The Best Hotels to Book in Punta del Este, Uruguay, for Every Traveler

Hotel Fasanos brutalist concrete-and-wood bungalows are an ideal stay in Punta del Este for architecture lovers
Hotel Fasano's brutalist concrete-and-wood bungalows are an ideal stay in Punta del Este for architecture lovers | Courtesy of Hotel Fasano Punta del Este / Expedia
Sorrel Moseley-Williams

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From December to February, during the southern hemisphere’s summer, the usually sleepy city of Punta del Este becomes the buzziest beach resort in South America. Frequented by celebrities, models, designers and musicians, Punta is the place to be. If you’re headed to this glitzy Uruguayan city for some sun, these hotels in Punta del Este will suit even the most stylish traveler.

1. Hotel Fasano Punta del Este

Resort, Chain Hotel

Modern concrete building with corner glass opening revealing pool area at Hotel Fasano Punta del Este, set in countryside
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One for architecture fans, Fasano’s brutalist concrete-and-wood bungalows embrace the rocky landscape, sprouting from the ground like the boulders they’re built next to. Drawing from a natural color palette, the living quarters are super-stylish and located close to La Barra neighborhood. Play a round on the nine-hole golf course, splash about in the rocky swimming pool, rejuvenate in the spa or dine at Italian trattoria Las Piedras.

2. Villa Toscana Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Villa

Yellow Tuscan-style Villa Toscana Boutique Hotel with front garden dotted with Italian cypress trees and potted flowers
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The elegant suites at the adults-only Villa Toscana are airy and full of character; study the themes of each carefully before choosing a room – there’s even one for golf lovers. It’s located just a stone’s throw from Laguna del Sauce, a huge lake set just back from Punta del Este’s beaches. Crack open some bubbles in the jacuzzi, then laze around the Tuscan-style garden before working up an appetite in the extensive outdoor swimming pool.

3. L'Auberge

Independent Hotel, Suite Hotel, Garden Hotel

Curved outdoor pool with desert plants and row of lounge chairs facing large rolling lawn area at LAuberge
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One for lovers of country chic, L’Auberge’s cosy decor and floral prints have the feel of a comfy cottage, even though the hotel is just steps from the Atlantic Ocean in Punta del Este’s upmarket Barrio Parque del Golf neighborhood. After a day riding the waves and dunes, freshen up in the prized garden before tucking into a waffle at L’Auberge’s very own teahouse.

5. Live Hotel Boutique

Boutique Hotel

Airy lounge with wood floors, couch, white tables and floor-to-ceiling windows with pool area views at Live Hotel Boutique
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Esthetes will revel in Live, a stylish adults-only boutique hotel in Punta del Este within walking distance of the beach. Earthy neutral tones and plenty of wood create a warming ambience in geometric suites, while curvy lounge chairs make for an interesting contrast alongside the extensive outdoor swimming pool. Don’t miss the ample buffet breakfast, served at the indoor/outdoor dining room overlooking the luscious garden.

6. Awa Boutique Design Hotel

Boutique Hotel

Airy lobby with double-height ceilings and windows, warm wood and white decor and fireplace at Awa Boutique Design Hotel
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One for those looking to unwind, Awa Boutique Design Hotel is tucked inside Punta del Este’s pine-tree forest, a short walk from Punta shopping mall and not too far from La Mano de Punta del Este – a giant sculpture of hands emerging from the sands of Brava beach, by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal. A heated indoor swimming pool, alongside the outdoor pool and Wave Spa, makes this a stay for all seasons.

7. 2122 Hotel Art Design

Hotel

Wood deck with lounge chairs next to covered pool at 2122 Hotel Art Design with a stone facade and back green lawn
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One for those who require plenty of home comforts, the living quarters at 2122 Hotel Art Design include a well-stocked kitchenette and a sofa bed. Airy rooms include wooden decked balconies with views overlooking the lush pine forest, as well as a pillow menu. While 2122 is a stone’s throw from the beach, you can also relax in the heated in/out swimming pool all year round.

8. Petit Château Hotel Boutique

Boutique Hotel

Large outdoor pool at dusk rimmed by lit-up two-story building housing rooms at Petit Château Hotel Boutique
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Lovers of the great outdoors looking to reconnect with nature will relish the tropical garden at Petit Château, dotted with palm trees and an outdoor pool and surrounded by pine forest. A short walk from Playa Mansa beach and Punta shopping mall, the spick and span rooms are decorated simply. Savor breakfast on the patio: all the delicious carbs are fresh-baked in-house each morning.

9. Barradas Parque Hotel and Spa

Spa Hotel

View through bougainvillea of pool area with lounge chairs on wood deck framed by lawn at Barradas Parque Hotel and Spa
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Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the lush, well-maintained gardens at Barradas Parque Hotel and Spa, a short walk from Parada 9 on Playa Mansa. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and rooms are elegant, with garden views; book into B, the acclaimed in-house restaurant, for Italian fare such as gnocchi and risotto.

10. Casa Flor

Boutique Hotel

Chic and airy lounge space with white decor, exposed white ceiling rafters, potted plants and paintings on walls at Casa Flor
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One for Scandinavian designs fans, Casa Flor has the luxury of being just one block from the beach in the hip La Barra neighborhood. Stylish contemporary design embraces maritime colors, and uses plenty of white wood with turquoise splashes. Airy rooms open out onto decks where you can freshen up with a dip in the petit outdoor swimming pool or warm up next to the wood-burning stove.

11. Las Cumbres

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Shaded patio with wood-framed jacuzzi, table and chairs and panoramic views at Las Cumbres Boutique Hotel and Spa
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Those after peace and quiet will savour a stay at Las Cumbres, a hotel, spa and teahouse located off the busy Punta del Este peninsula circuit in Punta Ballena (Whale Point), a popular breeding ground and spotting stop for southern right whales. There are views across Laguna del Sauce from the suites and the ample outdoor swimming pool, while the rooms are designed with rural chic in mind, with wooden ceilings and floors, and artefacts collected by the owner on his travels.

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