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I will be traveling to Punta del Este in March 2008 for our honeymoon. This will be our final destination. I am book as of now at the Serena hotel but wanted to see if there were any other hotels that people thought were much better. Also what is the best room/room type to stay in at the Serena?

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La Serena is excellent, right on the beach, with all the public areas (restaurant, bar, pool) on the beach. The beach is on "La Mansa," where the water is calmer; technically, it's on the Rio de La Plata instead of the Atlantic, but the river is hundreds of miles wide and indistinguishable from an ocean. The views from the beach, of the peninsula and the sweeping scallop-shaped beach, are great.

The only downside is that the immediate area around the hotel is not very good; it's in a bit of a run down area (about a half mile long)between two very nice areas of Punta del Este proper. Since you will need a car no matter where you stay (the Punta area being so spread out), the immediate area should not be a problem: any time you want to go to eat or to another beach, you go by car. You cannot walk to any restaurants from La Serena.

The only hotels that rival La Serena for setting and style are L'Auberge in a residential area of Punta, La Posta del Cangrejo in La Barra and La Posada del Faro in Jose Ignacio. March is post-season, and both La Barra and Jose Ignacio will be very quiet. La Posta is well situated, so whatever restaurants are still open in La Barra would all be within walking distance. La Posada is more isolated; although you could walk to 2-3 pretty expensive restaurants the will still be open. L'Auberge is not on the water, but has a truly spectacular garden and pool area; you could walk to a couple of expensive restaurants in the residential areas, but for any restaurant on the water you would need a car.

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Thank you soooo much for all of this information. This is so helpful. As of right now I do have a reservation at the hotel Serena but still can change it. It sounds like the Serena will be a great place to lounge around and relax at the beach or pool. This is the final stop for our honeymoon so we are looking to relax and not do to much. With this in mind is this where you would stay or should we change to one of the hotels you mentioned? Do you have any restaurants that you love in the area? All of your knowledge is so helpful. Thank you so much

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If you will have a car for getting to restaurants, La Serena will be fine. (Since we have a house in Punta, I can't speak to the quality of the rooms at La Serena.) Restaurants:

Close to the port on the peninsula (about 3-4 miles from La Serena), all overlooking the water and some with tables outside overlooking the beach:

Kika's, Virazon, Lo de Tere (the nicest), Isidora, Blue Cheese (the oldest)

Slightly inland from the peninsula:

La Bourgogne (most upscale in the area, very expensive (even by US standards), but worth it)

In La Barra:

Le Club (fantastic mussels)

In Jose Ignacio:

La Huella (right on the beach, tables on the porch/deck and inside; in my view and that of many others, the single best place to eat lunch in the entire area -- not to be missed; eat the fish of the day; it's a 45 minute drive from La Serena)

Every year there are 3 or 4 new, very nice "theme" restaurants, often outdoors in Jose Ignacio, that often don't return the following year. Ask at La Serena for any of those for 2008, and whether they are still open when you are there in March.

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