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Esturion de Montoya
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    Reviewed 25 March 2008

    As part of a month-long stay in Argentina, we opted to spend a week at this property located in a seaside village called La Barra, 15 minutes from Punta del Este. We booked it as part of a timeshare exchange through RCI.

    The Esturion bills itself as 'a deluxe resort' and is in fact in a wonderful location on a very beautiful beach. However the resort is anything but deluxe and bears no resemblance to the standards described on its website. Our initial impression was of a neglected run down property: one that might hold some appeal for young families on a budget, who aren't too worried about comfort and plan to spend very little time in the room. After checking in, the first room they gave us was totally unacceptable. Drapes were filthy, flooring cracked, furniture badly stained and it overlooked the main coastal highway. After requesting a change we found the replacement room was only marginally better than the first: that is not quite so dirty and run down, however the TV and air conditioning were not working and incredibly we were located below ground, with a view of some sort of embankment. Returning to the front desk, we reminded the clerk that we were staying for a week and that he had told us on check-in that the property was only 50 percent full as this was the end of the season. Surely they had something a little better? This time they placed us in a larger, newer suite in the building housing the front desk. While still a much lower standard than we had expected, we thought this was probably all we could expect so we should just try to make the best of it. In spite of pretty basic twin beds and a few lurking cockroaches, we managed to hold out for four nights before cutting our losses and heading back to Buenos Aires.

    Just a word of warning to those thinking about visiting Punta Del Este in March. The season is almost over and boy do the clouds come in. It rained every day, offering us only brief opportunities to sprint to the pool and relax before having to rush back to the room. Restaurants outside Punta simply shut down. In La Barra, nothing was open except the little supermarket which meant we we had to drive into Punta to eat. This was very hard on people stuck at the resort with small children. After the incredible food and accommodation in Argentina, all at almost embarassingly cheap prices, the food in Punta del Este, a reported 'playground' for wealthy South Americans, is ridiculously expensive and terrible quality. When we asked why, locals said the prices were high because the season is short. Even factoring that in, the food was universally horrible and overpriced. ($20 for 6 nasty pieces of California roll.) We both got sick after an indifferent, extremely expensive seafood lunch in downtown Punta.

    If you are planning to visit Uruguay as part of a trip to Argentina I heartily recommend that you skip pretentious Punta del Este in favour of a day trip by Buquebus to Colonia, where you can get a real flavour for the country.

    • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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    1  Thank Vickio
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    Reviewed 5 March 2007

    We got a Junior Garden Suite which was not cheap and when we got to the room it was dirsy, bathroom fixtures were peeling and there was no bath plug (The shower cap wrapped in the sing plug worked though having failed to get one from reception for two days on the trot!) That said they did "try" and clean the room more thourougly after complaints.

    The Jacussi was dirty and the overall feel of the place was of a tacky 3 star hotel. I am sure if we had had anie room with a view things would not have looked so bad and I am sure other families enWe got a Junior Garden Suite which was not cheap and when we got to the room it was dirty, bathroom fixtures were peeling and there was no bath plug (The shower cap wrapped in the sing plug worked though having failed to get one from reception for two days on the trot!) That said they did "try" and clean the room more thoroughly after complaints.

    We also had a friend come and stay and they charged $50 dollars to stay in our Junior suite which meant she had the pull out bed UNDER the sofa, so not only did she get a crap bed for $50 we lost our junior suit facilities – And the suite was the only place with room – The bedroom was tiny with a decent bed but only one bedside table as there was no room on the other side for one!

    The Jacuzzi was dirty and the overall feel of the place was of a tacky 3 star hotel. I am sure if we had had a room with a view things might not have looked so bad and I am sure other families enjoyed the place.

    The breakfast was comprehensive but poor, they tried to hard with nothing really coming off and again the tables and area were dirty unless you were first in and then it was acceptable (We were the day we left but no other day)

    The town has some good places to eat and drink and the local buss costs a $1 to get to the main town where the beach front is nicer, bars are busier and restaurants abound.

    No going back to this hotel, not at the rip or prices they charge - I'd search for a better recommendation.
    oyed the place.

    The breakfast was comprehensive but poor, they tried to hard with nothing really coming off and again the tables and area were dirty unless you were first in and then it was acceptable (We were the day we left but no other day)

    The town has some good places to eat and drink and the local buss costs a $1 to get to the main town where the beach front is nicer, bars are busier and restautrants abound.

    No going back to this hotel, not at the rip or prices they charge - I'd search for a better recommendation.

    Stayed: February 2007
    Thank AngusJ
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    Reviewed 8 July 2016
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    • Stayed: August 2015, travelled on business
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    Reviewed 24 July 2015
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    • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 31 May 2015
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    Stayed: January 2015, travelled with family
    This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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