Costa Colonia – Riverside Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Witty, thoughtful interiors from noted architect Martín Gómez that max out light and space
- Large balconies in river-facing lofts and suites, perfect for enjoying a cocktail at sunset
- Bilingual staff with warmth and local knowledge to spare
What To Know
- You’ll be a (lovely) 20- to 30-minute stroll from Colonia’s historic quarter
- Area is booming, which means construction noise is a possibility
- Restaurant better suited to lunch, snacks or drinks than a full evening meal
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The lobby is cute, with its pair of Eames chairs, its caramel chesterfield and Pop Art–style paintings of bathers by local artist Sara Perelman, but the five-story atrium beyond is breathtaking. A wedge-shaped space pointed directly at the river, with wood-paneled walls and a billowing canvas roof, it could fool you into thinking you’ve stepped onto a luxury yacht that’s about to weigh anchor. All guestrooms and amenities connect with this impressive chamber via glass elevators and walkways.
Bed and Bath
Stylewise, the guestrooms are more Copenhagen than Colonia, blending disparate materials and fittings — fashionably unfinished wood and concrete surfaces, funky plastic lampshades, marble-topped nightstands – into an easy-on-the-eye whole. As well as King beds and kitchenettes, all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto furnished balconies. Choose a River Loft or a Super Loft for the best river views, a River Suite for extra space and a sofabed. Bathrooms are small and purely functional, offering good showers but no soaking tubs.
The core shared amenities are at the front of the hotel, beyond the great atrium’s “prow” and facing the river. The restaurant opens for breakfast (a light spread of fresh fruit, cold cuts, pastries and, of course, dulce de leche) and then switches to sandwiches, pizzas and drinks (try a local Tannat) once the sun is over the yardarm. These can be enjoyed on a teak lounger outside by the shallow pool, which is screened by rushes and young palms. Downstairs is a petite spa with a heated dipping pool, cardio room and dry sauna; you can also enjoy a massage or facial treatment.
In the Area
Take two turns around the winding cobblestone streets of Historic Quarter of Colonia, first by day for the city gate, lighthouse and whitewashed basilica, then by night to see it all again by the yellow glow of the old streetlamps, and to enjoy a cold beer in Plaza Mayor. For afternoon tea and cheesecake, grab a butterfly chair in the garden at Lentas Maravillas; for pizza and mojitos, a table on La Bodeguita’s river-facing terrace. Hungry? Try a chivito (a local specialty meat sandwich that’s hard to lift, let alone eat) from legendary food cart Mi Carrito. The area’s best beach — Playa Ferrando — is just over a mile east of town but worth the shlep.
How to Get There
From the delicious fresh fruit and amazing coffee for breakfast to the cozy large bed, this place was superb. We arrived early and was able to check in early. Thank you! Hotel was modern and had large rooms. Loved the Colonia too!
Costa Colonia is a really nice boutique hotel with an elegant style.
Rooms are large, clean and have natural light during the day.
The bed was really cozy and pillows were a dream!
Breakfast is pretty good, better than I expected... you have the typical pastries, bread for toast, dulce de leche and sweet jams, etc.. but also boiled eggs, tomatoes wit some other grilled vegetables, a decent variety of fruit,ham & cheese, etc.
The indoors pool was great, it had the perfect temperature and the area was always clean.
We were invited to join a wine & cheese tasting at the hotel for absolutely no charge and it was the cherry on top of our stay!!
Staff was definetly the best! Always kind and eager to help! For sure I would come back to this hotel and I highly recommend it, if you don´t mind being 20 blocks away from Colonia downtown.
The hotel and the room were overall pretty clean. Our room was big, however the refrigerator was very loud, so were the dogs outside the hotel which didn‘t make us sleep very comfortably.
What they could do better is keeping the breakfast room clean. There were breadcrumbs everywhere and it wasn‘t very busy. When the tables were cleaned this was done in a rather sloppy manner.
Overall our stay was ok, but I wouldn’t return or recommend this place. It‘s also for sure not what I consider as boutique hotel.