The Coolest Hostels in Montevideo
Montevideo skyline | © Vince Alongi / Flickr
If you’re travelling on a budget around Uruguay
, you can’t miss out on these cool hostels. Check out our handpicked list of the most fun and cultural places to stay, located 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.
Buenas Vibras Hostel, Montevideo
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, an 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.
RAMBLER POCITOS HOSTEL, Montevideo
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.
Pocitos Hostel, Montevideo
Boutique Hotel, Hostel
This hostel is a few meters away from Pocitos and Ramirez beaches, which any traveler visiting Montevideo has to visit. They have a fireplace, a backyard, and a barbecue area for guests to enjoy. The garden is splendidly taken care of: there is an orchard with a Suriname cherry tree, a rose tree, a bougainvillea plant, a rubber tree, an olive tree, and a cockspur coral tree; if you have a green thumb, the owners will be happy to share their knowledge with you. They facilitate a lot of activities, such as tours of the city and trips to the countryside, music shows, wine cellars, microbreweries, and more.
Destino26 Hostel, Montevideo
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.
MedioMundo Hostel, Montevideo
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 everywhere you look around the hostel. It is a university area, so the nightlife is buzzing, and there are options for all tastes. You can go to different 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.
Ukelele Hostel, Montevideo
This classic house has many floors with huge, spacious rooms, an outdoor area, and a swimming pool for guests to enjoy. It’s located downtown, so you can visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old City), Parque Rodó, the city centre, 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.
Punto Berro Hostel Old Town, Montevideo
A typical backpackers’ hostel in the center of the Old City, this hostel offer bike rentals and city tours, as well as meals and refreshments that are ideal after a long day exploring the city. Every night, you can enjoy live music, drinks, and meals on the hostel’s roof terrace. The Old City is beautiful and an amazing place for exploring; you can visit many different squares, the National Cathedral, the famous Port Market, the Solis Theater, and a wide selection of museums and art galleries.
Che Lagarto Hostel Montevideo
Chain Hotel, Hostel
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 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.
Caballo Loco Hostel, Montevideo
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.
These recommendations were updated on May 29, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.