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“Lovely Spot” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Posada Aldila

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Posada Aldila
Ranked #3 of 11 Punta Ballena B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
57 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Lovely Spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2011

I have stayed in this hotel twice. This is a lovely hotel in a great location. The staff is friendly, and the breakfast is great. Portezuelo is my favorite beach in Uruguay and is far better than Punta del Este in my opinion. I have read some of the other reviews, and agree that sometimes it is difficult to reach the hotel by phone. I always speak in Spanish with them, so I am not sure of their English skills. Additionally, the rates in January and February are +300/night, which is very expensive.

In the off season, however, this hotel runs about $135 a night, which is a great price for the spot. Additionally, when you are there off season, you virtually have the place to yourself, are a five minute walk from the beach, a five minute drive from Casapueblo, and a 10 minute drive from Punta del Este.

I would definitely stay here again but when the rates go down.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2011

I wish I had read the last 2 reviews before I left and not after. I had been really looking forward to the stay (had heard good things about thus place from friends who stayed here in 2008). They didn't have an active website. Making a reservation was tough because had to call by phone-- email response was slow. Then it took 2 wks to find someone who spoke English who could make the reservation. The place was very run down, pool was drained, and the place wasn't even half full. Was very welcomed upon arrival, but learned that there was only one person who spoke English and he was there for 1-2 hrs every day. Tried to arrange transport to punta del este. Hotel staff unable to help--had to do it on our own. I tried my best broken Spanish to communicate with staff to get room cleaned, and other small requests. One of the staff, a woman, got angry at me for bothering her. She yelled at me, then would rudely ignore me the rest if the time. I felt that we had to figure everything out; that there was no functional concierge service. Staff, as mentioned, were unbelievably rude. After 3 days, we demanded to cut our 6 day reservation (suddenly an English speaking person came immediately to get us to change our minds). Went to AWA boutique hotel in Punta del Este where actually were treated great and had a vacation. Can't forgive the treatment at Posada Aldila. Even some Spanish speaking tourists told us that they weren't treated much better. Don't know how this place declined so much, but it truly was a disaster. Didn't save money to come to this beautiful part of the world to be treated so badly!

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nosfdc
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2011

This hotel does not cater to English speaking tourists. Terrible even with reservations. Unfriendly staff, rude. Please do yourselves a favor and don't stay here!

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Marvelouis
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2010

Me and my friends tried to stay in this hotel for a vacation in Punta del Este. We tried over wks to make a reservation--couldn't find anyone who could speak Englsih. Had to call because the website did not work, and we got no response by email. Once we made a reservation, we didn't get confirmation, though we requested and were assured that the reservation was secure. When we got there, there was no record of the reservation. The hotel was booked and we were denied any rooms. Luckily, we were able to find rooms at the far superior La Bluette. The level of disrespect and poor service is inexcusable. Don't make the mistake we did. Don't waste your time.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Tonygmd
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2010

Typically a "posada" is considered to be a small, family-runned establishment with home-cooked meals. Posada Aldila offers this but it takes service delivery to a whole new level with its delicious contiental breakfast, that includes crossants, scones and freshly squeeze organe juice, and super friendly staff that is willing to help you in any way they can: from lending you uruguayan pesos until you find a bank machine to suggesting lovely restaurants and excustions you can do even on a rainy day. It ideal location just two blocks from the beach, give you the option of running along the beach (highly recommneded during the sunset hour!) or simply relaxing by their pool to enjoy their breathtaking view of Punta Ballena. Clearly, this 12 room property resembles more a sofisticated "boutique hotel" than just a typical posada, paricularly given their enviromentally-friendly approach to re-cyclig water and use of biodegratable shampoos and detergents. Congratualtions for being so visionary and for caring so much about the mother nature that surrounds your peaceful and very beautiful posada! Also thank you for the delicious "parrillada" (photo attached).

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank FlorenciaZulberti
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Laguna Beach, California
Level Contributor
45 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2009

Beware, this B&B is not located in Punta del Este. If you want to be in the heart of things, or within walking distance of town center then this is not the place for you. This place is about a 10-minute drive to PDE. However, if you want to be outside of the crowd and be 5-minutes (walking) from a beautiful but quieter beach, then this may be an option. This place is small (about 6 rooms), so it is quiet. This place would probably be best for couples who want to spend a relaxing and quiet time together. Grounds are well maintained. Bed is comfortable, but the pillows weren't, and there was a 'not quite so fresh' feel to the pillow.
For photos: http://thelittleyaris.blogspot.com/2009/12/aldila-bed-breakfast.html

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank TravFiend
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BC
Level Contributor
33 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2009

I have to say that we were disappointed with this place. The pictures of this place looked great but when we got there the pool was under construction. No one let us know this and it didn't look like the beautiful grounds we were expecting. Pedro was very apologetic though and gave us a discount on our rooms, which were very nice and clean. Having said that, they definately had some water issues. We were there for 3 nights and every day at least once or twice we had to let them know there was no water in the room. If we did have water, the pressure was so bad it took forever to get the soap out of your hair. I think this would be a wonderful place to stay if everything was working properly. So my advice would be to ask the questions when you book and maybe follow up just before you go to make sure. I probably would not go back to this place because of the many issues we had but I do think it has potential to be a great place.

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Posada Aldila
Address: Km 120, Rinconada Alta | Punta del Este, Punta Ballena, Maldonado 1005, Uruguay
Region: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Maldonado > Punta Ballena
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Punta Ballena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Posada Aldila 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Posada Aldila is located at Punta del Este, Uruguay. It offers air-conditioned rooms, all of which have Internet connection, cable TV, and mini-bar. Some of its amenities include heated outdoor pool, massage booths and sauna, and beach service. Posada Aldila is near the beach, golf camp, airport, and city center. ... more   less 
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Posada Aldila Punta Del Este
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