Getting into Montevideo during the Carnaval can make finding lodging difficult. This hotel, being primarily a business hotel in Zonamerica, had plenty of availability at a good price.
They provide a shuttle service to the airport or to Carrasco at two set hours during the day. All the personnel, including the shuttle driver, made us feel very welcome. Some to much English is spoken by just about everyone. The shuttle driver deserves special mention for her attitude and willingness to go the extra distance (literally).
The hotel is difficult to find. It is located in a rural area adjacent to a classy looking horse ranch. The grounds are attractive and well taken care off, and one can see that more landscaping work is in progress. Nearby, within a 100 yards or so is an interesting chapel in the final stages of restoration.
Other than a minor flaw in the bathroom which allows too much shower water to flow out onto the floor, the room we were in is very good. It is the other end of the spectrum from the Hotel Palacio.
The big drawback is that you are in the middle of nowhere. You need a car or a taxi or do like we did, take the shuttle to Carrasco. In one case, we were the only passengers so the shuttle driver took us all the way into downtown, dropping us at the Plaza de Independencia. There are several buses from Carrasco to downtown. We take public transportation as much as we can so that we can get a feel for the places we visit.
Any review is incomplete without raving about the included breakfast. Eggs, bacon, croissants, cereals, super good coffee, yogurt, ham, cheese, and a wide variety of top notch sweets and breads make for a great start of the day.
Eating at the restaurant is not cheap; the one lunch we ate there was excellent.
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