The Coolest Cultural Hotels in Uruguay
Sofitel Carrasco Hotel, Montevideo | © Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr
Don’t miss these amazing-looking hotels right in the cultural hubs of Uruguay’s most coveted cities. These hotels feature outstanding architecture and interior design in the most iconic locations, as well as five-star services and amenities. A must-see list for hospitality enthusiasts.
Jean Clevers Parque Hotel, Punta del Este
Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel, Garden Hotel
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. A peaceful and tranquil environment, you will find a restaurant, gym, game room, and outdoor and indoor swimming pools on site. Jean Clevers’ 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.
Oliva Luxury Hotel, Montevideo
Independent Hotel, Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
Located a five-minute walk away from the beach, in the middle of the modern, buzzy neighborhood of Punta Carretas and near the stunning coastline promenade, Oliva will not disappoint. Its sauna and fitness center are fantastic, as is its large indoor pool and terrace. Every room in the hotel has garden views, and is beautifully decorated in a minimalist style, creating a very peaceful atmosphere. Rent bikes to ride on the promenade while watching the sunset, spend well-deserved time in one of the hot saunas and enjoy a drink at the bar afterwards to finish an amazing day.
Spa Hotel La Réserve, Colonia del Sacramento
Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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 fully-equipped spa facilities and tailored spa treatments, as well as a wellness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sun terrace, and a micro-cinema. The surroundings are also ideal for cycling and hiking.
Hotel L'Auberge And Tea Room, Punta del Este
Independent Hotel, Suite Hotel, Garden Hotel
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 five kilometers from the city center. Some of the luxurious suites are also equipped with spa baths, fireplaces and balconies, making it ideal for couples in a romantic getaway. The food is superb.
Le Biblo Hotel Boutique, Montevideo
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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.
Hotel Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa, Montevideo
Casino Hotel, Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel, Luxury
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.
San Pedro de Timote Hotel del Campo, Alejandro Gallinal
Boutique Hotel, Garden Hotel, Hotel
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 the 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 are very engaged.
Arapey Oasis Termal, Termas del Arapey
Independent Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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.
Art & Spa Las Cumbres
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.
Garzón Hotel & Restaurant
Boutique Hotel, Suite Hotel, Independent Hotel
This boutique hotel is set in the old brick house that yesteryear was used as a warehouse in Garzón. The five rooms in the hotel are decorated differently, in a very chic, quaint style that blends in with the modern. They all feature king size beds, a fireplace, and a spacious ensuite bathroom. There is an annexed building with four additional rooms, with the same amenities, in another property with a large garden and pool. Room bookings include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner cooked in the famous Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by chef Francis Mallmann. There is also free use of bicycles, laundry service, and an open bar with house wines.
Laguna Garzon Lodge, El Caracol
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.