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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Rincon, Puerto Rico

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Orange County, California
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“Clean, well run, excellent location, and a great value in Rincon!”
Reviewed December 25, 2012 for a stay in December 2012
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I just finished a short stay at the Vista del Mar Apartments and wanted to put everything down while it was fresh in my mind. I am going to include a lot of details because I find that the information may be helpful to others trying to make a decision.

I found the Vista del Mar Apartments online and checked the availability calendar and decided to book. The booking process was very straightforward. The owner, Elier, emailed me shortly after he received my inquiry. I filled out a reservation form and sent it to him. Elier accepts credit cards. He charged me for half upfront and the other half a month before I arrived. He sent me detailed directions. You need to keep these directions with you. They are very specific. I had no problems finding the apartments with the directions but I would have had a hard time without them. When I arrived in Rincon, I called Elier's cell phone. He said the apartment was open and that he would meet me within 20 minutes.

I got to the apartment and, sure enough, the unit was open and ready. I dropped my bags off an waited for Elier. FIrst, a comment about the parking. The apartments are set back from the street to make room for the parking spaces. There are four parking spaces. These are definitely large enough for most compact cars and perhaps a minivan but if you were to rent something larger I would check with Elier beforehand to make sure it would fit. Rincon has some very narrow streets and Vista del Mar is one of them!

Now for the unit. I stayed in Unit A which is on the left half of the top floor. There is one other unit on that same level. There is a screen door on the front which helps if you'd like to get a little breeze during the day. There was a rectangular dining room with four chairs. The kitchen had a six burner gas/propane range. There was a refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven, coffee maker, and a toaster as well. The kitchen had utensils, pots and pans, and other items. A roll of paper towels was provided as well as a mop and bucket. These items would certainly be useful for longer stays.

The living room area had two sofas, a large screen (32" maybe) flat panel TV which had cable. I did not try the cable but Elier said it had about 140 channels. There was also wireless internet free of charge. The internet was generally very fast.

The bathroom contained a shower, but no tub. I was impressed with the supplies that were provided. In particular, Elier provided a safety razor, a small packet of shaving cream, as well as soap and shampoo. These would be standard in a hotel, but I was pleased to find them in an apartment. There was also a good supply of bath towels and wash cloths. There is one negative with the bathroom, but I'll mention that later.

The bedroom had two large beds (I believe they were queen sized). Each had a lightweight comforter and a padded mattress. The mattress was firm, but not rigid. I felt the mattress was very comfortable. The closet in the bedroom was huge. Inside the closet was a suitcase stand, two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, and a cooler. Beach towels were provided as well. There was also a small ironing board and iron. Off the back of the bedroom was a small balcony with an incredible view of the ocean.

Outside and down the stairs was a brand new pool area with lounge chairs and an outside shower for rinsing off. Next to the pool was a bar area with a stereo system, two hammocks, and two barbeque grills. This area was beautiful. Just off the pool was a laundry area that was available to all guests - a great feature for a longer stay.

I only found there to be one negative, that's the matter of hot water in the bathroom. The shower is heated with an electric unit that sits between the water supply and the shower head. It just doesn't heat the water that well. I also didn't have hot water from the sink. To be fair, I didn't mention this to Elier so I don't know if he could have perhaps fixed it. I was only there for three days so I didn't mind it that much. If hot water is truly important to you, you might want to ask about it. Also, Elier lives next door so if anything comes up that is truly urgent, just call him or stop by.

I have a few closing words about the location. The location is fantastic! The apartments are in the Puntas region of Rincon which is a big surf spot. So, you'll see some surfers out on the beaches in the area. I also saw a guy kiteboarding. That looked fun! The units are half way up the hill from the coastal road. I saw surfers walking up and down the hill each day with their boards. I like walking and was able to walk to a few nearby restaurants in the neighborhood. If you walk up the hill and then continue up the road to Route 413, Banana Dang is only few hundred feet away. I walked there in about 15-20 minutes. You can also walk a little further in the other direction and come to a convenience store (there are actually a lot of them in the area). The central plaza for Rincon is about a 10-15 minute drive.

Also, a few notes on restaurants and other places:

Banana Dang - This is really close (on Route 413) and has great breakfasts.

Ode to the Elephants - A great Thai place on the next street over (down one hill and up the next)

The Pool Bar - A great sushi place down the main coastal road

Econo - A mid-size grocery store just past the central plaza on Route 115

The Union Barber Shop - A few blocks past the main plaza just off of Route 115.

I would definitely stay at this place again. This is a great deal in a very convenient location.

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Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
24 Dec 2012
Wao! Thanks for the review. It was a pleasure to have you as guest. We only have hot water on the shower, but I will check that the heather is working properly. We appreciate your review and look forward to see you again in Rincon!

Happy New Year.
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LHunker
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“Sandy Heaven”
Reviewed November 4, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We stayed in the Terrace, which is a VW inspired/surfer's get away. Perfect for two people that are ok with sharing a bed. The partially covered rooftop includes a pool tabor, hammocks, a grill, and plenty of space to enjoy the view an breezes. Clean and comfy, I wish we could have stayed longer. Elier was very helpful to make suggestions of places to visit around town. Tandoo is a fantastic place to watch surfers and have some refreshments. Banana Dang is a fun little coffee shop/breakfast spot. Rincon is such a fun and beautiful little surf town, Elier's property was a perfect home base during our stay.

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Liked best: Clean, great view, open space
Liked least: Not a walker friendly location in my opinion
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
3 Nov 2012
Thanks! We appreciate your review and look forward to have you again as guests! We already finish the swimming pool and will post pics today.

Happy New Year
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Reviewed July 14, 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Management Response
14 Jul 2012
Thanks again for your review. It was a pleasure to have you as guests!
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Annika N
Uppsala, Sweden
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Reviewed January 1, 2017 for a stay in December 2016
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Management Response
2 Jan 2017
Hi, thanks for staying with us again. Always a pleasure to have you with us!
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