Best hotels and hostels in Uruguay

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Salto

    Termas San Nicanor

    Surrounded by a pastoral landscape of cows, fields and water vaguely reminiscent of a Flemish painting, this is the most tranquil of Salto's hot-springs resorts. It has two gigantic outdoor thermal pools, a restaurant, and accommodations for every budget, including campsites, no-frills dorms, four-person cabins and private rooms in a high-ceilinged estancia house with large fireplaces and peacocks strolling the grounds.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Laguna de Castillos

    Guardia del Monte

    Overlooking Laguna de Castillos' northern shore is this tranquil hideaway, originally established in the 18th century as a Spanish guard post to protect the Camino Real and the coastal frontier from pirates and Portuguese marauders. The lovely estancia house oozes history, from the parlor displaying 18th-century maps and bird drawings to the kitchen’s Danish woodstove salvaged from an 1884 shipwreck.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Western Uruguay

    El Galope Horse Farm & Hostel

    What do you get when you cross a tourist estancia and a hostel? Find out at this unique country retreat 115km west of Montevideo and 60km east of Colonia. Experienced world travelers Mónica and Miguel offer guests a chance to 'get away from it all' and settle into the relaxing rhythms of rural life for a few days.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tacuarembó

    Estancia Panagea

    For a spectacular introduction to life on the Uruguayan land, head to this 970-hectare working estancia 40km northwest of Tacuarembó. Juan Manuel, who was born and raised here, his Swiss wife Susanne and gaucho Bilinga invite guests to get fully immersed in farm activities from the mundane (tagging and vaccinating animals) to the classic (herding cattle on horseback).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Punta del Este

    Tas D'Viaje Hostel

    Just one block from Playa El Emir, Punta's best – and best-located – hostel keeps improving, thanks to thoughtful owners and regular reinvestments in infrastructure. New in 2017, all dorms are now air-conditioned, and there's a spacious new deck, thatched-roof bar area out back and pizzeria up front to go with the pre-existing guest barbecue.

  • Lodging in Montevideo

    Alma Histórica

    Opened in 2014, this classy Italian-run boutique hotel has themed, antique-filled guest rooms decorated in honor of famous Uruguayans (artists, writers, sports stars etc). Amenities include fine Swiss mattresses, Egyptian-cotton sheets, comfy pillows, natural beauty products, laptop-size safes, and YouTube and Netflix streaming on large flat-screen TVs.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Colonia del Sacramento

    La Posadita de la Plaza

    At this whimsical guesthouse on Colonia's most historical square, friendly Brazilian photographer Eduardo has poured his creative genius into building a magical space resembling a life-size Joseph Cornell collage. Three guest rooms, an interior patio-deck with pretty old-town perspectives, and a cozy library-lounge are all decorated with found objects from Eduardo's world travels. Ample breakfasts feature freshly squeezed orange juice.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Punta del Este

    Casa Zinc

    Replete with vintage furniture, claw-foot bathtubs and checkerboard marble floors, this magical La Barra getaway features six luxurious high-ceilinged theme rooms, including the Library, the luminous Architect's Studio and Back to School, with its twin beds and old-fashioned blackboards. Guests can enjoy breakfast till 4pm, prepare dinners in the beautifully appointed kitchen, or pore over the hotel's collection of art books.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mercedes

    Estancia La Sirena

    Surrounded by rolling open country 15km upriver from Mercedes, this estancia is one of Uruguay’s oldest and most welcoming. The spacious 1830 ranch house, with its cozy parlor and fireplaces and end-of-the-road setting, makes a perfect base for relaxation, late-afternoon conversation under the eucalyptus trees, stargazing and horseback excursions to the nearby Río Negro. Homemade meals are included in rates.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Punta del Este

    Las Cumbres

    Near Punta Ballena, this understatedly luxurious hilltop paradise is eclectically decorated with treasures from the owners’ world travels. The spacious rooms abound with special features, such as writing desks, fireplaces and outdoor whirlpool tubs. Guests have access to spa treatments, beach chairs and umbrellas, and free mountain bikes, and the tearoom terrace (open to the public) has magnificent sunset views.

  • Lodging in Colonia del Sacramento

    Le Moment

    On a clear day you can see Buenos Aires' skyscrapers glinting far across the river from this classy country getaway, 15km north of Colonia. Friendly French expatriates (and veteran B&B owners) Sylvaine and Bruno woo guests with eight individually decorated, modern rooms, complemented by touches meant to invite relaxation: a swimming pool, an in-house resto-bar, and an intentional lack of TVs.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Punta del Diablo

    El Diablo Tranquilo

    Follow the devilish red glow into one of South America’s most seductive hostels, whose endless perks include inviting chill-out areas, bike and surfboard rentals, yoga and language classes, horseback excursions and more. At the beachside Playa Suites annex, upstairs rooms have full-on ocean views, while the attached bar-restaurant offers meals, beach service and a late-night party scene.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Colonia del Sacramento

    Colonia Suite

    Incorporating three spacious upstairs suites and a 'garden house' bungalow out back, this is one of Colonia's most unique lodging options, abounding in homey features such as armchairs, colorful carpets, flat-screen TVs and local artwork. Enhancing the cozy vibe are a woodstove in one unit (Ateler) and well-equipped kitchenettes in two others (Joan Miró and Frida Kahlo).

  • Lodging in Eastern Uruguay

    San Pedro de Timote

    The granddaddy of Uruguayan tourist estancias is San Pedro de Timote. Its remarkable setting, 14km up a dirt road from the town of Cerro Colorado, amid endless rolling cattle country, is greatly enhanced by the complex of historic structures: a gracious white chapel, a courtyard with soaring palm trees, a library with gorgeous tilework and a circular stone corral.

  • Lodging in Eastern Uruguay

    Cañada del Brujo

    Set amid open fields in an old schoolhouse 8km from Quebrada de los Cuervos, this rustic three-room hostel invites guests to settle into the simple pleasures of gaucho life: exploring the countryside on foot or horseback, drinking mate, eating simple meals cooked on the woodstove and watching spectacular sunsets under the big sky.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tacuarembó

    Yvytu Itaty

    Pedro and Nahir Clariget's unpretentious ranch-style home, 50km southwest of Tacuarembó, offers a first hand look at real gaucho life. Guests are invited to accompany Pedro and his friendly cattle dogs around the 636-hectare working estancia on horseback, participate in daily estancia routines and sip maté on the patio at sunset in anticipation of Nahir’s tasty home cooking.

  • Lodging in Carmelo

    Ah'Lo Hostel Boutique

    Carmelo's best downtown option, this combination hostel- posada delivers on its 'boutique' moniker, offering a comfortable seven-bed dorm with plush duvets and immaculate shared bathroom, plus nine private rooms, a well-equipped guest kitchen and a spacious central common area, all in an attractively restored colonial building seven blocks from the ferry terminal and two blocks from the main square.

  • Lodging in Montevideo

    Caballo Loco Hostel

    This friendly hostel in a remodeled historic building enjoys an unbeatable downtown location, only steps from leafy Plaza Cagancha and the bus stops for Montevideo's bus station and beaches. Six spick-and-span four- to 10-bed dorms surround a welcoming, high-ceilinged common area with guest kitchen, pool table and TV lounge. Other pluses include friendly owners and on-site bike rentals.

  • Lodging in Colonia del Sacramento

    Charco Hotel

    Colonia's chicest hotel offers an incomparable old-town location, a waterfront restaurant-bar and beautifully landscaped grounds. Seven refined rooms in an elegantly remodeled historic building sport gleaming white decor and exposed stone and brickwork. Standouts include the suite with riverside terrace and the Rancho, a historic, kitchen-equipped Portuguese home sleeping up to six. Prepaid or multinight stays qualify for discounts.

  • Lodging in Cabo Polonio

    Casitas de Marta y Hector

    Hector and Marta, a friendly local fishing couple, rent out two sweet double rooms and a self-contained house sleeping up to seven. All come with stoves, gas refrigerators and solar-powered outlets for charging phones. Look for the salmon-orange house with the green flag just north of where trucks stop (and the 'Hay Pescado' sign when they've got fish to sell!).