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“Third trip - Just as nice as always”
Review of Casa de Amistad

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Casa de Amistad
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

We have considered renting a small house for our 10 day vacation on Vieques, but Owen and David make life so easy at Casa de Amistad.
The rooms are neat and clean, coffee is made when we get up in the morning and its really conveniently located. (It really is nice not having to drive for dinner or drinks in the evening) Because of this, we just keep coming back.
We stayed in room 7 this year which is the downstairs room. It was nice. There is now a door on the bathroom instead of beads, which was mentioned on a previous review. Being downstairs and around front separates you from the other guests which makes it a little more quiet too.
We still love Casa de Amistad!

Room Tip: Room 7 has separate street entry and no steps.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Only spent one night, but loved our stay. Booked last minute, got a perfect room for us four. It was the biggest room lucky that it was available. Sitting room and private bath. Thanks again for your hospitality, definitely will come again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Margievaldel
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Casa De Amistad had come highly recommended to us by 2 separate people. We arrived around 10 AM and our room was ready. David was very friendly and helpful during check in.

We had booked last minute and the only room left was one where the bathroom was down the hall from the room. The bathroom was private (not shared with any other guests). We had our own key to access it and it was immaculately clean. There is no window in the bathroom, but there was a small fan to make sure that air circulated.

Our guest room was a decent size and spartan yet tastefully decorated. AC/ceiling fan worked fine. We are early risers and have no noise complaints. Communal kitchen was very clean and well equipped.

Best part about the place was the mini pool -- perfect for a quick dip or lounging. Even though the guesthouse was full -- we rarely saw other guests and never felt like we were competing for any shared space.

David and Owen are very normal AND lovely people -- friendly, helpful, laid back and great hosts. They even offered to drop us at the airport on the last day and wouldn't take money for the extra beach towel we used.

We took advantage of the free wireless, beach chairs, coolers and ice packs -- no complaints what-so-ever about quality. Now that we know the lay of the land, we'd probably rent a house for our next visit, but wouldn't hesitate recommending this guesthouse to others. One tip would be to pay more and get a room with ensuite bathroom. Just make sure you book early.

Right down the street is a very delicious cafe called Mamasonga. Definitely check it out!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jenny P
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Stayed here for two nights in March 2012. We were supposed to stay for three, but there was a thunderstorm the first night and planes were not flying out to Vieques. Owen/David were understanding on the phone when I called the day I was supposed to check in, and suggested a couple places to stay in San Juan where we were "stranded" for the night. We were not charged for the missed night, and we were able to leave our bags and get a meal while our room was cleaned up for early check-in the following day.

The house is lovely, and the backyard with small pool is a really relaxing spot for morning coffee and reading. We stayed in Room 7, which is on the side of the house with a separate gated entrance. Not sure how the upstairs rooms are, but I would say it might be a little better to stay on the 2nd Floor rather than having to exit the house (they are very good about having locks at all gates/entrances) to access to the kitchen, pool area, etc. Also - a small detail that may be helpful to others - there is no door to the bathroom. The bathroom area is set off by a beaded curtain and the rest of the bathroom (toilet, shower) is set back. For couples who don't live together or are THAT comfortable with each other (ie first romantic vacation together) it might be a turnoff. The private porch is fine, but the shared backyard patio is much nicer. The roosters and dogs make noise at all hours of the night, but you get used to it!

The neighborhood is not by the main beach area in Esperanza (a $12-$15 cab ride usually), but there is a good number of restaurants to check out that are walking distance from Casa de Amistad. It's very close to the ferry dock and our cab charged us only $6 from the airport.

Overall I would recommend Casa de Amistad for its warm and friendly staff, but if you want to be minutes from the beach, stay in the Esperanza neighborhood.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

We only spent a night here at Casa de Amistad but we were really happy about what they offered. Upon arrival at the island by ferry, the hotel is only within walking distance from the ferry terminal. It's conveniently located near a few good restaurants and a supermarket/car rental place. The hotel owners gave us good advice and recommendations on where to eat and visit. Our room was clean and came with AC, the bathroom came with hot water, our stay was really comfortable.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

My boyfriend and I are both locals, living in San Juan, stayed in Casa de Amistad back in January. I have to admit, every aspect of our stay (from our room, to the entire island of Vieques) was wonderful! Owen, the owner, is awesome! He has a terrific charisma and was very helpful! My only complaint is that my stay was too short, so I'm looking forward to going back and fully experience Vieques hands on. Definitely a place worth staying!

Room Tip: Ask for room number 4, it was lovely! It has it's own balcony.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank adrian-rienadire
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

As others have mentioned, Owen rocks. He's the perfect host and will offer suggestions based on his years on Vieques. He's like an old friend instantly.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Additional Information about Casa de Amistad

Address: 27 Calle Benitez Castano, 00765-3027, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price Range: $118 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa de Amistad is a cozy seven room guesthouse located in the heart of Isabel Segunda on the Island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Close to the ferry, restaurants, bars, museums and the town plaza. A/C, pool, courtyard garden, common kitchen are just some of the amenities. Hope to see you soon... ... more   less 
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