Introducing the 2015 Hot List: The Best New Hotels in the World - The tiny Puerto Rican island of Vieques has its share of cozy hotels, but none as visually striking as El Blok. In a nod to 1950’s Tropical Modernism, the 22-room inn has a curvaceous exterior with intricately carved louvers that transform the bright tropical sun into artistic shadows. Interiors have a restful vibe, thanks to clean-lined wooden furnishings and strategically placed sculptures (Design Stars). CONDE NAST TRAVELER

The man behind what might be the world’s most fun restaurant is Jose Enrique himself... His first restaurant outside San Juan, on the island of Vieques, El Blok, in the hotel of the same name, opens late summer, with an emphasis on grilled dishes. FOOD AND WINE

The Caribbean has just got a whole lot more interesting with the opening of El Blok… FINANCIAL TIMES

All curving concrete and perforated façades, the hotel is designed to encourage relaxed socializing. The entire second floor is a single open-air space that flows from reception to bar to restaurant. The four-story building, with 22 rooms in all, surrounds an oval atrium; the roof has a small infinity pool and views of the sea and Vieques’s mountainous interior. Little about the place relates to the design vernacular of the islands, and your first reaction might be a double-take, but the hotel’s charm and cool factor—will win you over. El Blok is easily the most stylish new hotel in the Caribbean…. TRAVEL AND LEISURE


El Blok is an iconic inn by the sea in that it is a bar and restaurant with rooms that aims to be a soft landing for the intrepid traveller after a hard day of relaxation. Affordable, simple rooms appointed with touch of luxe, it has a visual style like nowhere else. Colored hidrolico tiles, exposed concrete, native woods, clean, spare, exciting spaces. Smart bike rentals, riding and hiking trails, island outdoor activities and many beaches nearby complete the scene.

San Juan’s Jose Enrique, whose minimal take on a beach menu is pure culinary genius, helms the restaurant and bar. All this in a building that is gold leed certified for it’s sustainable design. El Blok is part sculpture, part oasis.

Impossibly serene far flung beaches, great restaurants and only a few hotels, Vieques is a strange jewel of an island amongst the beauty and understated glamour of the Caribbean. Six miles to the east of Puerto Rico, and a short 20 minutes flight from San Juan, Vieques is in Puerto Rico’s backyard…and light years from anywhere.

The Rooms All Have

Dramatic Views
Outdoor Terrace
Magniflex organic hybrid foam mattresses
Memory Foam Pillows
Summer weight Duvets
300-count 100% cotton linens
Aesop bath and body amenities
Free Wifi in common areas
In-Room Safe
Mini Fridge

Room Types

standard queen size rooms

large king size corner rooms

large king size corner rooms with two terraces

El Doble
double queen beds, garden bathroom, ground floor, accessible


3000 sq ft lobby/bar

2500 sq ft roof terrace

1000 sq ft multi-use space

100 sq ft hideaway