I don't agree with or understand the three previous reviews below. Did they stay at a different hotel than we did? Our family (parents with 3 twenty-somethings) just spent 2 nights here last week, Feb. 1 & 2, 2012, with 2 Uruguayan friends, during a trip through their beautiful, friendly country. Our US travel agent suggested it because every hotel on the Punta del Este peninsula is super-expensive---and this is a relative bargain, about $200. a night per room. We loved relaxing at Hotel del Lago after visiting beaches and eating out in Punta del Este with its crowds. You can still easily drive to the ocean beaches, 10 minutes away, or hotel shuttle can take you. Minutes from local airport. Fabulous location.
If Hotel del Lago isn't a 5 star resort, it should be. Could be a great destination resort for Americans now, given current exchange rate and seasons. I can't say enough good things about it: our rooms were beautiful, spotless, completely modern and upscale in furnishings, linens, luxurious bathroom, new TVs, mini-bar. You could see the hotel is well built, and is being well maintained (not always the case). Even our less expensive rooms had beautiful golf course views instead of lake views (lake is largest in area, and no motorboats allowed, kayaks for rent from hotel). All rooms quiet and restful with big balconies with screen doors---nice touch. Acres of beautiful grounds with evergreens and flowers. Biggest golf course in country, tons of clay tennis courts (they have Davis cup matches). We all loved relaxing around the big pool with swim-up bar. Other guests (only 75 rooms) mainly Uruguayan families with very well behaved children. The sandy beach out front on the lake has shallow water, would be perfect for small children, also exceptionally nice staffed indoor/outdoor play area, and hotel offers evening babysitting. Huge free hot and cold breakfast buffet included, in dining room and terrace. Added bonus--hotel is like a museum: halls are lined with paintings and sculptures by contemporary Uruguayan artists! All hotel personnel very friendly to us, always a clerk who spoke English well, and other employees were eager to practice their English with us.
Remember you're in another country, and their guest, and not everyone is going to speak perfect English or rush through every transaction as quickly we do at home. But isn't it nice to get away from that sometimes?
- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Punta Del Este
- Barcelo Del Lago
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A true art gallery, Hotel del Lago Golf & Art Resort is located next to a willow lagoon and beautiful golf courses. Part of The Chic Collection hotels & resorts group, Hotel del Lago has 10 tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool with wet bar and waterfall, heated pool, recreational areas and spa treatments. ... more less
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