The Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa has reopened in the Uruguay capital after a US million restoration and refurbishment.
The 100-year-old hotel, which has been declared a national historical site, includes 116 rooms and a 3,000-square-meter casino with 400 machine games and 23 table games.
It is operated by a consortium led by Codere Group of Spain, which oversaw the restoration.
National Director of Tourism of Uruguay Benjamin Liberoff said the investment will help promote tourism and investment in the company, and described the visitors to the hotel as “luxury tourism.” The opening coincided with a new air connection between Uruguay and Spain, a non-stop flight between Madrid and Montevideo on Air Europa, which will be launched in June.
More than 1,500 guests attended the opening of the rejuvenated facility, which included many elements from the designer Philippe Stark.
Montevideo Mayor Ricardo Erhlich said the hotel is part of the city’s heritage.
“This is part of our identity,” he said, “a hotel with a great history, a building in a neighborhood that will transport us to the Montevideo of the 21st century.”