Colonia del Sacramento Journals

Colonia Eating and Sleeping

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A travel journal to Colonia del Sacramento by LenR

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Quote: Colonia is all very low-key but there are some nice historic places to stay in town and some more modern hotels outside the centre. Restaurants are not hard to find but the cuisine is generally unimaginative although the location and ambiance can be excellent.

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Starter Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Colonia food is very similar to what you find across the river in Buenos Aires. Beef is the most important feature of many menus but innovation and a sense of subtle flavour is sometimes lacking. If you are on a budget make lunch your main meal and take advantage of the lunch specials which are available. Many visitors only spend lunchtime in Colonia if they are on a day trip from Montevideo or Buenos Aires so restaurants cater for this trade and sometimes close at night.Breakfast is usually served up until around 10am and lunch from noon to 3pm. Most restaurants don’t open for dinner until 7pm and locals come in later. Breakfast for most locals is tea or coffee and some bread, jam and but...Read More

Restaurants on Plaza Armas

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Drugstore car Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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The Plaza de Armas is one of the more attractive places in Colonia and naturally it has attracted a number of restaurants. There is a row of them along one side of the Plaza. To compete, each has developed its own personality so most visitors will be able to find one which suits them. Here are three of them.El Drugstore (Vasconcellos 179, Tel: 25 241)The restaurant has a funky ambiance in keeping with the owners’ personality. Outside there are two antique cars which have been converted into dining spaces while inside it's filled with eclectic bits of artwork and other objects. The atmosphere seems to take precedence over the food for many diners here. Eating in one of the cars would ...Read More

Restaurants

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La Florida Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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Menu prices are rising in historic Colonia, and I don’t think they always represent good value. The best inexpensive meals can be found at the local restaurants outside the historic district where a chivito al pan, (the classic Uruguayo sandwich comprised of a thin steak, bacon, egg, cheese, tomato and lettuce), can be found for around US$5. Most visitors, however, will eat in the historic area so the following are some places with a good reputation. Note that most restaurants in Colonia seem to open and close on the whim of the proprietor so it pays to telephone before you go.Restaurant La Florida (Florida 215, Tel: 93 036) Here an antique-filled house has been transformed into a so...Read More

Out of Town Hotels

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Colony Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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These hotels become attractive if you plan to stay for more than one night and want to enjoy some relaxation time with your sightseeing.Colony Park Plaza Unique Hotel (Rambla de las Americas Tel: 052-26280)This is a relatively new, well-decorated and attractive place with a difference. The decoration style is hard to understand. There are beautiful art objects mixed with plastic flowers arrangements. The rooms were small, but atypical, which made it interesting. The walls in some instances seem thin because you can hear conversation from the adjoining room.The hotel is set on the edge of town so there is space around you and the views are nice. The hotel provides bicycles...Read More

Staying in Town

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Posada Plaza Mayor Photo, Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
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The Barrio Historico is the area of most interest to visitors so it makes sense to find accommodation in town. Fortunately there are a number of choices from luxury through to budget. The following are some suggestions in the upper end of the market.Radisson (Washington Barbot 283. Tel: 052-30460).As expected, the Radisson is a very solid, comfortable choice close to the historic sites. It's not in the middle of the shopping and restaurant area so you do need to walk a bit - not long, but the street uphill is unlit at night and the sidewalk is very uneven from tree roots. The hotel is chic and very modern, the infinity pool is clean and attractive and it was great to relax in and watch the...Read More