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Old and new mix of architecture defines Montevideo
Old and new mix of architecture defines Montevideo

The Best Hostels for Backpackers in Montevideo

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Updated: 5 December 2017
Montevideo is a city steeped in untapped culture and beauty that is yet to be discovered by most travelers. For the more adventurous backpacker there are plenty of cheap, safe and cozy options to stay but, unlike many touristic European cities, it doesn’t have a street or district that heaps the hostels together. In Montevideo, hostels are spread across the city, ensuring you get immersed in the Uruguayan culture and live among locals for the duration of your stay.

La Tatucera Montevideo Hostel

La Tatucera is an authentic hostel, built on the principles hostels were originally based on. There are no televisions or even alcohol served anywhere on the premises – the owners designed it as such to try and promote human interaction and positive discourse. It has dorm rooms, a common area and a lovely rooftop terrace with unique Uruguayan paintings. The staff are friendly and always willing to help ensure your stay is above and beyond what you pay for.

Caballo Loco Hostel

Located fairly close to the promenade, the Old City and the city centre, this hostel is set in a completely renovated and refurbished old house and has a young, relaxed vibe. The hostel is decorated with beautiful murals and has a pool table. They offer bike rentals and tours inside and outside of the city.

Che Lagarto Hostel Montevideo

This hostel is located in the city center, six blocks away from the bus station, so you can experience life in the busiest part of the city. There is a shared kitchen and a terrace, which is an ideal place to relax or meet other guests. Daily transfer services and excursions are offered so that you don’t miss anything the city has to offer, and you can also get excellent advice from the staff on good places to go. Che Lagarto is part of the largest chain of private hostels in South America, so if you’re traveling around the country or the continent, the staff can also help you make plans for your next destination.

Destino26 Hostel

This is a refurbished house originally built in the 1940s, with a delicious combination of old and modern styles. Every night here provides a different experience; there are theme nights with delicious homemade dinners to encourage guests come together and share their traveling stories. The hostel also organizes trips to other cities and other excursions. You can rent a bike to tour the city, especially the beautiful neighborhood where this hostel is located.

Buenas Vibras Hostel

Conveniently located less than five minutes’ walk from the beach and promenade, 20 minutes from the bus station, and 15 minutes to the city center, this hostel is at the heart of the city. You’ll share a large house with a huge backyard and barbecue, a kitchen, inner garden and two cozy fireplaces. The staff are always ready to suggest things to do during the day and night, and as it’s so central there will always be something new to discover.

El Viajero Downtown Hostel & Suites Montevideo

“The Traveller,” in downtown Montevideo, is an impressively designed hostel, with paintings on almost every wall. Some feature the most famous buildings of Uruguayan cities, and others are colorful Candombe drums you’re sure to get to know closely. Where the walls aren’t painted, something else is that will make the room pop and create a wonderfully warm atmosphere. This hostel is safe and clean, close to the Old City district and great for making new friends!

Beach Hostel 420 Santa Maria

The name of this hostel celebrates one of the greatest things unique to Montevideo: the multiple beautiful beaches found around every corner! But that’s not the best thing about it, there are cozy common rooms with bean bags and a lovely garden so you’re sure to finish your stay feeling relaxed and refreshed. They have a board with recommendations of things to do every day written in multiple languages and occasionally have parties in their garden area.

MedioMundo Hostel

The rooms in this hostel are spacious, clean and bright. Guests usually meet up in the common area to play their musical instruments by the fireplace. The hostel is located in one of the best neighborhoods in the city in terms of things to see and do: there are design shops, markets, handicraft shops, museums, cafés, bars and restaurants all within easy reach. It’s also a university area, so the nightlife is buzzing, and there are options for all tastes – you can find nightclubs, Irish pubs, bars hosting live music and restaurants. A fun option is to go barhopping; bars and clubs are open until anything from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Rambler Hostel

This hostel offers beautiful rooms in the modern neighborhood of Buceo. Walk around the big houses and tall skyscrapers, and don’t miss out on the promenade that leads to the beach for one of the most stunning views in the city. The hostel is an old refurbished house with an outdoor terrace, and a lot of instruments and games to share with other guests. The outdoor deck is also very cozy; it’s a great place to enjoy the sun during the day, and drink with other guests at night.

Ukelele Hostel

This classic house has many floors with huge, spacious rooms, an outdoor area and swimming pool for guests to enjoy. It’s located downtown, so you can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old City), Parque Rodó, the city center and the promenade on foot. The Barrio Sur district is where candombe music originated, and on some days you will still see the comparsas, or parades, with people banging on drums and dancing. You can meet a lot of travelers in the hostel’s bar, which has a pleasant atmosphere in which to relax and socialize before a night out in the city, or at an asado, a typical communal barbecue.