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Hotel Naturista El Refugio
Ranked #2 of 11 Punta Ballena B&B and Inns
Saint John, Canada
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“Excellent Stay”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

We stayed here February of last year. If you want a spot that is unique and provides an authentic experience this is it. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Rooms were great. This is a very peaceful spot and close to the beach.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ricardo R, Propietario at Hotel Naturista El Refugio, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Thanks for your good comments, it will be a pleasure to welcome back to you at El Refugio.
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Long Beach, California
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

As you can tell, we liked it a lot although we were able to stay only one night. We arrived early in the day and much to our delight, the Winter weather turned HOT. As a result, we were able to enjoy the clothing optional beach which is within a few minutes walking distance. El Refugio is
clean, simple and a delightful place to relax. It's within easy driving distance of Punta del Este. The owners are personable and take great care and pride in providing whatever is needed. We would recommend it highly to our family and friends should they travel to the Chihuahua area in Uruguay.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ricardo R, Propietario at Hotel Naturista El Refugio, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you very much for your generous review. We hope you can return soon.
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Ricardo Rodal
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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Reviewed 28 February 2012

We booked knowing the beach was very close to one of Uruguay's few "clothes optional" and "gay friendly" beaches. We weren't prepared, however, to be among nudists at the Posada itself. Our fault. The rooms are clean, spacious, but have no air-conditioning, which we believed at $110 a night, should be included. Our four-day stay included three terribly hot and sleepless nights even with the room's door wide open. There is a ceiling fan. The corner rooms (see pictures below) have window panes on both sides making them more illuminated. The breakfast was simple, containing no fruit, but a good selection of home-baked breads. Very small orange juices. The pool is smallish but spot-less. It's size is reasonable for a splash. The owners are courteous. Maybe they would have been friendlier if we had been in the nude. We weren't.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ricardo R, Propietario at Hotel Naturista El Refugio, responded to this review, 19 March 2012
Thanks for your opinion.
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Paris
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

I spent a few days last february at " Posada el Refugio" in Chihuahua Beach , had a nice relaxing time there ,Marcela and Ricardo did everything to please my stay ,in a relaxing friendly and informal atmosphere ; room was simple ,with fan and bathroom ,spotless , no televion ( this i appreciated ) , perhaps a safety box would be good in the room ,above all if you travel alone; i had dinner there and once lunch ,prepared on the moment ,and the food was quite nice ( best :marcela's pizza ) , they also booked the bus back to Montevideo for me and took me to the bus stop , very friendly people in a quiet nice seaside surrounding

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Ricardo R, Propietario at Hotel Naturista El Refugio, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
We appreciate the criticism, we now have a safe box for guests in the bedroom.
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Property: Hotel Naturista El Refugio
Address: Avenida Las Amarras y El Gratil | Chihuahua (Km 115,5 de la ruta 10, interbalnearia) / Punta Ballena / Maldonado, Punta Ballena, Maldonado 20004, Uruguay (Formerly El Refugio)
Region: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Maldonado > Punta Ballena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Ballena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Naturista El Refugio 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A different place to relax clothing optional hearing only the sound of wind and sea, waking up with the singing of the birds just 15 minutes from Punta del Este Coming from Montevideo, after crossing the Arroyo del Potrero in km.115,5, 800 mts., the seaward Interbalnearia and in a natural forest close to the ocean in Playa naturist Chihuahua. ... more   less 
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El Refugio Hotel Punta Ballena
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