I had the chance to stay at the Regency for a week in October. From check-in, the staff was extremely helpful, providing information on the neighborhood, calling taxis for me and helping with an issue in my room when the power was tripped.
The hotel is more of a small boutique style -- with 3 levels of rooms. My room was in the back, overlooking the garden and was blissfully quiet. The rooms are nicely furnished with modern style furnishings and flooring. A mini kitchen makes it a comfortable for those staying for longer periods of time. A great breakfast is set out each morning with yogurts, cereals, pastries and meats/cheeses.
The hotel is located on the Rambla, across the street from the beach. Living in a city, I am accustomed to walking everywhere, so I did not mind the 10-15 minute walk to downtown Carrasco where there are a wide assortment of boutiques and restaurants. I walked back and forth each night (by myself) and never felt threatened or unsafe. Carrasco is a lovely suburban neighborhood of Montevideo. The only "challenge" with the location is that the Rambla is very difficult to cross (to get to the beach side) -- there are limited crosswalks and people drive incredibly fast down the street. I made a run for it a few times, but it was really tricky. If you're having a taxi drop you off, insist that they drop you on the hotel side, as it's not safe to cross at night.
There is a bus that runs along the rambla and goes directly to the old city center. I took this bus a few times to visit tourist sites, and taxied back to the hotel when I was ready to return rather than navigating finding the return buses in he bustle of downtown.
There is a small pool and yard in the back that could be used in summer-- although the beach is at your doorstep! I took many lovely walks around the neighborhood marveling at the interesting European meets Latin American architecture. Carrasco is a very interesting neighborhood -- and is very close to the (modern and new) Montevideo airport!
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