It’s a beautiful city along the Montevideo Bay, with Art Deco buildings, colonial homes and a gorgeous Old Town – Ciudad Vieja.
No doubt you will be passing through this city to explore more of Uruguay. It’s certainly worth spending a couple of nights in the area.
The hostels here are perfect for backpackers and social butterflies. We’ve collected hostels with privacy-led bunks and cosy chill out spaces.
- Rambler Pocitos Hostel – top pick for backpackers
- MedioMundo Hostel – best for female solo travelers
- Habemus Hostel – perfect for couples
Also in this guide we’ve included some budget options and a great party hostel that isn’t over the top.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
The nearest city to Montevideo worth visiting is Beunos Aires in Argentina.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Montevideo
- best hostels in Montevideo for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Montevideo
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Montevideo Hostels
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Montevideo cost 9€ – 13€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 23€ up to 40€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Rambla of Montevideo: This is the main avenue of the city which stretches along the coastline of Montevideo. It’s the longest continuous sidewalk in the world, at 22.2 km in length!
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
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The 3 Best Hostels in Montevideo
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Montevideo.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Rambler Pocitos Hostel
We chose Rambler Pocitos Hostel as #1 because of two main things:
- The friendly, welcoming and helpful staff
2. A fabulous location in central Montevideo
From here, it’s a mere 5-minute stroll to ‘Rambla’ and its beaches. There is also a handy bus stop a block away which connects you to any part of the city in no time.
This is a cosy hostel, a typical home-away-from-home that’s great for meeting new people and relaxing.
The main focus is on dorm rooms, though there is a double room as well.
Dorms come with 5, 7, 8 and 10-beds, and they are all mixed. I think you’ll agree that they look super comfy!
FYI: Each bed comes with a personal reading lamp and charging socket.
So what about the social aspect?
Surely the best place to hang out is on the ROOFTOP with a BAR. Woo!
There are also other really cool common spaces, including:
- Huge living & dining area
- Playroom with piano, guitar & hammock
- BBQ area
- Retro-Style studio for relaxing
Little important details include a 24/7 reception and an affordable breakfast every morning.
Location: In a residential neighbourhood with access to cafes, restaurants and shops. This is the closest hostel to Carrasco International Airport.
This is one of the best hostels in Montevideo for
2. MedioMundo Hostel
It’s clear that the team at MedioMundo Hostel have done all in their power to create a warm, inclusive and relaxed space for travellers.
The proof is in the details and unique style!
Certainly, the best place to hang out is in the main common area.
In there you will find a cosy fireplace, cable TV, Netflix and a computer. Of course there is plenty of seating, too.
Kick back, relax and unwind. It’s so easy to do at this hostel.
Check out these other lovely inclusions:
- Free breakfast
- Reliable free Wifi across the entire building
- Rice and pasta for use at dinner
There is also a great patio area outside which is ideal for lighting up a BBQ and bringing people together.
So what about the room choices? Let us show you.
Each dorm is kept small, with a total of either 4 or 6-beds. There is also a female-only dorm.
What’s great is that each bed is made private with walls. There aren’t privacy curtains but it isn’t really necessary as none of the beds face each other.
Travelling as a couple? You may prefer the twin or double private options.
Location: Located in Parque Rodó neighborhood, a university and design centre, just 200 metres from the beach. From here it is a 15-minute walk to the city centre. Within the neighbourhood there is great nightlife, museums and markets. It’s the best hostel to stay in for exploring Punta Carretas area.
This is one of the best hostels in Montevideo for
- Female solo travellers
3. Habemus Hostel
Kick back and enjoy an authentic stay at this freshly refurbished 1950’s house.
“Habemus Hostel was built to fulfil backpackers needs while offering unique decor and high-comfort”.
This place just oozes traveller vibes and an easy-going approach to life.
To mix it up a bit, the bunkbeds in this hostel are a stack of three – we hope you’re ok with heights!
Each personal space is perfectly designed with you in mind. Enjoy a little shelf, lamp, socket and ready-made bed. Lovely.
The room choices look like this:
- 4, 6 and 9-bed mixed dorms
- 6-bed female dorm
- Twin private
- Double private
All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, so don’t sweat it.
Wanna hear something cool? This hostel has a gorgeous pet dog! He appears to love a constant flow of new friends.
Read: Pets at 5 Star Hostels
Also, the breakfast here is free. What a way to start your day. In the evening, make use of the fully renovated kitchen and catering facilities.
Outside there is a massive patio area where you can enjoy a fresh cuppa or a cold brew under the shade of an avocado tree.
Location: Situated in the Cordón area, just moments from the major attractions. Stay here and you’ll be surrounded by good bars, cafes and restaurants.
This is one of the best hostels in Montevideo for
- Older travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Montevideo?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. Forget Montevideo hotels!
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Montevideo.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Montevideo
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
A couple of cheap hostel options for you are:
- Montevideo Chic Hostel – kitchen, sun terrace, double rooms only (good for couples)
- Che Lagarto Hostel Montevideo – simple rooms, basic free breakfast, great rooftop
Best Hostels in Montevideo for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Montevideo for solo-travellers?
We have to say that all of the hostels in this guide offer that special vibe which is perfect for solo travellers.
There’s a social and privacy element mixed in with all of them. There is no pressure to socialise, and the locations make getting around less stressful.
- Best hostel for solo backpackers: Rambler Pocitos Hostel
- Best hostel for female solo travellers: MedioMundo Hostel
- Best hostel for older solo travellers: Habemus Hostel
One more hostel we’d like to mention is Buenas Vibras Hostel Montevideo.
This big communal house naturally brings people together.
It’s no wonder when the main common areas are so big and inviting. Enjoy a huge backyard with BBQ, 2 large fireplaces, a kitchen and an inner garden area.
Stay here and you’ll be sleeping just 5-minutes from the beach and 15-minutes from the city centre!
Party Hostels in Montevideo
Who’s looking for a good time at a party hostel in Montevideo? Your search is over, dear reader.
El Viajero – Downtown Hostel & Suites, also known as Viajero Montevideo Hostel, is the only hostel we recommend for having a super duper fun time.
This hostel is located within a typical colonial-style house, now a hostel with a fun spirit.
What gives this place the edge?
- Super social outdoor solarium & terrace
- Hostel bar that’s open 24/7
- Live music
During the day you can relax in the garden or common area. Turn on the TV or grab a game for a laid-back afternoon.
There’s also an on-site cafe and bicycle rental. Reception is open 24 hours a day for your safety and needs.
Before you go! We also have another party option for budget travellers.
Vato Loko Hostel-Pub is a party hostel at the weekends, and a chilled hostel on the weekdays.
The pub opens up to the public only at weekends. Otherwise it’s exclusively for hostel guests.
These guys include a free breakfast, and affordable pizzas and beer at the bar. Happy Hour offers great drink deals that aren’t to be missed!
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Rambler Pocitos Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- MedioMundo Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Habemus Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Montevideo best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Montevideo. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Montevideo hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Plaza Independencia
- Mercado del Puerto
- Salvo Palace
- Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral
- Mercado Agrícola de Montevideo
- Feria de Tristan Narvaja
Flights to Montevideo?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over South America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Montevideo – some of the best Uruguay hostels on offer.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries