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“Casa Orquidea”
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This staircase to the beach is 1.5 blocks from our house
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This staircase to the beach is 1.5 blocks from our house
Rent kayaks 2 blocks from our house! Casa Orquidea is in the village of Esperanza, near the beach, groceries, resturants
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This staircase to the beach is 1.5 blocks from our house
Rent kayaks 2 blocks from our house!
Casa Orquidea is in the village of Esperanza, near the beach, groceries, resturants
Master Bedroom 1 has a Queen bed, en-suite bath
Master Bedroom 2 has a King bed, bath across hall
Second Bathroom
Bedroom 3 has a single bed, room for one of our 3 Aero-beds
Living Room has comfortable pull-out sofa, TV/DVD, games
The kitchen is open and airy.
You\'ll love our patio, with weather protection, beautiful plantings
2 double vanity baths inside, PLUS our outside shower w/ Hot & Cold, sun above
Navio Beach is our favorite
Take the Leap at Navio --jump feet first only
SunBay Beach is a short drive or an easy walk
North Coast Beaches are beautiful, too!
Media Luna is calm and shallow --only knee deep 50 yards out.
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Daniel M
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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“Great Service...until you get to the house”
Reviewed 18 March 2012 for a stay in March 2012
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John and Karen were very responsive and friendly when setting up using their rental on Vieques. They provided information on how to get to Vieques from the main island, things to do, places to eat, which is all very helpful. If you ask any questions they respond right away.

I went there with my girlfriend for a three night stay. We were looking for a relaxing get away that had most everything setup. John and Karen's place advertise that.

However, once we arrived we ran into some difficulties. They are listed below:

A/C Didn't Work Initially:
Vieques is hot and AC is important in a place. The pre-arrival instructions say their housekeeper will have the A/C on before you arrive. They did not. That would have been fine, except the units require remotes to work. I followed the instructions to where the remotes were supposed to be. We found about 10 remotes in a drawer, some with batteries, some without, but none that worked. We tried and tried until I eventually called John. He did not have an immediate solution other than to look all over the house for more or call his son who had just stayed there. I called his son and left messages but never got a call back. We eventually left to get to our bio-bay tour (which we almost missed for another reason listed below). When we returned we finally found more remotes tucked into a drawer in a small table in a bedroom (far from the kitchen where they were supposed to be). We barely got one remote working to get a few units on and left it on the rest of the time since the remote died. We spent our whole first evening fighting the A/C which added stress. We were told that their "A/C guy would come get us a new remote" but no one ever came.

No Toilet Paper:
In the middle of fighting the A/C we went to the bathroom and found out the cleaners had taken all the toilet paper. I called John and he said he would call the care taker across the street to give us some. We went over and she rudely told us she didn't have any and we had to go to the store which would be closed by the time we got back from our bio-bay tour. We had to immediately take off and go find the store and rush back and almost missed our bio-bay tour because of it.

Trash Not Emptied:
The trash outside the house was plied high from previous tenants, smelly and not emptied during our stay there. The care taker also said, "Sorry it's a mess, the horses have been getting into it." I've attached a picture.

Dishwasher Broken:
We were not given a heads up that the dishwasher was broken. Someone knew it was broken given there was a computer printed sign on it that said, "Dishwasher Broken", which means it wasn't something new. We were disappointed since part of the reason for renting the house was so we had a kitchen to cook in.

Shower Head Broken:
The shower head was broken in the main bathroom. The face plate had come off. I searched for it and found it stuck in a drawer. I was able to reattach it but it occasionally popped off during showers. Also, if you stay there make sure you look in the laundry room for the in-line water heater. It was turned way down so there was no hot water unless you turn it up there.

Kayak Doesn't Work:
They advertise an inflatable Kayak but it doesn't work. The seam on the bottom is broken so it fills up with water and only stays afloat with the air inside. It's nearly impossible to navigate with it filled with water, nor is it much fun.

I emailed the owners after the trip a summary of what we ran into, but never heard back, which is unfortunate because they were very helpful prior to us getting there.

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Liked best: The location to the main strip was great
Liked least: All the hassles we had to deal with once we got there.
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
18 Mar 2012
Karen and I are mortified that you and your girlfriend had such a difficult and dissapointing time --we will refund half of your $500 rent and invite you to come try Casa Orquidea again as our guest. Regrettably, I did not see your email.

You and your firend ran into a perfect storm of adverse circumstances, for which we offer sincere apology. We try to provide a great place --use it ourselves quite frequently and have many loyal guests-- but we failed in your case, clearly.

We flew down to Vieques on March 15, returned the 22nd and have addressed most of the problems:
-- re-emphasized to the cleaning team that toilet paper, paper towels, and A/C on is always the rule for arriving guests. Trash is regularly hauled away --guests who left as you arrived were total slobs, sorry
-- re-assembled proper set of A/C remote controls. (A/C guy says he went by, no one home, but he should have left the new one for you, sorry.)
-- dishwasher pump finally came in, and should be installed this week. months-long comedy of errors getting this done, but we will be putting "dishwasher" back on the website very soon.
--fixed the showerhead, not sure what happened there
--didn't use the kayak last trip, had no idea it had been damaged, but will address this


I'm off, to re-read "Don't Stop The Carnival" --it may make this fiasco seem less awful.
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wisess
Portland, Maine
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Casa Orquidea”
Reviewed 20 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012

Great place. It's much larger than the pictures on the internet showed. The location is great, easy walk into Esperanza for restraunts. There is a starfruit tree in the back which was loaded with fruit. The small bedroom with the twin bedroom did not have A/C, not a major problem just had to keep the door open. The sofa bed was subpar however. And one of the shower heads was only so-so. But overall it was a great place to stay large and comfortable, nicely decorated. They also offer the use of an inflatable kayak, snorkeling equipment, and beach equipment, and a bike but we could not find a pump so never used it.

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Liked best: location and comfort
Liked least: sofa bed
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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MD
Reviewed 26 August 2011 for a stay in February 2011
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Reviewed 25 August 2011 for a stay in April 2011

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Washington dC
Reviewed 15 August 2011 for a stay in June 2011

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