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“Relaxing island getaway”
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Great Escape
Ranked #16 of 32 Isla de Vieques B&B and Inns
Wisconsin
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Relaxing island getaway”
Reviewed 6 February 2010

This is a homey, kinda funky guest house in the Vieques countryside. Each room is furnished differently. Some rooms have ocean views, others have countryside views. If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room on the side away from the parking lot. Our room was clean, comfortable and had a nice balcony.
Danuta, the lady who runs the guest house, provides a nice breakfast. She can provide most any info you need about the island. There is a pool, patio, and outdoor bar and sitting room where you can relax, play games or socialize. The other guests were friendly and interesting people.
You will want a rental car if you are staying here. It's a few miles to either of the towns on the island. If you are going during a holiday period be sure to reserve a car WELL in advance
The beaches on Vieques are as wonderful and varied as the guide books say. Some have talcum powder white fine sand, others have the more common sand. The island is quiet and relaxing.
We did not visit the bioluminescent bay due to full moon.
We ate dinner in Esperanza at Tradewinds a couple of nights; food was delicious, service was good and friendly. We also ate at El Quenepo which is pricier and trendier.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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San Juan
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Reviewed 24 April 2009

My wife and I went to Vieques on a bussines trip. We stay on The Great Scape B&B by accident since ther were no vacances in other hotels on the island. We do not regreat our choice. The place is beutifull and quiet. The pool is cristal clear and Dona makes you feel like you are at home. The only problem we had was that we stay only for a short time. At night you can enjoy the view of the stars from the pool bar, a comodity in this days. The hotel is close to Vieques main street but at the same time is far from any distractions.
It's a great place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled on business
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Philadelphia
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2009

Great Escape is a good compromise for people who want something clean, peaceful and attractive, but who don't mind a few quirks. You will find the great mixed with the not-so-great here, and as long as you're relaxed about it you'll love the place. For example, the tiles on our floors were absolutely beautiful and expensive looking. But our incredibly cheaply made bathroom door didn't close right and made a very loud rattling vibrating sound anytime someone went in or out. The housekeeper not only cleaned our room immaculately but closed up our suitcases (which were lying all over the floor) and stacked them in the closet! But the shower volume was so low that my daughter literally started laughing when she turned it on. Overall we really liked it and would return, but again, don't expect the Hix Island House... this is a lot cheaper, more personal, and homier.

Finally, another pro for this place is that they were willing to take a reservation for two nights... it seems like a lot of Vieques hotels have a three-night minimum.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2009

There is normally a two night minimum but our reservation fell in between two others, Dana allowed us to stay for one night. This hotel is located on Route 201 with handwritten signs pointing out the hotel. Be sure to keep a close eye for the signs. The driveway is very steep and uneven dirt path so you will probably need a SUV or Jeep. The Jeep/SUV will come in handy when visiting some of the more rural locations (i.e. Green Beach, Nature Reserve, etc.) The rooms are very nice inside with tall white ceilings and a ceiling fan. The rooms are very clean. My only complaint about the room was that the shower had no pressure. I also did not see any shampoo but I had my own. Dana is very helpful and friendly. If she doesn't know the answer to your question, she will try her best to find one for you. The breakfast was a nice change from the heavy food I was eating everyday -- assorted cereals, toast, eggs, and fresh fruit. I would come back. Many people complained about the tax but she will give you a break if you pay in cash.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2009

In quality accomodation starved Vieques, this is one of the better places to stay. Located on top of a hll with almost constant trade winds, this B&B is 15 minutes (and $5 per person via publicos) away from the ferry terminal. Terrific fixtures, modern decor, a pool with views of the island and the ocean in the distance make this a pleasant, quiet place to spend a few days unwinding.

The rooms are all differently furnished, and the entire property exhibits the whimsicality of the owner. Some rooms have AC and TV, others don't. Beach towels are provided for free, and other beach and snorkelling equipment is available for rent.

Breakfast was simple but delightful - eggs plus a rich variety of cereals, breads and spreads. And you can pick guavas or berries from the garden if you wish to add a little fresh fruit to your morning !

The hostess Dana is as helpful as they come. We landed up at her place because our first place had double booked us. We were lucky! Not only did did she welcome us warmly, she also helped us out with getting a car (you really need a 4WD vehicle to see the island in all its beauty) and arranging activities for us. She even dropped us back at the ferry terminal for a nominal $15 charge.

I wish I could have given this property 4 or 5 Stars because it has so much going for it, but there were a couple of snafus. Dana had reopened the place for 4 days after her absence of a few months when we showed up. He absence showed. The soaps were mildewy and hadn't been changed, and we spotted a little mouse lurkng in our room. (Dana promptly set up a trap and caught it!). One of the other couples spotted a roach and a lizard in their room. In another room, the ventilator fan had a burnt wire that gave a foul smell. Don't get me wrong - this is not a roach motel. This is a fabulous, well maintained property on top of a country hill in a warm tropical island. So you would expect some of these things, plus I am sure Dana will fix things once she settles in. One final note - there is a 10% "service charge" added, so make sure you budget for it when you compare room rates.

  • Liked — Helpful hostess
  • Disliked — 10% "service charge"
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Great Escape

Property: Great Escape
Address: HC-02 Box 14,501, 00765, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Vieques
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Isla de Vieques
Price range (per night): ₹ 10,537 - ₹ 11,765
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Escape 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Great Escape Bed & Breakfast Inn is located on a hilltop on 3.8 acres of land in La Llave, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Almost constant trade winds make for a temperature several degrees cooler than in the towns. There are 10 modern guestrooms and 1 apartment with one bedroom, which, via connecting doors can be rented as a 2 or 3 bedroom. Continental Breakfast is served poolside daily. ... more   less 
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