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The Story

The San Rafael hotel with its impressive Tudor style was inaugurated in 1948 and for over 50 years was the glamorous destination for hundreds of celebrities and politicians coming to Uruguay, as well as the preferred choice for South American and international visitors. The location was privileged and the hotel and Playa Brava, the famous beach next to it, became the symbol of sophistication, intellectual vibrancy and the host to many famous events in political history. Seventy years later, the acquisition of the hotel by the Cipriani family, is giving new life to this iconic property, adding their four-generation tradition of timeless luxury, attentive service, and quality of hospitality and cuisine.​

 

The Concept

The new complex, designed by Uruguyan architect Rafael Viñoly, will include the faithful reconstruction of the emblematic San Rafael hotel, preserving the original design and complementing it with beautiful residences, restaurants, spa, pools, casino, theatre, boutiques and a serviced beach club. Historic heritage, modern sensibility and taste for timeless luxury will deliver the most unique experience in Punta del Este.

 
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