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.
- Also Known As:
- La Paloma Guest House Hotel El Yunque National Forest
- La Paloma Guest House Puerto Rico/El Yunque National Forest