The best thing Hotel Plaza Fuerte has going for it is its location in the heart of the historic district of Montevideo. There's not a whole lot to see in Uruguay's main city, so we figured we might as well spend our two nights in the center of things. That proved to be a smart move as we were steps away from restaurants and cafes. As for the hotel itself - not horrible but I wouldn't stay here again. With it's interesting facade, it's old tiled floors, its high ceilings, and it's sweeping staircase from a lobby that is nothing more than a nondescript desk and a very cool old elevator, the hotel offers hints of its former grandeur. But along the way, someone had the bright idea to maximize the hotel's number of rooms by adding a second floor to each room. If it had been done well, this might have worked out fine. But it appears that everything was done on the cheap and, at least in our room, not finished well. You enter through massive doors left over from the hotel's past and find yourself in a small sitting room with a couch, closet and television that, in our room, only got two channels. The decor is part Austin Powers, part frat house. The room was scruffy, with marks on the walls, peeling plaster, and nasty stains on the couch. There was a staircase that led to the bedroom and bathroom upstairs. Since there was no space upstairs to put suitcases or to store clothes, I guess the idea is to leave everything downstairs, which isn't ideal for getting dressed. Another issue for some would be the stairs themselves. As I recall, part of the stairway was completely open. If you have a young child, are unsteady on your feet, or like to hit the local bars at night, this could be a hazard and I wouldn't stay here. The bedroom is small but big enough for a king bed, which was comfortable. The bathroom was a good size but again, some things were in a state of disrepair. The door handle to the bathroom was broken (my husband was able to fix it with a tool he had in his luggage) and the shower drain was broken. Our room looked out over the street. The first night we heard some noise from a nearby sidewalk bar; the next night it poured and people ran for cover, which improved our sleep considerably. Breakfast is served in a nice room on the second floor of the hotel. It was nothing special - just the usual suspects that we encountered on our three-week trip through Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
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- Historical building complete reformed in 2008. 16 Suites with a modern style. ... more less
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