For Colonia del Sacramento and Uruguay in general, this place deserves an average rating. If I were reviewing a hotel in North America, I'd give this place a poor rating. Truth is, the hotel business in this country is nowhere close to where it should be. Uruguay is a model for the rest of South America, at least in terms of crime, security and health, as well as low government corruption. If you look at the top five rated hotels in Colonia on Trip Advisor, all of them, in my opinion, are overpriced at US$ 100-125 per night on average.
Here's what I can share specifically about my stay at the Real Colonia.
Great outdoor lap pool with amazing view of the river
Decent breakfast - included in the room rate
Very good sound proofing (walls and windows)
Great water pressure and lots of hot water
My room was not as clean as it should have been
A/C unit blows right onto your bed - a common issue in hotel rooms here in Uruguay
Their free wifi internet is awkward and keeps logging you on and off - really annoying
Room furniture really cheap - the desk was a large a painted sheet of plywood!!!
In a nutshell: there are three things that really matter to me in a hotel - 1- staff; 2- cleanliness; and 3- internet connection. This place gets an average mark on all three - but, as I already said, Uruguay is a strange tourist land, and I guess there are a lot of worse places to stay at in Colonia.
My pet peeve is lack of cleanliness, and I wasn't able to find a place to stay in Uruguay that was up to my standards in that regard (and I stayed at three different properties here). People don't seem to know how to clean toilets where I've stayed - and, if you have a shower curtain in the bathroom, please, please, think about cleaning it now and again or (better yet) replacing it after a while.
The icing on the cake? The morning I left, I asked the man at reception to call a cab for me to get me to the bus station (a 15-minute walk or a 3-4 minute drive from the hotel). The car that showed up was not identified as a taxi, had no meter inside, and the driver charged me a flat rate of 120 pesos (about 5-6 USD). I paid 129 pesos for a cab to get me from the Montevideo Tres Cruces Bus Terminal to my hotel in Ciudad Vieja (a 15-20 minute drive), and under 100 pesos for a cab from Pocitos to Tres Cruces (a 10-15 minute drive). Guess I got taken to the cleaners by their front desk attendant. Not the best way to say goodbye to your customers.
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- Also Known As:
- Real Colonia Hotel & Suites Uruguay/Colonia Del Sacramento