Off a quiet side road in La Barra, just outside of Punta del Este, this seaside boutique hotel has a facade of rusted corrugated iron and haute hodge-podge interiors. Inside, the lived-in vibe meshes well with the shabby-chic décor and eclectic mix of vintage furniture, books, and knickknacks.
The property’s aesthetic reflects the passion of its owner, Aaron Hojman, a local designer and antiques dealer. Traditional milk jugs and vintage apothecary bottles sit atop old medical filing cabinets; faded back issues of The New Yorker have been stacked into neat towers. Worn but comfy blanket-covered chesterfield sofas are the perfect place to curl up with a book.
Casa Zinc is laid back. Breakfast is served at a communal table until the afternoon, in response to the late nights typical of Punta. Retreat to one of the funky six rooms like architecto, airy and spacious, decorated with the restraint of a Bauhaus-trained architect.