Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
What We Love
- Old World opulence in the grand, marble-lined lobby; vintage chic in the striking Thays Bar
- Serene indoor/outdoor swimming pool, and amethyst exfoliation treatments in the smartly designed SoSpa
- Crème brûlée for breakfast and other French-inspired indulgences at the elegant 1921 restaurant
What To Know
- Though close to the airport, the hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from Montevideo's historic center and ferry harbor
- Growing pains: Sofitel has taken over a hotel that was closed for years, so expect a few minor issues in design and service
- Guestrooms are fairly standard — not as remarkable as the grand public spaces
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
French-Uruguayan glamour. The grandeur of a landmark 1930s beachfront resort with a contemporary Parisian twist. Picture romantic turrets, soaring marble columns, stately archways, glittering chandeliers and ornate stained glass ceiling panels mixed with minimalist sofas and striking design objects with a sense of humor — such as a pair of life-size horse statues topped with lamps that light the way from the lobby to the elevators, giving a playful wink to the region’s more bucolic past.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms and suites, done up in a sophisticated palette of crisp white and chocolate-brown, are a little less lavish than you’d expect after walking through the lobby. Which isn’t to say they’re lacking in luxury; you’ll find all the standard Sofitel amenities. The huge walk-in rain showers, stocked with Hermès bath products, are a particular highlight. And the boxy hotel room format doesn’t apply here; thanks to the contours of the building, most guestrooms have unusual layouts, curving walls and antique window frames.
Located in the hotel’s original entryway, at the foot of a pair of antique staircases, Thays Bar – which features towering columns, striking black and white tile floors, and a circular bar centerpiece — is perhaps the hotel’s most memorable space. A formal menu of French classics and Uruguayan wines is served nearby in the historic 1921 restaurant, as is an extravagant breakfast buffet, complete with petits fours, crepes and a “chariot de fromage” (cheese cart). Downstairs, spa treatment rooms surround the grotto-like indoor swimming pool at SoSpa; on the other side of a glass wall the larger part of the pool extends outside, surrounded in warmer weather by inviting chaise longues.
In the Area
The hotel is located just across the street from the Rio de la Plata, which is called a river but looks and feels more like the ocean. Join the locals for a stroll or a cycle along the gorgeous beachfront promenade that parallels the coast road called La Rambla. Take a taxi to the Ciudad Vieja (Old City) and have a traditional Uruguayan lunch at one of the parrillas (steakhouses) inside the Mercado del Puerto, which dates from 1868. Then head to boutique winery Bodega Bouza to taste Tannat, Uruguay’s delicious but little-known red wine.
How to Get There
I stay at this hotel everytime business takes me to Montevideo. There are certainly other choices but the hotel, staff, food, services, and simply a beautiful place, can't beat this hotel. I recommend it without any reservations.
A beautiful renovated property right across from the beach with terrific views. The rooms are large and well appointed with every detail taken into account (even international adapters for power). The view from the rooms looking out over the beach are amazing. A nice little balcony made it a wonderful addition.
The staff are super helpful and friendly and attend to your every need. You'll find the customer service to beyond reproach at all times. Breakfast is a feast with lots of fresh baked breads, fruits and any omelet or waffle etc you could possibly want.
Expect to be treated kindly and helped at every interaction as they are just beyond perfect in their service.
What a perfect place to start my South American adventure proper. Hotel arranged a car and the driver was waiting for me at arrivals.
Very nice guy and no problem to stop off at the bank on the way to the hotel.
The welcome at the hotel was 1st class, Sebastian greeting me at the car taking my bags and putting a bottle of Sofitel Water in my hand.
Check in was by Martin, most professional dealt with although normal procedure of passport, credit card etc and informed me I had been upgraded, I do love my loyalty card !
The duty manager came to say hello, gave me a brief synopsis of the hotel and then Sebastian took me up to my suite !
A lovely room practically laid out, plenty of luxurious touches and 2 balconies over the River Plate.
Now I was a bit disappointed that the French windows only open a short way, however the next day when the wind whipped up and I could barely hold them when i tried to open them I was most relieved they were fixed.
Lounge area was well presented with a sofa and dining area and big flat screen TV. Bedroom had a huge King Sized bed with another flat screen opposite.
Dividing Panels meant the bedroom could be open plan or completely private.
Bathroom was everything to expect from Sofitel, expensive smellies from Hermes and a bath tube big enough for 2. With a walk in wet room big enough for a football team ( well 5 a side team ) and a separate toilet. The wash facilities were more than taken care of.
I went to explore the hotel, on the ground floor is a Sofitel Spa, not one for treatments so I can’t comment a but a beautiful pool to relax in. Not a pool for lengths but great place to chill and unwind.
The pool itself is both indoor and outdoor, so you can swim out to the garden ( seasonal ) where there are plenty of sun loungers and a food truck !! Well a Sofitel Food Truck.
Room service was prompt and the Caesar Salad I ordered was not quite the best I have ever had ( came very close ) However it was classic. I am not a fan when a chef tries to re invent the Caesar salad. Washed down with a glass of Uruguayan Sauvignon Blanc made a very good meal.
Complimentary water and chocolate arrived every night with the bed being turned down.
Breakfast was top of the tree 5 star Hotel ( see videos and pictures ) With a special mention for the Charcuterie certainly the finest I have ever eaten at breakfast and some of the finest I have eaten.
The service in the restaurant like the rest of hotel was exemplary. As an ex waiter it pleases me so much to see waiting staff both knowledgeable, smart, efficient and most importantly happy.
Every member of the team said hello, checked on my needs from the Maitre ‘ d who introduced himself in French and after our mutual Ca va offered to converse in at least half a dozen languages.
Now the hotel is called Sofitel C****** Hotel and Casino and the casino can be entered from the Hotel lots of flashing lights and all the tables, it is a fairly sized casino more Hippodrome than Les Ambassedeurs but certainly not an un pleasant place. However it was my only niggle about the hotel and if everything else had not been so wonderful it would of actually annoyed me. The Hotel Cocktail bar is in the Casino and there is not another one in the Hotel exclusive for the hotel guest. So my Sunday night aperitif was shared with the Urugyuan Bingo crowd !!
To me if the hotel had a small chic cocktail bar it would be right up there with some of the finest Hotels I have stayed in.
That aside I will certainly be returning and heartily recommend and if they build the bar I’ll probably move in.
As I travel, I try to stay in the great hotels of that country. This is the grand dam of Uruguay. Built in 1921, and completely remodeled around 2012, this is a joy to see and stay.
Yes, there are newer hotels in Montevideo, but this is the charm and beauty of days gone buy. Mikaela in the restaurant was a joy as a server and made the meal delightful. Ask for her when you have dinner in the grand ballroom. You will be treated to the best.
Guillermo Jackson a great wine expert runs the restaurants. He introduced me to the Tannat grape of Uruguay. A really nice wine choice to be paired with beef, which is the pride of Uruguay!
Rooms are up to date, and the hotel is right across from the beach. All the elements for a nice stay.
If you come this way, this is the great hotel for you. I must say that this country has been a joy and a delightful surprise, I suggest you give it a try!
The hotel is beautiful in a great location. Excellent restaurants within walking distance. If you do not have to stay downtown, this is the location and hotel to stay. All the staff were great, but a special thank you to Romina at checkin and checkout (I felt like she was a family member always making sure everything was ok). The Mgr. Juan Martin Pena, excellent!!!!! He made great recommendations for restaurants and he and Romina personally made sure we were properly taken care of. I have stayed at Four Seasons, St. Regis’ and Ritz Carltons — the Service at the Sofitel was superior to all of them.