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“Super location close to a beautiful beach, & great value for money!”
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Villa de Mar Hotel
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Villa de Mar Hotel
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in La Barra
Oslo
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5 reviews
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“Super location close to a beautiful beach, & great value for money!”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

A very cosy family-run hotel, with a fantastic location one minute walk from a beautiful beach.
From our hotel room we could see the ocean, and had a nice view of the sunset colours - even without a sea view room.

The staff was extremely nice and helpful, and were patient with all our requests - they even loan out sunscreen 70 to sunburnt guests (note: the sun is REALLY strong in the Punta del Este area, as we found out firsthand...). They also lend out beach chairs/lounges and beach towels (free of charge) to hotel guests.

Before deciding on where to stay we were not so sure where "La Barra" was, but it turned to be a very good choice - much better than Punta del Este when not a teenager.. Nice restaurants and a few bars, and very classy beaches and people. And also it´s a relatively short distance to visit the famous Bikini Beach (not so sure why it´s famous, the La Barra beach was much better) and also to José Ignacio where the rich & beautiful hang out and where there are several excellent restaurants.

If we go back, we would definitely choose this hotel again! We have been staying at a lot of the big chain hotels in Argentina (i.e. Sheraton) and it was really nice for a change to have the cosy and familiar atmosphere that this hotel provided - it felt like staying at somebody´s home.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 December 2011

This small, quiet hotel is located in the heart of bustling La Barra. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Rooms are very basic but you're paying for your proximity to the beach and nightlife which are all steps away.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Zürich
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

Location is great for La Barra as it is very central. It is a one-minute-walk to the bars, restaurants and even to the beach. It is also very quiet. But we did not sleep well as the beds were terrible. They had plastic under the sheets which made sleeping noisy and uncomfortable. The hotel was also not very clean. Breakfast was ok. And staff was more or less friendly.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Orange County, California
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

We stayed here for two nights between Christmas and New Year, and would overall say that the location is great (just two minutes walk from the beach) and the staff friendly and helpful.

However, the rooms are basic for the price they charged. Yes, yes it was peak season in Punta del Este but one would expect the room to at least have air conditioning and more than two small sleeping pillows. The bed is not the most comfortable either.

They provided a tasty breakfast in our room rate but there's no restaurant on the premises. Not an issue though given the hotel's convenient location just next to the main street in La Barra.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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buenos aires
2 reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2010

The location of this hotel is outstanding--right on beach and in the middle of la barra. Other than that, everything went downhill. The room was outdated and not too clean. The owners, Daniel and Alicia are much too young to be managing a hotel and do not know the first thing about service. They charged us $75 for checking out a couple hours after check out WHEN WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE STAYING IN THE HOTEL! Even worse, they did not accept credit cards and made us walk a half mile to the nearest ATM! Absolutely unheard of and would never go back to this hotel again.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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vancouver
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Reviewed 11 January 2010

We found this hotel randomly and we were so glad we did. We extended our stay in punta del este and stayed here for 1 week it was so good!!! Andrew, the owner/manager, was an excellent resource and he took care of all of our needs, he spoke english which helped too. The location is 1 minute from the beach and 1 minute from the hottest nightlife and restaurant spots in la barra, cant really ask for much more, quiet at night...rooms were clean...service and location is the difference and pretty reasonable rates during high season...ill be back next year! thank you!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 January 2009

My first visit to Punta Del Este, I stayed at a couple hotels until I found this little gem in La Barra. The staff was courteous, friendly, and spoke a little English. The price was reasonable and the rooms were fairly sized and clean.

Check it out if you want to stay in La Barra near the action!

  • Liked — great location friendly people
  • Disliked — price could have been a bit lower, but it is La Barra which is super expensive
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Villa de Mar Hotel

Property: Villa de Mar Hotel
Address: Las estrellas y el Mar | La barra, La Barra, Maldonado 20000, Uruguay
Region: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Maldonado > La Barra
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 11 Hotels in La Barra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa de Mar Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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