Discovered this place via TripAdvisor (there is no website). A local family has a couple guesthouses that it rents out from time to time, primarily to locals or Navy personnel in area.
We were met off of Route 3 by her son, since it was at night and her house is a little tricky to find up in the hills (about 10 minute drive from highway). (We did not need an escort back down)
The highlight of our one-night stay was Nilda, the host. She greeted us like family and is very warm. She is proud of her Taino heritage, which was neat to hear about. She provided a full home-cooked meal on arrival (she said we could pay whatever we want), including a delicious fish dish and fried coconut bread. While eating in our rooms, she caught a coqui (frog) with her granddaughter and brought it to our room to show us. Although I usually don’t think of petting frogs while eating dinner, it was a funny experience! In the morning, she cooked us breakfast (eggs and ham on coconut bread), and we got to talk more with her and her husband.
The room was a cozy studio apartment with full kitchen, bed, and bathroom. The place is surrounded by the mountains (El Yunque Rain Forest), which made for a special setting.
- Nilda, the host, was friendly, informative, and a local character that ended up being a highlight of our Puerto Rican experience.
- Good value ($65 + a little for meals)
- Great food
Disliked/room for improvement:
- Cleanliness could have been a bit better. I think this is more a matter of different standards rather than Nilda not wanting to put the effort in. For example, the bathroom mirror was not clean.
- Quite loud with the coqui (frogs) at night and being near to the main house (in the morning), even with the windows closed. A/C was not temperature-based, so I had to adjust multiple times manually during the night.
- Crack under front door needs to be fixed/filled to prevent any unwanted entries by critters.
- The bed was quite hard. We ended up taking the comfortable (foam?) futon and placing it on the bed, which worked, although the bed is a king and the futon a full-size or queen.
- One of the 2 ceiling lights did not work.
Although there is perhaps some sacrifice in comfort unless improvements are made, we recommend this place for the lively host, great food, good value, natural setting, and local experience.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.