A large group of us converged on the Cala di Volpe, beginning on 20 December 2011. This was the 'designated' hotel for out-of-town guests for a large wedding in Montevideo, that I was invited to attend. There were about 40 in our group staying here, as best I could tell. The location of the hotel is perfect, just across from the water and fronting the Rambla M. Ghandi, a seafront motorway. The lobby restaurant was perfectly nice, with an ample breakfast buffet included in the price (most breakfasts are included in South America) of a room. And, the rooms were nice. Nothing fancy (as implied in "Boutique hotel"!) nor luxurious, just simply comfortable. The pillows, as in other Southern Hemisphere hotels were lumpy and not that comfortable. Only the more expensive rooms have full-on sea views.
The front desk and staff in general were very nice, most spoke rudimentary or better English and were most helpful with regard to taxis, special services, etc.
O.K., now that I've recounted the positive things about this hotel, all of us did NOT have a good experience here. Why? The air conditioner was not working when most of us checked in and despite the hotel's concerted efforts, after 5 days, the air conditioned was still NOT working! This outtage occurred during the height of summer (Dec-Feb is summer, here) and it was hot and muggy, and all of us had to get dressed up for the various parties, rehearsal dinners and the wedding itself, in stifling heat!! Not fun, nor pretty!
I obtained only a 10% discount on my room rate, when I threatened to move to the Sheraton around the corner. (And I almost did, but wanted to stay with my friends and family.) I think they also gave me a free drink and dinner entree, for my inconvenience. Frankly, I just wanted the bloody air-conditioner to work. Sleeping with the window wide-open all night was crazy noisy, windy and wild.
So, just be sure the air-conditioner is working if you plan on staying at the Cala di Volpe. Other than our bad luck re the A/C, this hotel is well-located for the beach, shopping at Punta Carretas Mall, just one block away, and a 30 minute bus trip, via # 121 to the Ciudad Viejo. There are some good seafood restaurants along the sea front, and other good restaurants nearby, as well. A good location for those not wanting to be in the center of Montevideo.
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