The Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo is currently the only Hilton property in the underserved market of Montevideo. Due to the very good ratings of the hotel I expected a lot and was a little bit disappointed in the very end as you’ll see in this review.
If you are looking for a hotel in downtown Montevideo, you won’t find many chain options. There is Hyatt Centric, which might be the best choice, and then there are a few privately operated hotels.
You can also find a Sofitel in a suburb. As a Hilton loyalist, I decided to give the Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo a try.
The property, to my surprise, is listed as a five-star hotel and has magnificent ratings. Well, reality is actually a little different.
The hotel was fully booked during my stay, so I was assigned a Standard Room at check-in. Additionally, I was given two bottles of water as a benefit. The check-in as such was okay, but not warm or anything. My room was located on one of the higher floors, but didn’t offer a very nice view anyways (there’s just no really nice view in this area).
The Standard Room comes with a King Bed with two nightstands, an armchair with ottoman in the corner and a long board, which doubled as the working desk and a wardrobe.
As you’d expect, the rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo come with a flat-screen television as well as tea and a kettle. Other than that, there’s an empty fridge. While the room was okay and functional, I didn’t find the design to be especially appealing.
The Standard Rooms are quite big, but reminded me of a typical midscale hotel a lot anyways. Far away from any possible five-star rating.
The bathroom of the Standard Rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo is very generic as well. There’s a sink, a toilet, a bidet (rather surprisingly) and a walk-in shower.
The bathrooms are fairly modern and practical as the shower pressure is decent and the bathroom doesn’t flood. The provided Neutrogena are among the better ones out there.
As a Hilton Honors Diamond member, I was given complimentary breakfast for two. We made use of this benefit on both mornings, but didn’t enjoy the breakfast too much.
That’s mainly because the breakfast room was extremely crowded and dirty on both mornings. Service was pretty much not existing and the buffet was raided several times.
Leaving that aside, the breakfast spread at the Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo is average, but okay. There are fresh fruits, toast, mueslis, pastries and a few hot options.
Additionally, there’s a station, where you can order eggs prepared your way.
It’s worth noting that the Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo offers both, a gym and a pool. That’s not exactly the norm for midscale properties like this one.
The pool is quite small though and only good for a quick nap, at least if you don’t find it too cold. There are also four loungers, which aren’t exactly cozy. Right next to the pool, there’s a gym with some basic equipment.
It’s all right for a quick workout, but once again nothing to write home about.
The Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo doesn’t disappoint… when you expect a typical Hilton Garden Inn with a three-star rating. However, the property in Montevideo has shining ratings, is classified five-stars on many page and still is nothing but a typical Hilton Garden Inn.
Yet, the basics are well done. The rooms are spacious and clean, the breakfast spread is okay and there’s a gym and a pool. Additionally, the hotel is directly connected to a mall. All in all, the Hilton Garden Inn in Montevideo is a good choice if you are looking for an affordable city hotel.