Where Not to Stay

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If you want to experience an authentic beach holiday in Punta del Este, it makes no sense to stay at the Vegas-esque Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino, which looms large over Punta’s congested downtown. “Avoid the Conrad hotel altogether! Too big, too bling!” says Marcela Moreira, a London-based business consultant who hails from Uruguay and spends every New Years in Punta. Massive by local standards, the hotel has nearly 300 guest rooms plus a concert hall and convention facilities. The clientele isn’t particularly chic, and while the hotel has such modern amenities as a gym and spa, it seriously lacks the charm and intimacy of some of the posadas in less crowded villages further up the coast. The Conrad’s Website says it’s located “across the street from La Mansa Beach,” but that “street” is actually Punta’s main highway! If you’re bored on a rainy day and feel like gambling, or if a major music act like Shakira or Bob Dylan is performing there, then by all means stop by for some entertainment, but stay elsewhere, especially during high season.

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Punta del Este Uruguay

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Where Not to Stay