Hostel Montevideo is located a few blocks from Ciudad Vieja’s main street, Avenue 18 de Julio, in a residential neighborhood. The hostel is housed in an old building that appears to have been a market place during a previous life.
The main area of the hostel is a huge, 2-story open room that holds the dinning and reception areas as well as a ping pong table. The area is accented by a three story cast iron spiral staircase. On a small second-story landing are the three hostel computers with internet access.
The internet access and the computers themselves are somewhat unreliable at Hostel Montevideo, but there is free wireless in case your are traveling with a laptop. The hostel also has universal power strips so as long as your electronics can handle at-least 220 volts you are all set.
The hostel is divided in to about 10 dormitories of varying size. The beds are all made and there is no charge for sheet rentals. Each room has lockers and an electric heater. We would suggest avoiding dormitory 1 as it is right next to the street and above the hostel’s bar. As a result this room is colder in the winter and noisier due to the street and bar.
The staff is very nice and accommodating. There are no fluent English speakers currently working at this hostel which made asking for advice difficult for us, but that is our own fault.
If room allows they will try to give each party a dormitory to themselves. This was very nice for us traveling as a couple because there are no options for private rooms.
The living room has plenty of seating and a fireplace that is lit daily. The fireplaces also has a grate so you can cook your chorizo or asado like an Uruguayo. Seeing a gringo sipping mate and grilling chorizo in the fireplace quickly brought a smile to our Uruguayan hosts’ faces.
The kitchen is open for guest use and they welcome visitors to cook their own meals. There also a refrigerator for guest use. The bar in the basement served drinks at very reasonable prices and gives visitors a place to play pool, meet other travelers, and/or prepare for a night out on Bartolome Mitre. The current bartender even offers DJ lessons.
This was our favorite place to stay in Montevideo. It was in a quieter area and had good amenities. If you’re staying in Montevideo you should definitely check it out. Where else can you stay with a cast iron spiral staircase?