Take everything you think you know about hostels and throw it all out: Ukelele Hostel is a classy joint with a reputation to match. Think exposed brick walls, plush sofas and a piano – not to mention a coveted swimming pool in the sunny courtyard. This tranquil travelers’ favourite has a 24-hour kitchen, a cheery dining room and, of course, free WiFi. The bunk rooms are strewn with vintage travel memorabilia and there are plenty of cubby holes for curling up and getting stuck into that holiday book. Free lockers, a generous breakfast and multi-lingual staff make a bed at around US$20 per night a steal.
Dorm beds from US$14
Private rooms from US$40
Ukelele Hostel, Maldonado 1183,Barrio Sur, Montevideo, Uruguay, +598 2902 7844