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Review of La Paloma Guest House

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La Paloma Guest House
Florida
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Like staying with family.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2009

I believe someone else has already said the experience was like staying with family, but, this is simply the perfect phrase to describe the experience. This isn't a hotel, it isn't pretentious, and it certainly isn't mainstream--and I LOVED it!!
To me, part of the allure of going to a foreign country is to be somewhere and do things out of the ordinary. So, when my husband and I went to Puerto Rico, I looked around for out of the ordinary/off the beaten path accommodations for our time there. I found this place on this very website, and took a chance on it. My husband and I loved it.

It is near the town of Ceiba, and finding the actual guesthouse would be difficult at first, but, as instructed we called the owner when we were in Ceiba. She had her daughter meet us at an exit by the highway, and we followed her to the guesthouse. After following her the first time it was pretty easy to find. It is a winding path up the mountains on the edge of the rainforest, with an absolutely beautiful view from the guesthouse.

When we got there, Nilda (the owner) greeted us like she had known us for years--so warmly, in fact, that my husband even asked if I had known her before this trip. She helped us to park inside a gated fence and showed us how to open and close the gate ourselves so we could come and go without difficulty and be able to store our car safely. Our room was a guest house on her property and included a fully furnished room with a mini kitchenette, dining table, bed, futon, AC and satellite TV, private bathroom and shower with warm water. Not luxurious, but, it was pretty much what you would expect from staying with a family member out in the country! At first we thought it was a little too familiar, but, then another couple from Oregon joined us in the second private guesthouse on the property. If we hadn't seen them on the porch listening to the coqui, we might not have even known they were there!
Staying here is really getting away from it all. There isn't a bunch of other tourists being fed the same watered down version of Puerto Rico, while being tended to by hotel employees. It was so much more rich of an experience. The guest house was so quiet, and listening to the sounds of the native coqui frog at night is a perfectly relaxing way to get to sleep at night. It wasn't too far of a drive to the Yunque.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SenTravels
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
champaign, illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2009

La Paloma Guest House was where we stayed and experienced a real vacation: Relaxed, Ate Authentic Food, Listened to the Sounds of Nature, Absorbed the Beauty and Theraputic Sights and Sounds of Several Beaches, Experienced Natures Beauty in the Rain Forest, and met Friends that soon became our Extended Family that made this Vacation Real. Nilda is an excellent cook, she made us several fabulous Puerto Rican meals and was very accommodating making sure we had all we needed to make our stay comfortable. Mike and Johnny were very gracious in showing us around the island to experience the authentic culture, sights, adventure, and nightlife of Puerto Rico. Tiana, Tiffany, and Joey were such a pleasure to be around and were great company for our teenage son. The property was perfect for us. You have to understand that this is not a Grand Chain Resort but a rustic quaint guest house. The guest house we stayed in had everyting we needed: storage for all our items, kitchen table and chairs, coffee maker, fridge and freezer, oven, stovetop, microwave, plates, pots, pans, and utensils, tv with satelite connection, and large shower. Outside our unit was a fabulous pool and covered patio with an outstanding view of mountains and local town. We loved the location secluded yet close to sights. Our stay was five nights so we got to know our new friends very well and look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank gijenn101
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2009

After researching where to stay in PR I found La Paloma on Trip Advisor and from the reviews decided to stay here. When we arrived we were greeted warmly with a hug and a short tour of the property. The room was clean with a large shower, cable tv, kitchen, and amazing views. Nilda, the owner, is one of the warmest, kindest people I have met. Shortly after arriving she made us a meal and pointed out various things in the surrounding hills, she took us into the main house and told us about her Indian heritage. She suggested things for us to do and took us to a resort to use the beautiful beach. The area around the guest house has some incredible views and I spent quite awhile walking and driving around exploring the hills. We spent one night and then headed over to the island of Culebra for a few days. We had no plans for the last night of our trip so decided to spend it back at La Paloma. There isn't much around the place but we managed to find a small bar/ store within a few minutes drive where we could get some drinks. Overall a great place to relax and wonderful owner.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank cbergin
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North Carolina
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2008

We stayed at the paloma guest house and to our surprise it was home away from home. The welcome even from the phone as we were heading there was incredible!! Nilda kept in touch with us all throughout the travel. we ran into terrible traffic so we got there a bit later. She waited for us, and stay in touch making sure we did not get lost. I'm a native my husband born and raised in North carolina. he wanted to experience the real Puerot Rico. He did get that and more. The ride is a great experience, truly country raods up the mountain!!! We loved it, away from it all!!!Nilda made him feel like he was home!! She prepared fresh coffe for him in the morning and took him for a tour of the beautiful scenery around the house and shared native and stories about our Indian taina heritage. What a view!!! The rooms are pretty big for a guesthouse/B&B setup, and include beds, bathroom, towels, fridge, table, closet, AC, fans, tv/cable, etc. This is more than any other guesthouse we have ever been to, and less expensivem,this value can't be beat. Her family were as nice as she was and super frendly, great COOKS!! also. We had dinner at their home upstairs our second night there. ALL native.
Truly a gem to saty, not luzury just genuine comfort and hospitality. We will return next year!!

  • Liked — Hospitality,price
  • Disliked — I liked it all!!!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank palomaNC
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Columbus OH
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2007

Staying at LaPaloma was like visiting family in the country. Nilda and Michael (owners) welcomed us in as if they had known us for years. They are located in the lower hills of the rain forest and the
views are breathtaking! (See our pictures) I had my 10 year old daughter and 14 year old niece with me and at first they were not happy out in the middle of nowhere. Nilda's grand children were staying with her and just happened to be about the same age and in no
time all the kids were having fun. LaPaloma has several selections
of rooms and two properties. Nothing fancy but clean and spacious. We
stayed at the second property where the pool is and it was like renting our own house for the stay. There was only 1 other guest at the property while we were there so we had a lot of privacy. If you have a "bug" issues, well the rain forest area is not for you. I occasionally had to remove a centipede from the room or perhaps a small lizard would get in, but if you have ever traveled the Caribbean (and not stayed at 5 star resorts) you know what to expect.
After leaving LaPaloma we went to the West side of the island
and stayed at hotels and a Parador. We were very disappointed and all
of said we wished we had just stayed at Nilda's for the whole week! We will be back soon and we will definitely stay the entire time at LaPaloma!! ZVernon, Columbus OH (GO BUCKS!!)

  • Liked — Location and owner hospitality
  • Disliked — can't think of anything
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank ZVernon
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New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2007

We stayed at La Paloma for 2 nights - though we had reservations, when we arrived we were told that our room had been given to a last minute arrival, and that an "alternate room" (downstairs) had been made ready for us.

Our room was extremely unclean (even the floor had not been swept and had numerous dead insects and centipedes on it). The kitchen was also very dirty, and had a big hole in the wall with electrical wires sticking out of it.

The only reason we stayed a second night was because of lack of time to go looking for another hotel.

However, the owners were pleasant and the view from the backyard was lovely.

  • Liked — The view from the backyard
  • Disliked — Very unclean room and kitchen
  • Stayed December 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank voidstar
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NJ, USA
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2007

Pros: Price, nature, welcoming owner, history and nature lessons, very warm personality

Cons: Not-so-clean sheets and shower...

  • Liked — View, hospitality
  • Disliked — Room interior, cleaniness
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank BobBobNj
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Additional Information about La Paloma Guest House

Property: La Paloma Guest House
Address: (787) 435_1154 | Barrio Rio Abajo, Seccion La Paloma, Ceiba, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > El Yunque National Forest
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in El Yunque National Forest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
La Paloma Guest House Hotel El Yunque National Forest
La Paloma Guest House Puerto Rico/El Yunque National Forest

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