My husband and I just returned from an 8 night stay at the Rain Forest Inn- I wish it could have been longer.
The pictures on the website don't really do the place justice. We stayed in the Villa and it was just perfect. All of the furniture was super comfy - great for lounging around reading books and listening to the sounds of the jungle and staring at the gorgeous view. The place is also super clean.
I was a bit apprehensive about staying in the jungle for so long because back home I am air conditioning dependent and the mosquitoes favorite target. I was prepared for a hot itchy week of open windows and chasing rare breezes. I am pleased to say that my fears were unfounded. There are good screens on all of the windows that kept the bugs out, the fans in the villa were plentiful and the high ceilings kept the worst of the hot air away. I melt into a pathetic puddle when it gets over 80 degrees, but I had no problems at the Rain Forest Inn. I also got hardly any mosquito bites- I get more walking to work in the mornings at home than I got in the jungle.
The breakfasts! Oh my goodness! I don't know where to begin. They take breakfast very seriously at the Rain Forest Inn. You get served heaping plates of fresh delicious food. If I managed to eat it all (because I couldn't help myself)- I didn't want to eat again until dinner. We stayed for 8 nights so we sampled the entire menu. My favorites were the eggs florentine served with fresh fruit and perfect potatoes, the guava stuffed french toast, and the asparagus and Parmesan omelet served with a delighful mango mimosa fresh fruit and a croissant.
One of the advantages of staying in a small family run inn is that you are treated like family. In addition to being a vegetarian I have food allergies- I got great recommendations for restaurants that would likely be able to accommodate my dietary restrictions (cannot say enough good things about Vejigante). We also got great recommendations for activities that would suit us. I am a scientist- I wanted to see a bio bay- Melanie was able to point us to the nerdiest tour (night walk in Las Cabezas). My husband and I came to Puerto Rico to get away from people- Bill directed us to a "hidden beach" that was teeming with wildlife, had some shade and very few people- it was just perfect.
The Rain Forest Inn is conveniently located so you can easily drive to beaches, rain forest and other area attractions. We drove all over the place "sampling" beaches and trails. We did a day trip to Arecibo and the caves. We went South to Punta Tuna (light house) and found a surfing beach. We hiked in El Yunque National Forest. There isn't a pool on property and there is only one trail (which is fantastic- do it if the weather permits) so you have motivation to go out and explore the area.
If you are thinking about booking the Rain Forest Inn for your next vacation- do it do it now You won't be disappointed
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in the El Yunque rain forest of Puerto Rico. We have hikes to secluded swimming holes and mountainside waterfalls right out our background. We have no air conditioning, radios, or TV but we do offer quilts on the beds (it's cool up here in the mountains). If you are a nature lover you will love staying here. We have two bedroom chalet with baths and complete kitchen. There is a tremendous view from your window. Close to Luquillo Beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rainforest Hotel El Yunque National Forest
- Rainforest Inn Puerto Rico/El Yunque National Forest