Punta del Este is a peninsula, as indicated by the name punta. The city centre is right in the middle of the peninsula; on one side there is Brava Beach, famous for its waves, and on the other there is Mansa Beach, a very tranquil beach with no waves. Punta del Este is just like these two beaches: it can be hectic and energetic, with lots of parties and socialising, or peaceful and quiet, depending on what you want from your holiday. Here are the 10 best budget hostels on the peninsula.
This hostel is run by young people, for young people. They want guests to have “a really chill experience, without formalities,” which means you should expect a lot of socialising, good fun and parties, especially during high season. The property is a three-storey house with private and shared rooms, a garden with a barbecue and swimming pool, a bar and a shared kitchen. It’s located right on Brava Beach, famous for its good surfing, and just a few minutes from the city centre. They also offer a pool table, surf lessons and motorbikes for rent; it’s truly impossible to get bored here!
This is a very international hostel, accommodating travellers from around the world. It’s conveniently located right in the middle of the peninsula, on the city centre, two blocks from the main bus station, two blocks from the famous main avenue, Gorlero, and two blocks from the popular beaches Brava and Mansa. The young locals that run the hostel go out of their way to make sure you’re enjoying your stay. The hostel has a good atmosphere and it’s a fun place to drink and meet people before going out to the local clubs, either at the bar, at the barbecue areas or on the rooftop terrace, where there’s sometimes live music.
You can spend a more relaxed holiday here, with comfortable rooms and nice breakfasts with seasonal fruits. Spend some time in the beautiful garden terrace before going for a stroll or renting a bike to explore the city centre. Don’t miss out on The Fingers, a famous sculpture on the beach 10 minutes away from the hostel. You can visit the Brava and Mansa beaches, go for a long bike ride or rent a car to explore the beaches further away.
Right next to the trendy Brava beach, El Viajero offers both nightlife and comfort. It is the right place to go during high season for day parties on the beach and for making the most out of the apparently never-ending nightlife in the city. They have pool tables and a bar offering nighttime activities and happy hours. They also offer tickets and transfers to Punta del Este’s most exclusive parties. During off-season, enjoy the hostel’s comfort and amenities and its relaxed atmosphere. Both private and shared rooms have en suite bathrooms, heating and air conditioning. Homemade breakfast is included and they also offer surfboard rentals, surfing and kite surfing lessons.
La Barra is a very trendy spot on the far east of Punta del Este. The beaches there are some of the locals’ favourites, because they are more untamed, with really good surfing waves. There’s a variety of boutique shops, art galleries, cafés, bars and restaurants on the main street. Negrita Hostel has the most beautiful rooms, with minimal décor. They have a big garden with chairs, a wooden deck, a barbecue and hammocks. Breakfast is included and other meals are available on request.
This hostel is a complex of four houses surrounded by gardens, located right across from Mansa beach. The bar area is very large, starting inside and expanding to the outside terrace and garden. They also have a barbecue area in the middle of the garden. Since it is quite central, the staff will be able to recommend a wide variety of day and night activities and places to explore on both sides of the peninsula. They offer shared dorms of two to 16 beds, and private suites located in a fully equipped house, for families or groups.
This hostel is located at the heart of Punta del Este, three blocks away from the main bus station and one from Gorlero, the main avenue, and Brava beach. They have a bar and barbecue, both great places to chill out and make friends with other visitors at the hostel. The atmosphere is young, friendly and social; people will make sure you feel at home and will be happy to give you advice on where to go. The shared and private rooms are spacious and comfortable, with fans, air conditioning, and adult-sized, thick mattresses, so you can make sure to have a good sleep after a busy day of sightseeing, surfing or chilling at the beach.
El Tesoro is another spot in the far east of Punta del Este, right next to La Barra. The hostel is quite far in, surrounded by nature and woods, but still fairly close to the beach. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, and it is decorated to give a homey atmosphere perfect for couples, families and big groups of friends looking for a relaxed holiday. They have rooms that can host up to 25 people, and the common rooms inside the hostel are ample. It is very close to the maritime museum, a must-see if you enjoy learning about the sea.
Located only 100 metres (330 feet) from the beach, this hostel has splendid views of the sea and the marina. It is also very central, within walking distance of the main bus station, the beach, The Fingers sculpture, Gorlero Avenue and Brava beach. It is right next to the city centre so you can explore the different streets, with all the shops, cafés and restaurants they have to offer, and also visit the two main beaches, Brava and Mansa.
This hostel is surrounded by nature, which makes it ideal for a relaxing holiday. It is only two minutes’ walking distance from the exclusive beach, favoured by locals because of its waves. La Barra’s main street is busy night and day, with restaurants from all over the world, clothes shops, art galleries, bars and boutique stores. If you walk east along the beach you’ll get to see some secret spots that are not accessible from the road.