Located at in the Punta Carretas neighborhood in Montevideo, Uruguay, this hotel centrally located hotel boasts 207 guest rooms, nine one-bedroom suites, and aPresidential Suite.
What makes it Family Worthy?
The property is an excellent choice for families that need connecting rooms when traveling with several family members.
As with other hotels in the Sheraton chain, one child per family under the age of 12 can stay free of charge if they will be using beds that are already in the rooms. The Sheraton Montevideo is close to the city’s center, and a large mall that includes several fast food joints, a supermarket, and a drugstore, useful when traveling with kids.The Punta Carreras Mall also has a children play area and a movie theater in the case to entertain the kids.The local beach, less than five blocks away is family friendly with mild waves that even young children who can’t swim can negotiate.
Overall the décor veers toward neutral hues combined with darker accent pieces to enhance the property’s public spaces appearance.
Our Connecting Rooms
We stayed in Starwood Preferred Guest Rooms number 1817 and 1819 on the eighteenth floor. The rooms were identical in size and layout, but one had a king size bed while the other came with two double beds for our sons.Despite being located near the elevators, our rooms overlooking the Puente Carreras Mall ( a converted prison) remained peacefully quiet.
Both rooms had plenty of safety features. Our exterior door had an additional locking mechanism and the door that separated the connecting rooms came with a heavy duty lock.
The large closet in each room had plenty of hanging space and an in-room safe for storing electronic devices. Each room had a large flat screen television, a large chest of drawers, ample power sockets, and a work desk area. There were also two shelves that pulled out from the wall, which we used to store some of our suitcases and other luggage. The leather chairs placed beside the work desks were more comfortable than the usual wooden ones that are found in so many hotels.
The rooms boasted small sitting areas each compiled of a brown chaise with small, square pillow along with a footrest and a separate standing lamp.
Complimentary slippers, as well as phones and bed lights, were supplies in the nightstand areas.The temperature controls were also located on the wall and were quite easy to find.
We appreciated the fact that each room came its’ private doorbell and a do-not-disturb switch, which is an unusually helpful feature. This feature prevented housekeeping from unintentionally waking up guests in the early morning hours.
The bathroom facilities in our connecting rooms were decorated in neutral tan marble colors with contrasting black countertops and silver embellishments and included a tub shower combo and a bidet.
The towel racks in both bathrooms were placed rather high up on the far end of the shower, so guests will want to exercise caution as it is easy to drop the entire pile in the still-damp bathtub.
The amenity kit on the sink countertop included the usual shampoos, soaps, and conditioners.
A small mirror was likewise provided so that shaving or applying makeup is made easier for travelers. The area below the sink contained a rack to put hand towels on, which was a nice touch.
The Executive Level on the twenty-third floor was on the small side with views of the city’s coastline.The executive level served a hot breakfast that included made to order sunnyside-up fried eggs (my son’s favorite) and omelets.The ‘Happy Hour’ between 5pm-7pm included an assortment of pastries, cheeses and cold cut with area wines and champagne.
It was disappointing to see the lounge wasn’t open between ten AM and five PM at all, not even for water or sodas.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the hotel’s public areas along with free parking for travelers who arrive with their cars.For SPG Gold members, WiFi in the rooms is also free.
This Sheraton also has an indoor pool, two hot tubs, a beauty parlor and a state of the art gym for their guests to enjoy.’Las Carretas ‘ is the property’s restaurant that serves a breakfast buffet with international and local dishes worth trying.
The reception desk never closes, which makes it easy for those staying here to get any assistance they might require at all hours of day or night. Room service is similarly available around the clock. The hotel also has a concierge service so that guests can easily arrange for tours of the nearby area.
Autism Travel Tips
- Parents need to be aware the windows on high floors open so guests that plan to stay with special needs kids should ask the front desk ahead of time about any possible locks they can provide.
- Those staying here may want to bring along their skid-free shower mat if they need it, but the hotel tubs do have safety handles.
- There are also double curtains in the room that help block out any ambient light from the surrounding areas so that travelers who are light sensitive can still get plenty of sleep.
- Remember that this hotel, like many others in the South America, has rooms allocated for people who smoke.Non-smoking and feather -free rooms are available upon request, so make sure you reserve such accommodations in advance!
- We found the staff quite helpful and autism friendly: especially Sebastian at the front desk who made sure our rooms were feather-free and quiet.