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“A LITTLE SEEDY”
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Hotel Plaza Fuerte
Ranked #63 of 87 Hotels in Montevideo
Maplewood, New Jersey
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A LITTLE SEEDY”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

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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Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Boutique hotel in the middle of the old town. Friendly reception who spoke English. Very helpful although I wouldn't take their tours they are much more expensive than taking the bus to for example Puente del Este or Colonia del Sacramento. The room was very clean and neat. Divided over 2 floors, they made a new floor into a room which has very high ceilings. The doors are majestically toll and give a grandeur feeling. A safe is available in the room (fits MacBook Pro) also a closed closet and plenty of bathroom amenities and the bathroom has a bidet as well. Shower but no bath. The bed is comfortable and the pillows are soft and hard to choose from. The AC was not on when I got to the room this needs to be done by yourself by using the remote. This also makes the room less scruffy (heat goes up I was on 4th floor = highest). However it works quite fast and the room was cool in no time. The windows are double glassed and no longer single glassing as some wrote before. It was very quite and I could sleep well. The hotel provides the breakfast on the 5th floor with a view of the old city area (nothing to spectacular) photo's can be made from either 2 balconies, freely accessible. The breakfast was not great but that didn't bother me, there were 2 cereals, 2 kinds of bread, 5 kinds of fruits and some cheese & ham. Many kinds of jams and dolce de leche. Coffee and tea (one kind no assortment). Breakfast ends promptly at 10am as the ladies start to clean up and take all the stuff away. One day the room was cleaned less good than the another day and no new towels were provided (I still had 2 spare towels so it was okay for me). The hotel is in walking distance of many sights of interest. I suggest doing MVD in a day and taking more time for PdE or CdS.
The hotel is close to the MVD harbor and BuqueBus (boat) transportation to go to BsAs and omni-buses companies Turil or COT to CdS (2h40m away from MVD) and PdE. The hotel reception was very friendly to print out my buquebus ticket for the ferry trip to BA. Be sure to be on time as the line for customs can be long. The waiting area is very bad which means you have to stand. The BuqueBus departed with 30min delay and nothing was announced. In the end we got there. Baggage pick up in BA went quite smooth compared to what others wrote.
The airport only provides one type of taxi that accepts CC. As I could not get money from the airport I was stuck to this service which is expensive about 1200 U$ (60US$) to the hotel. There are local busses from Turil which cost 118U$ (6US$) that's a much better option if you have pesos at hand. 2 of the 3 ATMs at the airport were out of order and the 3rd didn't accept MasterCard nor Maestro. It is extremely hard to get cash in the city most banks do not accept your cards even though the symbols suggest otherwise. I finally managed to get money at the HSBC Bank (in The Old Town) however had to pay an additional fee of 76U$ (3.80US$) on top of your issuing bank's fee. The bills I got were 500U$ so had to go to another bank to break them down as these are not much accepted due to most stores not having change back... They want to pay you back in small gifts... My advise get money before hand in your own country before you go. And request small notes up to 50/100U$ and some 500U$ notes for bus trips or boat fare. The locals are very happy with small notes and change.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on one of the higher floors, this is much quitter than down below.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Paris, France
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189 reviews
186 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Simply booked thru booking, 2 nights early february in a suite room, at an equivalent of 150 USD per night, inclusive of all taxes and sevice, as well as a good breakfast. This is a steal.

We like :
-Edge design, in a perfectly restored historical building. Wandering up and down the floors, walking on tiled corridors, under art deco cuppola, exploring the empty ballroom, go back in time with the elevator and sink into elegant retro bright red armchair. This elegant place exudes incredible charm.
-Our suite room 404 is on top floor, exposing on both MITRE and SARANDI, the main street that runs far far into the old town, towards the ocean. At that level, it is quite quiet and we experience no unbearable noise, either from outside, nor inside. Decoration is super modern and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom is gorgeous and you can expose yourself thru a glass-window into the room, when showering. Brilliant.
-Wifi anywhere and included. Or use their computer on second floor. Breakfast is selfserved on the terrace above and largely enough to start a day.
-Location is great as you can get anywhere pretty easily, with bars and restaurants plentiful all around

We did not like :
-nothing, may be a kettle ?

So :
Very good stay, faultless

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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220 reviews
87 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2013

A great hotel, one block from the Plaza Independencia, the main square in Montevideo, and on the main pedestrianized street running into the old quarter. Many restaurants nearby. Historic building with really neat original elevator. Our room was completely remodeled to upscale, super-modern style, with very comfortable beds, but the public areas retain their original elegance. From our balcony, you could see Palacio Salvo, one of the cities iconic buildings. Receptionists helpful and spoke decent English. A really fun place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Soller, Spain
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2013

On the positive side: great location, beautiful old building with some original features preserved.The mezzanine style of bedroom and bathroom upstairs is a fantastic idea and therefore the room is spacious. Huge floor to ceiling windows, and balcony to street. Two TV's (only one working) acceptable buffet breakfast, friendly and helpful reception staff. We paid internet booking price of U$60/day and that was ok value for money. On the downside: Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights are noisy with loud music further down the street. No double glazing on windows. Malfunctioning phone system rang at 6am or 11pm several days. Maintenance on room leaves a lot to be desired with marks on wall, flaking ceilings grubby and not opening properly. Bathroom tiles missing or cracked. Housemaid service not great - floor not vacuumed in 5 days, towels not always replaced. Furniture tired and needs replacing, marked (cigarette burn). In its heyday this might have been 4star, but now it's not. Management has taken their eye off the ball and their attention to detail is seriously lacking. It needs a serious remake to return to 4star.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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ste-julie
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

Rooms were small and old. room doors lock with keys and look like we can open them just with a kick. Carpet in the room is run down. Bathroom are dark. The street is really noisy. Far from the beach
On the good side: good service, good breakfast

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pasadena, California, USA
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90 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

Love staying in old buildings with lots of character. This hotel is near Plaza Independencia the center of the old city. We walked all over Montevideo from this hotel. The room was big enough for two people and had a balcony you could go out on. Our room was 406 and looking out the balcony we could see the Old City Gate and Plaza Independencia. The breakfast was simple but satisfying. It was served in a rooftop room with city views. It you have ambulation dificulties it would be difficult to get up to the rooftop room. There is a lift available for levels. I would stay here again if I were to visit Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: Hotel Plaza Fuerte
Address: Bartolome Mitre 1361, Montevideo 11008, Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Montevideo Department > Montevideo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #63 of 87 Hotels in Montevideo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Plaza Fuerte 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historical building complete reformed in 2008. 16 Suites with a modern style. ... more   less 
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