Where to stay in Colonia del Sacramento – A guide to the colonial jewel of Uruguay
Colonia del Sacramento is a historical landmark of Uruguay.
The city is located in the southwest of the country, in the region of Rio de la Plata, off the coast of Buenos Aires.
The history of this Colony is palpable in its Historic Center, with buildings from the period that remain intact, as well as charming cobbled streets.
Colonia del Sacramento captivates for its historical legacy, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as well as its beaches and natural spaces.
This city has a humid subtropical climate, with hot weather that runs from late October to mid-April and is the best season to visit it for its clear skies.
To reach this city, there is the Laguna de Los Patos International Airport, about 10 minutes east of the departmental capital.
From Buenos Aires, boat connections are available throughout the day. While, from Montevideo, you can take a bus to Colonia del Sacramento.
The so-called “colonial jewel of Uruguay” is full of old colonial buildings and streets that can be easily walked.
The Historic Center is the best area to stay in Colonia del Sacramento for hosting most of its attractions and having hotels of all kinds (See accommodation in Colonia del Sacramento City Center).
Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.
The best areas to stay in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
1. Our favorite area: Historic Center
The Historic Center is, as its name implies, the birthplace of Colonia del Sacramento.
One of its icons is the Puerta de la Ciudadela, the old entrance to Colonia del Sacramento, located in a military fort with thick walls that were frequently targeted by pirate attacks.
Today, this door marks the limits between the new part of the city and the Historic Center, in front of 1811 Square. Going through the door is like entering another time and reliving the colonial era.
It is precisely in the Historic Center where you can see the fusion of Portuguese and Spanish colonial architecture in the city.
In addition, in this area, you can enjoy museums, theater, art, crafts, and good food.
In the Historic Center, you can rent bicycles and golf carts to move around the city or go to the countryside.
In this area of Colonia del Sacramento, you can walk in peace and enjoy a unique landscape, with privileged views of the Río de la Plata.
The Historic Center has the oldest church in Uruguay, the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament, a neo-Gothic temple.
This area has a great variety of hotels, including international hotel chains, boutique hotels and typical inns in colonial houses.
This is also the best area to stay in Colonia del Sacramento for romantic getaways since you can get spectacular views of the sunsets over Rio de la Plata.
Also, excellent panoramic views of Colonial del Sacramento can be captured from the lighthouse or from the old pier, both in this area.
Why is this a recommended area to stay:
- Best area for sightseeing
- Colonial architecture
- All kinds of hotels
Accommodation in this area
Don Antonio Posada
This colonial-style inn in Uruguay offers a Spanish gallery of red tiles overlooking the pool and free Wi-Fi throughout.
Hotel Esperanza & Artemisa Spa
This property is located in the historic circuit of Colonia and offers a heated pool, spa and gym. All rooms at Artemisa have free Wi-Fi. The city’s bus terminal is 800 meters away.
Posada Plaza Mayor
Posada Plaza Mayor is located in the historic center of Colonia del Sacramento and offers panoramic views, free Wi-Fi and breakfast. The gate of the Citadel is 100 meters away.
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