Punta del Este hotels range from the small to the large, and from the budget options to the extravagant, thus catering for vacationers of all tastes and budgets. The emphasis here, admittedly, is on upmarket travel—Punta del Este is often referred to as the St Tropez of South America, so highly regarded is it among the continent's rich and famous. Luxury hotels and high-rise resorts are certainly not difficult to come by as a result, but dig around and you can find Punta del Este accommodation that suits all budgetary types, from the high-flying executive to cent-counting backpacker. Whichever group you belong to, Punta del Este certainly makes for a memorable vacation.
At the very top end of the scale, the Mantra Punta del Este Resort (pictured) is well known for its luxury sensibilities. This Mediterranean-inspired resort is hidden in a private woodland, atop a hilltop near to La Barra. About a five-minute drive from Punta del Este itself, it is one of the most serene Punta del Este hotels available. Terraces overlooking the hotel’s pool, and in-room fireplaces, come standard, as does haute cuisine in the hotel’s lauded restaurant. Perhaps the best thing about this luxury hotel in Punta del Este, though, is its sense of self-containment—and self-contentedness. There’s a top-notch health spa and a so-called boutique casino, built within the grounds of the hotel, which means you hardly have to leave your room to enjoy the indulgent delights of life in this part of Uruguay.
Another notable luxury hotel in Punta del Este is Awa Boutique Design Hotel. This is a clean-lined and high-quality place that features a gentle, sophisticated design sensibility. Facilities include a heath spa, a swimming pool, and sauna, as well as a home theatre. The hotel is also exceptionally well located in a quiet area of town that’s nonetheless within a block of the town’s main shopping mall and within six blocks of the popular Brava and Mansa beaches.
If you’re looking for luxury Punta Del Este accommodation that’s even closer to the mix, Hotel La Bluette is be a great option. The hotel is within walking distance of the famous Bikini beach, which is where Uruguay’s rich and famous habitually gather, as well as the village of La Barra, where you’ll find a fun barrage of boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Set within a grand mansion, it’s surprisingly homey place for a luxury hotel in Punta del Este.
Towards the budget end of the scale, Punta del Este accommodation is sparser, but it is still quite possible to find. The Hostel de Patio, for example, is an abiding favorite for backpackers to the town. It’s a clean, well-run place, that’s well located in the downtown area. Other noteworthy examples of cheap Punta del Este hotels include the Manantiales Hostel and the Backpacker de la Barra.
When it comes to booking your Punta del Este accommodation, make sure to look out for vacation packages, as these often allow you to save quite a lot of money during your vacation. The packages may include hotel reservations, car rental, and flights, all in one flat fee, and they make for a stress-free and frequently budget-minded way of organizing a vacation to this part of the world.