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Casapueblo: On the cliffs

A large peninsula called Punta Ballena is located at the entrance of Punta del Este.
It was a beautiful but inhospitable area when artist Carlos Paez Vilaro bought the land on the cliffs. He had only a vision, no plans, when he and his friends started constructing Casa Pueblo. It sits on cliffs facing west, has not a single straight line in its interior, and its color makes one think of the Mediterranean.

From the first time I saw a picture of this hotel/museum I knew that someday I had to go see it in person. I was not disappointed when I finally did. Like someone once said it is hard to describe the indescribable.

This hotel sits on the cliffs overlooking the bay. There are many rocks at the shoreline where birds like to gather. There are two pools and a spa. The building has the hotel, restaurant, and the art museum. Actually it all looks like a big museum.
I would highly recommend staying here for a few nights.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Birdwatching
  • Written May 6, 2008
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Punta Fria Flat: Live like a local

Due to the influx of tourists in high season, there is no shortage of accommodations up and down the coast. In the off season, you have your choice but in high season it might be best to plan ahead.
We sort of lucked into gettiing our flat with the help of an online friend.
This flat was in a new building with only one other flat. It was located in Punta Fria Piriapolis.
The flat had a living area with an twin sized extra bed, dining table, kitchen with fire place. There was one nice size bedroom, an entry way with large closet and room for suitcases. The bathroom had a good shower plus a seperate dressing area with sink. The balcony had a table and chairs, the perfect place for coffee or a sundowner.

Great views from the balcony out over the sea, beautiful sunsets, and birds visiting the nearby trees.
Very personable owner lives next door. A big plus, he speakes spanish and english.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written May 10, 2008
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San Pedro de Timote: Perfect - 160km away from Montevideo

Horseriding (more than 4 hours a day), eating (they have a real cook!), sleeping (bedrooms are perfect and so quiet), swimming (they have 3 swimming pool, one indoor), taking photos (including at night), watching stars (so many!!!!!!!!), watching birds and other fauna (dogs, donkeys, nandus, carpinchos....). Sport facilities (tennis, raquet ball, snooker, ping pong...). Baby sitters. Church.
Nothing else. Enough?

The water is very very good, they have their own source.
Service is very efficient.
Building is from the 19th century, english touch in south America.
They have a terrific library full of old books and magazines from the beginning of the century. Impressive!

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Horse Riding, Family Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written January 26, 2004
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Barcelo: modern hotel in historical city - Colonia

Modern hotel in historical city.
A good choice in Colonia.

offers swimming pool (outdoor and indoor), jacuzzi (outdoor and in some of the rooms), superb view, many activities like : tour guided visit, wine testing, horse riding, gym, games......etc...
More than one hotel, almost a private club.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Luxury Travel
  • Written January 12, 2004
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Hotel Paza Mayor: Historical in Colonia

Very charming hotel, in an old typical building , before a house of some noble spanish or portuguese, or even english or French as Colonia had all of them for more then 300 years. Was then transformed into a firehouse, the "casa de bomberos de Colonia".

View is very nice.
Ask someone to show you the escape tunnels of the place.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Architecture
  • Written January 14, 2004
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Hotel Plaza Major Colonia


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agroturismo "don joaquin": quiet peaceful nice - countryside, 1h from MVD

2 days very very out of the trepidous world!

swimming pool,
horses,
massage,
good food,
bird watching,
nice peole,
very nice welcoming

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Horse Riding, Birdwatching, Farm Stay
  • Written December 22, 2003
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posada santa rosa "el fortin": balneario - seaside

food is ok, but place is great, well maintained, owner is nice, service very efficient.
garden is cosy.

beach is huge and empty most of the time

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Family Travel, Eco-Tourism
  • Written December 22, 2003
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La Casa de Charo: Big homey house in Colonia

I stayed here for three nights at the beginning of my trip to Uruguay, and one night at the end, on my way out. It's a big house located in the centre of the new town, about 10 minutes walk from the old town. Charo, the very friendly lady owner, can usually be found in the clothing store next door, which she also owns.

The house has a variety of rooms. The first time I lucked out and got a huge room with bathroom, and even a little kitchen with table and fridge! If I remember well, it was only US $7 a night! The second time I got a tiny room without bathroom for something like $4 or $5.

Not much in terms of breakfast (possibly some dry pastry and orange drink if you're lucky); better to get something in town.

Quiet, centrally located place. Very friendly and congenial owner. Possibility of getting a big room for a few dollars!

The shared bathroom is HUGE!!!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written October 12, 2005

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Hotel Colon, Piriapolis: Like a little castle

I didn't stay at this hotel, because it was fully booked by the time I arrived in Piriapolis. You probably have to book ahead to stay here, because it's so pretty and such good value for all the amenities you get. I was quoted $25 US for a single room, the same price I paid for a blah room at a so-so hotel down the road!

It's right across from the beach on the main street in Piriapolis.

Unique architecture (!). Art display inside. Indoor pool. Restaurant.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Architecture
  • Written October 12, 2005
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La Quebrada: "lost paradise"

Luxury, silence, confort.
Clean, neat, relaxing.
Harmonious, peaceful, the place you were always dreaming of....

check their website :
www.laquebrada.org

At the end of the world, the first one on the left....
"donde puede recalar y descansar de las fatigas...." Juan Waroquiers, proprietario.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Eco-Tourism, Adventure Travel
  • Written March 29, 2004
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La Sirena: Ranch and River : 291km from Montevideo

Everything perfect! Rodney and Lucia Bruce are great hosts!

On the bank of Rio Negro, lots of native forests.
House built in 1830.
Horse riding.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written February 10, 2004
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Meliá Confort , Montevideo: excellent middle class hotel in nice surroundings

I'm a Meliá fan and I know what Meliá Sol Hotels ( a splendid spanish hotel chain ) have to offer.... This one in Montevideo had all the class and style of the others that I knew , yet it seemed a bit isolated , there was very little movement, which of course didn't bother us at all.....
I don't actually know their prices because we simply took a weekend package , flight, hotel with breakfast, airport-hotel-airport transportation and insurance during the trip included... It was pretty cheap , I thought , like packages ought to be.....
There's not really much to say besides that the room was very comfty, the breakfast was excellent, the two computers with internet access in the lobby area were convenient and the surroundings of the hotel were nice and interesting.... see the following tips too....
Picture 1: the "key envelope" , with all necessary infos to get in touch with and find the hotel..
Picture 2: the Meliá Confort Logo , as in front of any of their hotels....
Picture 3: entrance to the hotel
Picture 4: the lobby bar
Picture 5: the restaurant for dinner and breakfast

This is difficult because there were no real outstanding features , no pool , no great views nor special facilities.....
What makes this hotel worthwhile is the comfort and tranquility of the room and the nice surroundings to explore.....
see further tips....
( btw , it is supposedly the first hotel in Uruguay with ISO 9001 quality certificate ).

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written October 28, 2006
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Youth Hostel in town: In Monvevideo

I'll spare you the long, feely stuff. This hostel is close to everything downtown, has a kitchen, a large community room and a terrace overlooking a quiet street, where I spent lots of time dreaming away the night while watching the huge leaves shivering in the night wind.

I got to Montevideo in the middle of the Carnival, sometime in February, and the town was spooky quiet. Someone from Montevideo told me later that folks leave town during Carnival. That explains the empty streets. I think I was alone in my dorm at the Youth Hostel. I thought this would be fanTAStic... but trying to sleep there was worse than a night in hell. First night, a horrible deep throat sound erupted from the ceiling, all night and every minute of it. I couldn't figure out what it was and where it came from for a long while... Around 5 a.m., I realised it was the Hostal Keeper, who slept across from my dorm.
I mentioned this to him the next day and he said, off-handedly... "Yeah, I have a bad cough. Hope it didn't bother you!" Man, it drove me crackers!
He was worse on the second night... It was sooo bad that really, I should have written to the Hostal managers and asked for a refund. They shouldn't allow anyone THAT sick to work the night shift.

Anyway, so there was a huge kitchen. I had to scrub the teapot for an hour before it was clean enough to make tea in but then I was the only one using that teapot afterwards so it was worth it. Met a few interesting travellers, until an American took to me and relished in sharing his vision of America and its economy with me... in English, which I had avoided speaking by then for 5 months. Honestly, I never like to discuss American monetary policy or anything related to MONEY, so I particularly dislike being taken hostage by a guy who just needs to hear himself speak English because he can't speak anything else and no one is talking to him... except stupid me who was crazy enough to be polite and answer his "hello there!" The guy went wild when he realised I understood English and never stopped to breathe for 5 minutes in his excitement at telling me about the superiority of the American economy etc etc etc. I finished my cup of tea and left for my dorm -- I heard him carry on for a full 5 minutes.
The next morning, when he said hello, I pretended I was Brazilian.

One thing good, this place is downtown. Kind of cool looking too. Very inexpensive, just like most hostels.
There is Internet, but it was taken over by staff or their friends all the time.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written March 16, 2008
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Estancia las Canadas: Authentic estancia

The traveller looking for a tourist resort should look elsewhere. There is nothing simulated about this estancia and there is no jacuzzi, swimming pool or cable TV. Instead you experience a rustic, authentic manor home. The owner, Cecilia, shares her family history, ranch food and drink. Even the horseback riding (and in my case, riding lessons) is included.

Located 283 kilometers from Montevideo near Paso de los Toros, this is not a day trip destination.

PS: Canada (actually it is not an 'n', but the Spanish letter n-yea) has nothing to do with the country to the north of the USA. It means a glen or dale between mountains.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Horse Riding, Budget Travel, Road Trip
  • Written December 3, 2006
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Hotel Central (x2): Three stars, but thirty years ago

In the small towns of upcountry Uruguay you will find three star hotels that have clearly lost their luster. Who knows when they put up the sign with the three stars, but it was probably decades ago. Appropriately, these hotels also asked for room tariffs consistent with their true quality --or perhaps you could say that the price levels were as old as the hotels.

In Tacaurambo and Trienta y Tres I stayed at two unaffiliated hotels both called 'Hotel Central'. They were both less than $10 (USD) a night and the room included a shower and TV. Both also had places to safely park my rental car for the night.

The most noteable characteristic was the three stars that did not relate to quality or to price. As one might guess, they also were both central in the town and just a few blocks from the main plaza.

I saw other three star hotels that looked the part.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written November 20, 2006

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