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“Nice hotel in the suburbs” 4 of 5 stars
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Belmont House
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Av Rivera 6512, Montevideo CP 11500 , Uruguay (Carrasco)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 80 Hotels in Montevideo
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice hotel in the suburbs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2009

My husband and I were married in Montevideo and we spent our wedding night at the Belmont. We picked this hotel because of the beautiful rooms downstairs that are frequently used for bridal pictures. The suite we were given was very spacious and as part of the wedding package, we were given early check in with afternoon tea, arrived after the wedding to a bottle of free champagne and breakfast in bed with a late check out. The service was excellent and the rooms were very clean and comfortable.

However, the rooms and bathrooms do need to be updated. The hotel is not at the same level as other luxury hotels in other parts of world, but is among the best of what is available in Montevideo. Also, the hotel is rather far from downtown, about a 20 to 30 minute drive. There are several good restaurants in the area, and some shopping, but unless you have a car or are willing to take lots of taxis, the area within walking distance is rather limited. Carrasco, the neighborhood, is one of the safest in Montevideo.

Personally, I am glad we spent our wedding night here, but I would not suggest this hotel for the average tourist. Pocitos, another area of the city, in my opinion, is a better area for tourists. It is safe, easier to walk around with more shopping and restaurant options, right on the beach, and easier to get to downtown (shorter taxi rides and more direct buses).

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2009

I stayed at Belmont House in February. You can walk to the beach or to the little village that has great shopping (clothes, food store and pharmacy). There is an old casino that looks like it used to be very nice...now it is really run down. They say that it is going to be renovated; that would be nice. The hotel itself is very relaxing. Great staff. I had some great meals in their restaurant/bar. They offer a complimentary breakfast that was quite nice too. This neighborhood is full of Ambassadors residences. The people are friendly. Garcia's was great for dinner, I went almost every night. It is not expensive as some people here have said. I loved it. About a 20 minute ride to downtown.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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College Park, Georgia
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94 hotel reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
478 helpful votes 478 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

Belmont House is in Carrasco, sort of a Uruguayan version of a Connecticut suburb. The cab from Tres Cruces (terminal for Buquebus, and countless other buses in Uruguay--bus travel in Uruguay is quite nice, actually, and very inexpensive) cost more than my busfare from the 2.5 hour trip from Colonia, and the cabbie didn't know where the hotel was, even with the address.

The hotel is quiet and elegant, in an amiably musty way. Yes, many celebs have stayed here, and yes, it was once a Relais & Chateaux property. Think private club or 80s Ritz-Carlton, and you get a sense of the decor.

Checked in and the front desk agent couldn't find my reservation, even though I was traveling with a written confirmation. Sent me to Room 7 anyway--a lovely, large king bedded room with no view to speak of out the bay window. Bathroom is large, but shower is frustrating--the shower head is one of those air infused ones that sort of spit at you in the name of saving water. As the glass door is immovable, getting in and out of the shower was a challenge. Linens were first quality, and bed was nice.

The hotel is built around a courtyard with a large pool (open, but weather was cold) leading to a small gym and sauna. Equipment in the gym verged on the pathetic--one bike, one treadmill, one weight machine--but it was there, and free.

Hotel charges to use internet--an off note in a hotel that gets it otherwise.

Staff was formal, but very helpful.

Breakfast was the best of my six hotel trip. An expanded continental, with a chafing dish of scrambled eggs and bacon each morning. In addition to the ham and cheese, there was also smoked salmon. Very nice, in a room overlooking a patio--although the tables in the room were set for large parties. Hotel seemed empty through my visit, and the breakfast room reflected that. A waiter replenishing the eggs made me a cafe con leche decaf at my request.

The restaurant and bar have a very good reputation, but were always empty through my stay. Prices are dear by Uruguay standards, reasonable by US ones. As this was once a Relais hotel, am certain the quality is high.

If you choose to stay at this hotel, make sure the location is to your liking. Belmont House is just three blocks from the Carrasco shopping district, with restaurants, shops, and a movie theatre nearby. The water and Las Ramblas are also close at hand. However, the center of Montevideo is at least a 30 minute bus ride (the D1 bus hugs the waterfront for a good part of the ride, and at 82 cents, is quite a value--just make sure you know the stops coming back. . .as it is express, it doesn't stop everywhere).

In the village, Garcia was an excellent parrilla--highly recommend it for dinner--and Las Delicias is a noteworthy ice cream parlor.

Finally pay attention to pricing for this hotel. The stated rates are often in the $250 per night range, but I got the room for half that online, and I'd imagine that you can find many deals for this hotel, particularly over the weekend. At $125 including breakfast and tax, this is a great hotel for our Montevideo visit, if the location works for you.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2008

Service was nice and friendly. Rooms niceand bed great. A converted mansion it is in a nice area.

  • Liked — accomodations & location
  • Disliked — not much
  • Stayed March 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire, England
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2007

As ever I agree with most of what has been written before. This is a comfortable rather traditional hotel in a nice neighbourhood whose food both breakfast and dinner is well above average. Staff range from superb - Gonzales? on front desk - to surly. I have rarely been cursed so obviously by a bell hop under his breath when leaving my room because I didn't offer him a tip. Sorry ! I had just arrived and had no currency other than $100 billls so that was why you didn't get one!
The staff were civil rather than friendly and I got the impression that several of them had been there a long time and rather resented the endless succession of wealthy guests who came and went. Like a previous reporter I was the only diner one evening although the food was excellent.
Overall it is a bit stiff, chintzy and clubby in style. It should lighten up both in terms of decor and attitude and stop taking itself quite so seriously.
In terms of value however it was incredible. Dinner bed and breakfast over two nights for US $246 with plenty of wine is a bargain! I wouldn't take the family for a week but as a nice business stopover for a couple of days it did the job.

Stayed December 2007
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Miami Beach, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2007

The Beltmont House is a beautiful, luxury hotel in Montevideo, URuguay.
There are many antiques in the lobby , library and other rooms on the ground floor.
Our room was well appointed, and service was spotless. They make a point to be of help, suggesting places to visit, and printing out any requested information. For instance I asked for the timetable of Buquebus to Buenos Aires and got a print out in a few minutes.
Buffet breakfast is included and is as good as it can get. Everything fresh, even the marmelades are home made and delicious.
Smoked salmon, eggs, ham, cakes, all kind of breads and fruits.
Only complain is that whatever you spend in the bar or restaurant is changed into dollars, so at the end of the stay the total bill is in dollars. I noticed the exchange they used turned in a little advantage to the hotel.I do not know why they do this since the official currency is the Uruguayan peso. Also I noticed that phone calls are very expensive. It is like if the hotel has not kept up with the current trend of making calls more afordable. Also there is a charge to use internet, that was not inexpensive.

  • Stayed May 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Norfolk, UK
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126 reviews 126 reviews
126 hotel reviews
Reviews in 114 cities Reviews in 114 cities
510 helpful votes 510 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2007

I chose this hotel because I remember it was once in the Relais & Chateaux consortium and because it looked lovely on their website. The hotel is located in Montevideo’s smartest residential and diplomatic area - think Beverly Hills with cheap cars - and is only a few minutes’ walk from the sea and many restaurants. It is a very buzzy area on a Saturday night - all except for the hotel which was a dead as a dodo. So we ate totally alone, in the lovely garden, close to the pool, and didn’t regret it for a moment - we had just stepped off the 15-hour flight and wanted to eat at home. The food was startlingly good, though the service was inattentive.

As a hotel, Belmont House boasts a glittering list of former guests - from Castro to Prince Charles. From the street it looks smart, elegant and inviting but inside the style is quite oppressive: thick carpets, flock wallpaper, big leather Chesterfields, dark and gloomy bar, books by the yard, oil paintings by the truckload, hideous big-screen TV. Our bedroom, No.12, was directly above the main entrance which gave us a balcony once we wrestled with the broken mosquito screen. The room was English country house chintzy, reasonably spacious, a very comfy bed, the bathroom dated and tired. The breakfast room is an epic of mis-matched patterns and rataan furniture.

There is an extremely good hotel here - if only someone would give it the total facelift it deserves. It needs modernising in the Hotel du Vin mode, to reflect Montevideo's Mediterranean climate and lifestyle.

  • Liked — The location, the garden
  • Disliked — Dated decor, dead atmosphere
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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ASTRID S, Gerente at Belmont House, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for all your comments about our building, decoration and location.

We take note of your suggestions.

Best regards,

Astrid Schneeberger
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Address: Av Rivera 6512, Montevideo CP 11500 , Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Montevideo Department > Montevideo > Carrasco
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Montevideo
#2 Luxury Hotel in Montevideo
#4 Romantic Hotel in Montevideo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Belmont House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1995 BELMONT HOUSE HOTEL opened its doors to greet you in the heart of Carrasco - Montevideo's residential quarter. A place to encounter nature in all its splendour together with the best comfort available today. At a very short distance from downtown Montevideo, but far enough to avoid its bustle, a few minutes from "Carrasco International Airport". Surrounded by gardens and close to the beach, Belmont House is an ideal "pied á terre" for a business or holiday trip.BELMONT HOUSE combines an intimate scale with an elegant and comfortable decoration for your business or leisure trip which makes it almost compulsary to make another visit. All 24 rooms and the 4 suites have garden view and were each individually decorated paying special attention to details. Rooms are equipped with sommier beds, full queen king size, air conditioner, cable TV, telephone, fridge, individual safe-box and bathrooms are equipped with hair dryer and towel heaters. There are many rooms that have other facilities such a Jacuzzis, balcony, living-rooms and fireplaces. ... more   less 
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