If you’re traveling on a budget around Uruguay, you can’t miss out on these cool hostels. Check out our handpicked list of the liveliest and most unique places to stay, in some of the best spots in the city. These hostels all have their own original, personal vibe, so choose the one that best fits your personality and traveling style.
A stone’s throw from Parque Rodó and boho Barrio Sur, Charruas makes for a well-located off-center base. The rooms include female-only and male-only dorms, as well as doubles, while shared spaces include an ample garden terrace and a buzzy bar serving craft beer. Guests with a penchant for protein can turn to Uruguay’s favorite pastime, preparing a parrilla (barbecue) on the terrace.
From the potted plants to the doorways, many corners of this early 20th-century mansion have been given a fresh identity at the hands of photographers and artists in the laid-back, residential Parque Rodó area. Just one block from the Río de la Plata promenade and a stone’s throw from the park, the hostel is a short walk from key Montevideo neighborhoods, such as Barrio Sur and Ciudad Vieja.
For an authentic Ciudad Vieja experience that’s a hop from the river and a skip from Plaza Matriz, reserve a bed at Circus Hostel. Book a private double room or space in a dorm for up to six in this refurbished mansion. Communal spaces include an elegant living room with a Chesterfield-style sofa and rooftop deck complete with parrilla (barbecue) and city views.
Conveniently located a few 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, an inner garden and two cozy fireplaces. The staff are always ready to suggest things to do, whether day or night, and its central position means there will always be something new to discover.
This hostel offers beautiful rooms in the modern neighborhood of Buceo. Meander past the large 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 offers 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.
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, including theme nights with delicious homemade dinners that encourage guests to get together and share their travel stories. The hostel also organizes trips to other cities and other excursions. You can rent a bike to tour the city, which should include the beautiful neighborhood where this hostel is located.
The rooms at MedioMundo are spacious, clean and bright. Guests usually meet up in the common area to play their musical instruments by the fireplace. The hostel sits 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 around every corner. It is a university area, so the nightlife is buzzing, and there are options for all tastes. You can choose between an array of nightclubs, Irish pubs, bars hosting live music and restaurants. A fun option is to go barhopping – bars and clubs are open until anytime between 4am and 9am.
This hostel sits 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 a nice 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.
Sorrel Moseley-Williams contributed additional reporting to this article.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.