My fiance and I stayed here in March of 2012 (whoops...a little delayed on the review!). We absolutely loved our stay. This is a great time to visit Punta as the weather is still warm but most of the tourists have gone home for the winter. We also got a great rate - about $120 USD per night. The owner, Hugo, makes the visit worth it even outside of the great hotel! He is gregarious, funny, and speaks great English if that's a necessity for you. He made restaurant reservations for us nightly and would hand-draw maps to each place. His recommendations were great, and as travelers who had never before visited PdE, he helped make our trip a memorable one.
The hotel is located in La Barra, outside of Punta proper. We found this area extremely enjoyable, with small restaurants and shops. The hotel is also right across from a great, and fairly private, beach. You probably need a car as it's quite a long walk from everything. If you want to be right in the middle of the action, I'd look elsewhere. If you want a quiet place to retreat after a long day, this is a perfect spot.
The hotel is beautiful, very boutique-y and comfortable. It is an old converted mansion house and still very much feels like a home rather than a hotel. However, I wouldn't stay here if you expect tons of modern conveniences or a chain hotel. A couple who checked in on our second day promptly left after discovering that there weren't TVs and phones in the room. With that said...if you come to Punta to watch TV or talk on the phone, you probably shouldn't stay here anyway! The room smelled slightly damp (not unusual, we found, for older Uruguayan hotels by the beach). But it was beautifully appointed, the bed comfortable, and the bathroom extremely spacious with a romantic large shower. It was perfect for an intimate and enjoyable couple's getaway. If you're looking for white walls and standard amenities, go to one of the mega-hotels in town. If you want charm and relaxation, please stay here! You won't be disappointed.
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- Also Known As:
- La Bluette Hotel
- La Bluette Punta Del Este
- Hotel La Bluette Uruguay/La Barra