This traditional, colonial property has one of the best locations in the well preserved Portuguese colonial port of Colonia, on the corner of the main plaza. It occupies a rambling old early 18th century house which backs on to the River Plate. Posada Playa Mayor oozes history and old-fashioned charm: a flower-filled central courtyard with deckchairs and a bubbling fountain, rooms with high ceilings and centuries-old stone walls, a lovely breakfast room with creaky wooden floor and views of the river. Most of its 15 rooms are in the original house.
This is the best least-altered of the colonial hotels in Colonia. A few stylistic misadventures lend it a slightly chintzy feel but lots of unpretentious, pousada-style charm. It’s deal for a few days’ change of scene from Buenos Aires.