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“Stay in Rain Forest”
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Sue's Place
Middleburg, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Stay in Rain Forest”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Driving up the mountain to Sue`s place sets the tone for a fantastic stay in the rain forest! We stayed in the chalet in January.The house is beautiful inside and out. Sue will help you with whatever you want or need.The town and beach is a short fun drive down and up the mountain! We went to the kiosks for locals food (very reasonably priced and fantastic) and spent evenings on the deck right outside our bedroom just enjoying the amazing tropical veiws. El Yunque is just around the corner so stay on the top of the mountain. What a great vacation in Peurto Rico!!! Thank You Sue for welcoming us, we sure hope to come back!

Room Tip: Stayed in the chalet and it has incredible views of mountains and town.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

As the other reviewers said, Sue is so incredibly friendly and accommodating. My friend and I made a last-minute trip to Puerto Rico and decided to stay at the loft at Sue's place. She met us in town and led us up to the property. Even showed us to a store to get some supplies on the way up the mountain.

The property is so incredibly peaceful. The loft was comfortable and clean and a nice size for the two of us who were traveling together. It feels so secluded but it's not a bad drive down into Luquillo for restaurants and the beach.

Very convenient to the rainforest too!

I would recommend this property to anyone who is comfortable with being removed from the crowded resorts. Thanks Sue! Hoping to come back soon!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Steve P
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

We had a great stay at Sue's in the loft. There is a fridge, microwave, cooktop and coffee maker in the room so we had breakfast on the patio with views of the rain forest, mountains and ocean - so just amazing. No AC but we were quite comfortable with open windows and fans. The coquis are noisy at night so you might want earplugs if you are a light sleeper. The location is off the main roads but Sue met us in town and provided maps and lead the way so not a problem. A really relaxing home base for our visit to El Yunque and I was sorry to leave.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Coral Springs, Florida
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

My family and i loved to stay at sues place!!! there you have the waterfall and also the beach so near by. If you just fell like getting away and relaxing this is the right place for everyone! My all family enjoyed!!! I will recommend sues place! also the surf lesson at BOBs surf adventure was really fun for my little girl!

Room Tip: the loft or the house, great choices for big or small family.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Sue welcomed us at the foot of the mountain in Luquillo at 9:30 p.m. She went out of her way to make sure we found her place without problems and took the time to show us all around the house and help us settle in, despite the late hour of our arrival.

The house was elegantly decorated, complete with fresh flowers from the natural garden just outside. We stayed 4 nights. We fully enjoyed the sight, the sound, the scent, and the taste of the rainforest - every day Sue left us a fresh avocado on our windowsill and welcomed us to pick as many as we want from the tree right over our balcony. There was also fragrant local honey in the kitchen for us to enjoy, with the unique smell and taste of tropical flowers. Despite the closure of El Yunque rainforest due to the government shutdown, we had a great time hiking a rainforest trail and having a refreshing swim beneath a waterfall. We wouldn't have found this trail if Sue didn't show it to use on the map she so conveniently provides to her guests.

Thank you, Sue, for sharing this beautiful place with us - we can't wait to come back!.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Wow what a great secret Sues place is! My husband and I wanted to snorkel,surf and play on our trip to PR. We were delighted to have found Sues place this summer. It is charming,rustic and extremely peaceful. Sue is delightful and very knowledgable about the area. She made reccomendations as to where to go daily so we could make the most of our stay. I loved the river and my husband had a blast paddle boarding at Blue beach. Sue made some great suggestions on where to eat and when we came home at night we just loved listening to coqui sounds as we sat out on the porch and relaxed after full days of fun. We enjoyed our stay so much we have already booked Sues place for next years trip. If you are looking to enjoy the beauty of Puerto Rico and want the quaintness of b&b then you will love Sues place too.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

My wife and I stayed at Sue's Place June 23rd-27th 2013. Initial phone conversations suggested that Sue was a caring host. Upon arriving we were pleased to discover an accommodation that was conveniently located near El Yunque.

Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that our first impressions were mistaken - the Loft was not well maintained. The website claim of a fully functioning kitchen was untrue (utensils were missing, cups were leaky, plates were chipped, the stove's pilot light was not lit; there were no pans for the oven, the microwave and coffee maker were filthy from previous guests, there was no hot water pipe in the kitchen), most of the furnishings were poor (uncomfortable, mouldy-smelling, damp bedding, blown stereo on TV) , and the holes in the window screens let in the wildlife (ant infestation in the kitchen, dead cockroaches in the cupboard and visits from a gecko and a frog during our stay). In addition, there was only warm water in the shower and no stopper in the bathroom sink (making shaving difficult).

After our first night of the above, we talked to Sue about our concerns. She took them well, though she lacked focus (forgetting multiple times why we had come to talk to her). She also blamed the problems we identified on previous guests (not seeming to appreciate that it was her job to get the apartment ready before new guests arrive).

We eventually did get two spoons for our cereal but that was the only result. But, there was still so much wrong with the place that we had to approach Sue again. This time, we made a list to help her focus on what was needed to make the place liveable. Our list seemed to be taken in good faith (though there was still lots of blaming others for the problem- her cleaner, her husband, previous guests, the weather). She also agreed to give us back $100 for the trouble (which we never actually got). This conversation did result in a quick clean of the apartment (using a wetvac), the option to sleep in an adjoining room (which was no better in terms of the wed bedding and wildlife entering the room) and a lighter for the stove.

On our fourth evening, upon returning to the kitchen to wash our dishes we turned on the lights and discovered a tree bark scorpion on the countertop. Needless to say, having a scorpion in the loft was both hazardous and unacceptable.

We went to talk to Sue for a third time. Sue said that "the rain forest is not for everyone" and that "not everyone can handle the insects - which aren't poisonous." We told her that a scorpion is not an insect, and that it is dangerous, especially to children and the elderly. We made the decision to leave immediately as Sue could not guarantee our safety. We asked for our money back - she gave us only $200 (the amount for the two nights we would not be staying). It was not a full refund and she did not give us the $100 she had previously agreed to. When we questioned this, Sue got angry, and spoke to us more rudely than we'ed ever been spoken too before. She attacked our integrity by saying that we were "you people are just looking for problems." We told her that she was not treating us respectfully, but it was clear that we were not going to get anywhere with her. She did not offer to help us to find a new accommodation and we had to drive until 2:30am to find something.

We contacted Sue after this, by email, asking for an apology and the $100 she owed us. She replied that she owed us nothing and never apologized for her property or her conduct.

Be warned, Sue's Place looks nice on paper, but her establishment is the most poorly maintained property we have ever stayed at. While some of the wildlife there is dangerous, the real sting comes from Sue herself.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Suesplaceluquillo, Owner at Sue's Place, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Thank you for your concern.

Lodging in the rainforest is different from staying in a luxury hotel.
I will continue to provide a clean and safe environment for my guests. It is an informal place, but we do offer Wifi, satellite TV, and plenty of hot water.
Let me thank all my other guests who have come, year after year, and enjoyed their stay.
I will continue to do my best to make your stay a pleasant experience.
If you want to have a wonderful time, you will. Most of my guests are very happy here.
Thank you, Sue's Place
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Property: Sue's Place
Address: El Yunque, Luquillo, Puerto Rico
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Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Luquillo
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Ranked #3 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Luquillo
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Sue`s Place Hotel Luquillo

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