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5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Posada del Faro

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La Posada del Faro
Ranked #1 of 8 Jose Ignacio B&B and Inns
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“a place to come back to time and time again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

Light years away from the 70’s high rises and flashiness of Punta del Este, yet only about a quick half hour by car, is Posada del Faro. This place has laid-back charm written all over it. It’s like you get to go hang out at your friend’s posh beach house. While it may not be the most fancy or luxurious hotel in the Jose Ignacio/Punta area, it certainly may be one of the most charming and cozy. The first thing that has to be said for it is location. If you come to Uruguay for the beach, this place is amazing. Right out the front door is a great stretch of beach on the calm side of the peninsula. If you can, get one of the upper level rooms and you will have an incredible ocean view. One thing that I loved about the rooms were the fireplaces, which came all set up with wood and pinecone starters, so with the flick of a match, anyone could have a fire going in no time. The staff is totally relaxed, and lets you have your included breakfast at any hour of the day, so if you party hard the night before, you can get up at 2pm if you want and call for your breakfast in bed.
There’s a ton of stuff to do in the Jose Ignacio area, such as surfing, kite surfing, horseback riding, and the hotel has nice Trek bikes that you can use for free. If you feel like lounging at the pool, the hotel library has tons of books, and piles and piles of magazines. In the summer the place will be packed out, so book way in advance.
For me winter was a great time to go…Jose Ignacio was dead, and I had amazing waves and the beaches literally all to myself, which was priceless. The place isn’t exactly the cheapest hotel you can find, but if you are worried about saving a few dollars, you probably should stay away from the Punta del Este area in general. All in all, I had a great time at this place, relaxed profoundly, and would definitely go back again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2011

A great location - with fantastic views and beaches.
But the Poasada del Faro seems like a hotel where the management have given up.
We stayed in this hotels 5 years ago and have just returned.
The rooms are now faded, the towels and linen old, the pool often dirty.. there seems to have been no maintenance since our last visit!
Its living on its past reputation, but there are now many other better places to stay in wondeful Jose Ignacio.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2011

Nice small hotel where great attention to detail is given. 150 meters from beach, just walking down the small side street. Quiet. Good quality breakfast though small portions (eggs are an extra $5). The hotel has a very small pool but given the close by ocean this is sufficient for some laps and to have a drink by the pool side bar. We stayed on the first floor and had some, though obstructed view of the ocean. Ground floor I suspect is a bit dark and no view. Jose Ignacio is small and everything is within walking distance. Not many restaurants around but very acceptable quality (no need to mention them, everybody knows all of them). In April swimming was not possible since both the weather and the water was too chilly.

The hotel is kind of cottage style which adds to the comfortable feeling. We stayed during off season and the rooms where still pricey though not exaggerated.

WiFi works perfectly well (several ports ensuring fast access !).

From Jose Ignacio you can drive to several other beaches that are within a good hours drive. Punta del Este is about one hour away.

  • Stayed April 2011
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sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2011

we stayed in this hotel on the recommendaiton of a good friend, and over our 3 nnight stay were constantly deligjhted with the decision to by-pass punta del este and head to jose ignacio. the hotel is only 15 rooms, opp the beach, great pool, fab if quirky decor, staff are absurdly helpoful, and the town of jose ignacio is heaven on a stick, esp the wine store and its fabulous proprietor. select one of the "special " rooms for views straight out to sea, and a lot more privacy than other rooms. the free push-bikes were always in use, and the brekky was a total treat every day (served after 9am only!!) simply fabulous!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Munich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2011

Jse Ignacio is quite unique. Put the Hamptons in a mixer with Sylt in Germany (for those who know that spot) and Camps Bay in South Africa. Add 30 degrees air temperature and 23 degrees for the sea. Just perfect.

The Posada is in walking distance to the sea. It is a restored old building, a quiet hotel with very few rooms. It has a hip chilled out atmosphere. The rooms have a rustic charme, they are clean & basic.
The garden and pool area are wonderful and a good alternative/ retreat to the beach (if that becomes more crowded)
You come to this place for atmosphere to spend the day at the Posada owned beach house, have lunch in neighbouring (breathtaking) La Huella and to go to bed early.

The common areas are really nice and just like a design style living room, I liked the library.

Pros:
- atmosphere, atmosphere & again atmosphere -> beautiful setting
- great responsive, friendly, discrete service
- NO TV (please never install one) or other distracting gadgets in the room
- bikes, deck chairs, umbrellas for free

Cons:
- the matrasses are either too soft or worn out, please check

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2010

This is an amazing place that is truly special. We had a wonderful time and the staff makes it that much more enjoyable! Santiago is a gracious host and made sure we were happy and satisfied at every turn. Thank you everyone at La Posada! We hope to return one day soon.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2010

We had more attention from the dogs than the almost non existant staff..

Would have appreciated being told, especially as we came with 2 smallish children (this they knew upfront), that there was no food available at the hotel & that out of season (even though we were charged 300 USD per night) there is basically nothing available at all in Jose Ignacio. On day one there was nobody around until 09:00....when after some 40 minutes some toast & fruit was rustled up......

Freebie bar with absolutely undrinkable wine - that's fine as long as there's a wine list & we can pay for a decent bottle, but no such luck. It was that or nothing.. & belive me nothing means nothing... no other local bar to fall back on.

We were lucky that La Huella beach restaurant was open on the weekend - but its a triffle boring to eat at the same place lunch & dinner every day.

Disapointing.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Property: La Posada del Faro
Address: Calle de la Bahia Esq. Timonel | Faro Jose Ignacio, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Jose Ignacio
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Jose Ignacio
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Hotel Class:4 star — La Posada del Faro 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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