As others have mentioned, the surrounding area near the hotel was a bit of a turn off. You'll find layers of graffiti, crumbling homes, stray animals and wandering people. I was more than hesitant and wondered if we made a poor decision to stay at Luquillo Beach.
When we arrived at the hotel, we expressed our concerns to Damien, the front desk clerk. He explained there was poverty everywhere in Luquillo and assured us that the area was safe. He did manage to put our mind at rest and he showed us to our room. On the way, we spotted a huge iguana, enjoying the noon day sun.
The room was fine - it was clean and well maintained. The king sized bed was roomy, although the sheets were scratchy and the mattress uncomfortable. The balcony overlooked the water and the view was spectacular. The complimentary breakfast was great and they also sold water & beer downstairs (although you could walk to the corner store a block away for cheaper beer). Damien also gave us some handouts of the Rainforest and the local places to go for food.
We stayed two nights - on the Friday night, I was awoken at midnight by children literally screaming at the tops of their lungs, while hanging out on the beach. The night before had been peaceful and quiet -- so maybe it was because it was *officially* the weekend?
All in all, the hotel itself was fine... although I didn't sleep as well as I would have preferred.
- 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