We arrived right before sunset. With the hotel having no address and not having been provided any sort of directions though we had emailed with the hotel several times, we assumed Punta del Diablo was quite petite, and it would be no problem finding the hotel. We were mistaken. We must have asked 12-14 locals where the hotel was, and not a single one had heard of it. They all were very kind and directed us toward the section of the pueblo called Viuda but this was only of slight help. We began to question whether this place still existed. We finally asked a couple if we could enter their home & use their phone. After considerable difficulty, we reached someone with the hotel who questioned why we weren't consulting a map. This was a bit comical since a map would have done us minimal good not having street names/address. The hotel eventually sent us a taxi to the couple's home, and paid for it--they were not going to, but as i ruffled through my wallet for the appropriate $, the mgr handled it. The A/C in the rm is hidden behind a grill, and there was no remote. We thus assumed there was no A/C and opened the sliding glass door (window didn't open). We were assaulted by mosquitoes all night. The next morning we saw the A/C, and requested a remote. It works fine. We couldn't figure out how to work the flat-screen TV, which anyhow seems completely out of place in a punta del diablo hotel. I reckon a flat-screen plasma tv helps justify what i found to be really high prices ($220 normal price listed on website). We were the only hotel guests, and were offered a substantial discount--50% off this rate. I don't think the hotel is worth more than what we paid; in fact, i find even that amt to be high for what you receive. There were spider webs in the bathroom and a fair # of insects. One morning the staff turned the water off for 3 hrs, so we were unable to shower when we wanted-there was no forewarning. When there was water, the shower was hot w/ good pressure. The balconies are the best part--large and face the sea. I caution you against being overly inebriated on them as you might tumble off--yes, YOU, especially! (there are wires in lieu of a railing). The decor is very feminine--i felt as though I were in a 16 year-old girl's bedroom--this was kind of nostalgic, but also slightly weird. My companion and I both found the bkfst to be rather good, esp El Pan de Walter (not the coffee though, which at least 1 of the days was instant)--we from the USA seem to have lower bkfst standards at hotels than europeans/latin americans. Also, there's a small pool which we did not use, but ought to have. There are fridges in the rooms, and the hotel sells beer/Uruguayan wine. It's about a 15-20 min walk from the hotel to the "center" of Punta del D. After our arrival, the staff was friendly and accommodating, assisting us w/ directions and procuring a taxi. Walter is a very funny chap. I would give this place a 2.5. Make sure to get directions to the hotel, esp. if you're coming by bus, but it might behoove you to do so even if traveling in a car.
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