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
We could not turn off the AC and there was no one at the front desk past 10 pm to help increase the temperature or get more towels. The water in the shower goes on and off while showering. The resturaunt did not have a variety if food for breakfast, bar never opened while we were there.
Our first visit to Vieques. The hotel was recommended by a friend who lives here and we were delighted. The staff was very helpful, the location is terrific and the design and comfort were great.
They are still rebuilding/expanding so there was construction noise but we did not find it a problem.
The beach across the street may not be the most beautiful on the island but the swimming was fine and it was very convenient.
The restaurant is excellent for dinner, the breakfast acceptable but not overly exciting.
We would return.
I wanted to stay here since seeing pictures in an article a while back; now I'm not so sure that was a good idea. Every PRO has a serious CON. The room is huge (don't care about no TV, phone or closet); but ongoing construction noise started early in the morning and the concrete walls conduct sound easily. Large balcony with glider and what should be great view, except you look through "swiss cheese"; I though more of the facade blocks would open--they don't. Across the street from the beach/malecon; except the beach is more a sandy vacant lot for parking cars and there is noisy traffic on the road in front of our room. The staff is very friendly, except we did need to ask on 3 consecutive days the name of the bio tour company with the electric boat after the staff said they would check and have it tomorrow. The view from the rooftop terrace is great if you are standing since the concrete wall blocks the view if you are sitting. We thought the tub of water on the terrace was a hot tub, but the water was no warmer than the ocean. We checked-in on Sunday after getting up early to travel, to later discover the music in our room from the rooftop bar was louder than that at a table in a club right in front of the speakers; at least the loud music is only Sunday nights and we plan to eat a late dinner and sit downstairs till it's over. I just don't know if I would return; you need a Jeep since I wouldn't spend a week at the beach across the street and so if you are driving anyway, you have more options. I guess for the price and ratings, I expected better.
Room was on the ocean side of the building with a view of the ocean. It is small and very European in design. It reminds me of the small bathrooms and sparse amenities in most of Europe. Still very clean and cozy. It is at the end of party central along the beach and can get noisy at night. The staff was very good at tips for getting around and making our stay pleasant. Still not completely recovered from the hurricane but they did great. We would stay there again.
Very cool hotel if you want to enjoy solitude in your room. No TV's No room service. Very unique hotel design. Had a great bar and resturant. Roof top bar was only open on Sunday and regular bar opened at 5 pm. A/C worked better than I have ever had in a hotel. Views were nice from the balcony. Housekeeping was questionable. Could not get clean towels after they left at 5 and failed to replenish tissue and toilet paper. Robes were very small..Overall it was a neat hotel with great staff