fascinating hotel. good rooms but bathrooms are dated. great views of ocean. given the rambling nature of the hotel, i strongly suggest that would-be guests check out the fire escape routes just in case...
service is reserved to cold and hostile. the wait staff in the restaurant get kudos for actually smiling and engaging guests. as is the case in much of south america, staff members seem to resent having to serve. compared with equivalent trophy hotels in europe, the us and east asia, therefore, guests will find their requests not always treated with the respect and courtesy that you might expect.
the restaurant has limited menu options but these are solid if unimaginative.
unless you have your own transport, you will be staying at the hotel. everything else is a us$30 cab (one way) ride away in punta del este. buses are two kilometers away and not the best option in terms of timing and frequency.