For the past three years, I have been going to the Sheraton Four Points on Ejido, right downtown Montevideo, after going to Hotel Continental on Paraguay for twenty years, since 1991, when it was recently built. That hotel had the very best suite in Montevideo a few years ago, all by itself on the penthouse (14th floor) with nobody else around, containing two rooms (a big bedroom with a round Jacuzzi for two persons that no longer worked since the late 1990s and a small living room) separated by a small bathroom, each room opening towards the East, over a big terrace, which is not the case of Sheraton's suites. I could see Plaza Cagancha and the port from the terrace of my usual “Suite Continental”. The bedroom also had another window and door opening towards the West on another terrace and I could see the buildings around Plaza Fabini.
But as time passed by, I witnessed the decay of Hotel Continental and, when the high rate fever hit them in November 2011, I eventually ceased going there because, if I could tolerate the numerous problems and decadence of the building at a discounted rate (noise, low water pressure, useless Jacuzzi, funny odors from time to time, famished cable with a handful of stations, elevators often broken, etc., etc.), it was no longer acceptable at $100 + a day as they pretend to charge now that the inflation fever hit their brain cells...
Therefore, I am now going to this Sheraton on Ejido because it is also right in the center, at a walking distance from everywhere (for me at least, but if you are the kind of tourist renting a Segway rather than walking a few blocks on Miami Beach, forget what I just said!), while the other Sheraton, in Punta Carretas, needs constant transportation to go anywhere, whether by bus or by taxi.
But bear in mind that Montevideo is not Fort Pierce, so don't expect to see an iron with an iron board in the closet as I have always seen in Choice Hotels' Clarion, Comfort, Quality or Sleep Inns for $50 or $60 with buffet breakfast.
Don't expect either to find a coffee pot or, even less, a microwave, not remotely, not even at the Sheraton, as you will find in a simple Quality Inn at $50 or Comfort Suites at $60 a night with breakfast buffet included!
On the other hand, this Sheraton does NOT offer French TV 5 MONDE channel that cheaper Klee offers around the corner, or free Wi-Fi, for which you outrageously have to pay by the hour!
Of the 347 hotels where I have been in the past thirty years according to the “Hotels” folder in my PDA, this is, by far, the most expensive one of all and one of the only three where Wi-Fi is NOT free. The other two are a cheap Motel 6 in Los Angeles (LAX) where I only paid $50.39 plus tax on June 7 and 8, 2011 for a King size room as big as Ejido’s 902 (but without the luxury, obviously!), where they charge a reasonable three dollars for 24 hours of Wi-Fi and the Comfort LHR where I only paid 8,000 points for a Choice Hotels award night, where they charge an outrageous $5 for half an hour!
This being said, I have already tried several rooms at this Sheraton Ejido location. My favorite was number 908, with two queen beds, facing west with a remarkable wide open view because it is over the low Mercado de la Abundancia. Unfortunately, at this market there is a tango academy and every weekend they play music for the whole neighborhood until very late. Last time I got it, I couldn't sleep until 3 in the morning.
Then I had room 902, also with 2 queen beds but facing the east, next to my favorite one: suite 901. There you only have the street noise because this high end hotel does NOT have double glass on windows, which my cheap Lux hotel in Paris does!
Sheraton suites ending in 01 are 62 square meters and have two big rooms separated by two bathrooms: one with a small narrow Jacuzzi bathtub (ideal for a slim kid under ten, a painful experience for a slim adult, an impossible dream for average Americans...) and a hand wash sink, plus another one with a second sink, toilet, bidet and two showers, one US type, fixed shower on the left wall and another one on the right with a fixed over head shower and two other ones lower on the wall for a horizontal spray. It also has a telephone behind the door for hyper busy businessmen who must keep taking care of business even when they are sitting on the throne...
The bedroom has a king bed with a big night stand on each side, a clock radio on one and a telephone on the other one, a nice bench at the foot of the bed, a nice desk with a comfortable executive chair, a comfortable club chair, a valet for your jacket, a luggage rack and an LCD 32 inch TV fixed to the wall that does not swivel. Last but not least, plenty of light, day and night, because it has several lamps and a huge window from wall to wall over Ejido Street with a nice, wide open view towards the east.
As for the living room, on your right as you enter, it contains two comfortable club chairs, a round table with four armrest chairs where four people can eat, plus a three person couch, another LCD TV similar to the one in the bedroom and a bar with a small frig under the counter. It also has a radio-cassette in a big furniture between both club chairs, another small round table at one corner with a third telephone and a low square table in front of the sofa where you can put your cocktail snacks while watching TV.
Unfortunately, this living room has no outside opening, unlike my old "Suite Continental" on Calle Paraguay and it opens over the inside patio of the hotel. Your view is therefore limited to the different hallways and the three elevators. People can also see everything going on in the living room, whether from the glass elevators or from the hallways if you open the curtains.
My favorite suite is 901 because I always like to be as high as possible BUT you must be aware that there are two treadmills right above the living room, in the gym club. If you are lucky and there are only light, skinny young girls running on them, you will only hear a discrete "bing, bing, bing" in the living room. But if there is a busload of heavyweight champions training for the New York Marathon, you will hear a continuous "BANG, BANG, BANG" that could last forever and will be heard loud and clear even from the bedroom, which might be very disturbing for delicate souls in search of peace and silence! So if you are one of those, try a lower floor like 6th or 7th.
Until last year, I paid with the "cash and points" system, which is my favorite option. However, during my last three stays, in 2011 and 2012, they no longer offered this possibility and I had to pay either with my AE SPG credit card, or with points only.
I paid 10,000 points for three nights without breakfast (extra $16 per day) in May 2012; that was 3,000 points for Friday and Saturday plus 4,000 for Sunday, just as in December 2011.
Considering that the very best hotel program ever, (Choice Hotels) charges 8,000 points minimum for an award night (among others, at Clarion Las Vegas, Comfort Hayes (LHR) by London Heathrow airport or Quality Suites Paris Tolbiac), paying only three or four thousand points at this Sheraton is a real bargain! And forget about Best Western, where the cheapest award night I have ever found is 16,000 points!
If you don't have enough points, you will have to pay around $200 per night, which is a good price compared to other hotels in Montevideo, where the recent invasion of Brazilians have pushed the rates to the roof, just like the German invasion in Miami Beach fifteen or twenty years ago pushed $40 rooms with a few roaches here and there to more than $150 right away!
During my November 2011 trip (long Thanksgiving weekend at FIU), I saw several "suites" in other hotels around this area. Besides the one at Hotel Klee which I already described in my review (please see it right here, in Trip Advisor), I also saw the "suites" at the Balmoral, a four star hotel on Plaza Cagancha. Just as the Klee, what they call "suite" is in fact a big room with a seating space, nothing in comparison with the real suites at the Sheraton Ejido. Their price? It was then $161, while I was paying $165 for a real suite with a huge breakfast at Four Points because I paid for a king size room and had a free upgrade as a member of the SPG program. I also saw two "suites" at Hotel Lafayette (also a four stars) November 25, 2011. The first one, at $200, was just a big room with a couple of club chairs. The second one, at $309 (yes, three hundred nine!), was bigger, with a sliding door to separate the bedroom from the "living room"!
Finally, I also saw four stars Hotel Embajador's "suites" on San José Street, a few blocks from Sheraton Ejido: like in all other places, it was just a big room with a table, a couch and a couple of chairs. In May 2012, they were asking $212 a day for it.
Maybe you understand now why I say that this is the best value for money if you need a REAL spacious dark and bright suite in Montevideo!
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