For the best views and comfort in Punta Del Diablo, stay at Muelles del Diablo Tranquilo. This beautifully-kept apart-hotel is in an elevated location just one block from the beach.
Muelles del Diablo Tranquilo has everything you want for a self catering holiday. The charming duplex apartments are spacious, beautifully equipped and constructed from hearty century-old recycled materials. Most apartments have ocean or pool views. You’re close just to everything. On site there’s a lovely swimming pool and sundeck and your hosts have thought of everything. It’s no surprise that Muelles has a 9.6 rating in Booking.com.
Owners Carlos and Laura are from Montevideo. They fell in love with Punta del Diablo decades ago and built their own holiday home (now part of the complex). Then they started salvaging noble materials from demolitions in the capital—oak floorboards, stained glass windows and hefty wrought iron verandas—with the idea that someday they would create a lovely complex with a rustic elegance previously unobtainable in this hippie beach town. The dream came true in 2020 when they opened Muelles del Diablo Tranquilo, after gutting what had been Uruguay’s first ever hostel, the Diablo Tranquilo, run by a guy from the US who some credit (or blame!) with putting Punta del Diablo on the map internationally. Muelle means dock or quay, and many of the huge ceiling beams you will see were part of a century-old dock that was in ruins in the bay of Montevideo.
What you should know
This is one of the best locations close to everything yet is self-contained, plus off street parking, to have a very private experience. Each unit has a private deck or sitting space complete with a high-end Kamado ceramic grill.
The owners have really gone all out to provide quality. Everything from the fully equipped well-thought out kitchens and bathrooms, quality mattresses and of course the Kamado grills. Guests have access to the professional laundry on site. There’s also a vegetable garden onsite for you to grab salad leaves and herbs!
The duplexes are charming, but there are some steep staircases, and occasionally no guardrails. If this is an issue, make sure that you ask for advice regarding which duplex to choose.
Staff on site do not speak English but are warm and helpful. Information is provided in English and you’ll be in direct contact with the owners who do speak English via WhatsApp. They’re extremely responsive.
A great place to stay particularly for longer stays and off-season. There are always better deals off season when rates go as low as 65 USD per night. Enquire regarding deals for long stays. Many of Muelles del Diablo’s visitors are repeat visitors during the winter as the quality of construction runs to double glazed windows and excellent wood pellet stove heating systems.
Daily maid service and rental of high-end beach parasols and chairs is available at an additional charge. Bring shampoo and other toiletries as they’re not provided.
A 30% deposit must be made to secure your reservation, using either a bank transfer or PayPal. Check their website for rates and book directly.
Minimum nights. There is a two night minimum in low season. In high season, a small apartment minimum is 4 nights and large apartments one week minimum. However, Carlos and Laura say that there are always the possibility of squeezing in for a few days between bookings and not to let the minimum stay put you off.
What’s close by
- Beaches Four beaches comprising six miles of coastline utterly deserted most of the year
- Whale-watching from the beach between June and November if you’re fortunate
- Santa Teresa National Park, Rocha 2,000 acres of forest and gardens, a colonial fort and some of Uruguay’s most spectacular beaches 10 mins by car
- Beach hike to Santa Teresa A spectacular walk along some of the most beautiful beaches in Uruguay 2-2.5 hours one way
- Cabo Polonio National Park, Rocha One of Uruguay’s most incredible beauty and wildlife spots 50 minutes by car
- Chuy A Brazilian-Uruguay bordertown with ATM and gas station (at competitive Brazilian prices!) 20 minutes
The Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay includes much more great background and recommendations for a Rocha holiday.
Photos: Muelles del Diablo Tranquilo