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.
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.