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Sue's Place
Reviewed April 1, 2010

I can't judge the specifics of this place because we did not get a chance to stay there, despite having a reservation. When we were planning our trip, I was excited to find this place and called for availability and was told that the dates we wanted were available. After talking with my wife I called back and she said that they actually only had some of the dates available but she recommended a nice hotel nearby for the rest of the time. I asked her to reserve those dates for us, she said she did and asked to call her back the next day with our credit card info because she was about to leave. We booked the other hotel, bought plane tickets and I called her the next day to give her my credit card info and she said she would call us back because she was busy. She didn't call that evening, so we called again the next day, and again she said not to worry, that she was busy but she would call us to get the info. Finally she called us that night to tell us that, whoops, her husband had already booked those dates and too bad there was nothing she could do for us. Of course this being high season we were basically left scrambling to find another place to stay. So be careful with this place, they are disorganized and unprofessional and might totally screw you over.

Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2009

Three of us stayed in the main house and we loved it. We felt like we were living in a tree-house. The house has a funky, rustic feel. It may not work for you if you require modern but we were charmed by it. The house is comfortable and has everything one would need.

Meeting Sue was delightful. She made us feel like welcomed guests. She was so generous about everything. We greatly enjoyed all the avocados and bananas she brought by each day.

Sue's location's is great. It is in the middle of the rain forest but close to Luquillo Beach. We would have loved to have had more time to just sit in the house and contemplate the forest.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Thank KerryBorn
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

Large place with 3 bedrooms and one bath.

Chalet has no a/c but large windows and sliding glass doors. We were told on our arrival to keep the doors and windows shut because they didn't open and close well. If we wanted to cool off we could take a shower ---as there was only cold water. To sleep in the heat we had to turn on several fans which drowned out the relaxing sound of the breeze and the coqui (frogs). There is a beautiful view and a cool breeze from the mountains but it doesnt do much good if you can't open the doors and windows.

We walked around upstairs and it made piles of sawdust fall onto the kitchen countertops (termites). Sugar ants will get into anything you leave on the counter.

There are no window blinds/curtains for most of the large windows.
There is a fridge, condiments, coffee maker, and stove but no oven. We tried to use the grill but it wouldn't light. There is a grocery store in town and some kiosks at the beach. If you aren't a seafood lover I would try the mexican rest. across from the pharmacy by the grocery store (amigos). Reasonably priced -- good food.

It is close to El Yunque and to the beaches. The roads were narrow and at night we stumbled across some people drag racing at the local bar at the bottom of the hill. We didn't meet Sue but we did meet Bob and he was very nice. He told us about a nice swimming hole with a rope swing just down the street.

If you are looking for a lot of space for not too much money this could be the place but don't expect too much.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank chrissy2655
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

I traveled to Puerto Rico in February with a group of friends. I found Sue's Place by accident looking through reviews online. I knew I wanted to stay somewhere around El Yunque. We'd gotten a great deal at the Intercontinental in San Juan for $60 per room (total) per night, and expected that to be the gem of the trip since it's a hotel that's normally way too posh for our price range. Sue's Place, however, became the highlight of the trip. It's tucked away in a beautiful little corner of the rainforest. Sue is friendly and accommodating. She drove into Luquillo so we could follow her up to the house to ensure we wouldn't get lost. The house is incredible. It reminded me a bit of Swiss Family Robinson - you can imagine growing up in that beautiful environment with this architecturally charming little home would be amazing. The rooms were comfortable and cool, and there was a beautiful balcony overlooking the canopy, a view which even extended down to the shores of the beaches of Luquillo. As the home has a grill, we were able to cook fabulously for ourselves and sit out on the patio listening to the coquis at night. We were sad to leave, we could've stayed for weeks (or months) comfortably, and by the end of the trip we were all envious of Sue and her wonderful little home. HIGHLY recommended!! Perfect for a group of friends or a family.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank AMcD0524
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Reviewed May 18, 2009

Our family (two adults and two kids, 1.5 and 2.5 years) rented a loft in late April 2009 for 2 weeks. We also rented an extra bedroom for our babysitter. The place was exactly what we needed. Our goal was to find a location where we can enjoy sunshine and beaches with warm water and safe waves; hike a bit with our small children; cook on our own if we wanted to; be able to cool down after a day at the beach; and get some exposure to a different culture. Luquillo turned out to be a perfect location and Sue’s place was a perfect place to stay. Here are its main highlights,
1. It’s within a 15-minute drive from nearby beaches, up the mountain, which means that it is about 5-8 degrees cooler than at the ocean level. At Sue’s place, we fell asleep in a loft with screened windows, in a summer cabin atmosphere, listening to an unforgettable serenade by about a million of coqui frogs. Compare that to falling asleep while listening to an air conditioner humming in a typical hotel room. Luquillo is about the same latitude as Honolulu, so it is warm (or hot) year-round. You’ll see fruit-bearing banana and avocado trees outside of your window, as well as ginger flowers, giant ferns and coconut palms.
2. When we stayed in B&B in a Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is also located in the rainforest, all windows were closed and a dehumidifier was running 24/7. Sue’s Place is dryer (because of its rainfall and lower altitude) than Hawaii’s Volcano Village and the main parts of El Yunque rainforest where it’s foggy and rainy nearly all the time. You will have occasional rain showers at Sue’s place (be sure to get a video!) but it will not be too damp.
3. You have a choice of 2 roads to drive when you go to the nearby beaches. One is nearly empty of cars; it goes through a rainforest, by roadside waterfalls, across a mountain river, and descends into a small town with the best gift store (we also visited stores in old San Juan and el Yunque) and a bakery/eatery with some truly local and delicious foods. An alternative road is much busier but it curves around houses and churches. Here you’ll see the friendly locals, peacocks, horses, hens, roosters, and other domestic animals. If you smile and greet people, entire families will wave their hands and smile at you. We stopped by a church to listen to people sing and were invited to come in. Sue will give you a detailed map of both roads but take your GPS system (if you have one) with you because it will remember the exact location of Sue’s house.
4. You have a choice of at least three different types of beaches. The main paid beach is kid-friendly due to its calm waters. It has easy parking, clean sand, trimmed coconut palms, showers, bathrooms, and cafes located directly on the beach. Other Luquillo beaches have bigger waves, so you can decide what you want to do – one day you may want to swim and on another day you may want to jump in the waves. Finally, there are other beaches where you can snorkel and collect shells. Finally, there is also an option to bathe in the mountain streams. Just ask Sue.
5. Sue’s helpfulness, knowledge of local conditions, and genuine interest in her guests are outstanding. She knows places to shop, eat, swim, find a doctor, connect to the internet, etc. and she can also tell you what other guests liked or disliked. We went on “a scenic view” drive one day without consulting with Sue first and, oh boy, we wished we asked her before we ventured out.
Here are some more tips for your trip
1. The towns of Luquillo and nearby Fajardo have major stores – Walgreens, Amigo food store, Walmart, etc. Pack no sun lotions or other heavy toiletry, they are cheap at Luquillo Walgreen’s. Get your grocery shopping done on your way from the airport. Food is cheap in PR. Be sure to buy meats in a local marinade of garlic, cilantro and red spice (not spicy at all), the fry on a pan in about 15 minutes. And get a taste of local sweet bread (look for a special counter in a food store where freshly baked loafs are kept under warm lights).
2. The loft has a hammock that is a vacationer’s dream. There could be occasional mosquitoes, so get some repellent to enjoy an evening in a hammock.
3. The chalet has an excellent grill that you may be able to use. Both rentals have large fans.
4. In case you wonder about security - Sue’s place has a locked gate and locks for each rental place, including an extra side bedroom. Sue lives in her own house a few feet down the hill.
5. Do your laundry in town. It will be washed, dried and folded for 90 cents/pound while you are eating breakfast or dinner. Sue will provide you with more clean towels than you need.
6. At Sue’s place you’ll have an option of completely disconnecting from the outside world – forget about the TV (Sue has cable), cell phones and the internet.
Tomorrow, we will purchase out tickets to return to Sue’s place in 6 months.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank MI_family_of_four
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Reviewed May 4, 2009

Sue's place was the best place that we stayed on the island. We enjoyed every place that we stayed but this was the one that our 13 yr old kept as the gold standard. When we got there, she asked why we hadn't come earlier. And when we left and went to a resort, she asked why we had left?
It is so relaxing and Bob and Sue are laid back and hospitable. The location is beautiful and the views!!!!!!
We took advantage of Bob's surfing lessons and had a great time.
Thank you, we will be back!!!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank sandandwaves
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Reviewed April 22, 2009

As promised, the Loft @ Sue's Place in Luquillo/Sabana was at once a tranquil and beautiful locale providing funky, cool rustic luxury. we -- my 11-year-old twins and i -- had the best vacation experience. Sue was a way cool woman who was all about ensuring we had everything we needed and a tour guide excellente! Que bueno! The loft was exactly as I expected; a lovely chalet tucked away -- literally -- deep inside El Yunque. The entrance to the awe-inspiring, indeed otherworldly, rain forest was a 2-minute drive away on the thrilling, winding and occassionally terrifying mountain road. Aviso! while it was a blast (and scenic beyond my expectations) traveling around El Yunque's roadways, the lanes are wide enuf only for one vehicle though locals don't seem to know that -- freewheelers that they are w/the occasional rooster or peacock, horse or ATV around each bend. white knuckle driving, we stayed in most nights. (chicken that i am!) @ night the coqui's sang and sang; the music actually put us all to sleep! make sure to shop @ amigo's (grocery store) and cook breakfast and dinner -- eat lunch out is my suggestion. We had the most tasty mofongo in town and since we were there from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday seafood -- camorones especially -- was available everywhere. i cannot say enuf about the hospitality Sue shared with us -- from meeting us @ the Esso in Luquillo to bring us up the mountain to very wise and practical advice, she was a treasure. gracias!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank elenas1002
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Address: El Yunque, Luquillo, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Luquillo
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Ranked #3 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Luquillo
Number of rooms: 7
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