This is a very special property that will appeal to lovers of nature who want to be in the middle of the rain forest and don't mind a bit of physical discomfort. The rooms are absolutely basic. I would call it only a step above camping, and the price a bit steep given the basic nature of the accommodations. But the setting is spectacular. There are easy walks to great views, and tons of wildlife. The pool area is very nice. I was underwhelmed by the yoga, which was very basic, and it irritated me that the yoga studio was locked unless there was a class going on (it would have been nice to have access to the space for meditation and personal practice). And the food is quite frankly terrible, which is a problem given how hard it is to drive anywhere else. I wouldn't say this is a particularly child-friendly property- my kids were the only kids there, and they were charged for sharing the room, but there is a lot for kids to see, and some games to play when its raining. I think my family needs a bit more physical comfort, particularly given that it rained most of the time we were there, and a couple of members of my family broke out in mysterious rashes from the tropical environs. But the staff was wonderful, and we enjoyed meeting other guests, who are a diverse and interesting bunch.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Hotel Utuado
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Puerto Rico/Utuado