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Casa Sarandi Guesthouse

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Buenos Aires 558, Montevideo 11007 Uruguay
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#1 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Montevideo
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Casa Sarandi is a 1930s style art-deco guesthouse and loft in the heart of Montevideo's Old City - the Ciudad Vieja in Spanish. The guesthouse is a block from the Colonial Square and the Cathedral and two blocks from Uruguay's premier theatre, the Solis and from the rambla - a 25-km long promenade, great for biking and running. The owners Karen and Sergio have lived in Montevideo since 2000, love the city and the national music scene and will help make your stay unique with their daily recommendations -most of which are walking distance-- for things to do, places to go, the most unusual places to eat and drink and the most interesting music and culture Montevideo should be more famous for. Karen runs Guru'Guay, a much-visited website on Uruguay, and now author of a best-selling guidebook "The Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo". The guest house is very intimate - just two guest rooms. Both rooms have hardwood floors, antique furnishings and original art. Besides your guest room and private bathroom, Casa Sarandi offers a cosy living room and a fully-equipped modern kitchen.
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Paid private parking nearby
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Interconnected rooms available
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English, Spanish
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blackbox914 wrote a review Apr 2020
Ventura, California3 contributions
If you are looking for the 5-star experience with room service and priority bookings for Spa appointments (you know, the kind where you had better look at the stationary again to remind you what city and country you're in) this is not the place for you. If you want a VERY comfortable, clean, quiet, safe and charming place to stay that's convenient to the entire Old City by foot, I would give Casa Sarandi some serious consideration. Did I mention our incredible host? Karen was very responsive to emails before we left for Uruguay and sat down with us to plan our days as soon as we arrived. She's an expert on knowing how timid or adventurous you are and can guide you accordingly. Yes, if you're going to spend any time in Montevideo you should get her book "The Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo," It's worth every penny and gives additional context to your conversation with Karen as you plan your stay. The restaurants are wonderful, the nearby park and streets were a delight (and safe to walk). Montevideo is full of genuinely warm and inviting people and our only regret is that we did not plan to stay longer. Guess that means we're coming back as soon as we can.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Tourist452361 wrote a review Mar 2020
Savannah, Georgia1 contribution
When Eric and I started planning our trip to Uruguay, I already had a list of things I always want to do there- based upon previous trips and from having lived there as a child….however, my repertoire hadn’t expanded much from the past, and I wasn’t sure what I would use as a resource to bring some fresh new experiences to the trip in March. Eric found two books on Amazon- The Guru’guay Guide to Montevideo and The Guru’guay Guide to Uruguay. He presented them to me as I do the “travel planning”. I was enthralled! Not only was the style and presentation fun and easy to read, but I felt I had a new friend in Uruguay to show me the way. I read both books cover to cover and with highlighter in hand started charting our adventure! Of course, we wanted to spend a few days in the old part of the city- La Ciudad Vieja, so we booked Casa Sarandí. It’s right in the heart of the old city and easy walking distance to the port, main drag (18 de julio), many restaurants and coffee shops and convenient to bus stops-which makes seeing the city a breeze. (The Como Ir App is REALLY helpful to navigate the city by bus.) Karen was great! She spent a good hour explaining the options for fun, music, food, transportation, nightlife, etc. and thoroughly and tirelessly explained how to use the stove 😊. The house itself is very comfortable and charming. Clean, spacious and full of interesting touches. Staying at Casa Sarandí you will have “the real experience”. Karen’s recommendations are unique and fun. For instance, she suggested a day enjoying Parque Rodó, (Uruguay’s oldest park,) a visit to the National Visual Arts Museum, a walk through the park’s fountains and monuments on our way to a later lunch at Escaramuza (Skirmish) at Pablo de Maria, 1185. We did just that. Seeing Parque Rodó’s amusement park after 40+ years was particularly nostalgic for me. The rides were largely the same. (Including the bumper cars where my brother and his friends would invariably gang up on me and ram my car unmercifully.) The National Visual Arts Museum is a treasure, showcasing the rich and long history of fine art and painting in Uruguay with representative works from the best-such as Pedro Figari, Gonzalo Fonseca. Pedro Blanes Viale, Joaquín Torres García and my personal favorite, Jose Cuñeo. A recently opened retrospective of a previously unknown (to me) female artist, Petrona Viera, was particularly charming capturing life as it must have been in the early 1900’s. So worth a visit. Escaramuza-what a delight! An ancient bookstore with sky high bookshelves, stained glass skylights, old mellow wood floors and wainscoting, stocked full of interesting books, with a back room dedicated to pastries and cakes and sweets for tea, a garden with a long metal trellis overgrown with vines, small café tables and bustling activity. A finely honed menu of a few excellent choices, prompt service, perfect portions and a wonderful selection of reasonably priced wine and beer- it’s a winner! In addition, the staff is young and hip and, shock- attentive! We loved it. Lunch for two with 2 glasses of wine and a beer and coffee- $20. And this was just one day and not the end of it! I highly recommend that you read the Guru’guay books and follow Karen’s advice if you are planning a trip to Uruguay. I cannot wait to return! VRJ
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Date of stay: March 2020
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A F wrote a review Feb 2020
Fairfax, Virginia5 contributions
We are a family of 6 (2 adults and 4 teenagers) who arrived at the Montevideo airport from the US at 2am at Casa Sarandi. What an amazing location and place to stay - the owner (Karen) is the absolute greatest. Our family has travelled extensively all over the world. I can honestly tell you that our visit to Uruguay would not have been 'our greatest vacation ever' without Karen. So back to our arrival - we arrived at the Montevideo airport at 1am - our flight arrived an hour late. The driver (that Karen had arranged) was there on time, spoke english, and was extremely helpful and professional. When we arrived at Casa Sarandi, Karen (at 2am in the morning) was so helpful and welcoming and had a listing of suggested restaurants and places to visit during our days in Montevideo all on a handy small card that fit in our pocket. As a family of 6 we sometimes have a hard time finding a place that easily accommodates all of us. Casa Sarandi fit the bill to a 'T'. We had the entire place to ourselves - I highly recommend Casa Sarandi if you are a family of 4 or a group of friends. It was like having an apartment in the city where we could easily use the kitchen, sitting areas, ect with enough bathrooms for everyone (always important). A lovely lady came to clean everyday and the rooms were airy, very clean, and bright. The food in Uruguay was amazing - again Karen's suggestions were spot on. We loved being close to the Rambla and in easy walking distance to the old town and museums. Karen was again a superstar and helped us orchestrate a rental car (cars were delivered right outside Casa Sarandi) for our trip up the coast and she had excellent suggestions on places to stay outside Montevideo. Our trip truly would not have been so memorable and enjoyable if we had not stayed at Casa Sarandi and met Karen. A definite must for any visit to Uruguay is Karen's books available on Amazon - Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo and Guru'Guay Guide to Uruguay: Beaches, Ranches and Wine Country. You can not go wrong staying at Casa Sarandi, I rarely write reviews but this is one that definitely needed to be written. Karen is amazing and Casa Sarandi should absolutely be on your list of places to stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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WalkerAbout wrote a review Feb 2020
Western USA55 contributions5 helpful votes
Staying at Casa Sarandi in MVD was like having our own apartment in the old city..a comfortable nest to return to after long walks on the Rambla and days of exploration. This is not a hotel. There is no front desk, restaurant, or 24 hr on site staff, but the owner is on call for emergencies. Great location, within walking distance of museums, restaurants, etc. Cabs and buses are inexpensive for travel to other areas of the city. Expect to be staying in an apartment (which you may share with someone else; there are two rented bedrooms with private baths) and where you have the use of a fully equipped kitchen. There is a daily cleaning service and a local laundry will pick up and deliver. Nice balconies. It was great for a couple. We had it to ourselves, as the other bedroom was not rented. It would also work well for friends staying together, but seating in the living room would be a bit tight if the other bedroom was rented to someone you didn't know and everyone was in the apartment together. It is on a noisy street with lots of bus traffic, but the double pane windows kept it to a very manageable level for sleeping. Bring earplugs if you're a light sleeper or sensitive to street sounds. The big value added to staying at Casa Sarandi is the owner, Karen, who will meet you upon arrival, answer all your questions about MVD and Uruguay, and help you map out a game plan for your visit. Her knowledge is encyclopedic. Without Karen's books (Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo; Guru'Guay Guide to Uruguay) and sage advice, we would have missed so much! With her help, we hit the ground running, stayed in amazing places that we never could have discovered on our own, wined and dined like locals, and formed lasting friendships along the way. She is truly the Guru of Uruguay!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Karen H, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse
Responded Feb 10, 2020
Hello! What a lovely review! Thank you so much. We are so delighted that you had such a great stay and to be able to share my knowledge with you personally (most people just get to read my books and 100,000s visit the website ;) ) . Just so that other readers know, no, we are not a hotel, we are a guesthouse, providing private rooms and bath. We've never had a problem where people pack out the living room, in fact often our guests tell us that they didn't run into the other guests in the entire time of their stay. However when guests do run into each other, they usually find they have a lot in common (one being the type of person who probably hostelled when they were younger, and love that vibe, but now want a higher level of comfort and privacy). Our housekeeper goes to the house daily to fix rooms and I am there on checkout and and checkin and then in close contact between 8am and 11pm at night for any questions and enquiries on WhatsApp or iMessenger. Thank you so much for your review - I just ADORED the title :))) Hope to receive you again in the future - Karen
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Rascal D wrote a review Feb 2020
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What could be better than staying at the guest house of the woman who literally wrote the book (and website) on Montevideo and Uruguay travel. Karen, the Guru’guay, helped us tailor our visit to see and do everything we wanted to plus made additional recommendations. Our room was lovely and spacious and comfortable with air conditioning. We also had access to a sitting room and kitchen but with so many terrific restaurants nearby we didn’t cook. The Casa is in easy walking distance of old town and the port market and easy cab/Uber ride to the rest of the City.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Karen H, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse
Responded Feb 6, 2020
Hi Johanna, it was so lovely to receive you! Yes, the location of Casa Sarandi is really terrific. It is so wonderful to be able to walk everywhere. I'm looking forward to hosting you again on your return to Uruguay as promised! Hope you've arrived home safely now -- Karen
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$97 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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UruguayMontevideo DepartmentMontevideoCiudad Vieja
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Sarandi Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Andes Museum (0.1 miles), Theatre Solis (0.1 miles), and Palacio Taranco (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, babysitting, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a desk.
Is parking available at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Petite Cuisine, Estrecho, and Dueto Cocina Urbana.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Casa Sarandi Guesthouse?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Avenida 18 de Julio (0.5 miles), Galería de Arte Portón de San Pedro (0.3 miles), and Santuario Beata Francisca Rubatto (3.8 miles).