This was almost the perfect house in an idyllic setting for our group of 8 twenty-somethings. It's a great place to bond as a group and conducive to hanging out, cooking, and listening to music.
What we loved:
-Beautiful 360-degree views w/ lots of great bird watching (and listening) to be had from either the lower level patio or the top level deck. Bring binoculars if you have them (or buy them if you don't, it'll be worth it. Check out the Wirecutter for a great review on what to get).
-Phenomenal outdoor living area with several seating areas and tables on both upper and lower levels
-8 speaker outdoor soundsystem and headphone cable hookup.
-Outdoor kitchen on lower level with huge island
-Fully functional AC in all upstairs rooms with individual zone control
-Coqui noises at night, bird songs during the day. There's also some chickens and donkeys nearby. Bring ear plugs if these bother you.
-There's a blender and a citrus juicer!
-Clean, fully functional bathrooms
-Beach towels (6) & chairs (3)
-New washer/dryer setup
What we didn't love:
-The grill/oven/griddle unit lacked any sort of instructions to go with it and was also in slight disrepair—not to the point of inoperability, but enough to be very annoying. The starter is broken, the labels have long ago worn off of every dial and switch, the provided grill lighter is unreliable, One of the knobs didn't work at all and popped right off, and the whole thing was was FILTHY when we opened it.
-The listing specifies that the hot tub heater is broken. But the pool relies on the hot tub for heating. This renders the pool unusably cold (felt like <70 degrees F) for anything more than cooling down for a couple minutes at a time. No good for swimming/hanging out.
-Sofa bed is totally broken and needs to be replaced
-The ceiling fans in the house don't work.
-Only provided one remote opener for the front gate to the gated community. Really should give 2 since groups w/ more than 5 ppl will need multiple cars.
-A house for up to 10 ppl should come with a dishwasher.
-Go to Costco in San Juan before coming to Luquillo. Groceries are expensive and of mediocre quality. Selectos in Rio Del Mar is closer. Amigo in Luquillo is cheaper, but essentially just a groceries-only Walmart with a different name.
-The Hacienda Carabali restaurant is only $1-2 more expensive per dish than the Luquillo Kiosks for the same food