THE PERFECT LITTLE HOTEL, IN THE PERFECT LITTLE BEACH TOWN

Posada del Faro | Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

[JOSE IGNACIO, URUGUAY] — The first time I tried to book a room, I got an email back from Jose, the owner, saying “There is no luxury in Jose Ignacio, the roads are unpaved, there is no ATM.  We are just a small place and also not a luxury hotel. There is no restaurant, no room service and no gym.”  That’s when I knew I had to go there. And I’ve been coming back ever since.

Posada del Faro is one of my go-to places. I’ve been five times now and each time it is like coming back home. It’s a small place and one of the few hotels in Jose Ignacio. Just a handful of rooms, it books up early and often, and nearly impossible to get into around the peak high season over the Christmas holidays.

It’d be hard to find a better hotel site, overlooking the beach just across the road, the perfect setting to view the burnt orange sunset each night. And you can walk to dinner each night and not have to find a place to park. The layout of the hotel is nearly perfect; an L shaped layout of a dozen rooms splayed around an intimate pool, complete with a sunken swim up bar. The music, curated by Jose’s stylish wife, Carla, is the perfect soundtrack for your vacation — just the right mix of Brazilian chill — that stays with you long after you’ve left. (I can’t think of a visual memory of the pool, without some good groove being attached to it).

“There is no luxury in Jose Ignacio, the roads are unpaved, there is no ATM.  We are just a small place and also not a luxury hotel. There is no restaurant, no room service and no gym.”  That’s when I knew I had to go there.

The rooms are nice and rustically elegant, just a little bit worn in the tooth, but more like a friend’s house than worn out. Definitely splurge on a superior room and not get stuck in an interior one. The interior rooms are fine, but the outdoor space on the end units (there are four) is worth every penny.

The rooms are a perfect example of “dramatic simplicity”, no doubt due to Carla’s incredible taste. Not fancy, not posh, just the right amount of style, with really nice roomy showers to wash away the sand and salt. Breakfast is a treat unto itself, as the beautiful staff find you wherever you are and deliver an elegant tray of toasts, coffee and juice, in your room, by the pool or in the living room. A really nice touch that Carla did was to have white cotton drapes dangling from nearly every wood post; it’s addictive laying there leisurely, with the gentle breeze, the music and the calm wafting over you.

Is it the nicest hotel in the world? No. But it may be the most perfect one…and it has a soul that fuels your memory for years.

I’ve stayed here every time I’ve come to Jose Ignacio, so these pictures are from all those times over the years.

 

 

Posada del Faro room view

This is not Greece.

Last visited: February 2014

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