Charco Hotel

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

At a Glance

  • Ideal location for exploring UNESCO town Colonia del Sacramento on foot

  • Rooms built into original Portuguese houses dating back to 1680

  • Lovely river views

  • El Rancho house with two bedrooms, ideal for families or couples travelling together

  • Stunning bistro restaurant with outdoor terrace serving fresh, local produce

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October to April is the ideal time to visit weather wise. The very popular peak summer season from Christmas to mid-February gets booked up well in advance so it's best to plan early.

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A charming boutique hotel with eight rooms in the heart of Uruguay's UNESCO World Heritage site, Colonia del Sacramento. Charco Hotel is made up of lovingly converted original 1680 Portuguese houses which form the rooms, suites and restaurant.

Charco Hotel has a superb position overlooking the river in Colonia del Sacramento, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located just a ten minute stroll from the port where you arrive on the ferry from Buenos Aires, it has an ideal position for exploring this charming, historic town.

The hotel comprises several original Portuguese houses dating back to 1680, with stone walls and terracotta tiled roofs. The integrity of the houses have been carefully maintained and the interiors lovingly and tastefully restored into seven rooms and a family house, as well as a charming bistro restaurant. Combining original interior stone walls with bright white furnishings, oatmeal coloured armchairs, the rooms have a cosy and relaxed feel.

There are pretty gardens leading down to the river and some rooms overlook the river whilst others overlook the characterful cobbled streets. The Bistro restaurant serves locally sourced dishes, from salads and antipasti to seafood courses and pizzas. There is a bright, airy restaurant and a sunny outdoor terrace to choose from.

Charco's rooms are each individual in their style, with two senior rooms, three suites, a spacious balcony room and a small room ideal for children. There is also El Rancho, a two-bedroom house with a spacious lounge, kitchen and family bathroom, with space to accommodate an extra bed.

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Each of the original Portuguese houses accommodates two bedrooms, and El Rancho is a self-contained family house with two bedrooms, large living room, kitchen and shared bathroom. All have been sensitively designed in line with UNESCO World Heritage rules, ensuring you enjoy the charm and history of these original fisherman's houses dating back to the 17th Century. The senior rooms overlook the quiet cobbled streets, whilst the balcony room has a large balcony with river views. The suites are more spacious with sitting areas, and there is a small room with twin beds ideal for children (but a little small otherwise).

All rooms have wifi internet, TV, iPod dock and safe.


Children are welcome at Charco Hotel. There are no interconnecting rooms as UNESCO rules prevent the structure of the buildings being changed. However, there is one room with twin beds which is in the same house as a double room, making it an ideal option for families, or El Rancho house which is a family unit with two bedrooms and a shared bathroom.


  • Across the River Plate to Colonia

    Take the fast ferry from Buenos Aires' port to the charming and lively UNESCO world heritage town of Colonia on the shores of the Rio de la Plata in neighbouring Uruguay. Explore the historic quarter and top highlights with your very own private guide.

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Location & directions

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Charco Hotel is located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Colonia del Sacramento. It is just ten minutes' walk from the port and has lovely river views.

How to get there

One hour by ferry from Buenos Aires and a five minute taxi ride, or ten minute walk from the port to the hotel.

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