Stayed here for 2 nights in November 2013 whilst on a trip from Australia. We had booked through the Casa Sarandi website and had good communication with Karen beforehand so everything was well-organised.
Unfortunately, the property is on a very busy street and we had issues finding it and then being able to stop somewhere close by and unload our luggage, so we ended up returning our hire car and then catching a taxi. It was all good after that.
Karen was waiting for us and helped us inside and gave us plenty of information about the casa and the local area.
The accomm is situated on the 3rd floor of the apartment building. There is a lift and stairs. The down side about the access when we were staying there was that there was all sorts of issues locking and unlocking doors and I felt this was a fire safety risk (as did one of the other guests who were staying there at the time). This was not Karen's fault though and she had been trying to make improvements to the system, but building management were not playing the game.
We stayed in the Mascara room and it was nicely decorated. Double bed, storage for clothes, and enough space to lay our bags out. There is air con and a ceiling fan.
The bathroom was small, but clean. There was a tiny outdoor patio, but probably not much use due to the traffic noise.
The windows were double-glazed but there was a great amount of street noise that could be heard all day and most of the night. The street below is a major route for buses. Bad for noise and crowds, but good for travelling around if confident enough.
Also in Casa Sarandi is a shared lounge and kitchen. There is a computer and wi-fi (but best reception was in the shared areas).
The place is within walking distance of shops, the theatre, the Rambla and the port.
Even though Karen and Sergio do not live on site, they kept a check on things and were able to answer any queries and the business is a credit to them. Good Tripadvisor rating well-deserved.
Karen also organised our transfer to the airport and we had been able to keep our bags there after checkout.
Even with the few minor points noted, I would stay here again, if I ever head back to Montevideo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Sarandi is a 1930s style art-deco guesthouse and loft in the heart of Montevideo's Old City - the Ciudad Vieja in Spanish. The guesthouse is a block from the Colonial Square and the Cathedral and two blocks from Uruguay's premier theatre, the Solis and from the rambla - a 25-km long promenade, great for biking and running. The owners Karen and Sergio have lived in Montevideo since 2000, love the city and the national music scene and will help make your stay unique with their daily recommendations -most of which are walking distance-- for things to do, places to go, the most unusual places to eat and drink and the most interesting music and culture Montevideo should be more famous for. Karen runs Guru'Guay, a much-visited website on Uruguay, and now author of a best-selling guidebook "The Guru'Guay Guide to Montevideo". The guest house is very intimate - just two guest rooms. Both rooms have hardwood floors, antique furnishings and original art. Besides your guest room and private bathroom, Casa Sarandi offers a cosy living room and a fully-equipped modern kitchen. ... more less
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