I just returned from a great trip to Casapueblo with my husband and 2 small children (22 months & 4 months). It truly is an incredible place and I highly recommend it as a great place to relax. You go there to bask in the sun and the great architecture. The rooms are simple, but clean, and had great architecture elements as well. I know many have complained about the staff but we had no problems. Someone at the front desk always spoke a little English and the staff was very friendly to the babies. You do need to speak enough Spanish to communicate at the restaurant. There is a hotel section and an apartment section of the hotel. I'm not sure exactly how it works and if the rates are better doing one rather than the other. This was a VERY quiet time of year for the hotel with few guests- which was great for us. They had a promotion 3 nights get one free- but it still was empty the 2nd week of December.
If you stay here- I highly recommend asking your taxi to stopat the supermercado about 2-3 kilometers on the way in. There is no shop or any opportunity to buy anything at the hotel. It is very isolated. Otherwise, pick up some wine, snacks at duty free at the airport. It would have been great to have this there. We only left the hotel one night to walk around Punta del Este and have dinner - so it was limited.
FOOD: The food was great. I know there have been some bad reviews- and I'm a tough critic as I live in NYC and expect a lot. Breakfast was simple- croissants, ham & cheese and toast but all were fresh and good. The menu was limited and after a few nights we had exhausted it - but everything we had was really great. On the lunch menu- the sandwiches all have ham- and are large in size and tasty. There are usually 2 sandwiches in each order so it can be shared. My son especially loved the grilled cheese & ham. The vasco frito (calamari) was very fresh and good as well. Sangria is very good. For entrees- there were 2 fish options- I don't remember the names but not the one grilled with lemon- was excellent. My husband enjoyed the steak as well. After going into town we realized the prices weren't awful. They were very nice when our son couldn't sit still and we'd pack up dinner and eat on our terrace.
Taxis to Punta del Este were about $25 each way. The hotel will call for you. We also used one of the housekeepers Laura and she was very sweet w/them when she saw them (they were sleeping when they got there). We did have a problem with the car the hotel called to take us to the airport- we should have confirmed the price when we got in- he ended up charging us double which was very irritating.
My older son LOVED climbing all of the stairs around the hotel- you should walk up and down both sides to see the amazing little nooks created on each floor.
The solarium pool was great as the pool was very warm. Bring beach towels- they charge $3 per towel per day which we had to pay a few days. There's a small gym as well.
There is wifi but only in the lobby which can be annoying. There is a computer with a minimal fee to use it.
As to the beach- I had read on tripadvisor that it was a leisurely 15 minute walk. You exit the hotel- walk to the right- go up stairs and look for the path. There is a set of TREACHEROUS stairs to walk down to the beach- they are very slippery. We just took a walk on the beach as it was a bit chilly.
This time of year is very quiet at the hotel. It was great for a family- I wouldn't recommend it for singles or someone wanting a nightlife- b/c there wasn't any. No one was ever at the restaurant- not sure where people ate. However, it was such a special place- I'd stay for one night just to have the experience. We really loved it!
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- Also Known As:
- Casapueblo Hotel Punta Del Este
- Casapueblo Uruguay
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