3 Best Hostels in Montevideo – Social Hubs for Backpackers in Uruguay

3 Best Hostels in Montevideo, Uruguay

Let’s venture to the capital of Uruguay and check out the absolute best hostels in Montevideo. Are you ready?

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.

Your shortcut:

  1. MedioMundo Hostel – best for female solo travelers
  2. Che Lagarto Hostel – top pick for couples
  3. Charruas Hostel – perfect for solo travellers

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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 you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

The nearest city to Montevideo worth visiting is Buenos Aires in Argentina. Find here our guide to best hostels in Buenos Aires.

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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.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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!

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The 3 Best Hostels in Montevideo

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Montevideo.

  1. MedioMundo Hostel
  2. Che Lagarto Hostel
  3. Charruas Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Charruas Hostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: MedioMundo Hostel
🥳 Party Hostel:El Viajero – Downtown Hostel & Suites
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Che Lagarto Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Che Lagarto Hostel
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: MedioMundo Hostel
🎒 For Backpackers: Charruas Hostel

1. 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
Book MedioMundo Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Che Lagarto Hostel

The team at Che Lagarto Hostel know how to make your stay a perfect one.

Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. warm and fun atmosphere
  2. leafy terrace
  3. use of common kitchen
  4. delicious homemade breakfast

Honestly, what we enjoy most about this cool hostel is the bright design that follows you wherever you go. Who doesn’t appreciate a splash of bright colour!?

The rooms are pretty basic, yet clean and comfortable.

It’s a good stay for both solo travellers and couples as there is a mix of shared and private rooms.

Good to know: There aren’t any organised activities here.

Location: Just 600m from the bus terminal and 100m from Pocitos which is close to everything you might need.

This is one of the best hostels in Montevideo for

  • Couples
Book Che Lagarto Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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3. Charruas Hostel

If we were to sum up Charruas Hostel in three words we’d use fun, bright and homely.

Just looking at the photos you will begin to get a really good feel for the overall vibe of the place.

It’s the kind of hostel you can feel comfortable doing your own thing or mingling with others – whatever you fancy!

Let’s have a sneak peek at some of the amenities:

  • Courtyard bar
  • Ample seating/hangout areas
  • Indoor chillout lounge
  • Shared kitchen

Once again, this is a colourful hostel with warm colours throughout the building. There is also amazing artwork on the walls.

There’s a good mix of rooms including mixed dorms as well as male and female only dorms!

If you fancy some alone time, opt for the affordable private double.

Excellent: Privacy curtains come with all bunkbeds!

To top it off, some roooms come with a cosy woodfire. Noice.

Location: Situated 1.9 km from Pocitos Beach and 2.7 km from Cagancha Square. 

This is one of the best hostels in Montevideo for

  • Solo travellers
Book Charruas Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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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.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Montevideo
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

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:

  1. Montevideo Chic Hostel – kitchen, sun terrace, double rooms only (good for couples)

Che Lagarto Hostel is one of the best hostels in Montevideo, Argentina

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.

Let’s recap:

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
  • BBQ

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.

Book Viajero Montevideo Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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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:

  1. MedioMundo Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Che Lagarto Hostel: Hostelworld
  3. Charruas 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.

Any Discounts?

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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Our Favorite Hostels in Montevideo 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

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This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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A complete guide and overview to the best hostels in Montevideo, Uruguay for solo travelers & backpackers

Update: The following hostels below were once in our top 3 hostel recommendations but have sadly now closed.

CLOSED: Rambler Pocitos Hostel

We chose Rambler Pocitos Hostel as #1 because of two main things:

  1. 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.

CLOSED: 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.

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