We stayed in Hotel Casapueblo for two nights in the end of February 2012, for a weekend getaway without our kids. We splurged on a stay in Hotel Casapueblo as the concept of staying in Carlos Páez Vilaró´s sculpture, which looks like it was transported from Greece, was fabulous! I´m glad we made this decision. The hotel is a feast for the eyes at all times of day (particularly as the sun is setting) and features three brilliant blue pools (2 outdoor and 1 indoor) as well as access to the Rio Plata if it is calm enough to take a swim. We watched a violent thunderstorm come across the Rio Plata from our room one night, which was amazing. The hotel itself is a labyrinth of hallways that descends down a cliff (from ground floor to -9) and since it was built gradually and into the side of a cliff, there are lots of dead ends and interesting twists and turns (making it easy to get lost if you don´t follow the "salida" signs!). Also, the motion sensor lights make the hallways a bit spooky and cave-like, sort of reminiscent of Star Wars. The rooms themselves were very simply decorated (sparse white washed walls), brilliant natural wood floors, antique wood furniture and a balcony that overlooks the water. The bathrooms were also quite sparse, with European design (white tile and traditional fixtures). Each room features an animal, not a number, which is displayed in blue painted tile - we were in the Mariposa (butterfly room).
Overall, we appreciated the artistic nature of the building and the simple, sparse decorating style. My only disappointment was that for the price I thought the hotel could have made a better effort on some of the details - like higher quality towels / toiletries, robes, etc. Even the information on the hotel services / rules was provided on a simple computer print-out, which I thought was a bit odd for a $250 USD per night stay.
The restaurant had a small but delicious menu and decent wine list. It was a hub of activity in the afternoon but very quiet in the evening, which made for romantic water-side dinners. The breakfast buffet in the morning was quite good with a variety of breads and pasteries, meats / cheeses, cereals, yogurts, fruit and juice/tea/coffee (no hot food like eggs though).
The location (Punta Ballena) is a bit far removed from Punta del Este, which can be a benefit (it is quiet, except for all the tourists visiting Casa del Pueblo during the day) but also a detriment as it is a 20+ minute taxi ride into Punta del Este (which costs a hefty $25 USD). Buses serve the area but only to the intersection of the main road and highway, so if you want the flexibility to come/go I highly recommend renting a car. There is a beautiful beach within a 10-15 minute walk with a gorgeous view of the jagged rock Punta Ballena, but little else within walking distance from the hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Casapueblo Hotel Punta Del Este
- Casapueblo Uruguay
- Club Hotel Casapueblo Uruguay/Punta Ballena
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