Before writing my review, I looked over some of the other comments and the one from sunsetkeysusie made me wonder if we were talking about the same place. We were there five days later and found most of her assertions to be far from the truth.
The property was immaculate and beautifully designed, the landscaping exceptional with many varieties of plants identified, the pool sparkling clean (see my photos) and delicious to swim in. At the main house, the dining area, small bar, large veranda for dining or relaxing and an open patio for same were lovely with marvelous views of the mountain greenery.
There are several multi-unit chalets on the property designed with admirable simplicity. Our room faced the pool, had a little porch with a hammock, was clean, comfortable and sufficiently equipped. The breakfast and dinner offerings were of good wholesome quality with meats, seafoods, vegetarian choices, fresh fruits and vegetables.
I think it is not a place for people like sunsetkeysusie who need infinity pools, hot tubs, etc., but a good place for people of the more contemplative sort. There is an early morning yoga session, trails for walks in the woods, pleasant areas for reading, writing, conversing, bird-watching. The twisting mountain road one must travel to get there just adds to the aerie-like feeling of lofty seclusion.
It is true that a nearby road with infrequently passing traffic detracts from that. It is also true that the walls are thin, but once you understand that voices are lowered and there was a general feeling of respect.
We had a very pleasant experience, found the staff to be considerate and courteous, and the spirit of the place to be calm, the surroundings beautiful.
- 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