Rated 2 out of 5 by Nic2013 Decent but not 'W' Standard
My friend booked our stay from May 2013 - June 1. I was excited because I have been traveling extensively for business and pleasure for over 10 years and I always appreciated the 'W' brand.
1. The lounge and transportation to/from the airport was nice. I would suggest also having transportation to/from the ferry. We took a day/trip by ferry to San Juan and I saw a large number of hotel guests leaving by this mode of transportation (which in itself was disorganized and chaotic).
2. The style and decor of W properties is an aspect that I adore. The W Vieques Island had the modern, new age vibe as traditional W properties but with a relaxed, beach vibe. We had two double beds and the rooms were very spacious.
3. The fitness center is well equipped and the machines are well maintained. The fitness center is next to the onsite market so it was convenient to get food smoothies, yogurt, etc. after your morning workout.
Areas for Improvement:
Everyone we encountered on the staff were nice; however, the level of service that I have seen at five star resorts (e.g., Six Senses in Asia) is just not there yet.
As soon as I walked in the room there was a sewage smell. We contacted the front desk and someone did arrive to diagnose the problem but it would not be able to be resolved until the next day. No offer was made to transfer us to another room, etc. Someone came the next day to fix the problem. For a day or so it was fine but occasionally throughout the remainder of our stay the smell would return briefly. We even smelled it once when we were walking outside which made us think it was a septic tank issue.
The cleanliness of the rooms was not up to parr. When we would return in the evening the same make-up stains would be in the sink and sunblock residue would still be on the sheets. Also the lotion was never replenished even though it was requested.
One morning (~10am) I had to wait for the towels to be restocked prior to me heading to the beach. This is a beach resort so I believe that should never happen.
Even though the services were written down my spa appointment was not correct resulting in us not going through with any of the services and being extremely frustrated.
The food at the hotel was decent but you can find better at several restaurants on the island for a better price. Also the drinks we had at the beach/pool were mediocre at best.
There is potential for this resort but it is definitely not a five star property.
June 30, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by AZPA Special attention to details is suggested
For a 5 *s resort, the administration needs to pay more attention to the room maintenance. In the bathtub, the fixture that controls the draining mechanism was not operating (i.e., it was stuck and barely draining). Light bulb of the lamp over the round lounge chair was burnt out.
Have a shuttle service available not only for guests arriving by air but also those arriving by sea.
June 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by gs1234 Banquet food below standards
Banquet food needs to improve significantly especially since it cost 150 per person. In one night, the banquet consisted of mahi mahi, chicken, and churrasco dishes. The three were served in EXACTLY the same way, (with overcooked zucchini, asparagus, and broccoli). THis was insulting given the cost of the dinner. I think if you are charging $600 per couple for 2 days of banquets the chef needs to be more creative. Also, for the price the breakfast on Saturday should have included eggs, etc.
June 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yamila63 Beautiful W Vieques
We had a wonderful weekend! The only thing i can complain and you should take care of is the lack of real espresso coffee, i
This is a standard feature in good restaurants and hotels, and i cosider that it could be an excellent add on to offer an array of coffes like the high quality coffees of PR, espresso, frappuccino,etc. Plain bland american coffee is not acceptable
We loved the airport lounge
June 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lauren2012 Great stay in paradise
W Vieques is a wonderful resort with lots of amenities. The island itself is a great place to just get away from it all.
We enjoyed meals at the Sorce restaurant every time, service was great.
The beach areas could do with a bit of clean up, we noticed some pieces of glass in the sand which could be dangerous (which we promptly mentioned to staff), but without the glass the beach could still do with a raking.
All in all, a fantastic experience and we hope to come back some day!
June 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MeronK I loved the resort!
The hotel is BEAUTIFUL and the staff was amazing. Leo at the front desk was great, 8am Yoga was great, food was great, housekeeping was great. LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!
June 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by redshadow16 Like Heaven
On my years of traveling I experienced many moments but never ever something like this, it was magical something that is hard to described is like a total disconnect with the outside world what I was real been looking. I had a wonderful time in and out of the premises, like I said I was on heaven.
June 8, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by mjd8033 Beautiful location, poor customer service
Upon arrival to the hotel our faces were full of smiles. The view of the beach and ocean, the modern but comfy decor and the manicured grounds were breathtaking. But in the moments/days to come something didn't add up. Where was the hospitality? Why didn't the staff seem happy to see us? Why didn't they want to provide excellent customer service? Many frustrations with this experience. I sure hope they get things figured out soon.
June 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zchasin Amazing staff makes the trip
Arielis is god's gift to bartenders. Dave the concierge has great recommendations and advice on anything we could ask for and Joel was our waiter and sommelier for the private dinner we had and we ended up talking his ear off.
The fantastic people here brought our honeymoon to a new level. And I've committed to returning for an anniversary.
June 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ljorti66 Excellent for a short stay
The security and comfort of this hotel in such a small Island is a plus. Food price in the hotel is a litter high for local tourist. The beach area is not the best but it is ok for sun batting.
May 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by CVCamp Special time in Vieques!
We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and weren't sure what to expect.. We were warmly greeted and pleasantly surprised with our second floor, spectacular ocean view suite! The room was spacious and accomodating. LOVED the double shower heads! The knobs on the wall were very clever and convenient to use. Staff was very professional and attentive, made us feel very special. Loved the access to the beach. Great double infinity pool! Very clean! Enjoyed the ambient music!
Can't wait to go back!
May 31, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by neon24 I just love W Vieques
I love this hotel! So many memories...Love the pool, the staff at the pool and the lobby. At night you can see so many stars it's incredible. Can't wait to stay here again this year and many years to come.
May 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TravelingMonkey WOW
This was our first time in Vieques. We went to the island to check out the W property and relax over the weekend. And to our delight, the staff and property delivered. All of the associates there were very pleasant - from the doormen, check in staff, housekeeping, and the restaurant wait staff. We definitely felt welcomed here.
We were upgraded to the WOW suite as a SPG Platinum guest which made our stay even more enjoyable. Room was definitely wow material. The shower was huge and we really liked the ocean view from the bed.
The pool area and beaches were nice and wasn't too crowded either.
We definitely had a great time here in Vieques. We will be back.
Some things the property could improve/address... The walking paths to/from the lobby next to the driveway is a bit tight. The landscaping needs to be set back some. Most of the lights in our room were out when we checked in and the night prior to our check out the AC went out. Maybe have the maintenance team do more regular inspections. And finally - the daily resort fee is a bit excessive, especially for the slow wifi speeds...
May 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mimi W Vieques
This was my 3 rd.stay ar W. Vieques and I have always enjoy going to this place. The only thing it should improve is in the pool area. Lawn and trails are flooded, even with the sprinkler use in the morning.
Food quality and service is excellent.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Billie Grounds Are Beautiful
The W Vieques has just about everything you need--beautiful scenery, pools, restaurants and a spa. Our room was big -- had a bit of a funky smell though-- but was overall fantastic.
I'd highly recommend staying here if you're ever on the island. It is a bit remote, so take a ride to the local grocery store and get some waters, medellas etc.
May 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Nice location but expensive Food and Beverage
Nice staying offers, but a bottle of water will cost you triple, and everything else on the menu is the same.
We order some yuca and corn chips with melted cheese and pico the gallo sauce, yuca chips and pico de gallo were not served, but were billed into our account.
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dianaob Mothers Day Retreat
Josuet makes the difference at our arriving, and one girl at the pool (WET) bar was great and very accommodating and friendly, with our family
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by mom56 WONDERFUL
That explains our time at the W in Vieques. In fact, the "W" must stand for WONDERFUL Our daugher chose to be married at the W. And speaking for the parents of the bride, we had a fun, relaxing, intimate, adventerous, not long enough stay. And if I ever win the lottery, I will be footing the bill at the W in Vieques for family & friends.
May 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dwb3860 Unique Hotel
Overall the "feel" of the hotel was very cool and laid back. The front deskstaffand concierge very friendly and helpful.
My major frustration was my arrival. The hospitality area at the airport was closed and we had to call twice to get picked up. When the individual arrived he did not have enough room and his excuse was very unprofessional.
May 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Adr9 Below Par
Checked in after a long travel day to find that our reservation for a king size bed with an ocean view was not available. Why make a reservation and give a deposit to hold a room if your not going to get what you requested? I was placed in a dbl bed room on a second floor which we had changed to a king at garden level. When I asked to speak to a manager I was told Elizabeth was not available and that nothing more could be done about the overbook. No follow up or apology from hotel management. The rest of our stay was up and down. Beautiful pool area, but beyond difficult to find servers. No pool manager in sight and had to beg and REMIND staff about an order! Met Ricky later in our stay and thought he was fantastic. Maybe someone at Starwood should look into making him the general manager, because it's obvious your current team has no clue. Guest room was poorly designed. No one explained the lighting design to us, but thankfully another GUEST did. My wife isn't the tallest of girls but she's never had to use our luggage to reach the mirror over our sink. How about installing a normal mirror without multi-panels which make it difficult to view. The room issues would have been over looked if the service would have been more consistent. It's a shame that such a lovely property is being managed so poorly.
May 7, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Shirley01 Amazing Property
I stayed at the hotel for only 2 nights, but if I knew how amazing it was I certainly would have planned for a longer trip. When I arrived, a member of the staff provided a tour of the property. The other staff members, including the bartender at pool, were surprisingly cold. The breathtaking grounds more than made up for some mediocre/poor serrvice. The room, while a bit dark, was exquisite... Rental car, tours, snorkel gear etc can all rented once arriving at the hotel...affordable, convenient and organized. It was just phenomenal experience
May 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Fluff Disappointed
Resort was nice and staff was friendly but room wasn't as clean as it could have been when we checked in (shower and bath dirty, had to call for them to be cleaned). The room wasn't cleaned particularly well during our stay (sand on the floor, hairball in the shower, dirty glasses left in the room for several days). Also, things in the room weren't replenished (i.e. ran out of toilet paper, robes were never left and we had to call every day to have robes brought to the room after old ones taken to the laundry). Called on the last day for someone to come and help with the suitcases when we checked out. The reception desk said someone would be right over but we waited 20 mins and no one came so we carried them all over to reception ourselves.
May 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by JustFine Beautiful design and great pool but needs attention to detail
The W is very stylish and has some beautiful views and a great pool area. We loved the time we spent there. However, some of the operations need more attention to detail. Several items weren't working in our room, the minibar had an empty bottle, and it was missing a clock radio. Also, when we called one night they said the restaurant was closed (at 9:20!) but we walked up they didn't have any problem seating us.
May 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yoliek Best Resort
The resort is beautiful, the staff is superb (expect the front desk staff, they could use a little more customer service training). Hotel is must when I come back
May 2, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Curra2013 This hotel has to make sure rooms stay smoke free
I love the W Vieques but this time I was disappointed at how the room smelled. It appears that I previous guest smoked inside the room. Not very pleasant.
April 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Alex2013 Good place for a couple of quiet days in Paradise
It's always hard to please frequent travelers. This place was very nice for a few days away from the regular work and business schedule. The design and decoration is fantastic and exactly what you expect from a W. You will get used to the laid back service that some of the staff has adopted. Part of island living but there was a great experience when Dan approached me from far away offering to set up a beach umbrella. Exceptional helpful pro active approach one really appreciates. Also one ambassador immediately offered a ride in a golf cart to get to the hidden location of the tennis courts when he noticed our rackets.
Just be prepared to stay on the property while you are there. In a one day car rental we managed 35 miles of sight seeing / exploring public beaches and we could have accomplished this by taxi as well.
We booked one of the famous bio Lucent tours and the kayaking part was fun. The Mosquitos enjoyed our fresh blood as well and just the bright moon provided some limitations to this experience. The Black Beard people are really nice and helpful even so they brought in a lot of people all night long.
The one question one needs to ask about the stay is the $60 a day resort fee which I found a little heafty for the services it has attached to it. But you want to stay at an exclusive place after all.
April 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Redshark The best resort!
Wonderful experience! I HIGHLY recommend the "W" in Vieques! The entire staff is great and the staff is what sets this property apart from all the others not to mention that the property is dramatically beautiful but at the sametime is very accessible! You will not be disappointed if you are looking for a relaxing non-touristy resort.
April 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by lester26 Excellent Hotel
Everything in this hotel was wonderful: great location, exceptional state-of-art decoration, the room service was excellent, the spa and other amenities was great. Beautiful beaches. We travel with a child, and the crew did everything to made us confortable. I'm puertorrican, and I'm very proud of the crew and the service they gave to us and the rest of the visitors. That is a proof that "Puerto Rico does it better"...
April 26, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sherry I used points to stay for free and it wasn't worth it!
Beautiful beach, however, the hotel's gimmick is blending in with the impoverished island. A washtub for a bathtub, furniture that appears to be made out of mismatched scraps of driftwood, a 4-inch pencil stub instead of a pen on the nightstand, very low-to-the-ground chair and bed, etc. I deserve better! Inadequate lighting, no grab bars in the shower or the afore-mentioned washtub. It's an accident waiting to happen. We're not all 20 years old. P.S., this is a very expensive hotel. On top of room charge is a daily $65 resort fee. Too much!
April 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RdM203 Breathtaking views
The W in Vieques has some very special features: an exquisite setting, breathtaking views, and a truly lovely set of infinity pools overlooking the ocean. The beach, while beautiful, is probably better suited to sunbathing or kayaking than to swimming, though the water is extremely clear, the walk into it is a bit rocky underfoot. (We didn't visit the adults-only "whisper beach" or venture off to explore other beaches in the area, but I understand many are wonderful.)
Our room was spacious and and comfortable, with a cozy nesting chair and a conveniently large desk. However the room seemed a bit dark and the open-concept bathroom was not my favorite feature; even with the netted curtain drawn, I still felt exposed to anyone wandering past our back wall of windows/sliders. The shower also had a vaguely dank smell to it.
Our private patio overlooking the ocean was thoughtfully equipped with a useful towel drying rack and the room had a visually interesting set of mismatched hooks and knobs that were awesome for hanging wet swimsuits and towels. It would have been great to have a hook or two in the bathroom as well, since there was not much room around the sink basin to place a toiletry bag or personal items.
The concierge was very helpful in organizing a biobay tour (and transportation to it) for us. She sent us on our way with several tips and a pile of towels. The staff who drove us and our bags to and from the airport and who manned the airport lounge were also warmly solicitous and went out of their way to be of assistance. My family also loved the food and the service we received pool-side.
The staff in Sorce, the on-site restaurant, were friendly but seemed new/not yet very knowledgeable about the menu (and also quite distracted.) The two front desk staff we interacted with could also have been more welcoming. We overheard a couple who came in to inquire about booking a room be sent off with advice to "check the internet for the best deal" and we were greeted at check-in with "Oh, another guest from Connecticut..."
April 17, 2013