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“Isolated, mist covered mountains” 4 of 5 stars
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Road 612, Km. 0.3 | Barrio Caonillas, Utuado 00641, Puerto Rico   |  
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Long Island, NY
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“Isolated, mist covered mountains”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

"these mist covered mountains are home to me now....."
This is a very isolated retreat up in the beautiful mist covered green thickly vegetated mountains in central PR. That is primarily what makes it special. Sitting on your deck looking out at and hearing the sounds of the jungle is magical. Come here to meditate, think, read and swim. If that's what you want, this is your place. However be aware: there is very little else to do. Gentle morning yoga sessions and good massage is available. If you want TV, Internet, activities, luxury etc, this is not the place for you. The rooms are sparse, but tasteful and somehow seem right for the environment. There is no air conditioning, but again, it felt good for this setting. Nice cross breeze, with the sounds of the jungle was quite pleasant. You will be eating the food here, because there is nowhere else to get food- but it was perfectly good. Service was friendly and helpful. Internet was mostly not working-it's a satellite link which is very weather dependent and only available in the dining/lounge area. Don't come here if you need Internet all the time.

It was surprisingly difficult to find this place. We heard several stories of people getting lost and ending up on tiny dangerous roads. We actually took the Ruta Panoramico, which was very beautiful and scenic. Incredible vistas along the route, nice whole roasted pig at the roadside and surprisingly well maintained roads. Our iPhone maps really helped us not get lost. But make sure you get maps and plan your route in advance. Follow the advice of the hotel.
If you want a beautiful isolated sparse magical mountain jungle retreat, this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Room 8 had nice view of mountains from deck
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Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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proprietor44, Owner at Casa Grande Mountain Retreat, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Thank you for your review. "El Camino" is the on premises hiking trail which ambles through the hillside forest. Ceiba and Valle form a loop that begins at a bench 15 minutes into the hike. You can opt for the recently completed Vista portion which has three steep spots where ropes make traversing easier. There's also a 3 hour guided adventure experience to a nearby waterfall. Lago Dos Bocas is a 15 minute car ride away where one can hop on the free public launch to visit the nearby restaurants open on weekends. Caguana Ceremonial Park, Arecibo Observatory, Cueva Ventana and Camuy River Cave Park are within driving distance of the retreat. There are independent local tour operators who offer zipline and river tubing activities.

We suggest you use the bi-lingual directions on our website to find your way to Casa Grande. Googlemaps will direct you onto more precarious roads that also make the trip longer rather than shorter.
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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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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

considering that what Casa Grande charges per room is comparable with rates at hotels on the island with nice amenities, i was surprised to see how motel-skeletal the rooms were. bare and devoid of charm. the grounds are fine, but nothing to wax rhapsodic about. given the isolated, central/main house layout of the place, what the rooms lack in furnishings *could* be compensated by some hospitality, some cordiality. a communal breakfast? complimentary yoga class or other activity? but anything aside from the bare room was an extra charge.

staff was very nice, and the food was good (both dinner and breakfast). these were highlights. but as far as the management's take on the spirit of a retreat, i'm not impressed.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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proprietor44, Owner at Casa Grande Mountain Retreat, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your review. Each of the 20 guest rooms have a private balcony, hammock and two armchairs. The rooms are appointed with custom made headboards and shelving crafted by local furniture makers. There's a good sized mirror and chair, hanging wall baskets for storage, two framed photos of the property's flowers and trees and a poster from an annual local festival. There are reading lamps above the headboards and two wastebaskets, one of which is for recycleable items.. The bathroom has shower with an attractive curtain and a European style sink on a cherrywood stand with a matching mirror above.

We focus our efforts on delivering a high level of customer service and satisfaction and are saddenned that this reviewer was disappointed..
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St. Petersburg, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Amazing retreat far up in the mountains. The property is absolutely stunning; sounds of a waterfall, beautiful plants and flowers plus all the beauty of the rainforest. The rooms are very basic, but clean and functional. The best part of the rooms is the hammock on each deck. The yoga classes were solid, and I had one of the best massages I've had anywhere. Then there's the food- overall the best in Puerto Rico. Everything about this retreat is top notch- can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: Ask for one facing the valley, better views
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

If you are looking for a relaxing stay at a place where all you hear is nature all around you. This is it! Great Little hotel on the hills of Utuado, Puerto Rico. The hotel is very clean, grounds are beautiful and the staff is greate. Celines took care of us when we arrived in a very friendly and professional manner. I did not eat at the hotel but the coffe in the morining is amazing. Great Views, great trails to walk. If you are expecting 5 star amenities or are a very needy traveler, don't even bother, this is not the place for you. But if you like good local hospitality, great rooms, amazing views and a picture perfect setting for relaxing and just letting your troubles fade...BOOK NOW!

Room Tip: Do the waterfall trail! It is amazing!!!
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I am from Puerto Rico and stayed here on November 2012. I must say it is one of the best solo trips I have had in a long time. I was looking to get away from the city, relax, and just take a break from everything and this place did just that and more. The staff were amazing as well. Friendly, attentive, and curteous always. This is an amazing place to get away from it all and relax. 10 stars!! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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): $$
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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