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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
we loved it - had a room facing the water, palm trees, and benches for people to relax and enjoy the view - right in the middle of the hotel, second floor - room 214. . we thought the rooms were beautiful. and the staff was the best - so helpful, kind, - just what we expected from the sofitel. the breakfast beffet was good - 4 1/2 stars, as was the night time dining - 4 1/2 stars. truly a beautiful hotel and we would go back in an instant if we could.definitely a 5 star hotel.
sofitel Carrasco note
Check in was nice and efficient and the Director of Sales Max Adoue came out to meet me and have a great conversation about the hotel and its history ,turning 100 years old next year.
Arriving in my beautiful well appointed suite I found a note from General Manager Luciano Fontana welcoming me to the hotel with a beautifully placed glass canister of scones. Nice touch.
Very nice Suite I reserved with a great view and lots of space.
I will go back now and relax in the tub with a bubble bath
gym in spa is nice but small. would hate to have 6 people in gym at once.
Eating dinner now at restaurant 1921 inside of the hotel and a basket of fresh warm bread just arrived with a side of creamed butter and olive oil, very pleasing.
now one of my servers has just presented me with a vise swa cold cup of soup. Nice for a cold cup of potato soup with leak.
Loving this bread... Now arriving my appetizer Soup, Spinach puree soup with one boiled egg and topped with blue cheese and fruit.
the egg is soft boiled as the yoke is liquid. Different but pleasing especially with fresh cracked black pepper.
onto my main course the Duo of prawns and scallops, mashed sweet peas, curry and vanilla emulsion.
pleasant tasting enough but not really filling and not Wowed. nice presentation.
Now the Destructured chocolate sphere, praline
hazelnut mousse and vanilla ice cream.
Taste ok, but would be better with Haggan daz and lindt milk chocolate.
Attentive serving staff rotating in and out with ease and good knowledge of the food.
I will wait for breakfast in the morning to see if I can be Wowed.
Morning has broken just like the Cat Steven's song, and it's a beautiful day. I had one of the best sleeps anywhere including my bed at home. The complete video is on sammysaid
I'm back in the 1921 restuarant for breakfast and my room has breakfast for two included and since I'm alone I will have one A La Carte and the other buffet.
The detox juice is weak and taste like green water with a sharp point. The anti aging juice is good and taste like a carrot and fresh vegetables juice.
This peach yogurt is very good and Is from the city of Carmelo Uruguay. I'll have yo visit Carmelo.
The hot chocolate is served with a pretty design of white milk
My server this morning is Daniela is one of the best servers I have had in any restaurant anywhere. Great personality and attention to detail.
Pancakes are great so now all is well and I have been Wowed!
The omelet is lite and tasty and once again I have been Wowed!
You know you have a great pancake when it's as good as cake warm or cold.
I will be returning to this hotel soon to see how spring and summer look and feel right on the beach in front of the hotel.
Sammy, "The Road Warrior"
This hotel is located out of the city (I think it’s in the “posh” area), about 40 minute drive from the ferry port (we had taken the ferry from Buenos Aires to Montevideo). The neighbourhood it’s in has lots of great food options so you don’t need to go into the city if you don’t want to. The hotel has a great view of the sea.
We went in September (so it was still winter there) which probably explained why it was so quiet. We had the spa to ourselves! It meant dinner was a bit strange - a huge posh restaurant where we were the only people there (we did eat early though, about 7:30, so maybe it livened up later).
It’s a really lovely hotel and it felt like a nice treat to stay there.