Review of La Jamaca, La Parguerra PR, 1/9/2013:
We tried to stay here in January of 2012, on our first trip to Puerto Rico. They never answered several emails, never returned a phone call. We found another place.
This year we tried again. They quickly answered emails and we reserved two nights.
The place definitely has a personality all its own. Funky would be a good way to describe it. There are odd things stashed here and there all over the property: a parking meter, ship portholes, light fixtures with bird’s nests in them, an oar, a ship’s lantern, small old pieces of rusty machinery, lots more. This is all an attempt at art, and it works. There are a couple of cats running around, the usual assortment of small lizards, birds coming and going, even a rooster that struts around like he owns the joint.
La Jamaca is designed for comfort, not for speed. It’s up in the hills above town, away from the noisy tourism-oriented places down by the ocean. You need a car; it would be a goodly hike down into town, and an even more arduous one up a couple of pretty steep hills to get back.
The rooms – ours at least – are small and spartan. A double bed, a small TV with cable, a serviceable bathroom, a balcony big enough to stash a cooler. That’s about it. The place seemed quite clean and there was some painting going on while we were there. True to its name, there are hammocks everywhere, probably more than a dozen. There are four right next to the cute little pool, more out back. Areas for laying around reading, writing or cruising the net on the wifi are nearly everywhere.
At one time the place had a full-service restaurant but while we were there (Tuesday and Wednesday) only breakfast was available and, we were told, dinner on the weekends. There is a little bar next to the pool. The staff is pretty small – a couple of folks. They were very friendly and checked in with us periodically to see if we needed anything while we were lounging in the hammocks. It was a simple matter to run a room tab that we settled at the end of our stay.
And it was quiet: it seemed as if we were the only ones there. Perhaps we were. At night it is VERY quiet, and if you listen carefully you can hear the surf half a mile away.
We had just come from the wildly frantic Three Kings Festival in Ponce and were getting ready to meet a high-energy friend in Rincon. La Jamaca functioned as a rest period, a place to just lay around, read, write, recuperate and generally do absolutely nothing of any consequence.
If you’re looking for a clean, quiet, affordable place to simply veg out, with just enough personality to make it memorable without being jarring, La Jamaca fits the bill.
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