The Crow's Nest
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Crow's Nest Isla de Vieques
A gem !!!!
We just returned from a fabulous week on Vieques and at the Crow's Nest. Everyone there was fantastic. Kristina, April and Eli were really helpful. Our room was large and comfortable. It was great having the kitchette facilities. The "king-size" bed is actually two twins tied together, so we did miss the extra length.
The beaches are amazing. Take them all in. Don't miss Biobay with Island Adventures. Check their website for the best viewing dates.
Every restaurant we eat at was great. We expecially liked Chez Shack, Trade Winds and The Island Steakhouse (at the Crow's Nest). The Tiki Hut and Bananas were fun for lunch. The fish was excellent and my husband had the BEST steak he has had in years.
We spend a wonderful day on the Marauder with Kris and Barbara.
Be aware that petty theft is an issue. Our snorkel gear was taken from our car at Green Beach. The police were great but did suggest renting a car that could be secured rather than a Jeep Wrangler.
We are already planning our trip back to Vieques next year.
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I stayed at the Crow's Nest after reading all the great reviews posted here, but I was disappointed. My biggest complaint is that the hotel decided to do landscaping at 8am! Of course it completely woke us up, and it continued for hours! Although I understand the importance of maintenance, they could have at least waited until later in the day, rather than waking us up with a bulldozer! Also, the room was very very dark the entire time and very bug-infested, and some of the staff were a bit on the snooty side. We drove around the island a lot and met many other hotel managers, and would probably stay at Hix Island or casa la lanchita next time.
On a positive note, the pool grounds were very relaxing, Christina at the front desk was great, and the bartender (I forgot his name) was really friendly and sweet.
As for the island, it's amazing! One of my best trips yet. Beautiful untouched beaches and amazing biobay. But on my next visit, I will stay elsewhere.
Spent 3 nights at the Crow's Nest first week of July, only wish it had been a longer stay. Reserved the 2-bedroom suite, which has a full kitchen and furnished patio with a spectacular view of the island. Mango trees abound on the property - too bad they weren't ripe during our visit. The staff is warm, friendly and more than willing to make car rental or excursion reservations. They provide guests with beach chairs, umbrellas and towels.
Thank you Eli, April, Yvette & Christina
Excellent hotel!!!! Located in a beautifull location on the mountains. Gorgeous view from the pool to the ocean. The room was spacious with a fridge, sink, microwave and a toaster/oven. Very clean, excellent service and good breakfast (included with fare). They provide equipment for the beach.
The only negative, was the car rental (Vieques Car rental), we have to wait an hour to them deliver our car to the hotel with people waiting for us on the ferry dock. The Jeeps are in very bad condition (brakes not working well, noisy and not in good shape) Be sure to ask for the cars before renting in another place. We saw new Jeeps in other rentals.
I would come back again!!! Gorgeous beaches and very friendly people.
Overall, very nice vacation !!!!
The Crow's Nest Is where to stay in Vieques
The Crow's Nest has a superb staff, wonderful location, and all that you could ever need for a Vieques stay. Christina at the front desk was by far the most helpful hotel staff person my wife and I have ever encountered, and we travel extensively. We had numerous travel arrangement problems (not related to the Crow's Nest), and she accommodated all our requests to use her phone, fax, etc. She also called all around the island to locate a taxi for taking us to Red Beach, and later to the airport. She also provided her recommendations for the Virgin Islands, which were spot on. In addition to the wonderful staff, the hotel has a restaurant with a great Tuesday-only happy hour. If you go to Vieques, stay here.
I knew I wasn't springing the cash for the Wyndham Martineau Bay (which, by the way, is gorgeous), so I kept my expectations low for the Crow's Nest. It turned out to be a terrific place. On a hillside, 10 minutes drive to the beaches either direction, it's views were beautiful. Our room was as others have mentioned - simple but clean. The staff is beyond excellent. They made everything so easy that a 3-day visit felt like a week of relaxation. With the Crow's Nest and a car, you can't have a bad time in Vieques.
Great time at Crow's Nest and more about the island
We had an excellent visit to Vieques in February 2004, staying for 2 days and nights at The Crow's Nest. Our room was simple, spacious, clean and comfortable. We even had a balcony looking out over the island with the ocean in the background. It was a little noisy at night on Saturday night, as we were right next to the bar/restaurant, but it's only to be expected. Our shower could have been a little cleaner, but this is an island and simplicity is the way of life here.
We hired an SUV from the car rental place next door - $50 a day, which was expensive, especially as there was a missing window, but that is the price you pay on an island. It was a great vehicle with good air conditioning. One word of warning - never leave anything in your car that can be stolen. You wouldn't do it in the city, and you shouldn't do it on Vieques either, even at a remote beach. The unemployment rate on the island is 50% and leaving your belongings in full view is asking for it. A car is essential on the island to explore and get around.
We weren't so excited about the port of Isabella II, but we had a great time relaxing at Esperanza, which is much smaller, quieter, and simpler. We had an excellent meal at the very beautiful and ritzy Inn on the Blue Horizon, which also has an amazing round bar right on the ocean. On the whole, we found eating out to be relatively expensive on the island.
We wished that we had been able to get a a room at the Hix House; we drove up to see it and it is gorgeous. You can take yoga classes there during the day, which I have heard are very good.
We would definitely like to go back to Vieques to visit the Bioluminescent Bay and some of the more remote beaches. We spent the rest of our vacation at Culebra (flew directly there from Vieques) and had an even more enjoyable time.
Peaceful, quiet, great staff!
We stayed at the Crow's nest over New Years. The room was HUGE - clean and spacious, with a porch (they even provided bug spray!). The staff was more than helpful - from finding us a last minute rental car in the highseason (You need one if not staying on the Esperanza stip, and i would recommend one regardless) to booking trips on the main island.
Snorkel gear can be rented in the hotel, and there is a fully stocked "honor bar" with treats and snax (warning - when we were there they did not have any working beach umbrellas to lend - pale people beware).
Only downside (we thought) was the restaurant - good but not great. The bar, however, was wonderful, but is sadly only open after 5.00 pm Friday-Tuesday. I would definitely stay here again!
Crow's Nest Great, Vieques not so great!
We had a very mixed experience on Vieques. The Crow's Nest was a very comfortable, welcoming base for our trip. Our room was large and comfortable with a mini-kitchen and concrete patio overlooking front of hotel. The pool area was nicely maintained and had a great view of island and ocean. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, which came in handy when we were robbed on Green Beach during our stay. The landscape on Vieques tends toward dried-out and brown, not green and lush. We rented a jeep from Maritza's Car Rental for $40/day, it should have been $20/day given the condition of the vehicle (i.e., holes in floor, no rear-view mirror, no power-steering, no air-conditioning, no radio, no shock-absorption what so ever). Maritza's did come out to Green Beach, where we were robbed to bring a replacement key for the Jeep, since the key was stolen with our things. However, we were then charged $25 dollars to replace the key. The police authorities were useless when we reported the theft. Since it happened on a Friday, we would have to wait until Monday for the police secretary to come in and type up a report for us, although there were at least 6 police officers standing around apparently doing nothing and we were scheduled to fly home on Monday. Apparently, the police do not have jurisdiction over Green Beach since it is in the Wild Life Preserve area of the island. We were told afterwards that there have been several robberies on Green Beach, which tends to be deserted. Fortunately, two other tourists were on the beach and lent us their cell-phone to make calls. When we called the police, they kept asking us if we had Maritza's car rental phone number and didn't seem to understand that we had been robbed of everything. The police did not come to the scene of the crime to offer assistance. Luckily, the other couple stayed with us until the car rental company arrived. They had rented a jeep from Maritza also, that was actually in worse condition than our jeep. Obviously, we do not have warm feher island without the political tensions inherent on this island if you are looking for a quiet, isolated vacation.
Very nice and friendly
We stayed at the Nest in Jan 03. I highly recommend this place. The rooms are simple but clean and spacious. The staff is the best, willing to help and friendly. It has a pool, restaurant and a nice view from the deck. They helped us with our travel arrangements which made everything much easier after arriving to Vieques. Thanks Scott and Eli, (I dont remember the name of the female but thanks to you too)
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We were afraid we wouldn't get much time at the pool this morning. It had rained during the evening and it was still a bit cloudy when we awoke. The sun did burn the clouds away by ten a.m. and we went down to the upper pool to get our last few minutes of sunshine. We had a relaxing time reminiscing over the past week and looking forward to new adventures in the future.
Reluctantly, we loaded our suitcases in the car at noon ...
... and rounding its eastern tip. After that it was a beam reach 10.5 nm to Cayo de Luis Pena.
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