly, although one is not friendly or personable at all; when I talked to her, I always felt that she was kind of pissed off at me just for being there.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We stayed at Tradewinds a few years ago, and we liked it enough to re-book there upon a return trip to Vieques. Unfortunately, Tradewinds is not as pleasant today as I remember a few years back, and the management doesn't appear to be putting much effort into the place. It wasn't horrible, but I believe you can find better accommodations in Esperanza at a similar price.

The good parts about Tradewinds are the location and price. These are still true, and many reviewers here have commented on them.

The unpleasant parts include the following:
1. Unhelpful staff, sometimes to the point of extreme rudeness. This is not universally true, and we had some very positive experiences with a couple of staff in both the office and restaurant. We had a couple of very negative experiences with office staff, including an extended issue at checkout making it difficult for us to catch our transportation off the island. There are a number of reviews here noting similar problems. Overall, I would say about half my contacts with staff were characterized by rudeness or mildly hostile indifference. This doesn't ruin a stay, but it certainly colors the experience and is unnecessary.

2. Poor maintenance. Our bathroom included a poorly-draining shower and noisily-leaking faucet. Given issues noted with staff, we didn't bother trying to get these corrected, so perhaps they might have been... but I was skeptical. The room wasn't dirty, but it wasn't particularly clean either.

3. Opaque policies on rooms. We had previously stayed in the lower level, whose rooms are very dark. I booked early and asked about a room on a higher level, and I was told those were not available to short-term guests. In talking with other guests there, this turned out not to be true.

My feelings on the restaurant are neutral. We had a nice meal there one night, and we were treated pretty well. Service was also remarkably slow (other tables were quite agitated), and staff didn't do much to mollify upset customers. It wasn't one of our favorite meals on Vieques by any stretch, and the prices are not particularly cheap.

Tradewinds has the air of a place that can get by because it's in a great location and doesn't have to try too hard. Well, Esperanza is fantastic; and Tradewinds has a great spot on the Malecon. But there are equally inexpensive places in town that seem to do a much better job in welcoming guests and providing well-maintained lodging. I wouldn't tell someone to avoid Tradewinds, but I would definitely recommend shopping around.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is an island / family run place from way back. And you feel 'way back' when you sit at bar waiting for someone in a Panama Hat to come in and ask about tea time. You feel like you are in a movie.

The food is good, the people real (which means if they have been hassled that night you will know it lol) and the setting is pretty darn nice.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

YES, I would stay here again. This is the deal. The island of Vieques is paradise without much infrastructure. There is no reason to stay in your room but to sleep. If you usually spend a lot of time in your room, don't stay here. (Oh, and you totally need a car, preferably an SUV, to get to the most beautiful places on the island.)

The rooms at Trade Winds are very simple - just a plain (mostly) dark room with a mini fridge, AC, a very simple/small bathroom and maybe one window. The furnishings look slightly worn and something about the bad art is charming. I stayed at Trade Winds for a week, with the first few days in their casita in back (with a travel mate) and the last days in one of their bottom floor rooms (solo).

A simple breakfast is provided in the morning. The restaurant, open in the evening, is absolutely delicious!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Trade Winds Guesthouse
Address: 107 Calle Flamboyan, 00765-4003, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
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Ranked #14 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the south side of Vieques, Esperanza fishing village is the place to be. Since 1984, Trade Winds - within walking distance of beaches and restaurants - has offered affordable rooms, a congenial atmosphere, popular bar and fine restaurant specializing in Caribbean lobster. All rooms are air-conditioned, non-smoking and most have shared terraces. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served al fresco overlooking the tranquil harbor. Easy access to biobay tours makes Trade Winds the savvy choice. ... more   less 
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