There are these gems around the world, small, owner-operated hotel homes, tucked away up a mountain road or down a sandy beach lane, that you cannot believe you have stumbled upon let alone have the good fortune to claim a room key for. B&B reconfigured – no longer the sweet pot pourrie basket on the bedside table and the berry-filled muffin on the kitchen table – these are the stunning products of visionary individuals, expressions of passion and style, creativity and forward thinking.
Welcome to Casa Zinc, located on Uruguay’s Atlantic Coast midway between the iconic South American watering hole, Punta del Este, and the hipper than hip ex-fishing village, Jose Ignacio and one block off the main drag that is the village of La Barra. Perfectly located to access some of the most beautiful beaches, the best restaurants and the most happening events that South America has on offer, Casa Zinc is at once a launchpad and a retreat. Enter the zinc container gate and you are greeted by a hundred year old olive tree that dominates a sun-drenched courtyard planted with lavender and paved with faded brick and stones. A 6-room hotel enveloped in ambiance and style awaits. The vision of Aaron Hojman, a charming man of uncommon design talent and formidable energy who also owns a salvage antique and architectural artifact warehouse nearby, Casa Zinc offers comfort and relaxation at a reasonable price.
There are many big name hotels popping up the length of South America’s summer playground but none, in my view, have the magic of Casa Zinc.