Colonia to Carmelo

Mar 1st, 2005, 06:45 PM
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Colonia to Carmelo

I just got word from the Four Seasons at Carmelo that it will be $40 USD per person to transfer my husband and I and each of our children to the resort at Carmelo. It couldn't possibly be $160 USD for a cab ride?? Has anyone taken this trip? Can we take a cab for a more reasonable fare. We thought of walking around Colonia for a while before going on to the resort but would be a bit put off by the luggage. Any thoughts?
Also, has anyone eaten at the Carmelo resort. Good Food? Are their in town options?
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:45 AM
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Hi, I took the drive paying the 4 Seasons but I believed it was may be $40 for both of us...are you positive that the charge would be PER PERSONS?....sounds a lot...
Anyway of course you can negociate with a taxi in Colonia to go to Carmelo
I am guessing it would not be more than
40-50 dollars for all of you. I am saying this because from the 4 Seasons we took a taxi to go Colonia and it was something like that.
Unless I am misstaken you can leave the luggage care of Buquebus in the Port of Colonia, but double check calling them in Buenos Aires.
The >POrt is very near to downtown tiny Colonia you can come back for the luggage with the taxi when ready to leave for Carmelo.
(Carmelo-Colonia is some 40 minutes ride)

We have eaten in the Four Seasons because it seems to me that once there there would be no option, it is a little out of the way. Of course you can ask for a taxi to go to downtown Carmelo which is some 10 ,minutes away.
Price in the 4 Season are International.
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 01:53 AM
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PS May be the taxi Colinia-Carmelo would be even less, who knows, so star negociating with an open mind. Be firm and you will get a good price.
The other possibility would be a public transport between Colonia and Downtown Carmelo, probably a couple of dollars per person and then a taxi. But I would opt for a taxi between Colonia and Carmelo to play it safe.
I do not know either if there is any
place to eat in Carmelo. Of course if there is they will charge many times less than the 4 Seasons.
In Colonia there are many little restaurants they tend to overcharge for Uruguayan standarts a little too, but of couse once in the 4 Seasons you are in the international prices world.
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:46 AM
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Thank you for the kind help. We have chosen Carmelo and are just now trying to figure out the logistics of getting there. Four Seasons wants a fortune $$ for the ride from the ferry to the resort.
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 03:59 AM
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I realise that my reply made no sense...I was looking at your other helpful posting re: Carmelo vs Punta Del Este.
I was a little shocked when I was told $40 each (including the children). I will double check and see about a taxi. Public bus is not sensible but a cab might work out...especially if we arrive and take that time to see Colonia.
Many thanks for your posts!
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:40 AM
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Hi Kelieann , I am presently in Montevideo , although my home is in the US, when are you traveling.? I shall try to get the telephone number of a Remise service in Colonia, and ask them how much they would charge to drive you and your family from the ferry to Carmelo. They might even be there to pick you up. It is good business for them, believe me. I see what I can do.
You can call them from Bs As and make the arrangements before leaving for Colonia.
I have to tell you that the 4 Seasons in Bs As and in Carmelo are owned by the same person , I believe he is from Argentina, AND SOME TIMES they offer like a package for both hotels.
Also most restaurants and small quaint hotels in Colonia are owned by Argentines.I shall post again the telephone number of the remise service
( chauffered cars ) if I find it.
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 04:51 AM
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Hi, I found in the internet the telephone number of three taxi companies en Colonia,
phones are

from US 011 598 52
2 29 30
2 28 58
2 25 56

If I were you I would call and find out the rate, I would call all 3.
Knowing the rate between Colonia and the 4 Seasons and would not make a reservation but approach them the same day.
( I believe that they surely are reputable taxi groups or companies but since I am not familiar with them I woudl rather make the deal on the spot,
I would leave the luggage at the Port walk to the little town of Colonia or take a different taxi. And when ready go to the taxi stand and negociate the drive to Carmelo, it will be easy because I would be aware of the rate.
Does it make any sense?
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Mar 2nd, 2005, 05:02 AM
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The Buquebus number in Colonia is
011 598 52 2 2975. They also have a www.may be you can inquire by e mail. BUena suerte.
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Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:31 PM
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You are too kind. Many thanks for your efforts. I will double check everything as you suggest.
I have to laugh because it would seem that once you commit to the Four Seasons at Carmello experience there are so many other things that you are pulled into. The restaurant at the hotel, taxi etc. As you said earlier they are out, alone so you do everything at the resort at International prices. I just hate the thought of the ful breakfast etc and my daughter eating two bites. I realise that it is an hour or so from the port to Carmelo and the ride would cost money but when it is by the person...even if it is a little person it adds up.
Once again thank you for your attention!
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Mar 4th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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Hi Kellieann, you are very welcome. My pleasure. I agree with you one hundred per cent, as far as I recall, the breakfast was a la carte. No big breakfast buffet, at least at the time we stayed there.
They are nice in many aspects, like offering welcoming cold tea in Summer, all kind of free breebes around the pool area, and lots of mineral water in the van ride from COlonia and much more.
But I agree it is ridicule to pay for children for the ride, the taxi seems a great solution. What I tried to convey to you is that if the taxi driver sees you in a must must situation to be transported to the hotel they might ask for more money. But if you call them ahead they will have to be more truthful and then you will know which is a fair rate.This of course is my feeling and I might be totally wrong.
One big question how is your Spanish?
I guess a little will do. Bargain a little.
We were there a couple of years ago, and things might have changed, I only recall one restaurant, no coffee shop in the hotel. On Sundays they have like a big ASADO or bar b q.
May be prices are a little under the International prices of a simmilar resort elsewhere but they are above the
prices in Uruguay.
If you find out the rate of the taxi let me know, I am going to Buenos Aires on March 7 th,by Buquebus-Colonia and I shall ask and let you know too. ( I hope that is before your departure)
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