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
Excellent hotel housed in a 1920 architectonic jewel overlooking the Rio de la Plata. Beautiful spacious rooms with luxury bedding, great restaurant and casino, and most importantly, excellent service!! I highly recommend this hotel
really nice staff, from the desk/concierge till restaurant.... all staff members are fantastic...
quality of the food and drinks are outstanding... nice Hotel area!
needs improvement on cleaning services...
As I needed some rest during the Carnival break, I planned a four-day stay at the Sofitel Carrasco well in advance. I could not have chosen a better and safer place to stay. Even though the hotel was almost fully booked, there were no crowds anywhere...and from my deluxe room with a view to the hotel facilities, there seems to be nothing to complain about, except for the real need for some modern world gadgets such as a better and bigger HDTV and an Illy or Nespresso in-room coffeemaker as in most other Sofitel hotels. But, without a shadow of doubt, the hotel history, architecture, premises and attentive staff made my stay a memorable one. I would like to thank Rodrigo, from the reception\concierge desk, in particular, for his warm welcome, highest level of professionalism and kindness who did everything to please me at all times as of the moment I arrived at the hotel. He even provided me a short tour around the hotel facilities so as I could learn more about the premises and the history behind them. So, although a slight facelift in the accomodations and a few more modern items as mentioned before are needed, the hotel definitely surprised me for its grandeur and great staff...Maintanence is quite effcient and breakfast is ok if included in your rate, which, by the way, tends to be reasonably fair if booked well in advance. In short, this hotel is not only highly recommended, but it is also by far the best place to stay in MVD. The location is another relevant issue. Restaurants, a supermarket, shops are nearby and spending some time at the gourgeous water fountain square behind the hotel facing the casino, watching life going by, is also a must-do!
What a terrific hotel this was. Spacious rooms, an impressive and truly relaxing spa with a great indoor pool, whats not to love! Was a bit skeptical choosing a hotel outside the center of Montevideo but what a great surprise the location was. Right on the ocean in the midst of the Carrasco "downtown" area which is just a wonderful place. Uruguay is a great country and this hotel is the best place to stay in it!
We enjoyed breakfast dining and use of extensive pool, exercise and spa facilities at the hotel. We were also happy with easy access to excellent restaurants nearby, and used taxis to tour the old city, parks, museums and the waterfront market.