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
beautiful resort, amazing views to the sea, big rooms with fully equiped kitchen. nice spa with both indoor & outdoor swimming pools. very relaxing atmosphere. nice restaurant serving all meals. reception were veery helpful with all needs. highly recommended
Our hotel room was big and had a very beautiful view of the river. There was also a nice balcony to sit on and look at the view. I think the breakfast was very good and the homemade bread was delicious. However, I wouldn't recommend the restaurant for lunch and dinner. The quality of the food in general could be much better. We ordered a "picada" and the cheese was not good and even a little moldy.
This hotel is away from the center center but if you like walking, there is a scenic path next to the river to town..Very large, bright and modern room. We were in a room next to the elevator and would suggest some other location to obtain a nicer view. Great breakfast buffet with lots of choices. Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner also and food very good.