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Road 612, Km. 0.3 | Barrio Caonillas, Utuado 00641, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Utuado
San Juan, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
“Energy Recharge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Neat and clean place (wooden cabins). Very greenish sorroundings, very very humid. The sound of the river nearby and the fresh-to-cold breeze at night are spectacular. Good pause from human-made noises (except a very ocassional car -or two). Pure sounds of the Puerto Rican 'coquí' together with other forest insects will rock your way to a restoring night sleep. I love the place. It is really a retreat. Take time for your self... you deserve it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

My wife and I stayed here as a part of our brief tour of the mountainous interior of Puerto Rico. I would describe the setting as serene. You are surrounded by beautiful lush green mountain peaks and fall asleep to the sounds of all the forest critters outside. The property is very neatly maintained and the room was very clean. The amenities like the deck and hammock were a neat addition. The food at the restaurant we ate for dinner was good, and there were several (!) vegetarian options, a welcome change from eating elsewhere on the island over the previous week (not that we ever expected Puerto Rico to be a vegetarian eating paradise). The staff seemed friendly and helpful. There is no air conditioning, which was no problem for us, since it was suitably cool for sleeping with the windows open and the ceiling fan going. We would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My wife and I split our first trip to PR last week to sample the island. First in Culebra and then at Casa Grande. We stayed two nights and had an outstanding time. Our time at Casa Grande was really enjoyable. No TV, no phone service, some Internet if you go to the bar area, no A/C, no corporate environment. The rooms are simple but comfortable with screened in windows with big metal louvers on all the windows. Nature was right there through a thin membrane. As we slept under the fan, we could hear all of nature outside. It was kind of like camping but a lot more comfortable. The mountain air was cool and humid.

The drive was challenging. I won't candy coat it. Get there during the day and study the map before you leave. But in the end it was worth it as it was quite an adventure with the windy roads through the mountains. The views on the way were incredible. Driving there really gave us a chance to see how PR really lives. You don't get this with corporate resorts.

The location is incredible. It is so beautiful with jungle landscape, the mist in the mountains, and the sound of incredible diversity of life. I didn't have a problem with the bed/pillows. My wife found the pillows a little too hard but nothing she lost sleep over. The staff was very friendly. I learned that in general, if you try to speak a little Spanish (not necessary at Casa Grande), people are very friendly. We ended up talking to the staff both nights we were there well over an hour after dinner. We didn't think the food was over-priced. Based on the prices we paid in Culebra and in the Condado district in San Juan, it was about on par. In fact we thought the food at Casa Grande was of the highest quality we experienced. Just our opinion though.

We took the Yoga class one morning at the insistence of my wife. Glad I did. Steven is a good teacher and the level was just right even for my wife who does Yoga classes once a week at her Gym. The atmosphere in the room was very peaceful. Money well spent.

Took one day trip to Rio Camuy Cave and to the unguided Window cave (bring flashlights...). The Rio Camuy cave was awesome and the view from the window cave was breathtaking. Recommend this. We at breakfasts and dinners at Casa Grande.

Bottom line? If you love peace, quiet, and nature, and want to disconnect from our hectic world and relax, this is the place. We are already planning our trip for next year to PR and Casa Grande will definitely be part of the plan.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

The weekend I spent at Casa Grande Mountain Retreat was pure paradise. The property is amazingly preserved. The staff is helpful & courteous. The owner, Steven, is great. Its truly a slice of heaven in the midst of nature at its most serene. We will definetly be back & recommend Casa Grande to others!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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13 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The mattresses at this small hotel were rock solid and reminded me of the sort you might have slept on in summer camp. Aside from this, the pillows were soft and the staff was kind. The reason I recommend staying here is because it is in a remote part of Utuado through mountain passes, bamboo forests, and lots of little villages along twisting, one lane roads. We used this inland location as a means to see real Puerto Rico, away from the chain resorts and beach cabins and it was certainly worth it for the one night we were there. The food was not that great and drinks cost more than in New York City.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, October 29, 2012
Thank you for the review. All our mattresses are "firm" as we find the majority of our guests prefer a firmer rather that a softer one. The pillows are "regular" firmness, neither soft nor hard. The bar prices are as follows: Beer $2-3, Wine $6-7, Sangria $6, Mixed drinks $5-7.
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Scotia, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

My husband and I love staying at different, out of the way places. We enjoyed our stay at Casa Grande, but if you are looking for a hot night spot, this isn't the place for you. The roads to Casa Grande are very narrow, with numerous hairpin turns. The staff are excellent, and very helpful, and they all speak very good English. The owner is also very helpful.

The hotel consists of a bar and restaurant area, with some tables overlooking the awesomely beautiful mountains, and about five, four-unit buildings, with a balcony off each of the units. Our room was quite small, containing a bed, a wall table, some wire shelves for clothes storage, and a bathroom. Our balcony had two plastic chairs and a quite-comfortable hammock. We spent a lot of time on the balcony, sippiing wine (which we bought on the way up there) and watching the fog seep around the mountain peaks. We loved that part of our stay at Casa Grande, as well as the salt-water pool. We ate one breakfast and one dinner on the premises, and although the breakfast was good (the coffee with milk, Puerto Rico style, was awesome!), it was quite expensive. Likewise, dinner was very good, but expensive. The drinks (excellent mojitos and sangria, by the way) are also quite pricey, more cruise-ship prices than mountain retreat. I am glad we had a car and did not have to stay on the premises of Case Grande for our entire stay! We found a place for an excellent breakfast and sandwiches; I believe it is called Joel's, near Utuado.

The beds were old, the pillows were like concrete, but after drinking wine in the glorious mountain air we slept well. I would not recommend Casa Grande to everyone, especially to those who are looking for luxurious bedding and rooms. I did not see anything for children to do, except maybe hiking or swimming in the pool, and I would not therefore recommend this retreat for families. It seems like a good place for couples, a group of friends, or even someone traveling alone. The other guests are friendly and sociable.
Last year we stayed at a quite similar (in concept) place in the Mount Arenal area of Costa Rica, called Leaves and Lizards.... maybe that stay spoiled us, but we will definitely return to Leaves and Lizards, but we can't say the same for Casa Grande, although we loved Puerto Rico!

Room Tip: We had room 5, I believe, and the view was AWESOME from out balcony, and it felt quite secluded.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, October 29, 2012
Thank you for the review. I'm glad the reviewer enjoyed the view somuch and the food as well. The most expensive main dish on the breakfast menu costs $7. Appetizers on the dinner menu run from $3 to $7 with main courses from $12 to $16. All desserts are $4. The mattress in Room 5 mentioned by the reviewer is 6 years old and in very good condition. The pillows are "regular"in firmness, meaning neither soft nor hard .
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East Grinstead, England, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Away from the hustle and bustle of San Juan, the traffic and high rises, the colonial grandeur and the noise.....well, almost! A 90 minute drive taking the 'ruta panoramica' around some challenging hairpin bends on narrow mountain roads - we finally arrived, somewhat giddy and a little shaky, at this charming resort in the mountains. Stunning views and the promise of tranquility....but the road 612 runs just along the bottom of the hill and juggernauts somehow manage to navigate it! IN addition the locals - guests and staff alike - don't appear to have volume control so all conversaton - either face to face or more usually on mobile phones is conducted as if for the hard of hearing. That aside, the place is charming, with a pleasant resaurant and good food, friendly staff and service. Not a plce for night owls as the restaurant closes at 8pm as does the bar. There isn't rally anywhere in the vicinity either - eating out/off property is not really an option. The restaurant doesn't serve lunch but you can order sandwiches or salads in the morning if you are staying on proprty or want to take a picnic on a hike. Free Wi-Fi in the restaurant area is a nice bonus if you want to stay conneted - although signal is intermittent. Rooms are simple and basic, but comfortable and clean. Hammocks on the decks are a nice touch and the pool area is a nice spot to relax and sunbathe. A distinct lack of tables (occasional/bedside/pool) is a minor frustration. The Temple yoga space is great - and being able to have access outside of the morning classes for self practice was a real plus. Overall would definitely recommend for a relaxing escape and alternative to city or beach - but probably avoid the weekends which are popular and therefore much noisier!

Room Tip: Rooms farthest from the road and the main building are quietest
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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