Choosing the right hotel in Ushuaia
Ushuaia is the gateway to Antarctica and the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, and sits on the shore of the beautiful Beagle Channel. The accommodation options in town aren't especially interesting - but that’s not the reason you’ve come here. By day you’ll most likely be hiking in the mountains, bird watching in the national park or sailing on the Beagle Channel. By night you have a few quite different options:
- A 5 star hotel up in the mountains overlooking Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, with its own nature reserve
- A couple of more traditional hotels, on the shores of the Beagle Channel
- Some well priced mid-range options a short taxi ride from town
- Lots of options across different price points in the town itself
Out of town
If you're don't mind a short taxi ride, Ushuaia's out-of-town hotels some great views of the Beagle Channel.
Los Cauquanes is one of only a handful of places sits on the shore of the Beagle Channel and certainly the most luxurious. From your room you can gaze across one of the most beautiful and dramatic stretches of water in Patagonia, enjoying the extraordinary birdlife that come to these shores and distant mountains of Isla Navarino. The hotel itself is somewhat traditional and a little dated and some might expect more at this price point. However, the rooms are comfortable and spacious, and there’s a spa for resting your legs after a day exploring the national park. It’s situated 5-6km to the west of town so you can get into town quite easily with a 15 min journey by shuttle bus or taxi.
US$400 for a double room, per night.
The Arakur sits in the mountains above Ushuaia and offers extraordinary views over the Beagle Channel. They have a private nature reserve which offers at least half a day of wonderful hiking and exploration either with or without a guide. You’ll be 20 minutes from town by shuttle bus or taxi. If you want to get a feel for the wilderness of Tierra del Fuego rather than the urban life of Ushuaia, and have the budget, then this is the best option.
US$340 for a double room, per night.
The Tokeyen Hotels sits on the Beagle Channel and is often a first choice for birdwatchers as the surrounding shores attract an extraordinary number and diversity of birds, especially at low tide. There are 52 rooms, including a couple of suites. They are a little dated but relatively comfortable. The restaurant is well-priced.
US$170 for a double room, per night.
Tierra de Leyendas
A 3 star option 10 minutes outside of town, just a couple of hundred metres from the Beagle Channel. You’re slightly up the hill so some rooms have a view out across the water. The hotel has an authentic feel, somewhat like most Patagonian estancias. They describe themselves as a Boutique hotel and customer feedback has been very positive.
US$160 for a double room, per night.
Hosteria Mi Vida
Our number one choice of the mid-range options on the basis of: small and homely ambiance, short walk to the Beagle Channel, and outstanding food. There are only 16 rooms and whilst they aren’t especially large the architecture makes for a light and airy feel and the place is full of interesting antiques. The owner of the hotel is also a chef so you’ll be sure to enjoy good quality local cuisine. The hotel is only 10 minutes from the centre of town by taxi.
US$150 for a double room, per night.
A small, friendly, owner-run hotel on the outskirts of Ushuaia. The rooms are cosy but comfortable and breakfast will stand you in good stead for a day ahead exploring the Tierra del Fuego national park. A taxi ride to San Martin in the middle of town costs around US$7 and takes about 10 minutes. A great choice at this price point if you don't mind being outside of town.
US$120 for a double room, per night.
This is an upmarket hostel with both shared dormitories and some private rooms. The atmosphere is very welcoming and friendly. It's very close to the airport (almost walking distance) but a good 15 minutes from town.
US$140 for a 3 person room (1 king and 1 single bed), per night.
Cilene del Faro
Made up of 48 spacious and modern apartments, this option is perfect for those who want a bit more space. The apartments are self-catered, giving you the freedom to cook when and what you want. Guests also have access to the spa and swimming pool.
US$320 for a double room, per night.
Hotel Fueguino has a great location, just one block from the main street. The hotel was built 10 years ago but still feels pretty modern and in good shape. The downside of something at this price is the views: none of the rooms have an unobstructed view to either the channel or the mountains.
US$290 for a double room, per night.
The original 4 star hotel, and part of a Argentinian hotel group, the Albatros has the most central location in town - directly in front of the port. The hotel has a spa and lots of well decorated public areas, but the bedrooms are a bit on the small side.
US$260 for a double room, per night.
This is a modern hotel just two blocks from San Martin, the main street in Ushuaia. The breakfast room is up on the top floor and has good views out across the water; as do some of the bedrooms on the higher floors. There are also a couple of apartments if you prefer the independence of cooking for yourself from time to time. Staff are very friendly and the hotel is clear, airy and spacious.
US$230 for a double room, per night.
This is a small guest house (just 15 rooms) situated four blocks up the hill from the Beagle Channel. It's a 15 minute walk to the port and the views are some of the best from the in-town hotels. Nice decor, welcoming atmosphere and plenty of public areas make this a great choice at this price point.
US$200 for a double room, per night.
This is the safe bet for a value-for-money stay in Ushuaia without any surprises. The hotel is quiet, wi-fi available throughout, and the rooms clean and comfortable. It's also conveniently located right in the city centre, so it's easy to find and is only a short walk from the restaurants.
US$150 for a double room, per night .
The fantastic common room creates that typical backpacker-vibe that engenders friendliness and befriending of fellow guests. Cheap, clean, comfortable, and in the city centre.
US$120 for a double room, per night.
The out of town options offer better value and better views - and getting a taxi in and out of town is very easy and affordable.
FAQs about Hotels in Ushuaia
It's very easy and for most places takes just 10-15 minutes. The upmarket hotels offer a shuttle service, and a taxi will only cost around $10 USD.
If you have a hotel near the main street (San Martin) then you'll easily be able to walk to the port, in just 5 minutes.
Ushuaia is the disembarkation point for the majority of cruises to Antarctica. This means that it has a very seasonal demand in November through to February and the hotels often struggle to fill their rooms during the rest of the year.
The Tierra del Fuego National Park is 11km to the west of town and can be reached either by bus or taxi.
When I visit Ushuaia I always like to stay out of town - if I'm travelling all the way to the end of the world then it seems a waste to miss out on those incredible views of the Beagle Channel.
Luke Errington Founder, Swoop Patagonia
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