We are so thankful that we found this hotel! It's friendly, helpful staff really helped make our trip wonderful with great suggestions for activities, restaurants, and directions. It's not a "resort style" hotel, but that's not what we were looking for... we wanted quick beach access, clean rooms, and helpful service - and that's exactly what we got and more!
Damian at the front desk helped us out tremendously. In fact, we originally had reservations at another hotel in the area which didn't work out... so at the last minute we called Luquillo (they'd been booked when I originally contacted them). Damian worked it out and was able to get us in, even though the hotel was booked pretty solidly for the entire week.
The rooms are basic, but comfortable and clean. All of the rooms in the "main building" have a balcony looking out at the ocean (and what a great view it is!!) except for the two rooms on the ground floor. Even so, they're close to the ocean too!
There is a building behind the main one which has around 4 - 5 rooms as well... and what they lack in ocean view is made up for by being extremely spacious and in a lovely garden setting. They're even "eco-friendly" rooms using solar power for a portion of their energy, if I'm remembering this correctly. We toured one that had a kitchen and living room, plus patio... it would be great for a family to spread out and really enjoy each other.
The rate includes a nice hot breakfast with accompanying pastries, cereal, coffee / tea / juice ~ all served on the second floor terrace looking over the ocean. This is a great place to mingle with other guests, but you can also find your own quiet table. Much like a B&B experience. They have creative entrees that are brought to you personally, but the rest is self -serve. Otherwise, there is no on-site restaurant... nor is there much that's within walking distance.
However, keep in mind that within a couple minutes' drive, there's the AMAZING collection of "kioskos" along the public beach! They have everything from a sit-down "nice" restaurant which takes credit cards, to sidle-up-to-the-bar pool table restaurants, to wonderful traditional Puerto Rican food stalls. It's a pleasant hour's walk along the beach from the hotel if you want to make an afternoon of it, or just a couple minutes in the car if you just can't wait. There's only one restaurant which takes credit cards (the first one at the far left) so remember to bring cash to those.
The beach is wonderful, too! It's directly across the quiet otherwise residential street, and the hotel will offer chairs, towels and boogie boards. To the right is La Perla / the Wall where you will see surfers enjoying some nice surf. Beyond that by around a quarter mile is a long stretch of undeveloped, pristine beach which is a Turtle nesting ground at certain times of the year. To the left is a fantastic walk as well along 2 - 3 large coves with some hotels but still pretty unspoiled in places. Coral lines the shore, and after a nice walk you will come up to the kiosks on the main public beach. There you can rent equipment for various sporting events.
While the hotel is in a quiet, pleasant neighborhood and you'll need a car to get around, it's centrally located along the northeast coast with quick access to the main roads east, west and south to all the main activities like the rain forest, snorkeling/scuba, and kayaking. In the town which surrounds the neighborhood you can find larger stores like Walgreens, etc for necessities you might have forgotten... but you're not at all stuck in a commercial zone once you're at the hotel.
The hotel overall is an excellent value! We absolutely plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn offers an exceptional value for budget minded travelers. This Bed & Breakfast is located on a stretch of Puerto Rico's famous Luquillo Beach where surfers can often be seen riding the waves. Luquillo Sunrise Beach inn is also only 45 minutes from San Juan International Airport, and just minutes away from Fajardo, where guests can find a multitude of water sports available. All of our rooms feature balconies facing the ocean where our guests can enjoy the fresh tradewind breeze and sound of the surf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Luquillo Sunrise Beach Hotel Luquillo