Spent three nights here in August with my wife and teenaged daughter. There were some good points and some not so good points. I booked a triple - asking for two beds, and was pleased to discover we had been given connecting rooms - each with two tiny twin beds. The beds of course were too small for two people (I hate twin beds) - so the two rooms was a good solution, and at no extra cost. And the cost was reasonable.
The room was clean, although the carpet was threadbare. There was a new large flatscreen tv as well as refrigerator with cold water. Both nice. The internet was free and worked pretty well.
The location was just 100 yards from the beach and we had a nice view from the room. But - it is really a long ways from anything of interest and downtown. It's a 15 minute taxi ride (about $10-12) to the Ciudad Viejo or the Independednce Square area. The neighborhood is really quiet and it is three or four blocks to find a restaurant or coffee shop or bank. The desk clerks spoke decent English and were helpful when needed - but i wouldnt call them attentive. The elevator broke down a few times while we were there.
The part that irked me was breakfast. It was vile and inedible. The coffee was so bad I almost spit it out. How can you mess up coffee? It was in an urn, and tasted like it was made with chemical water and had sat and burned for about a week. The pastries tasted like they were sitting out for weeks, and the eggs on the buffet were green (no kidding). Nasty. I travel 100 plus days a year and i have to say it was the worst hotel breakfast i have ever seen, and i refused to eat there after one try. That might explain why it always seemed empty when i walked by.
If you want a decent price, and are not looking for more than a decent clean room in a decent location (albeit far from downtown), and you can get by on eating breakfast out of the hotel - than this place may be okay. But next time I am Montevideo i will pick a place closer to downtown and one where i can have a decent cup of coffee.
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