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“Nice Hostel with Swimming Pool”
Review of F&F Hostel

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F&F Hostel
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Overall this a nice hostel, with a swimming pool

Pros:
It's a boutique operation, not a cookie cutter hostel. You can tell the owner put allot of effort into the design, from the fun logo to the slab of granite in the bathroom

Great Staff, very friendly and helpful

Swimming pool. Only three other hostels in Punta have pools and this one has the best location. Trust me on the very hot days you really want to stay near a pool

Extremely clean, great kitchen, bathrooms.

Location is OK, not great. About a 5 minutes walk to stores and markets

Some fun activities at night, such as movies and live music

Cons:

Be careful checking in when it comes to the price. Some of the people at the front desk will want to charge you a bit more. Same with the bar. When you order a beer the default they want to give you is the larger size but I found this all over Uruguay tourist areas. It's not that they are dishonest because they are not but they do tend to try to upwell you. Seems to be part of the culture.

As pointed out in another review beds don't have proper mattress but foam. I thought they were OK but I heard some complaints.

Room Tip: Check out the private room on the top floor of the house. Great bathroom and interesting space.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Visited this hostel over the period from 23rd Dec - 27th Dec, we stayed here over Christmas so we could have a wee bit of a party. We booked on the basis that it was close to the beach and it looked quite nice and homely.
At the time when we booked it said that there was secure lockers, this wasn't the case, they were still building them when we were there, by now they should be built and available for use.
Over the time that I was travelling round Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay this was the only hostel that never offered or provided breakfast and a few of the other hostels were much cheaper, wasn't a big issue though and didn't bother me that much.
With the layout of the hostel and the close proximity of the bar area to the rooms it can be quite noisy as the bar is open until 2am at the earliest, so if you are looking for some quiet time then this could pose a problem. It wasn't a problem for me because I was in the bar until it shut every night anyway.
There was a good crowd of young people in the hostel and the staff are very friendly. If you're up for a party at night and chill during the day the is the place to be.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

F & F hostel is the most unique building in Punta del Este and stands out from the miserable industrial apartments of the area.
The decor and furniture is reminiscent of a East London vintage boutique creating a cosy and familiar atmosphere, allowing you to lounge around and make the hostel your own.
Federico made myself and my friends feel completely at ease and went above and beyond to ensure we had lots of fun whilst in Uruguay - taking us to the local hotspots and immersing us in the culture.
I'll be back for sure!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

I went with 3 friends and we have a great time there! Good rooms, clean and very good people working there, they make all The nights differents kinds of food for us! Great pool! Near of The center and near The bus station!
We are going back for sure!!
Bests to F&F !!
Jason, from Manchester.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Thank Sapeodi
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Reviewed 2 May 2013 via mobile

Loved the owner federico and all the Crew. The hostel was every day a new experience. cant wait to go back!
The cleaning was perfect and breakfast was delicious ! I felt like home!
The other giests were cool too !

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

My opinion is this is a nightclub and not a hostel. And should not be considered one. It is a nice looking old home from the street and has a beautiful common area outside next to a small pool with hammocks that is quite pleasing. It is relatively close to two beaches. The staff is friendly. And it is cheap. But here is the reason.

You arrive with your online confirmation and they then charge you more than the online price you booked. Second, they advertise hot showers. Don't believe it. There was no hot water when I was there. In the dorms the beds are hand made and not standard. If you are tall you will not fit. There are no mattresses in the dorms. Just thin cut foam. So you sleep on the wooden cross slats. Very uncomfortable. The rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and common areas are filthy with trash, bugs, dirt and sand. It also smell of beer, vodka and puke. At night there is a DJ in the bar that plays ear splitting music from 8PM to 4AM non-stop. My earplugs were useless. The bar and common area is packed with people partying. They are not all guests at the hostel. This is a security concern as the staff has no idea who is coming and going. So at 4AM all the revelers then go pass out on their beds with a bad thin foam mattress so I guess they do not notice. If you think you will get to sleep in late since everyone goes to sleep at 4AM you are mistaken. There are 3 high rise condominiums being built in the same block and construction begins at 8AM. This hostel is a long walk to the port and restaurant areas.

My judgement of this hostel is the owner advertises low prices online, overcharges when you arrive, cuts out normal services such as hot water, actual mattresses and cleaning crews and sells you alcohol all night and let's you pass out in his bar/nightclub each night thinking it is a hostel. I do not recommend this place. It has bad ratings for a reason.

Room Tip: All rooms are noisy. Avoid it if you want to sleep.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

The hostel itself was quite disappointing. we booked a private room with 2 bunk beds. The room stank of kerosene and the matteress were really old and limp. The hostel could do with some renovations.
The staff were very friendly and went out of their way to help us. The common area outside was lovely to sit and enjoy a cool beer. The location was close to the beach however a fair distance from the port and restaurant areas.

We paid a lot to hire this private room for 4 people and for what we paid it certainly wasn't worth it. However it was peak season so it was the cheapest accomodation we could find.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about F&F Hostel

Address: Parada 6, Brava Beach | Carlos Vaz Ferreira and Rosa de los Vientos, Punta del Este 20100, Uruguay
Region: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Punta del Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 56 Speciality Lodging in Punta del Este
Price Range: £15 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — F&F Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Here at the hostel we offer good rooms with shared facilities, common areas, WIFI, garden, bar, guest kitchen, parking, swimming pool, BBQ, surf lessons, bikes for rent and much more. Doesn't matter if you come to relax, have fun, meet people, or for the hottest nightlife in Punta, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE! ... more   less 
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