I am having difficulty rating Hotel L'Auberge. On one hand, the setting is lovely. It is located about four miles outside of the seaside town of Punta del Este in what has to be the area's most beautiful neighborhood. The grounds are beautifully maintained, the pool is nice, the beach is less than a 10-minute walk, and the antique-filled hotel itself looks like it was transported from the English Cotswolds, not at all what you'd expect to find in South America. What keeps me, however, from giving it an excellent rating is the room that we stayed in during our recent two-night stay. We booked a standard room, which turned out to be in the tower part of the hotel. The room was one of the smallest we've ever encountered, and, with a penchant for boutique hotels, we have stayed in some pretty small places. But this room gave new definition to the word "small." In fact, this was the only spot during our three weeks in South America that we had a double bed. Moreover, there was only space for one of our suitcases, which were carryon-size. My husband had to put his in front of the closet, which meant we couldn't open the closet without moving the suitcase. The room's decor was fine, nothing fancy but no complaints. It was clean and appeared freshly painted, but the mirror in the bathroom was scarred. The nicest part of the room was a very large balcony. We stayed halfway up the tower (I think it was the fifth floor) and it appeared that only that room and the one at the top had access to an outside space. It was lovely and we even had a bit of an ocean view, although this was not classified as an "ocean view" room. We peeked into a room in the newer part of the hotel when it was being cleaned and it did seem more spacious, although not really large. But if you want one of these rooms you will pay considerably more. The problem with staying out of town is that you don't have many choices for meals. Prices are high everywhere in this Hamptonesque town, but there are many restaurants at the marina that offer specials, so you can eat well and for a lot less than you pay at L'Auberge. We did eat lunch and dinner at the hotel one day, because we concluded that by the time we spent the $15.00 both ways that a taxi costs we were better off just staying put. Both menus were priced in American dollars, never a good sign. The lunch we had at the pool restaurant was delicious, the dinner nothing special. There is a tea service everyday where people come from miles around to sample the hotel's waffles. We considered doing it but it was hard to work up much enthusiasm to pay what amount to about $17.00 apiece for a breakfast food, so we passed. As an alternative to paying the ridiculous taxi fares, I would recommend walking in and back on the beach to town and dining at the marina. There is also a bus and the hotel will give you a schedule. If you plan on staying for more than a night or two, you might want to consider renting a car. As for the much lauded service, I found it courteous and competent but nothing special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer our visitors a place that is different from the rest, where antiques and works of art combine with the most modern comfort. We strongly support the idea that an international hotel should develop the "Art of being a Good Host". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l Auberge Punta Del Este
- l Auberge Hotel