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
A grand imposing granite building dating back to about 1912 with views over the brown waters of the river Plate estuary. Great service and well appointed rooms. As is typical with french design, the aesthetics slightly overcomes function especially when I comes to plumbing, but the bed was excellent and it was very quiet. The food... oh the food! Better than excellent.
The Sofitel is located in a great neighborhood in Montevideo - Carrasco.
The building is an antique in itself: grand, beautifully restored, the property takes you back to the times when hotels were grand (and people probably dressed up for dinner).
Common areas are exquisitely (and sometimes exotically) decored - vitrals and lighting play a big part. But there aren´t many common areas where you can sit down and read a book - this was a bit of a disappointment in a building so beautiful and grand.
Our room, on the other side, was a bit bland and worn out - there were cracks on the walls, bedside lamps with apparent wiring - not a great impression.
The bathroom is windowless and therefore very dark - not a great design.
Service, however, is just perfect - everything we needed was promptly and courteously provided. Breakfast is absolutely great - there are so many options it is hard to choose what to eat.
(be sure to pre-pay it when booking, because the onsite price is ridiculously high)
Behind the hotel you will find nice restaurants, local stores, and nice cafés - with a neighborly feel.
What a wonderful place to stay!! I was hesitant to stay at the Sofitel given it's located a bit out of the center of town but the location on the beach in Carrasco proved to be perfect. Grand old building has been restored beautifully from top to bottom. Had a problem with construction noise in the city view room (they are renovating the plaza on the back side of the hotel, will be beautiful once done) and the staff did not hesitate to upgrade me to an ocean view room. Both rooms were big and beautiful with the consistently awesome Sofitel bed. Lanvin products in the bathroom a nice touch, only complaint is bathroom is a not super private, door is slatted and sink wall in shower area is partially open to room, all of which is not a big deal. Spectacular indoor pool, (unfortunately outdoor pool was closed for my stay in June) and spa was great and well-priced services. The casino was very clean and a nice selection of games. Great shops and restaurants just behind the hotel in downtown Carrasco, which has a very Hamptons vibe (Make sure to get a Chivito at Bar Arocena!!!!).
Truly a pleasure, coming back to Montevideo ASAP to do it again!!
A beautiful hotel which is nicely located. The spa facilities are great and the nice view from the rooms, good level of service and the feeling of safety makes you feel comfortable far away from home. The food is quite good. Perfect choice for a business trip.
Lovely stay at Sofitel with excellent service.
Room was clean with plenty of bottled water and a nice view of Ramblas. Bed was super comfortable.
There is only one restaurant in the hotel and a bar in the casino. We had cocktails in the restaurant. Food was very good; service was excellent.
The front desk was exceptional, assisting with reservations. Geraldine made our visit extra special with a personal note and a sweet in our room.
Spa services were good though the locker room was a bit awkward. There was no soap nor towels in the showers. Otherwise there was a nice selection of services and beautiful pool area and sauna.
Area was nice with shopping and restaurants directly behind the hotel.
I would recommend!