My partner and I have stayed with Richard several times, and will be going again January 2016. We absolutely love the penthouse apartment. It's beautiful, quiet, and Richard is a great host. The neighborhood is interesting, and the Museum of Puerto Rican Arts, the Mercado, and a large upscale grocery store are all within five to fifteen minutes' walk. Old San Juan is an easy bus ride away. We don't do the beach in SJ--that's what Vieques is for--but you can walk to the beach in 15". We've also stayed one night in the first floor--cute, but we like the spaciousness of the third floor. Book early, as this gem fills up quickly.
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I'll start with Richard. What an amazing host! The price we paid for our week in the Penthouse would have been a reasonable price to pay for Richard's guidance and advice alone! From the moment we contacted him to inquire about a rental all the way through our stay, we knew we could count on Richard. Whether it's this location or somewhere else, if he is your contact, book with confidence!
We chose this location for our honeymoon rather than the typical resort where you are confined to one location. This allowed us the flexibility to really explore the island, immerse ourselves in the culture and, most importantly, sample the food!
Upon arriving at the house, Richard greeted us warmly and showed us around a bit. We then went for a walking tour of Santurce. Richard is a wealth of information of his area and the entire island. During our walk, he pointed out the grocery store, gym, bars, restaurants and other key points of interest. He also pointed out important cultural and architectural landmarks. At the end of our tour, he dropped us off at a local restaurant and left us on our own to explore!
Our time spent in the house was always extremely relaxing and awe inspiring. Due to a late cancellation, the second floor unit was vacant and Richard was gracious enough to allow us to use the full kitchen. This saved us lots of money, as I was able to whip up tasty breakfasts for the Mrs. right at home! In addition, Richard allowed us to use a homemade batch of sofritas he'd made! The Penthouse is beautifully laid out. The bedroom and television room are large and the design is very open. We spent a fair amount of time relaxing on the peaceful balcony, as well. The bed was super comfortable and the a/c cranked to make our overnights feel like home.
Every suggestion Richard gave us was on the money. Rather than getting into all of them, I'll suggest my favorite. If you rent a car, definitely take Richard's advice on visiting Luquillo! The Kioskos are amazingly diverse and a cultural cornucopia! From the road they look like an old run down strip mall. But up close, you'll find an elderly Puerto Rican woman selling homemade candy in one unit, next to a trinket store, next to a dive bar, next to a fine dining restaurant! It's incredible and best of all, there is a beautiful public beach directly behind the Kioskos. The beach was very sparsely populated while we were there and the water was clear, calm and warm. On the way home, make sure to stop by El Verde BBQ (another Richard suggestion) and pick up delicious Puerto Rican food by the pound to eat during your stay!
I could go on and on, but the picture is clear. Book a stay with Richard and you will not be sorry! Thank you, Richard!
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