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“Pleasant Surprise”
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Casa Islena Inn
Ranked #4 of 19 Rincon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed at CII because some friends had rented a home close by. We did not know what to expect. I tend to prefer 5 star hotels. However, location was excellent, the beach was beautiful. The fact that our room overlooked the pool and beach made the experience memorable. I would definitely go back. The breakfast was decent also, and included with our room rate.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My husband and I booked surfing lessons at Surf Rincon and they recommended Casa Islena to us. It's a small hotel (originally the owner's house) with 6 rooms. Our second floor room faced the ocean and overlooked the hotel pool, and was fronted by a large veranda with a lounger and chairs. We had a fridge, microwave, TV and AC, although the weather was so perfect we never used the AC and slept with the windows open. The bed was comfortable, we were provided with lots of towels for both the room and beach, plenty of ice, and friendly, warm service at every turn. The shower was big and the water pressure and hot water plentiful. We had excellent food in the hotel which is run by a lovely woman - big bowls of fresh fruit, poached eggs, egg whites for the husband, and always served with a smile. The hotel fronts on one of the surfing spots, and across the parking lot is an amazing yoga studio - open air, all mats and props provided, every day at 9am and 5pm, for $10.

Room Tip: Try to get one that faces the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vail, Colorado
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This is a great spot to stay if you’re interested in surfing, relaxing, centrally located but still far enough from town to feel like you're on vacation. The hotel is nice, not many rooms, get the room on the pool level right in front of the hotel – there are only 2 on the pool level – or theres one on the second floor with a balcony facing the ocean and just above the pool. The rooms in the back are not bad, just darker and not as inviting. If you walk down the beach to the left from the hotel, there’s a great spot for dinner, only a 10 min walk. The hotel bar is lots of fun but get ready for a big bill if you're having the good drinks! We ate breakfast at Casa Islena and it was awesome! This is a great spot to travel with friends - it's like having your own house with service!
Steps beach is the best for snorkeling but still not nearly as good as Culebra.

Room Tip: Grab the rooms by the pool, facing the ocean.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Casa Islena has it all -- neat and tasteful rooms, a small pool overlooking the beach, surfing steps away from your room, outdoor yoga studio next door and a cafe/bar that is inviting and delicious. The people working there are helpful, friendly and make the stay comfortable and welcoming.

Room Tip: We stayed in 101 and loved it. There are rooms upstairs with balconies that also looked amazing.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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CIStaff, Owner at Casa Islena Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for your review of Casa Islena Inn. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and all the activities offered in our area. WE continue to strive to make our guest feel at home and enjoy our beautiful town.

We hope you will come see again when visiting Puerto Rico!

Thank you again for your kindness.

Wendi Restrepo
Casa Islena Inn
Rincon, PR
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was our second trip to Rincon, Puerto Rico and our second stay at Casa Islena Inn. It’s roughly a 2-hour drive from San Juan on the main thoroughfares. The Inn is on the beach, offers a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Casa Islena has been family-owned since its inception. The owners and staff take care in ensuring their guests are enjoying themselves; everyone was kind and accommodating. If you forget your beach towel, it’s not a problem! If you’re staying at the Inn, they have them on hand for you to use! Casa Islena is not a large full-service hotel, but a gem of an Inn situated in a picturesque habitat; surrounded by ocean, palm trees, sea air, and a bar that offers beer, wine, or fun mixed drinks you can sip by the pool. The Inn offers nine rooms: 4 on the lower level, 5 on the second. If you get the chance, try to stay in either room 254 or 203 where you’ll get an ocean view and balcony. Two years ago we stayed in room 203, but this year, because we came at the tail end of the peak season, we stayed on the ground floor which faced the beach and pool. I love everything about this Inn except that I felt this room on the lower level was humid to the point that none of my clothes would dry-out. The beautiful Spanish-style wood furniture in our room was musky and smelled moldy when you opened the drawers. Maybe a de-humidifier or an airing of the drawers might help the smell. Aesthetically, the Inn is a beauty; offering romance, character, and kid-friendly charm. I highly recommend Casa Islena Inn! http://www.casa-islena.com/Site/home.html.

Room Tip: If you get the chance, try to stay in either room 254 or 203 where you’ll get an ocean view and balc...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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CIStaff, Owner at Casa Islena Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for your return visit to Casa Islena Inn and your kind words.
We appreciate our guests feedback and try to correct or improve on creating a wonderful stay for you and our future guests.

We hope to have you back again and again!

Thanks so much!

Wendi Restrepo
Casa Islena Inn
Rincon, PR
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

We were in Rincon for a wedding and loved staying at Casa Islena. Right on the beach with a fantastic tapas restaurant and in walking distance of a couple nice bar/restaurants. The staff was friendly, the rooms clean and spacious. If you are looking for a full service hotel or an upscale beach town with tons to do, Casa Islean and Rincon are probably not for you. But, if you are looking for a great place to relax, beautiful surroundings, and a quiet place to vacation head to Rincon and Casa Islena.

It's small, intimate, and quite. The beach isn't exactly a swimming beach but the pool is great and you are within a few minutes drive of some good snorkeling. Great place to stay and fantastic tapas restaurant on-site.

Room Tip: We had the room on the first floor facing the pool and the beach. Noise was never a problem since i...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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CIStaff, Owner at Casa Islena Inn, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for the review and sharing your experience at Casa Islena Inn. We have made some changes to the inn since your last visit. The Tapas Restaurant has moved and is now known at La Copa Llena at the Black Eagle. The new restaurant at Casa Islena Inn is called Island House Restaurant serving Breakfast and Lunch.

We hope you will consider staying with us again, when visiting Rincon.

Thank you again for taking the time to write about your stay, we appreciate it!

Wendi Restrepo
Casa Islena Inn
Rincon, PR
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boston
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is our second time visiting Casa Islena, this time we stayed longer and next time we will stay longer still. We stayed in an off season before, the Inn was not full, this time we went in peak season the Inn was full...and full of energy.A busy Inn...but a good busy. I will try and explain... Rincon is a small beach town that is known for its surfing, surfing this week was at its best. If you know the sport (or if you don't), most surfers are friendly, open, and chill.That is the vibe in and around the Inn. The shore break in front of the Inn is a great surfing spot, the parking lot was always full, people wander in and out of Casa Islenas bar and restaurant which is owned by Mitch and Marie who are quick to chat or help with activity suggestions.The Inn only has nine rooms, they are decorated in a tropical casual beachy theme, they fit the location perfectly, because really at any time there are only 9 guests (or 9 couples) ...you get to know everyone, where they are from. We exchanged business cards with two couples. The pool is never crowded,yoga is offered across from the hotel in a secluded beach setting, the staff is friendly and caters to your needs. In fact, we got locked out of our room...no one could get in, the door knob was busted,within a half and hour it was fixed and we were on our way to our surf lesson. Which was awesome, Travis and the guys at Rincon Surf School help you learn to surf, our surf instructor was Ben, he also was a certified lifeguard. He was so patient and I know next time I try to surf I will get up! Back to Casa Islena, beautiful little inn and great vacation. Try to check out Ode to the Elephants for thai food and BEAU-TI-FUL view, Lazy Parrot down by the pool, and Copa Ilena upscale food right on the water.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are quieter, all are good
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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CIStaff, Owner at Casa Islena Inn, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We appreciate your continued support and choosing our inn as your home away from home. You summed up Rincon and our location beautifully, we hope other potential visitors will find your review helpful. Thanks again for taking the time to write a review. Hope to see you again soon!
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Property: Casa Islena Inn
Address: Carr. Int. 413 km. 4.8, Rincon 00677, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Rincon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Rincon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casa Islena Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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