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Casa Sarandi Guesthouse
Ranked #4 of 35 Montevideo B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 25, 2013

This little spot is a gem in a hard-to-beat location -- just a few blocks from the rambla (beach, boardwalk, easy transportation), just a few blocks from the Teatro Solis & Plaza Independencia, a few blocks from Plaza Constitucion & the Sarandi walkway, and then just a few more blocks from port (with more food options and easy ferry access should you want to hop across to BA) -- all of this from right on the edge of the old city.

Casa Sarandi was our first foray into Montevideo, into Uruguay, and into South America as a whole, so as our homestead for 3 nights, it had its ambassadorial duties cut out for it. And it delivered. The space inside was comfortable, with spacious rooms, street-view balconies, a cozy little lounge area with a good library full of regional resources, a common kitchen, and computer for house access. CS was super knowledgeable about local events going on during our stay that were worth checking out, and they were very well connected with other relevant resources any visitors might need. For instance, after our stay, we went to BA for the weekend, and needed to rent a car when we got back to Montevideo. CS was gracious enough to help connect us with a reliable rental service, and the rest of the trip ran incredibly smoothly.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This apartment has a communal kitchen and dining area, not that we used it much - restaurants are cheap and plentiful. But it was nice to keep fresh fruit to go with the morning coffee before venturing out. The bedroom was wonderful with a very clean and modern ensuite. The whole place was kept immaculate - cleaner than our house at home!! We barely saw the other guests but they seemed nice and friendly. Karen our host was one of the most helpful we have come across with her local knowledge and printed sheets of local info. She was also very generous in allowing us a late checkout due to travel connections. 10 out of 10!!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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CasaSarandi, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2013

Dear Sam and Deb, we are so glad you had a great stay at Casa Sarandi. Knowing that you are such globetrotters, receiving this review when the previous one you wrote on TripAdvisor was in 2008 makes it even more special! Thanks so much and hope to see you again sometime - Karen

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We wanted to stay in "old" montevideo and Casa Sarandi was a great location for exploring the area on foot. We also had a car for exploring outside Montevideo and Sergio arranged for us to park it in a very safe parking structure. Very reasonably priced, just a block from Casa S.

We had a lovely, high ceilinged, wood floored room with large windows and a very comfortable bed, sofa, and desk. It was quite roomy. Our bathroom was not ensuite but was right across the hall...about 3 steps and was ONLY our bathroom...so it was just fine.

We had access to a small kitchen where we could make tea or breakfast and store leftovers in the refrigerator. Had we wanted to cook a larger meal it would have been possible.

Sergio was very well organized and gave us a written guide to Casa Sarandi and Montevideo. His recommendations were very good.

Our only regret was Karen was out of the country and we did not get to meet her.

Highly recommend (sorry it took so long to write the review...we were there last September).

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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CasaSarandi, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2013

Dear Annette and Jerome thanks so much for your review - it was so nice of you to remember us. It was a pleasure to receive you and we hope to do so again in the future, so we finally get to meet! All the best Karen

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We (my girlfriend and I) had a great time there and the owners were very helpful with their tips. We would really come back and it's highly recommended.

The owner's tips were OBT and it was a new way to know Montevideo.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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CasaSarandi, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2013

Italo, so great to get your review after all this time! OBT (off the beaten track) tips are our speciality ;) We´re really glad you enjoyed them. Tonight we are sending guests off to experience one of Uruguay´s top percusionists who´s playing in the Solis Theatre, just two blocks from us! Hope you had a great carnival and we look forward to receiving you again sometime in the future! Beijos Karen and Sergio

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

I stayed at Casa Sarandi with my family over the New Year period and had a wonderful time. All of her recommendations turned out to be fantastic particularly The Museum of Wine and the beautiful evocative music we heard played there. The apartment is beautifully appointed with all the conveniences you have come to expect these days. Ipod docks to art on the walls everything was top notch. The location is great and local shop just outside seemed to be open 24/7. Brilliant if like us you stayed over a Bank Holiday! We were lucky enough to have the apartment to ourselves for our stay but even if you are sharing this is a great place to be.
Our Thanks to Karen.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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CasaSarandi, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2013

Many thanks, Dominic and Heidi, for the kind review. So glad you enjoyed the musical recommendation. For such a small city, Montevideo really has the most incredible array of worldclass musicians playing tiny venues for affordable prices. Have a great rest of the year, your holiday will have set you up for that! All the very best Karen and Sergio

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

Casa Sarandi is a great option in Montevideo. The owner Karen is an immigrant from Wales, very friendly, gentle and helpful. I asked her so many favors before and after arriving and she did it all always with a smile and courtesy.
The house has 3 or 4 rooms (I don't remember), some en suite others don't. I stayed in both en suite rooms in different periods and both are great. Confortable, very spacious, clean, organized and equipped.
The location is very good, in the heart of Ciudad Vieja (Old City), so it is very peaceful at night. It is 5 minutes walking distance to the Plaza Independencia (Independence Square), the heart of Montevideo. There is a delicious restaurant (Dueto) and great cafes (Café Brasileiro) nearby, just ask her some directions of restaurants and bars. Pocitos and Punta Carretas are two neighbourhoods with great restaurants and pubs, although they are far from Ciudad Vieja there is no traffic in Montevideo and the taxis are VERY cheap (7 dollars from the hotel to the restaurants/pubs area of Pocitos/Punta Carretas), so it feels close.
The price is also good.
The only thing I missed at Casa Sarandi was breakfast which is not offered, but since there are some awesome Cafés nearby the hotel, you can take breakfast in different places each day ;)
Also, there is a great kitchen with tables at Casa Sarandi and fully equipped, so you can cook if you want to.

PS: when you are there, ask Karen about her band called "Trelew". She sings in the band, and it is beautiful. Folk music mixing uruguayan, argentinian and welsh melodies and rhythms.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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CasaSarandi, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Eduardo and Debora, it was so great to meet you! Thanks for the lovely review and it was our pleasure to help you out with your enquiries, particularly about the vineyards - we actually learned a lot ourselves, so no problem at all! We were also delighted to read your other reviews of the places we had recommended for you to visit and to see that Bouza was your best dining experience ever! Wow! And thanks for the plug for Karen's music ;) Keep in touch -- Karen and Sergio

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I travelled to Montevideo on my own, spent a few days at Casa Sarandi and had a great time. Casa Sarandi is in a great location close to the main centre of Montevideo and the old city (Cuidad Vieja) which has great eateries and interesting buildings and history. The rooms are great and the Casa is well set out with all you could possibly need for your stay.

Karen the host was wonderful and helpful from the first point of contact. Karen has great knowledge of Uruguay and made me feel very welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, felt safe and would certainly recommend Casa Sarandi to future travellers!

Room Tip: La Sirena is the pick of rooms in my opinion......
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled solo
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CasaSarandi, Owner at Casa Sarandi Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Loreley, we appreciate your comments and kind words. When you get your B&B started in Mexico be sure to let us know! We definitely intend to be guests! All the best with the rest of your travels, Karen and Sergio.

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Address: Buenos Aires 558, Montevideo 11007, Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Montevideo Department > Montevideo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Montevideo
Price Range: $92 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Sarandi Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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