The essentials for any conflict and disappointment are suppositions and exspectations. A nicely decorated internetsite adds to this. We were not so disappointed because we always try to experience a hotel as it is, with its niceties and discomforts, and then we decide if we will ever come back. Here we will certainly come back. And we will recommend it. Of course, at breakfast, the responsable young personel is not up to certain standards, so beware, but they do serve eg. the Brazilians what théy like the way they like it. We had room 112, booked with Expedia, an ordinary but nicely decorated room, the linear way Uruguayans like it in Punta del Este.The beds slept fine. The TV and the remote worked. There was enough warm water to take 2 showers at least. Everything in the bath- and bedroom was clean and working - in how many hotels have I been that it was nót the case... The people at the reception were as Uruguayans are: they look serious, but áre very helpfull, if they can help it. If. Often, they are bound by (stupid little) regulations and instructions, to avoid or undermine possible corruption. At night, there is an extra guard that really does what he must do if necessary. The streets are nót unsafe, but tourists should always adapt, dress, act and behave by melding in, in stead of standing out. Montevideo is not NewYork. It is what it is, and much nicer and safer than Buenos Aires, for instance, and even in that city, we didn't attract any attention or agression. But you should avoid certain situations that locals of Montevideo do avoid too. They complain and complain, but they don't know about the infernal situation in Washington DC or Brussels. Thus, the hotel is well situated, in the midst of the peninsula and all the shops. We ate out, 5 blocks away, and we enjoyed early mornings, noons, sunset and dark much. Thanks to the nice people that live there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Esplendor Hotel Montevideo is located in the heart of the recently inaugurated Barrio Literario. The property was residence of important historical characters, such as Julio Cortazar who wrote “The Condemned Door” inspired by a room of the old hotel.The old building was completely refurbished to achieve this beautiful boutique hotel, keeping the distinctive facade of the old lodging but remodeling the interior to offer comfort, relax and a unique experience of design and innovation.Esplendor Hotel Montevideo offers, among many conveniences, indoor pool, spa, two meeting rooms and the old Cervantes Theater completely remodeled to be used as ballroom while keeping its ancient splendor. ... more less
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