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“Needs Work” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of NH Montevideo Columbia

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NH Montevideo Columbia
Ranked #37 of 85 Hotels in Montevideo
Washington DC
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75 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Needs Work”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2012

I stayed in Montevideo for four days in March. My major take away is that this is a nice, welcoming city in dire need of good hotels. I also suspect the lack of competition contributes to the relatively poor efforts at hotels that do exist. This one is well located across from the beach and a only a few blocks to the old city, which is quite charming in a colonial south america meets shabby-chic europe kind of way. Anyway, the hotel is in need of a major redo-- the lobby is cold (from a design standpoint) and the carpets in the halls are stained and smelly. The rooms are ok, but the mattresses are desperately in need of an upgrade. Service consistently overlooked things like leaving a breakfast room service menu in my room.

In terms of food, I highly recommend Il Panini, where I had a great Italian meal, and the restaurant attached to the Teatro Soldiz (name escapes me, but the theatre is a major landmark). And make a pilgrammage to the beautiful bookstore on the pedestrian street off Plaza Indepencia. All of these are about ten minutes a way.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

The breakfast is the hotel's best! The lobby and façade are clen, elegant and modern. The bedroom is spacious, well decorated and clean, and it accomodates another single bed. The bathroom is clean and spacious. The location isn't very good at night, because it's a little far from the restaurants and bars, and a little dark, but it's safe, easy and cheap to take a taxi to the other regions more vibrants. The price is good for the NH pattern. It´s a good option, with a good cost-benefit ratio.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank izabellamartins
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Buenos
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

Great hotel! Location is not the best, specially when dark. On the other hand there is a great view of the river. This NH has a lot to offer. Excellent breakfast. Beautiful rooms at great price (99usd per night double room). Absolutely recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bellingham, Washington
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81 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

We stayed one night at the NH Columbia Hotel in room #411 where we had a view of the roof of the back of our building and a street with old apartment buildings and a few businesses-- kind of a shame as the the hotel is located right on the Rambla along the river front--but for one night it served it's function. It was nice to walk along the river front and from the hotel it was a short but slightly uphill walk to Constitution Plaza and the Cathedral. To walk to the Market area was an additional 6 blocks or so. Montevideo does not seem to offer a lot for tourists and we found that our one day there was plenty of time to see what we needed.

And actually the room was rather unusual as it was really two rooms joined by a roomy foyer. One room had a king-size bed, two armchairs, a desk and a television. The other room contained two quite low twin beds, a closet, 2 counters, another television, and a minibar. The bathroom located off the foyer between the two rooms had a shower/tub combination. My only major complaint was the overuse of Febreeze or a similar spray product in the room and the hallway outside (we were on the non-smoking floor).

The lobby provided two free guest computers but the internet connection was extremely slow. The breakfast buffet was very good except for the few hot items. My husband noted the eggs were burnt and the "sausage" were just those canned Vienna style.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a river view.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank comcox
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United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

Pleasant enough reception and public areas at the hotel. We booked in at the restaurant, a table for 6. When we arrived they put us on a large round table set for 10 people, outside of the main restaurant, in spite of it the restaurant not being very busy all night. The waiting staff were inattentive in the extreme - not taking an order from the whole table. Our friend had to walk into the kitchens to find someone to place her order! When food did eventually arrive, our son had to wait 20 minutes for his meal. Needless to say we had all finished. There was not one word of apology. No manager was available but we were able to write our complaint in a book.
The rooms at this hotel did not have a 'clean' feel. Bed linen did not seem fresh and was not in good condition. To cap it all, Montevideo streets are awash with dog mess. Not much to recommend it really. Very surprised with hotel as NH are usually pretty reliable.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HazelJH
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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2011

Although the view of the Rio de la Plata is attractive, the hotel is located on a very bad part of the Ramblas; it would be acceptable for business people doing business at the Port Authority or the container port or the BuqueBus terminal, but otherwise it is far from everything interesting or attractive. There is almost no one walking around there, even in daylight hours.

The green areas close by are populated by vagrants sleeping in cardboard boxes, stray dogs and there are dog feces everywhere (grass, streets, sidewalks). The old city is behind the hotel, but not very attractive. The buildings could be charming IF they were renovated, but they have not been. The hotel rooms themselves are quite adequate and the housekeeping staff was very pleasant and accommodating.

Within 24 hours of leaving the hotel and paying our bills with credit cards, BOTH my companion and I had fictitious charges posted to our credit cards. This is just too coincidental and we are totally convinced that the credit card numbers were "lifted" at the hotel as neither of us used our cards for any other expenditure in Uruguay. Frankly, we found nothing else interesting enough to buy, except food and drink, which we paid for in cash. The day-tour packages we bought were also through the hotel. Too much coincidence!

Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
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52 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

While the rooms looking out to the Rio de la Plata have great views of the river, ours smelled of mold (coming form the a/c), one armchair was broken and the bedlinens might have been washed but still had stains. Overall, I would not recommend the hotel although I am aware that probably many hotels in Montevideo are worse than this one.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank frlcassandra
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Property: NH Montevideo Columbia
Address: Rambla Gran Bretana, 473, Montevideo 11000, Uruguay
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Region: Uruguay > Montevideo Department > Montevideo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Montevideo
#16 Romantic Hotel in Montevideo
#21 Family Hotel in Montevideo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — NH Montevideo Columbia 3.5*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amid the neo-classical and art deco structures of Montevideo's city center, riverside NH Montevideo Columbia beckons guests with its welcoming, contemporary appeal. ... more   less 
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