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Punta Del Este Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in La Barra
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Jackson, Wyoming
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175 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Best hotel option in La Barra / Punta del Este”
Reviewed 26 December 2013

First, some advice about the Punta del Este/La Barra/Jose Ignacio area in general. It is super expensive, so be prepared, and don't go if you aren't prepared to spend 2 to 3 times for food and hotels as you would at upscale Caribbean resorts. To put it in perspective, St. Barts is often cheaper than this area, and St Barts offers much better hotels and restaurants.
That said, Mantra Resort is very nice, with an accommodating staff, nice lobby bar (service slow here), well-appointed rooms (we stayed in a one bedroom suite with a large veranda, super nice), best pool area in Punta del Este, excellent gym with indoor pool, good spa, and a separate beach club that rocks in season. Be aware that the hotel is not on the beach, and not really that close, it's a long walk, or short car ride. And for sure, you MUST rent a car for a trip to this area, and to this hotel, or you won't be able to enjoy getting around. Taxis are not convenient and very expensive. One of the bell staff proved to be a great guy, and gave us many good recommendations for restaurants, including Lo de Tere, which was the best seafood we ate in Punta...but also try Lo de Charlie for lunch. If you don't speak Spanish you can get by, but you'll learn a lot more and get more inside info if you can speak Spanish. USD are accepted everywhere, as are AR pesos and Brazilian Reales, so you don't have to exchange anything for local currency unless you want to (you will receive change in local currency when paying in foreign currency). Does help to have some small Uruguay currency for toll roads if you drive up north to La Paloma or La Pedrera or Punta Diablo. This is a great drive, beautiful ocean scenery, old lighthouses, and you can spend the day at various white sand beaches plus have lunch along the way.
So Mantra is a good base, very nice, but you're paying top dollar, what you would pay in St. Barts, or more, for an experience that is less than that.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are really glad to know that you had an enjoyable stay at Mantra.

For your convenience, we have a complimentary shuttle service to the beach (in the summer) and also to the town center.

We hope you will return to Mantra in the near future as we are always improving and upgrading our facilities and experiences for our guests.

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spas
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Connecticut
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2013

La Mantra is an attractive hotel, a bit off the main drag in La Barra. You will want a car if you stay here, as it's too far to walk to anything but maybe the beach itself.

We came off season around American Thanksgiving time, and occupancy was light. It was odd not to be able to get change at the front desk when we checked in to tip the bellman, but we were told we had to go to the casino for that, not a convenient or welcoming side trip.

They do allow smoking in the rooms, although ours was not smoky. Rooms are nicely appointed and the pool and gym areas are very nice.

It's a good upper middle class sort of place. Not hugely special or memorable, but a nice place and very competently run. .

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 1 August 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at Mantra in November and really grateful for your feedback.

We have a complimentary transfer to the beach (in high season) and also to the town center which can be used.

Also we are continuously creating new experiences and improving our facilities for our guests so we hope you will be back again soon to enjoy our services again.

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2013 via mobile

The resort is nice enough but the over the top prices do not match the level of the hotel or service. One lesson learned - you really must rent a car when staying or else you could find yourself paying $100 round trip in taxi fees to go somewhe 15 minutes away.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank ericalev
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are sorry that you did not feel completely satisfied with your stay at Mantra.

Since your visit we have invested in staff training and recruitment. We also have many offer throughout the year. We are sure that you will be very happy with the level of customer service should you decide to return to Mantra in the future.

Also, we offer complimentary shuttle services to the beach (in the summer) and to the town, for your convenience.

We hope that you will consider returning to Mantra on your next trip to Punta Del Este.

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spa
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2013

This is a beautiful hotel with a lovely spa. Good room service, nice pool, front desk staff nice ans helpful. A nice chap on the door who gets taxis for you very quickly. But a usd 30 taxi ride away from the 'main' punta beach but I think the niceness of the hotel makes it worth it.

Room Tip: I had a room looking onto the pool, nice
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your review.

We are really glad to learn that you had a wonderful stay at Mantra and we hope you will return soon.

For your convenience, we have a complimentary shuttle service to the beach in the summer and throughout the year a shuttle to the town center also. We hope you will take advantage of this service on your next stay!

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spa
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Sao Paulo, SP
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108 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2013

We spent 7 dayn at Mantra, and it was a very nice experience (quite pricey though). Service was very good, but the hotel should try to become a little more modern, with a better wifi service, or more computers available to the guests. But considering prrice performance, it was certainly one of the top hotels in the region. SPA is excellent there

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank CarlosMeloBrasil
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are really glad to know that you had a lovely stay at our hotel.

The hotel has been redecorated and refurbished in some areas and we are always improving our facilities. We hope you will return soon and experience the difference. We have some great offers throughout the year so please feel free to check back with us.

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spa
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2012

This property is amazing and the amenities are top notch. The linen sheets were something that I will never forget. However, the service here was a little off the mark. I figured because we were on Uruguay that it was a challenge, but for the price, they need to step up. The beach was fantastic. And the pool was one of the best in the world.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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3 Thank jsaintly
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay at Mantra Resort and Spa!

We are sorry to learn, however, that you felt that the service was not satisfactory when you visited. Staff training and recruitment has since been a priority area of investment for us and we are sure you will have a wonderful experience on your next visit.

We hope to see you again soon!

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spa
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Ocean, New Jersey
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43 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Beautiful resort, nice casino and spa, comfortable bed and beautiful rooms. Staff is very polite and friendly but service around the pool take a long time to serve you and at the beach you have to go at the bar, because they don't have servers around the guests! Pez Negro is my favorite sushi restaurant now. It belongs to Mantra property and is right in front of the beach! Beautiful place, adorable girls serving tables, nice view and elegant tables displayed around the restaurant. I really enjoyed lunch there.

Room Tip: Every room has double windows so it dons bother the nosy from the pool.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Gerencia G, Quality and Audit Department at Punta Del Este Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review.

We are happy to know you had a lovely stay but are sorry to learn that you felt the service was not satisfactory for the pool service.

We have since invested in staff training and recruitment and hope you will return to Mantra to experience the warm and attentive staff members who would be delighted to meet you!

Warm regards,
Quality and Audit Department
Mantra Resort and Spa
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Property: Punta Del Este Resort & Spa
Address: Ruta 10 Parada 48 Av Jaureguiberry y Ante Milat, La Barra, Maldonado 20001, Uruguay (Formerly Mantra Punta del Este)
Region: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Maldonado > La Barra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in La Barra
#1 Spa Hotel in La Barra
#4 Romantic Hotel in La Barra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Punta Del Este Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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Also Known As:
Mantra Resort Spa And Casino
Mantra Hotel La Barra
Mantra Hotel Punta Del Este
Mantra Resort Punta Del Este
Punta Del Este Resort & Spa Uruguay/La Barra

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