The Coolest Cultural Hotels in Uruguay

A five-star stay awaits at the Jean Clevers Parque Hotel in Punta del Este
A five-star stay awaits at the Jean Clevers Parque Hotel in Punta del Este | Courtesy of Jean Clevers Parque Hotel /Expedia
Milena Fajardo

Don’t miss these amazing-looking hotels right in the most coveted cities in Uruguay. They feature outstanding architecture and interior design in special locations, plus five-star services and amenities. Here are the coolest cultural hotels in Uruguay.

1. Jean Clevers Parque Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Garden Hotel

The entrance to the grand Jean Clevers Parque Hotel has two, cone-topped turrets and a staircase leading the front doors
Courtesy of Jean Clevers Parque Hotel /Expedia

The incredible building of this five-star hotel looks like a modern-day castle, with huge windows that light up the inside and a massive garden with its own lake outside. Be delighted by the beautiful reception room, lit up at night by a hanging chandelier, and expect no less from the bright rooms and suites. In a peaceful and tranquil environment, you will find a restaurant, gym, game room, and outdoor and indoor swimming pools. The garden estate is so extensive that you wouldn’t even notice you are in the city, but note that Punta Shopping and Mansa Beach are a few minutes’ walk away.

2. Spa Hotel La Reserve

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

An arty common space at Spa Hotel La Reserve with high ceilings, black-and-white floors and antique furniture
Courtesy of Spa Hotel La Reserve / Expedia

Colonia del Sacramento’s historic quarter is a Unesco World Heritage Site, because of the well-preserved urban landscape with Portuguese and Spanish influences from the Colonial period. La Reserve is a great choice to explore this unique cultural center while enjoying the most relaxing of vacations. The hotel offers spa facilities and tailored spa treatments, plus a wellness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sun terrace, and a micro-cinema. The surroundings are also ideal for cycling and hiking.

3. Hotel L'Auberge

Independent Hotel, Suite Hotel, Garden Hotel

A cosy lounge at Hotel LAuberge with a button-back sofa, antique furniture and wood-beamed ceilings
Courtesy of L’Auberge / Expedia

The wooden architecture and immaculate decoration of this five-star hotel provide a wonderful ambiance. Relax in the garden surroundings at the outdoor swimming pool, while still enjoying a sea view. The property is located only three minutes away from Brava Beach, and about 5km (3mi) from the city center. Some of the luxurious suites are also equipped with spa baths, fireplaces and balconies, making them ideal for couples on a romantic getaway. The food is superb.

4. Le Biblo Hotel Boutique

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A simple guestroom at Le Bibló Hotel Boutique with a double bed, dark-wood side tables and coffee-colour carpet
Courtesy of Le Bibló Hotel Boutique / Expedia

Le Bibló is located in Carrasco, the most affluent neighborhood in Montevideo; delightful to walk around because of the massive houses, gardens, and squares that abound. Le Bibló’s building itself used to be a mansion, which the owners turned into a boutique hotel and now host with care and warmth. It is the perfect place for a quiet and peaceful getaway. Get lost in the beautiful library or relax at the swimming pool.

5. Hotel Sofitel Montevideo

Casino Hotel, Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

A luxurious marble bathroom at Hotel Sofitel Montevideo with a deep-soak tub, antique seat and chandelier
Courtesy of Hotel Sofitel Montevideo / Expedia

The exceptional architecture of this property makes it one of the most iconic buildings in Montevideo. Its construction took nine years, and it was finally opened in 1921 as a hotel and casino. Sofitel recently restored it and converted it into the most luxurious hotel in Montevideo, refurbishing its rooms and suites to offer the highest levels of comfort and privacy. Situated in an incomparable location, right next to the coastline promenade in the neighborhood of Carrasco, guests can enjoy splendid views of the beach in the nicest part of the city. Visit the award-winning spa and gym facilities, as well as its outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Take chances at the striking casino and relax with a drink and live music at the bar.

6. San Pedro de Timote Hotel del Campo

Boutique Hotel, Garden Hotel, Hotel

A pool area at San Pedro de Timote Hotel del Campo with terracotta tiles, wooden dining table and potted plants
Courtesy of San Pedro de Timote Hotel del Campo / Expedia

This countryside hotel has everything you need for a quiet getaway far away from the chaos of the city. Learn about Uruguay’s traditional countryside culture while enjoying the privileges of a five-star hotel. The quaint rooms have fireplaces and old-fashioned décor. Try the homemade food featuring typical grandma recipes like countryside bread. The location is perfect for hiking, making use of bicycles, and horseback riding (for all levels of expertise). It’s also ideal for families with kids, as there are plenty of activities and its staff is very engaged.

7. Arapey Oasis Termal

Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel

A row of bungalows at Arapey Oasis Termal with sloping roofs, white-brick walls, and palm trees outside
Courtesy of Arapey Oasis Termal / Expedia

This part of the country is famous for its thermal water that flows naturally from under the earth. There are several health benefits from bathing and drinking this water, which has generated a lot of tourism and inspired wellness hotels. Arapey Oasis is the best hotel in this area, boasting two large thermal swimming pools, hot tubs and excellent spa facilities. Make use of the bicycles to explore the area, then book a massage or relax in the hammocks. There is a gym, poolside sun loungers, and extensive gardens.

8. Art and Spa Las Cumbres

Spa Hotel

A guestroom at Art and Spa Las Cumbres with a tiled floor, double bed, and gabled wood-beam ceiling
Courtesy of Art and Spa Las Cumbres / Expedia

Stay at Las Cumbres to experience its privileged location: as its name “the hills” indicates, the hotel is situated on top of the highest hill allowing for a magnificent view of the forests, city, and sea far below. The property is owned by the architect who constructed it — a well-traveled man who brings back souvenirs from all over the world to decorate the hotel with. The decorations are almost collections of interesting pieces of art, intricate objects, and photographs. The rooms are decorated in a very old-fashioned way, which also shows the style of the architect. The food is sublime and so are the spa facilities.

9. Laguna Garzon Lodge


A beachy bar at Laguna Garzon Lodge with wood furniture, towels draped over seats, and a bright-orange life ring
Courtesy of Laguna Garzon Lodge / Expedia

Different cabins are suspended on Garzón Lake providing a unique, intimate experience of being at one with nature. The lake is a protected natural area, and being able to enjoy it by living on it is an unforgettable experience. The capacity is limited to 12 rooms, and services are customized to the needs of each traveler. Enjoy ecological food from the restaurant that is also on the water, standing on stilts rather than floating. There are various eco-tourism activities offered, such as bird watching, trekking, water sports, and excursions to the wonderful beaches nearby.

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