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Ruta Panoramica Hotels

Casa Grande Mountain Retreat

  • The cafe of Casa Grande where you make take breakfast and dinner.

  • Eine der Aussichten von meinem Balkon

  • Mid-Afternoon Swim

  • View of pool area from dining veranda

  • Lago Caonillas

Pros

  • Unspoiled setting with spectacular views
  • Accessible for people with disabilities
  • Outdoor activities

Cons

  • No air-conditioning
  • Long drive to other sights/restaurants

Updated 03/28/2014

Fodor's Review

Here you'll come as close as you can to sleeping in a tree house. Guest rooms are in five wooden buildings on platforms high above the varied vegetation. When you lie in the hammock on your private porch, all you can see are mountains. Furnishings are simple—beds and dressers—but the accommodations lack nothing necessary. Casa Grande also offers a pool, hiking trails, bird-watching opportunities, a book exchange, a restaurant, and yoga classes by request (the owner

is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor).

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Hotel Information

Address:

Rte. 612, Km 0.3, Utuado, 00641, Puerto Rico

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Phone:

787-894–3939

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 20 rooms
  • No meals

Updated 03/28/2014

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By sdunlap

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Apr 13, 2009

Nickel and dimed

If you want to pay separately for every cup of coffee, every telephone call from an office cell phone (because yours won't work), yoga, massage, extra glass of anything, including soft drinks or tea, because their glasses/cups are less than 8oz, then this is the place for you. We were charged $14 just for coffee! Besides being difficult to reach, the rooms do not have any phones nor will your cell phone work here. You have to be the first one up

if you want hot water for your shower. The soap they provide looks like it was stolen from a maid's cart at Motel 6. Two glasses are provided inside your room, however, these glasses will never be changed throughout your visit. There is no airconditioning at all so if you tend to be on the warm side, you should consider this. Then, upon awakening, enjoy your breakfast with the rudest, most inattentive waitress in Puerto Rico. This brings me to the parking lot. We had to park across the street on someone else's property because parking is limited and difficult to manuever. However, if you do find yourself here and want something else to eat besides the limited dinner menu, then walk across the street to Marlene's cottage and ask about Rancho Marina. Rancho Marina is run by Vivian and Harry. It's a lovely lakeside restaurant where everyone is friendly and the food is good.

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Nov 21, 2008

A real disappointment

Reserved quiet room but had very noisy neighbors in spite of almost empty resort. Reservations needed for dinner, although we were only guests. Food bland, portions small and very limited menu. Bar was and remained closed, breakfast opened 30 minutes late. Checked out 2 days early

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Nov 4, 2008

Ive had alot better!!

The hotel is quaint when you first arrive up there, its nestled in the mountains and very pretty up there in Utuado.BUT thats where it ended, the food was terrible, cheap , and it wasn't cheap! Frozen food they over deep fried, took forever, and no one came to even refill our drinks or even ask us if we needed anything at all. We did not sleep there , luckily we stayed across the street in a much nicer cottage with a beautiful river running by looking

up at the mountains, www.riverwalkcottage.com GREAT place to check out!!

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Jun 8, 2008

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

From a distance, the graceful flora and chalets look like some kind of open-air rehab facility. Indeed, after spending time at Casa Grande, I felt refreshed, re-energized, and re-connected with the simple beauty of nature. If you cannot live without your television or radio, unfortunately this is not the place for you. However, isn’t a vacation about disconnecting your stress and enjoying the moment? The staff was wonderful and friendly.

The owner, a transplant from New York, visited the property years ago and subsequently purchased it within six months! He now conducts daily Yoga classes and personally meets all his guests. It is a bit tricky getting there, but once you arrive, you will be glad you made the trek. I recommend arriving before dark (7’ish) to enjoy the surroundings and ensure that you don’t get lost on one of the curvy mountain roads. No need for air conditioning for the mountain air is cool and inviting, even in the summer. Perfect place for honeymooners and cerebralites Teenagers may enjoy the pool, but the lack of media/electronics, may bore them unless they bring their summer reading assignments.

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By rnphd

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Feb 18, 2007

Peace, Quiet, and Beauty

If you want excitement, action, and luxury, please go elsewhere. If you want quietly overwhelming mountain beauty, gorgeous botanical plantings, serene lounging by a small freshwater pool, excellent food in stunning surroundings, and a respite from tv and radio, stay here. This is an award-winning eco-lodge, which deserves the accolades. We spent hours on our balcony (with the cat who graciously allowed us to share it) looking at the mountains,

listening to the coquies, and snoozing in the hammock. It's a quiet, restful place, with extremely friendly and helpful staff members. The workmen showed us the orange, grapefruit, and coffee trees, and were very good natured about our relative lack of Spanish. The young lady at the front desk was extremely helpful when we needed to borrow her phone for a work-related "emergency" back home. There is not always lunch available here, but nearby is a bakery with bread, pastry that is baked on the premises and could put the French to shame, and huge sandwiches made to order. There is also a roadside stand with very good roast chicken and mafongo. Probably not a great place for your average child for long periods, but a wonderful retreat for the rest of us. If you can't live without constant stimulation, this is not the place for you. If you want quiet relaxation and rejuvenation, you should stay here for a few days. You won't really want to leave.

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May 9, 2004

Great view, bad food

Ok if you want to relax and do nothing. The hotel staff was not very friendly and the food was terrible and expensive. Yoga class was good.

By Tina

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Dec 14, 2002

a place to chill out

This place is in the middle of nowhere. A great way to experience the sounds and pace of rural island life. Beautiful little pool, nice hammocks at each cabin on porches. Food is expensive and not plentiful. One night here is perfect.

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