What We Love
- The views of the Caribbean Sea and Vieques’s mountainous interior
- The wood-grilled fish and steaks at chef Jose Enrique’s open-kitchen restaurant
- Relaxing by the rooftop plunge pool with chef Jose Enrique’s signature cocktail (Puerto Rican rum, fresh-squeezed star fruit juice and ginger)
What To Know
- The 21 guestrooms are stylish but no-fuss; there are no TVs
- The vibe is casual, and going barefoot is encouraged
- Easy access to bike rentals, riding and hiking trails
- Children 17 and under are not permitted
- The bar opens at 5 p.m.
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The curved concrete four-story El Blok is the debut project of music executive Simon Baeyertz. Baeyertz’s intent was to create a simple, beachy retreat that’s big on relaxation and laid-back socializing. The guestrooms have floors clad with hidrolico tiles in a geometric pattern, and the hand-plastered walls are purposely left unfinished. All rooms have terraces with dramatic views and Magniflex organic hybrid foam mattress with colorful striped throws. The second floor of the hotel is a breezy open-air space that includes a bar and restaurant. Chef Jose Enrique’s eatery features versions of his lauded Puerto Rican dishes such as bacon and egg empanadas and seafood soup with coconut; his signature cocktail is made with Puerto Rican rum, fresh-squeezed star fruit juice and ginger — it’s best enjoyed by the rooftop plunge pool.
In the Area
The sole reason travelers flock to Vieques is the pristine white sand beaches — and if you’re not on the beach or appreciating the view, you’re napping or enjoying a cocktail or a casual meal. The small island boasts 40 beaches, and the concierge will give you insider tips on the best ones to visit if you’re not content with the one in front of the hotel. (However, chances are you’ll be happy to laze away your stay on-site.) If you are in the mood to dine out, the hotel isn’t far from El Quenepo, which serves a cosmopolitan take on traditional Puerto Rican fare. If you choose to tear yourself away from the beach, the 19th-century Count Mirasol Fort has art exhibits and an intriguing collection of Vieques artifacts, along with an amazing view of the island.
How to Get There
First - a HUGE thank you to Laine and her team at El Blok.
My wife and I had our wedding celebration on the rooftop at El Blok and it was just the perfect venue. We had about 40 guests and I think received 40 compliments.
While we visited Vieques many times before our wedding, the first time we ever saw the rooftop at El Blok was the night we walked in for our party in full wedding attire. It took some trust to book a party sight unseen but the El Blok team delivered on everything we asked for and added their own lovely twists as well that took everything to the next level.
The food was incredible, the setting perfect, and the hosts and staff perfectly charming and welcoming. They made us look very smart for booking our event with them and I would love to throw another party there someday.
Many of our guests also came back to visit the restaurant after our wedding meal and were raving about the dinner menu.
I was staying at the hotel last month for business. The rooms were very nice the staff is very friendly there was a complimentary continental breakfast which was very good. The views were awesome that faces the water. I liked the plunge pool on the roof.
it is what is says: a cement blok. But a really great experience. Lanie and her team are welcoming and great. Rooms are big, bright clean and cheery. Somewhat minimalist but perfect for the location. Dining room was great for dinner, a little weak at breakfast.
Roof top bar is a lot of fun with great bartender, music and dancing.
Already been there twice. In both occasions the food was excellent and the desserts are more than perfects. The place is great and the service too. Can’t wait to visit this place again soon and of course Vieques Island.
El Blok is a sophisticated cement hotel in Esperanza. We went for dinner and the food and drinks were great. The churros where amazing and the best any of us have had. Soft on the inside with a nice crisp on the outside served with 3 dipping sauces. Ours disappeared in a minute. So amazing that after eating at a different restaurant the next night we had to go back for dessert!!