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I live in Buenos Aires, but go to Colonia del Sacramento any time I can.
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Our group of 3 spent 2 nights in Martin's house in the old town area of Colonia. The neighbourhood is quiet and the cobbled street lined with shady plane trees. Colonia is very small, so the house is just minutes walk from the port and bus station. The house is spacious enough for 3 to stay with confort, any more might be too crowded. The furnishings are sparse, and a little quirky. It is an old house, so some of the doors and windows should be operated with care lest they stick, or are hard to close again. We came in summer (late February), and found the house was hot, and did not cool appreciably at night. Whilst there were sea breezes, they did not flow through the house. There are plently of fans provided (a ceiling fan in the main bedroom, and 2 portables - plus apaptors for the array of power outlets!), and these move the air to provide some relief, but not enough for comfort, but enough to allow sleep. The small open courtyard is a cool relief in the early mornings, and after dark.
We did not cook in the house, but the kitchen is amply provided with utensils and crockery/glasses.
The bathroom is basic, but serves well. For those needing it, the water is hot. Cool showers were also refreshing. Towels are provided, these are a little thin, but do dry out well.
The floors are generally a bit dusty, perhaps because the wooden louvred shutters allow it to accumulate.
Whilst we did not meet with Martin, he was a helpful host, providing good directions to the house, and an efficient key collection system. Martin checked how we were doing, and offered assistance if needed.
I'd recomend the house, but advise caution in hotter times. It is not often you get a chance to stay in a typical historic house, in a historic town.
El anfitrión se comunico constantemente con nosotros para estar disponible ante cualquier pedido o necesidad. La casa tiene absolutamente todo lo necesario para disfrutar del lugar, no le falta nada, sumado a que todo estaba perfectamente limpio y ordenado.
El lugar donde esta ubicada la casa es excelente, muy cerca del casco histórico, la costanera y calles céntricas, también muy tranquilo y seguro a toda hora.
Quiero agregar que luego de retirarnos nos dimos cuenta que nos habiamos olvidado dinero en la casa, pero nos comunicamos con Martín (anfitrion) e inmediatamente nos hizo llegar todo el dinero que habíamos olvidado.
It's the interesting house in a few steps from everything in Colonia. The furniture is old-fashioned a little and it can be interesting too. All communication with Martin was fast and clear. I recommend it.
There are many wonderful things about this apartment. Martin was great at communicating, and everything from acquiring the key to using the internet was explained clearly prior to our arrival. The location is well-suited for touring old-town Colonia, and we were within walking distance to sights and restaurants. At the same time, it was on a quiet, tree-lined street. The apartment itself consists of a master bedroom with a bed suited for a couple, a small bedroom with a twin-sized bed, a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom with a shower, a kitchen and a small room with a piano. It was clean and charming but slightly worn. The wifi worked well throughout our two day stay. We loved the apartment in many ways, but found it to be hot at night given the summer temperature. There was a ceiling fan in the bedroom and a strong box fan. With the two fans, it was tolerable but not exactly comfortable for us to sleep. We did not use the other rooms, as there were no other fans. But we did enjoy the terrace (it was often cooler outside than inside the apartment). I would recommend the apartment in general, but folks more sensitive to heat may prefer air conditioning when the temperature is above 80 F.
I met up with Martin at the Buque bus station in BA; Even with his Clutch, he was very flexible with my schedule and location!
For our two day vacation in Colonia, it was exactly what we needed.
We weren't asking for luxurious experience from the beginning, just little getaway. This house was exactly what we asked for; Quiet, Great Location with very reasonable price.
L'appartement de Martin est tres bien place et a beaucoup de charme, cependant il etait lors de notre visite tres poussiereux. A peine arrives avec nos deux enfants j'ai du faire un grand menage, et malgre cela nous avons eu des reactions a la poussiere et aux acariens. J'ai fait dormir mes enfants dans une tente pour limiter l'irritation et eviter les allergies.
Il y avait aussi la nuit un (tres) gros cafard dans la cuisine, ce qui pourrait sans doute etre evite si les paquets divers de sucre et autres etaient mieux stockes / fermes dans les placards.
Peut-etre tout cela etait-il du au fait que la personne qui devait nous accueillir avait eu un empechement de derniere minute? Martin s'est arrange pour que nous puissions recuperer les clefs dans un commerce proche et etait tres reactif pour repondre a nos questions par internet.
En bref, parfait sauf si vous etes un tant soit peu sensible a la poussiere, auquel cas evitez.
El lugar es precioso, y tiene todas las cosas básicas. Es amplio y tiene espacios comunes agradables. Nos encanto la terraza con parrillero, que no usamos pero que prometemos usar la próxima vez.
Esta a un paso del casco histórico, pero es mas tranquilo. Hay lugares cerca para comer y comprar comida.
El almacenero de la esquina es un nadador, que cruzo a nado el rio de la Plata dos veces.
Esta cerca de otros lugares para ver a unos pocos kilometros como Conchillas, Carmelo y Punta Gorda (donde estuvo Darwin y el primer adelantado español por 1525), la Calera de las Huerfanas, la estancia Anchorena y muchos otros lugares.
The location was excellent! Just 2 blocks from the very charming Old City with some very nice restaurants and shops. And 1 block from the main business/commercial street of Colonia. Martin was very prompt with replies and accommodated us with our delayed arrival time. Good value.
What an excellent choice. Central location, we couldn't have chosen better. We loved the little terrace outside. Martin was quick with his responses and flexible to our arrival times when we missed our ferry. We absolutely loved Colonia and intend to return to look at more of Uruguay. We'll be booking in again Martin!
Martin was a wonderful host! He communicated with us very well before our trip and even went out of his way to get us a hair dryer we needed too. (Thanks to his girlfriend Alex for her help also!) The apartment was very centrally located, nicely decorated, clean, and comfortable. We loved how private it felt because we were looking for a place to relax after our long flights, but it was also fun to look out onto the street and people watch. Compared to other accommodations in Colonia, this is a great deal for an entire apartment to yourself with all the amenities you might need. Thanks again Martin and Alex!
Martin and Alex are very nice guests. I would always welcome they to come back and for sure recommend them to other hosts.
Todo bien! como siempre. Grandes huéspedes! ;)
Todo impecable. Gente muy amigable y respetuosa. Dejaron todo en las mejores condiciones. Un gusto tenerlos en casa!!
Martin is a great host, he will do always his best to make you feel at home. He is respectfull and responsible. And he will always be a click or a phone call away in case you need something!
The house is strategically located at the historic part of the city. It´s really close to the port, and everything you might need will be around the corner! He is always on the look to make the house look better. I really recommend his place, as it is spacious and neat. You will really enjoy staying at his place!
We have shared a nice friendship since we were teenagers. Martin has traveled a lot and knows very well what being abroad means. He is very responsible and, surely, he will make your stay at his apartment a happy experience.
Martín es super amable y su departamento en Colonia es una absoluta joya. Muy cerca del centro, con restaurantes, bares y supermercados a mano y a pocas cuadras del puerto. He pasado varias temporadas cortas en el apartamento, con mi madre y mi hijo y es lo más recomendable de la ciudad. Dos cómodas habitaciones y un living que puede ser una tercera habitación, una cocina bien equipada y el sitio favorito de mi hijo: una hermosa terraza para disfrutar de la parrilla o simplemente beber una cerveza bajo las estrellas. Si van en auto o alquilan uno, el garage está limpio y despejado para guardarlo con comodidad. Sin duda es una opción mucho más económica que un hotel, y mucho más confortable. Martín es respetuoso y muy confiable. Sin duda su apartamento en Colonia es la Mejor Opción para cualquier viajero.