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“Just lovely!” 4 of 5 stars
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Road 612, Km. 0.3 | Barrio Caonillas, Utuado 00641, Puerto Rico   |  
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Seattle, Washington
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Just lovely!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

My husband, brother & I spent two nights at Casa Grande at the end of a short trip to Puerto Rico (after San Juan & Rincon on the West Coast) and it was absolutely the highlight! We actually stayed there in March 2008 and came recommended to us by friends of ours (a couple living in the US Virgin Islands). I am only now posting a review as we are considering going back to PR next year and looking back with fond memories.

The mountainous atmosphere is stunning, revitalizing and you feel spoiled with a pool, massage and yoga on site. My husband had a fantastic massage one morning and I started mornings out perfectly with a yoga session in the freshest of air! We did some hiking/walking around the property but really just mellowed out and took in all of the beauty. Food was fresh, delicious and varied- my husband and I are strict vegetarians (no meat and no fish/seafood) but were well catered to while my brother loved his meat options.
The Western Cordillera region is not very touristy and it's a bit of adventure getting up there, but all part of the glorious experience with killer views. Your eyes will sparkle with all of the lush vegetation and lovely gardens with flowers exploding in all colors. We should have stayed longer but alas we learned our lesson for the next time.

Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hartford, Connecticut
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77 reviews 77 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

If you are looking for a place with a lot to do, this isn't it. I spent several nights here reading, writing, swimming in the pool, going on walks, and doing yoga in the morning. It's removed from just about everywhere, and the road to it is windy and narrow - you aren't going to hop into town for a drink or another restaurant.
The rooms are clean, there is plenty of space, plenty of storage, and the bathroom is nice. Each unit has a porch with plastic chairs and a hammock. The main building has a porch that is open all the time - during meals it's an extension of the dining room. I often just sat there to read to be a little more social, and since it is a communal area, it is possible to meet the people who are staying there - they come from all over the place!
The food was excellent - very healthy and generally local. There was a yoga training taking place when I was there, so all food was vegetarian; however, the chef gave the option of fish or poultry to order.
The downside is that all food and drinks are extra, and they aren't cheap. A glass of wine was about $7. Just plan on spending a good amount on food, since you won't want to leave the place in search of another option.
Also keep in mind that taxes in PR are high - what seems like a decent initial price becomes pretty high with the additional food cost and all the PR fees.

Room Tip: I think they are all pretty good!
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

If you're an inexperienced mountainside driver, be prepared for the twists, turns, chickens, potholes, and beautiful scenery you'll encounter on your way to Casa Grande. Once you arrive, you won't want to leave. Our 3-night stay with the absence of all forms of technology was a welcome retreat from our fast-paced NYC life. The hotel is nestled in the lush mountains of Utuado (think Costa Rican landscape), surrounded by leaping lizards and vociferous coquis.

We began our mornings with yoga, enjoyed the veggie options for breakfast, swam in the warm pool, hiked the mini-path on the grounds, lounged in our hammock, appreciated more veggie options for dinner, and settled in to the sounds of the night critters whose lullaby made for a restful sleep.

Note: for those who worry about clean, warm showers, don't. The hotel is adequately upgraded, very clean, and the water pressure and temperature is spot on!

Do: try bodywork with Jennifer. She has a gentle, healing touch and joyful energy.
Don't: count on lunch. The hotel offers a sandwich if you order in the morning or you can drive to nearby restaurants, but the options are limited. You may want to stop in the supermarket on route 111 on your way to the hotel. It helps to have some water and munchies in the room.

Room Tip: Room 5 has a great view from the hammock!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salinas, CA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

We spent just one night here and enjoyed it vey much. Getting there is the first part of the adventure, but we are experienced driving all over the island and know what to expect. Their directions are good but we had the GPS dialed in ton a spot nearby. They wisely recommend to follow the directions and not the GPS, which is good only as a secondary guide. It would take you down some roads that you would not want to travel.

The rooms are simple and spare; no AC, TV or WiFi. No refrigerator, no microwave, no shampoo and a bar of soap the size of a chiclette. Your cell phone may not have service either. Bring books, drinks and snacks. You come here
to get away and relax. Lay in the
hammock or sit on the porch and
listen to the coquis. Watch the little lizards on the railings. Take a dip in the small pool.

The food is good but not excellent and the prices fairly reasonable but not cheap. Lunch for six cost Us $175. 15% service is added on
everything. The service was good and the staff friendly.

Staff comes in at 8 am and puts the complimentary cafe con leche on.
Before that there is nothing.

The grounds are nicely kept and many of the trees and plants are labeled with common and Latin names.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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proprietor44, Owner at Casa Grande Mountain Retreat, responded to this review, July 7, 2011
Thank you for the lovely review. We're glad you enjoyed the simplicity of the retreat. Our lunch and dinner menu is one and the same. The party of six each had a main course of $16 or $17 and there were five desserts totalling $20. The rest of the tab included $26 in beverages, 15% service charge and 7% sales tax. The bath soap we provide is the standard "hold in the palm of your hand" size.
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Malaysia
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67 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

After a week at the St Regis Bahia beach basking in luxury and all the creature comforts we decided to go see what the real Puerto Rico is about. So we headed out to the mountains and picked Casa because of all the lovely reviews from Trip Advisor. I can tell you that we are not disappointed. It is everything the reviews rave about and much more. The place is lovely to wind down and relax with no TV no Ac no phones. We stayed for 3 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there, We love the back to basics feel of the place and sleeping with open windows and relaxing to the call of the forest. Highly recommended for those who seek something more relaxing.

I highly recommend to follow the route given by the hotel website as I believe you might end up driving a longer way as there are many ways to get there and you do not want to drive too long on those narrow twist and turns road.

Do stop by Utuado town for a quick lunch if you have some time.

At the retreat you must try the Yoga for the ultimate in relaxation. Also take a drive down the Dos Bocas Lake. I am told there are boat rides around the lake. Unfortunately we were there on days when the boats was not operating, While at the lake do drop by the Rancho Marina for lunch. It has great food and a very nice view and atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Indeed a highlight of our Puerto Rico trip and not to be missed.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

Follow the perfectly detailed directions to this surprisingly remote and lovely retreat. Steven was a perfect gentleman and host, working with me to accommodate our group of 22 new grads. Though this isn't the typical spot, you'd think, for a group of active 18-year-olds, they explored to their hearts' content, swam in the lovely pool (which Steven allowed open later than usual for the sake of our group) and filled their bellies with delicious Puerto Rican fare. The sounds of the rain forest prevented other guests from being disturbed by our group as they played games on the terrace late into the evening. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. It felt like summer camp for grown-ups!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

We stayed here for two nights as part of a week long trip to PR. We wanted a couple of nights in the mountains and that's exactly what we got. If you enjoy nature, and don't mind the noise of the croqui or no a/c (which I consider like camping) then this is the place for you! The food isn't too bad and the restaurant is moderately priced. If you want options the town of Utuado isn't far but remember that you're driving in the mountains so everything takes time, but hey, you're on vacation.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Road 612, Km. 0.3 | Barrio Caonillas, Utuado 00641, Puerto Rico
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Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Utuado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Utuado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a valley in Puerto Rico's central mountains, Casa Grande is an oasis of peace and tranquility. 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside, each with private bath, balcony and hammock. Freshwater pool, restaurant and bar. The Café serves comida criolla, contemporary dishes and vegetarian options. Fully equipped yoga facility offering morning class, birder's paradise, botanical gardens and woodland hiking trail. Near Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, Caguana Ceremonial Park, Toro Negro and Rio Abajo Forests. ... more   less 
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Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Hotel Utuado
Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Puerto Rico/Utuado

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