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“Great for those who are looking to get away from the resort for a night or two.”
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Hacienda Gripinas
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jayuya
Bridgeport, CT
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“Great for those who are looking to get away from the resort for a night or two.”
Reviewed 19 April 2010

First of all, if you come here without doing some research on the area you are going to be in for a surprise.

Jayuya is the probably the most isolated town in Puerto Rico. No one speaks English (again if you do research you will know this- only 30% of Puerto Ricans speak fluent English), it has a revolutionary history (1950 they declared a short lived independence). You will be 4000 feet above sea level. There will be mosquitoes, lizards, wild dogs, and roaming chickens. Instead of riding bikes, the kids ride horses, yet they seem to wear all the up to date clothing. The ride there will be one of the most scenic and windy you have ever witnessed.

If this kind of stuff interests you as it does me, you will love it. It was a great escape from the resorts at the Rio Grande and the hustle and bustle of San Juan.

For $130/night two people get fed dinner and breakfast (average), but that is a steal even if they are feeding you dog food.

For the best experience ask for room number 5 as it has the largest balcony.

The beds are somewhat uncomfortable and there is no hot water, but this does not take away from the relaxing nature of the hacienda. Bring a book, some bug spray and relax in the nice wooden rockers on the main 30 ft balcony (that has spectacular views of the mountains). Relaxation is the key here.

It does seem that the hacienda has deteriorated a bit since the town has taken over, but it still has great charm, and if you have a small Spanish phrase book you will be fine.

When you go into "town" check out the rock with Taino paintings, the beautiful river where you can swim, the Taino museum the recreated mayors house (if you don't speak Spanish ask for Omar, he has basic comprehension of English and will love to tell you/rant about the history of the town. He will also offer you tours on horses and ATVs for discount prices compared to the more touristy areas around San Juan.

If you do decide to come here, please do not cheat yourself out of driving straight from San Juan. The roads are clearly marked and you cannot get lost. This drive was remarkable and something that can only be understood by those who have done it. It is not dangerous at all (my girlfriend was freaking out the whole time before the trip, but was not scared at all when we were finally doing the drive). Just stay around 20/mph, honk around sharp turns and keep the camera on for amazing pictures. Do not go south to Ponce and then up!

Do not go come here with children, as they will kill themselves with boredom and/or they might ruin an otherwise peaceful experience for other travelers.

I WILL go back there, it is the type of place that one would retire to and purchase and run themselves!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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boston, ma
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Reviewed 10 March 2010

First of all, if you don't speak Spanish, you're out of luck. The manager speaks English, but he's not there at all times. We paid for 4 nights with the meals included, but I forgot to ask if there were any vegetarian options - there aren't. When I told them we are vegetarian, there response was bascially, oh too bad. They brought us rice and beans - with ham, and when I told them there was ham in the beans, they said yes. We also got a "salad" which was brown iceberg lettuce and one sad looking tomato. Our room was full of mosquitoes. We couldn't get a wink of sleep with all the buzzing in our ears. My daughters woke up covered with bites all over them. I asked for another room without mosquitoes, but the manager said none of the rooms have screens, and that we should wear repellent. The guide in Frommers said there was a trail leading to the summit of a mountain, but there were no trails on the property, and the manager said it was an hour drive to Toro Negro. Our room was on the ground floor with peeling walls and the flattest pillows I've ever seen. Oh, and also no hot water, barely a trickle of any water. In the morning, we asked for our money back. We weren't refunded for the one night we stayed, or for our terrible dinner, but we were told we could get the money back for the other 3 nights we had reserved. But because the hotel is owned by the town, the manager couldn't refund our credit card and we had to write a letter to the town and ask them to send us a check. I'm not exactly holding my breath to get back my $500. We left there and went to Casa Grande in Utuado about 45 minutes away, and had a great stay there and didn't get eaten by mosquitoes.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Langley, WA
2 reviews
Reviewed 7 March 2010

This is a beautiful old hacienda that has seen better days. Some strange practices such as no answering machine on phone, so if someone not in the office (which happens frequently) you can't leave a message but have to keep calling back until someone answers. Another oddity: Has a gorgeous huge lower pool, fed by a natural stream. But as my friend discovered, once in the pool it can be extremely hard to get out because all the rungs lower than the water level are broken off. By design there is over 20" between the water and the pool lip, so just heaving yourself over the lip is not an option for a middle aged woman. She eventually got out and mentioned the problem to a groundskeeper. He laughed and said yes, it was hard to get out-- even he had problems sometimes (!) These oddities might be explained by the fact that the municipality took it over 3 years ago for back taxes after the company that owned it went bankrupt. The hotel provides absolutely no information about what to do in the area, which is a shame because there are a lot of great hikes, museums, and activities in the area. The food is adequate, nothing more.

In spite of all this, the grounds are lovely and immaculately kept up, the building and its verandas are lovely and comfortable. The staff is friendly. We actually had a really good time here, but it's not for everyone.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Cabo Rojo
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60 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2010

The Jayuya scenery is lovely and everytime we have an opportunity to get away and go to the mountains, Hacienda Gripiñas is an alternative to stay overnight, nothing fancy, what I would call an overnight shelter. In this respect I have to agree that many of the cons pointed out by many of the reviewers are true. It should not be this way. The rooms need better quality furniture and bed covers; pillows should be better. In my opinion Jayuya have some of the best coffee plantations in Puerto Rico and the hotel is not taking full advantage of this fact.. There is no special coffee mystique at the hotel (just regular drip coffee). The hotel could have an expresso or coffee bar with a fancy italian expresso machine, local coffee for sale, and have a coffee plantation excursion (as a consortium with local growers like Hacienda Don Pedro) including coffee tasting. Great locations such as Kona with their coffee in the big Island of Hawaii, Napa Valley with is wineries, and others are extreme examples of how to create a sound bussiness taking advantage of the production of good quality products. In the Central mountains of Puerto Rico, such an example could be created (" Puerto Rico Coffee Trail"). For now, I would recommend Hacienda Gripiñas as an overnight shelter

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 February 2010

We only stayed here one night, but I'm glad we made the trip inland and experienced mountain life in Puerto Rico a little bit.

We enjoyed our stay here quite a bit, but I could see it not being for everyone. It wasn't cheap, but with the included meals I think it was a fair price. It definitely had a bit of a rough hewn charm, and anyone looking for a resort might be disappointed. But there's definitely something sublime about lying in one of the hammocks on the back porch listening to the coqui and assorted wildlife murmuring through the night.

The staff is really friendly. The food ranges from decent to delicious. There are a couple of pools and though we didn't indulge they seemed clean and well-kept (not heated though).

The only annoyance were the stray dogs that woke us up a couple times overnight when they started attacking each other. Not really the hotel's fault since there are stray dogs everywhere in P.R., but something you might encounter if you stay here.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2010

We stayed here for three nights and it was a great experience. Staff was helpful and food great. Ask for a room upstairs with balcony, preferably the one facing the pool.

  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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seattle
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Reviewed 14 January 2010

I thought it would be a good idea to explore the interior of puerto rico. This hotel had glowing reviews in Frommers and Lonely Planet. It probably is the nicest hotel in Jayuya, but that is not saying very much. Honestly I would not recommend going to this area or this hotel again. El Yunque was good and I am glad that I went there, but I see no reason to visit Jayuya. Despite what Frommer's says the restaurant here is horrible. In hindsight I would visit Ponce and then do the caves and arecibo as a day trip from San Juan but skip the interior of Puerto Rico entirely.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hacienda Gripinas
Address: Rte 527 Km 2.5, Jayuya 00664, Puerto Rico
Region: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Jayuya
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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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