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 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!
I enjoyed a Deluxe room with water views along the Ramblas. The room was comfortable and the staff consistently went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and memmoriable. We were there over July 4th and received a thoughtful note commemorating the event, friendship between Uruguay and the US along with delicious cookies decorated with the US and Uruguay flags. Lovely thought and gesture.
Spa was beautiful with a nice array of services.
1921 Restaurant was phenomenal. Highly recommend the Capelletti with herbed goat cheese and a garlic emullision .
The casino supports gambling in USD and UYU and we won!!
My only complaint was that water temperature in the shower went from steaming hot to cold and back all the time which was annoying. My preference would be to have the toilette room next to the bathroom sink instead of down the hall near the entrance to the hotel room but that may just be my US sensibilities talking.
Highly recommend this hotel it is beautiful.
Stayed nearby and just visited the elegant propery and the Casino! The property itself is a building with very ornate exterior. Decorated very nicely the interior is warm and functional. The Casino has a very balanced selection of games.
After checking in with one of the best services experienced, arriving to the balcony suite overviewing the Rio de la Plata, I felt like an expresso. I ordered it room service and it arrived as if it was being prepared next room, almost immediately and excellent taste and arome. The breakfast buffet has best quality food. A must place to stay at when in Montevideo.