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
- 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
Loved the design of this hotel. The rooms were comfortable and they have great soaps in the rooms. The rooftop has beautiful views and a fun little pool if you're not in the mood for the beach that day. We were right across the street from our Bio Bay tour pick up and ticket window, we walked to the beach (with towels and chairs provided by the hotel) that was just across the street, and for dinner walked down four buildings to the restaurant. Read up that El Blok provided shelter and meals after Maria last year so supporting them with our business felt that much better. GO! Spend the extra money to stay here, it's a nice little treat for yourself in paradise.
El Blok exceeded all our expectations. Service was outstanding, rooms were clean and comfortable, food was totally delicious, smiles and great attitudes were abundant. Highest praise for this wonderful establishment. I cannot wait to return!!!
Since the first day the communication with the hotel is almost impossible, they didn’t answer the calls, emails.
The day that I was supposed to stay in the hotel, the government declare the island an emergency zone because of the storm.
I was worried because they never answer to change my dates or cancel my booking, I arrived to Vieques in the only flight available for that day because of the bad weather.
In the lobby I had to wait from 8am to 10am until a worker appeared in the front desk.
This lady said that she was sorry because she never saw my email and the phone don’t work properly. She said that I can cancel my booking and make a reimbursement of all the money because of the storm and bad weather.
One week later I never received the reimbursement, they never answer a call or an email.
If you don’t want headaches in your trip, I don’t recommend this place never.
First of all, didn't stay at the hotel, but went there on Sunday to take a look. The staff is super friendly and even told me that on Sunday I could use there pool on the rooftop without having to stay over from 4 to 8pm. The bar has affordable beers and drinks, the music fits the atmosphere with the view of the sun going down.
While I have never stayed at El Blok, I always make a point to stop in for a drink or a meal when I’m on the island. Tonight’s dinner didn’t disappoint!
We started off with cocktails and a round of apps (the sausage plate and the tostones sliders) followed by two entries. My husband got the strip and I got grilled swordfish. Both were amazing! The grill is on point!
While the prices are a little higher than what you might pay on the island, it is worth it for a treat! This was our most favorite meal on Vieques!
Finally - highly recommend grabbing a drink on their roof top deck! Great view of Esperanza!!