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“Good with some Caveats” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hacienda Gripinas

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Hacienda Gripinas
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jayuya
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good with some Caveats”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Had a good time here and would probably go back but (a) would ask for a room on the upper floor as lower floor was dark and felt a little like being in the basement, (b) would not take the meal plan as the offering was exactly the same every night - a few selections but repetitive. And no wine was served, so went and bought our own at the local Econo grocery store. People who run the hotel and restaurant were very nice. Not much hiking directly from the hotel as we had expected. Best hiking in the Toro Negro forest about 1/2 hour drive away.

Room Tip: As mentioned above - choose a room on the upper level.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Graceoverlees
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

Before we booked this place, we read the reviews on Trip Advisor. Some people commented that it is in the middle of nowhere – and that was fine with us. Some commented that it is a little bit rundown – and that was also fine with us. We are laid-back people who don’t mind staying off the beaten track, and we speak enough Spanish to get by with non-English speaking staff. We also don’t need fancy rooms or amenities. However, the reviews did not prepare us for just how terrible Hacienda Gripiñas really is.

The location is beautiful – right in the middle of a forest full of coquí frogs. The buildings themselves are cute – they appear to be freshly painted and really look like an old coffee hacienda. However, when we arrived, the place was deserted. The 2 restaurant staff members were sitting outside chatting, despite the fact that the dinner service had already begun. There were no customers at all! The receptionist was not friendly. She showed us to our room, turned on the TV, and then just walked away. I had to chase her into the hall to ask about the hours for dinner, breakfast, and checkout.

Our room was creepy. It was dark and dingy. Paint was peeling, tiles were chipped, and the room was dirty. There was a big piece of half-eaten food (something like a chicken nugget) on the bedroom floor and a big hairball in the bathroom. The bathtub was full of hair. At least the bed linens appeared to be clean.

We had read that there was a path to hike up the mountain. When we asked the receptionist where the path was, she said there was no path and that we could just walk around the property. There really isn’t anywhere to walk, though. There are 2 pools on the Hacienda grounds, but one of them was drained and looked to be under construction (hopefully). There was a filthy hammock on the porch that looked too scary to sit in. The Hacienda is located on a steep, windy street where drivers speed around the curves, so we took a short walk in the neighborhood but didn’t go too far.

The electricity went out twice in our one-night stay. Even after power was restored, there was only one functioning light on the porch, so in order to sit outside and read we had to pull 2 chairs in front of the window to use the light from inside.

We were awakened at 2 a.m. by the loud beeping of the garbage truck. Yes, they collect the garbage right under our windows at 2 a.m.!

To give credit where credit is due, we will say that the food was okay. Our room rate included dinner and breakfast. For dinner, there are enough choices, and the kitchen had not problem making me a special vegetarian plate. The food was tasty and filling. Drinks (even non-alcoholic drinks) are not included at dinner, and at breakfast the only “juice” available was grape Kool-Aid.

Overall, though, Hacienda Gripiñas would be a great setting for a horror movie. From the outside, it looks like an interesting and historic place to stay (despite its isolated location). However, it is dirty, creepy, and almost totally deserted. It actually seems abandoned. I think we were the only guests staying that night. The Hacienda looks like it used to be a really nice play to stay, at some point in the past, but now has been allowed to deteriorate in quality and service. We would never stay at this place again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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19 Thank M T
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Bad service, poor cleaning, & bad treatment for P.R. residents.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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346 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2011

As some body else already said in another review, it's difficult to rate this place based upon the normal standards for a hotel since this is a "suis generis" spot in the middle of the rain forest in one of the most remote towns, though very beautiful, of Puerto Rico.
The whole setting is what makes this place special.
It was built in 1858 as a coffee plantation house and during the last three decades it's being operated as a parador or bed and breakfast.
It's currently operated by the municipality. The staff in general is very kind. The service is nice; the food is what you would find at any puertorrican middle class home. Home style food. Generous portions. Don't expect food cooked by a chef; it's cooked by local women, that cook the same way they cook to their families. Nothing fancy at all but with very nice flavor.
The rooms are not in top condition aesthetically speaking but are very clean. They have cable TV.
I went with a group that took the whole place for us, and had a blast there.
Looking forward to go back.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the upper area of the building.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank golflover26
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San Juan
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38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2011

My husband and I stayed here to get away from the busy city lifestyle. It is a great getaway destination outside of the Jayuya town surrounded by nature.

The room was clean and neat as well as the bathroom and the common areas. This “parador” imitates an old house with swing chairs and memorabilia. The food at the restaurant is superb. The small pool is perfect, but the water is way too cold.

I truly recommend this for couples, not so much for people with small kids.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank niqr
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Portland, Maine
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2011

I don't know how to rate this place, because it's not for everyone. I gave it 5 stars because it was the best part of our trip to P.R. My husband and I had a wonderful time here, and I"m puzzled by the horrible reviews. Some of the reviews are years old--we stayed late May 2011 and the beautiful old place had been recently repainted and looked great. The food wasn't fabulous--the food in P.R. runs to fatty and fried everywhere you go--but the people were nice and the room we had--#19--was wonderful. Yes, the tiles were chipped and the water was tepid--but honestly, the building is 165 years old so we didn't expect a Marriott Courtyard. The big bonus is that you're in the middle of a rain forest, and our room, which had windows on two sides, made us feel as if we were sleeping right in the jungle. It was magical. We loved the wraparound porches, the river-water pool, the hammocks, the wonderful Old World atmosphere. We would absolutely stay here again and ask for Room 19. (Huge comfortable bed.) And for the reviewers who complained that they don't speak English? Come on, really??? It's the mountain area of P.R.--they don't HAVE to learn English. Our bumbling efforts were appreciated, and hand signals can usually do the trick. Bonus: we paid $310 for two nights, two dinners, two breakfasts. That is a DEAL.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank WoodAbbott
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Fargo, North Dakota
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2011

It all depends on what you want. If you are brave enough to drive the narrow roads of the center of the island, tired of the sticky heat of the coast, and don't need endless entertainment, you have found a nice place to put the feet up. This old coffee plantation is at the base of Puerto Rico's highest peak, and is so high and cool that you don't need screens in the windows. No bugs to speak of.

Dinner was tasty and the staff was friendly. The decor was certainly dated like an old southern plantation, and sitting on the porch overlooking the valley was the height of excitement. The room was not The Ritz, but the small TV was adequate and reading seemed like it was entertainment enough.

It certainly is not for everyone. But if you wish to have a peaceful and cool break, you have found a nice little spot. I certainly intend to stay longer next time.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank bdw13
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Additional Information about Hacienda Gripinas

Property: Hacienda Gripinas
Address: Rte 527 Km 2.5, Jayuya 00664, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Jayuya
Amenities:
Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jayuya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Hacienda Gripinas Jayuya
Hacienda Gripinas Hotel Jayuya
Hacienda Gripinas Puerto Rico/Jayuya

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