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“It's shabby but not quite chic” 3 of 5 stars
Review of San Gabriel Guesthouse & Restobar

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Calle del Comercio 127, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay (Formerly Posada San Gabriel)   |  
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“It's shabby but not quite chic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one nigh on a visit to Colonia. Based on the reviews on trip advisor we thought that it looked reasonable and proceeded with the booking.

We recieved a helpful email from the owner with check in out times, options to pay in various currencies (anything but US dollars is an unfavourable rate). We arrived, walked five minutes from the port to the hotel in the pouring rain at which point it was 13:10 (check in is at 14:00) to be told that we couldn't check in until 14:00 so had to make ourselves scarce for 50 minutes. When we returned, soaked and located a member of staff from the adjacent restaurant we were shown to our room.

We had room 6, a superior double with a pleasant view of the sea. The rooms are sparce, but functional. The bed is pretty uncomfortable and very noisy. It was quite chilly during our stay, the bed sheet provided was not warm enough and we disn't want to use the stained duvet (with no cover) that was left in the room.

Breakfast consisted of luke warm coffee that was unpleasant, a couple of small rolls. a few mini croissants and some dolce de leche, not great.

Colonia is a lovely place, San Gabriel has the potential to be a great place to stay with a few improvements. A few tweaks would take it from shabby to chic easily.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

My wife and I truly enjoyed our recent 3 night stay at the San Gabriel Guest House and Restobar.

The guest house is conveniently located in the centre of the old town, within walking distance of the ferry terminal (or a short 80 to 100 peso taxi ride) and to the “downtown” business core of Colonia..

Our room, although small, was better than we expected. The bed was comfortable, the bedding and towels of good quality. The view from the room was wonderful – the sunsets spectacular.

The owner and his staff were calm, friendly and, given our limited ability in Spanish, helpful and responsive to our requests and questions.

The breakfast, on the deck in the restobar was light but sufficient. The coffee wonderful. The staff were able to accommodate our dietary challenges. We had occasion to have dinner in the evening and thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the wine– good value for money.

In future visits to Colonia, we would stay at the San Gabriel Guest House.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We stayed at the hotel San Gabriel and we did read all the reviews and wished we had listened. The hotel is near the sea and it is clean but the rooms are tiny. For the money you pay there aredefinitely better deals out there. We kept tripping over the furniture. The patio and
breakfast area are additions to the building and they do not feel that safe to me.

The service was good with one young girl was doing everything. She was friendly and kind. The manager /owner who did not seem particularly interested in making anyone feel welcome. I thought this was strange since we were paying good money. We thought that there were free bikes but got told by the manager to go down the road and find them ourselves.

Breakfast was only a few pastries but as I said the girl was running everywhere but we asked for more coffee but none came not to worry.

The hotel is located in a good position but the rooms are small and if it wasn't for the young girl the hotel would have a very cold atmosphere.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Been travelling 3 months with my daughter on about $65 per person per day so could be considered an upper "budget" type traveler. Found Uruguay quite expensive compared to Peru and Bolivia and even Argentina. This small inn was cheaper than two other budget priced lodgings listed in guide book but offered more charm and peace and was better located. Room was small with a single and bunk bed and although it was more expensive than many other lodgings we had been accustomed to, it was the best we found in this quaint UNESCO heritage town. The posada had character which we found appealing. Believe it or not, there were even chocolates on the pillows, a rarity in any class of hotel these days. In addition the food in the restaurant was good and the special with the liter of free beer under an umbrella on the cobble-stoned street in the old part of town helped. The staff were helpful and friendly and for those with limited or no proficiency in Spanish, the manager's English was a welcome bonus.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012 via mobile

Myself and a friend stayed here 2 nights and ended up in a room downstairs that contained a bunk bed and a single bed. The room was not particularly clean and the pillows very old and manky. We did happen to see into another room ( which was occupied by someone else ) which looked a lot better, but based on our room I would not recommend this hotel.

Stayed April 2012
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Guatape, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012 via mobile

The location of the hotel is excellent. It's backing the water front and nearby some of the best restaurants. The owner is very helpful and flexible. We had the upper room and it was great. Nice decoration and clean rooms. Wish we can stay for longer. Good price as well

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 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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Portland, Oregon, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2008

This small hotel is located near the Plaza Mayor hotel, in a quiet section of the old historic district. My friend stayed in room one which was on the main floor. It had a window to the street, that you could shutter, and beautiful white stonework behind the bed. It's not big , but a very pleasant room, for I think $40/night (might be just $30). This room did not have air or color tv.

I stayed upstairs in room 3. Room 3 has a huge window with a view of the Rio Plata, bordered by bouganveilla (brightly colored plants) and below and inner courtyard for the laundry. It has a refrigerator, air conditioning, small shower (no tub) and in the corner, a small table with 2 chairs. It also color tv. The room had nice blue Provence type theme. It had a double bed. This was $50/night.

The neighborhood is great, many nice restaurants, particularly Casa Grande and the Drugstore. The owners are delightful and speak a little English, but can dummy down their Spanish to an understandable level. They have one computer for Internet for very small fee. I love the owners. The breakfast is nice with juice, cheese, an assortment of rolls and coffee or tea.

I highly recommend it for an inexpensive hotel, and very pleasant memories. Reminds me of the movie Room With a View, but of course the room is smaller. You do need to bring your own shampoo, they probably have a hair dryer to borrow, as they have an iron.

There is a lavanderia to have someone wash your clothes Monday through Saturday nearby.

Note, there are a couple of rooms in the back, that don't have as much charm, maybe windowless. Ask to see the room first, they are very accommodating.

Stayed March 2008
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Additional Information about San Gabriel Guesthouse & Restobar

Address: Calle del Comercio 127, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay (Formerly Posada San Gabriel)
Location: Uruguay > Colonia Department > Colonia del Sacramento
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Colonia del Sacramento
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Posada San Gabriel Hotel Colonia Del Sacramento
San Gabriel Guesthouse & Restobar Uruguay/Colonia Del Sacramento

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