Azul Marino is like staying at someone's home but with the privacy of a small hotel. Typical of the area, it is understated but very clean and with everything you need for a beach place. The view of the peninsula and lighthouse is amazing. It is run by the owners, which I prefer, and it is easy! Breakfast is served when you are ready, not with some annoying schedule. Just like the rest of Jose Ignacio, it is unpretentious, but a great place in a beautiful setting. Not to mention that is between Marismo and Namm, two of the best restaurants in the whole Punta area, not just Jose Ignacio.
2 km from Jose Ignacio, route 10, km 185
Don't expect 5-star service for 3-star prices ($108 a night). The service here is mediocre, but who cares? The architecture is one-of-a-kind (envision lots of dark, twisting tunnels) and the view from your balcony is stunning at any time of day. I highly recommend HC if you're staying in Punta del Este: it's charming and full of character. Rent a car. Full report, with pictures, at www.travelmusings.net
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