Made reservations because we wanted to check out the Cordillera Central. Lodging is limited in this part of Puerto Rico and this place looked like an interesting spot to get away from things. By pure luck I had taken a look at my confirmation the morning I left Ponce and it advised me to download the directions from the Casa Grande website as it warned that Google Maps directions may take you into uncharted territory. But, we wanted to visit St German on the way and didn't want to backtrack to Ponce to get to Casa Grande so I tried to follow Google Maps from St German. Very scary experience and I still have no idea were Google Maps was directing me. Finally, found my way back to a paved road and showed a gas station attendant were I was trying to go and he directed us back to Ponce from were I followed the proprietor's directions and made it there before sundown. After that adventure there was no were I was going to suggest we take any day trips from Casa Grande although it looks like there are plenty of interesting places to visit nearby.
The place is very nice, clean and comfortable and a great place to chill out in the mountains. The fan is all you need if you get warm and it was warm in the days we were there. At night it is comfortable the fan will cool you if you need it, but there is only 1 speed, high and that comes with some noise which you may want if you do not like the sound of the birds. We both did get massages from a fine masseuse. The breakfasts and dinners were good, even the second night when the chef did not show up the staff came through with dinner for everyone. The pool was nice and well maintained and welcoming as it was sunny and warm when we were there. They have a bar. We brought our own wine and beer and they gave us as much ice as we needed. Very accommodating staff. Easy ride to San Juan airport to turn in rental car with time for full afternoon in San Juan after returning car
- 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