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“Social hostel, but facilities can be improved”

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El Viajero Downtown Montevideo
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

I stayed at this hostel in Montevideo for 3 nights in a private room. The rooms are very basic and a bit prison-like which is in stark contrast to the building itself with the original colonial courtyard and architecture. The upside is that the social area in the courtyard is great with lots of sitting/hanging out room. The downside is that most of the rooms face the courtyard and the rooms downstairs don't seem to have windows based on my observations. So you can hear people hanging out and music playing (typically until around midnight on regular days and later on special occasions). The hostel does organize activities such as a Christmas Eve dinner, which is also nice if you're looking for a social scene. To summarize, it's great if you're looking for a hostel where you can easily socialize and meet people, but bring earplugs for sleeping.

The facilities are due for an upgrade. Toilets are often not working (ours wasn't when I checked in late at night even though they knew I was checking in that night, but they fixed it pretty quickly the following morning - they did provide a discount when asked; I also found some not working in shared bathrooms from time to time). Everything could use a paint job and new doors and locks, and newer sheets etc. We also stayed at El Viajero in La Pedrera, which was much more remodeled and taken care of.

The staff could also be more helpful which may be difficult as a bunch of them are also travelers who live there from time to time...we received wrong answers to a bunch of questions such as whether the market is open on Christmas Day (ended up wasting time and money going there to find out it was closed after all) or which restaurants are open. Would prefer they just said they didn't know!

Overall, it's an ok place to crash in a good location walking distance to the old city and a great place to meet people. But expect dated facilities and sometimes unhelpful staff.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs have windows/skylights vs. downstairs rooms with no windows
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

They claim the have hotel standards. However, our room had no windows at all and felt like a prison. The door didn't lock properly. The place was incredibly loud. At the reception desk they kept loud music all the time, including by night. Music went on at least till 3am, and so did the general noise. They claim they have laundry service, but once you arrive there, they will explain you that you can wash your stuff by hand and hang it upstairs to dry. Desk is friendly but not professional at all. For a few dollars per night more, you get a much better room in a nice hotel nearby. At El Viajero the only thing with hotel standards is the price.

  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Everything was great including the breaky, only thing lacking was the atmosphere. Possibly due to the fact it appeared there were a lot of long stay/workers living there, I'm not too sure. Otherwise great hostel in the heart of Downtown Montevideo close to most attractions. Would definitely recommend!

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for a night at the end of July. Mostly everything was fine, very helpful staff who spoke Spanish to me to help me practise (even though their English was far better!) and a good breakfast. The only thing I'd say is the rooms aren't ideal - in mine (11 I think) I didn't have a proper locker as the person sharing my bunk could get to my locker even if it was padlocked, and the rooms were cold: lacking both good insulation and heating, a sheet and blanket in mid-winter wasn't really sufficient.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I loved the place! It's beautiful, very good location, great people,awesome receptionist, delicious BBQ and cool bar and party at night! The price is reasonable, complete breakfast, nothing I could complain about! Thank you El Viajero for the incredible experience!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Additional Information about El Viajero Downtown Montevideo

Address: Soriano 1073 | Entre Rio Negro y Paraguay, Montevideo 11111, Uruguay
Region: Uruguay > Montevideo Department > Montevideo
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 95 Speciality Lodging in Montevideo
Price Range: $19 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Viajero Downtown Montevideo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Viajero Downtown Hostel & Suites is conveniently located in the heart of Montevideo: two blocks away from our most important Avenue 18 de Julio and only 10 minutes away from Montetvideo's main attractions. Near the nicest squares of our city (Plaza Cagancha, Plaza del Entrevero, Plaza Independencia and Plaza Matriz), 10 minutes walk away from the beach. Established in an ex hotel in a typical colonial style house of the XIX century, El Viajero Downtown Hostel & Suites has 12 private rooms with bathroom en-suite, offering you all the comfort of a hotel with the fun and relaxing atmosphere of a hostel. Well-equipped spacious kitchen, BBQ, colonial patio with a garden outside, movie area and a bar open 24/7. ... more   less 
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