We had some initial difficulties with arrival here, as the owner sent me an email regarding a change of plans for the pickup of the keys, by email at mid-day on the day of our arrival. Unfortunately we were already on the bus to Punta and neither myself nor my wife had an Uruguayan sim-card for our phones. This meant that I didn't receive the email, and we spent over an hour on the street outside the apartment with our two young daughters until we were able to sort out a local simcard, contact the owner, and get let in. Fortunately it wasn't too late in the evening, and Punta is pretty chilled out and safe.
Also note that there are no sheets or towels provided - this is not particularly clearly stated in the English description and I managed to miss it (i.e. the description says "equipped with blankets, bedding, dishes and appliances. (Carry only the sheets and towels)"; when it would be clearer to say "equipped with blankets... but you will need to bring your own sheets and towels"). So we had to go out and buy sheets at the supermarket that evening, which is mostly my fault but it wasn't the best arrival. There are a couple of other aspects of the description which are not the most accurate, e.g. the "modern elevator" is more 60s style (it's not fully automatic), and it is 5 or 6 blocks to Playa Brava - not three.
All that aside, after our inital arrival we very much enjoyed our stay in Punta del Este. The apartment is very close to the port (which is very pretty and where you can often see sea lions) and to lots of the restaurants. It's also very close to the supermarket, and there is an ATM and a bakery downstairs. It's also on the main shopping street if that's your thing. Both of the main beaches and the bus station are within walking distance (about 15 minutes).
The apartment was clean with sufficient space and good natural light, and pretty quiet. The stove was good, and cooking utensils were basic but adequate - it was really good being able to cook rather than eat out all the time. Gustavo (el portero) was very friendly and helpful. Wi-fi worked very well.
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