If you need all the comforts of home, then this place is not for you. If driving off road scares you, then stay away. If you can't live without a bunch of electronics or air conditioning, then I suggest that you find a different place to stay.
If you like adventures, sleeping among nature with little in the way of comforts, then this is the place for you. Fortunately for me and my wife, we love a good adventure. This place was excellent.
El Hotelito sits at the top of a mountain, in the middle of the rain forest. The road up the mountain is not paved with dotted lines and plenty of room for two cars. It is narrow and very bumpy. I suggest a 4x4 vehicle when you visit. I made the hike up the hill in the dark in a Hyundai Accent with 4 people and our luggage. It was a little difficult to find in the dark. The car scrapped it's bottom all along the way up and down. This was a blast! At times, I was not sure if the car would make it up the hills.
The place is very nice. It has an open concept, with plenty of sitting space on the first floor to enjoy with sounds and views of the rainforest. Raphael and his wife were very pleasant. Dinner and breakfast was delicious. They had several dogs that walked the property. All of them were gentle.
There is little in the way of electricity, so forget the blow dryers and electric shavers. You are in the middle of the rainforest, not a Hilton. It was awesome falling asleep to the coqui frogs. We will definitely stay here again in the future.
There is also a small pool out back. It was not in operation when we stayed.
To those that prefer the big hotel accommodations, be warned! To those that prefer a simpler life, welcome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The main house consists of seven spacious rooms, a dining room with bar, a living room, and a library. All open out onto to the lawn and swimming pool. Relax in peace and quiet while enjoying the sound of the wind in the trees on one of the chaise lounges or swaying in a hammock in this tranquil retreat. Our Hotel has been planned and designed for the enjoyment of individuals with a strong ecological interest and a need for peaceful coexistence with nature. ALL our electricity is solar, the water comes from the rain and a well, and the entire farm is completely organic and always has been! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Hotelito At The Rainforest Experience Farm Puerto Rico/Fajardo