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A city that is sometimes overlooked for South America voyages, Montevideo is a stunning port capital © Ana Raquel S. Hernandes / Flickr
A city that is sometimes overlooked for South America voyages, Montevideo is a stunning port capital © Ana Raquel S. Hernandes / Flickr

Montevideo's 10 Best Cultural Hotels

A city that is sometimes overlooked for South America voyages, Montevideo is a stunning port capital that is home to nearly half of Uruguay’s population. Speckled with beautiful historical architecture, art galleries, museums, markets, and the ever-tempting coastal waters, these ten hotels offer a perfect stay to the whil you investigate the cultural riches of the city.

Esplendor Hotel Montevideo

Uniting history, art and culture, Esplendor Hotel Montevideo is located in the heart of the city’s Barrio de las Artes (Arts District) and is set in a building dating back to 1928. Filled with designer furnishings and exuding an artistic yet sophisticated aura, the hotel provides the perfect atmosphere to be creatively inspired before heading out to nearby galleries, restaurants and the sunny coast.


Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa

The history of Sofitel Montevideo dates back to 1921 when it was first opened as the Hotel Carrasco. This impressive building stood as a symbol of luxury in Montevideo, however, it was forced to close in the 1990s due to structural decline. Now owned by Sofitel, this national heritage building reopened in 2013 and its grand aesthetics emulates French architectural elegance, revealing the French influence that has been present in Montevideo since the Guerra Grande civil war.



Cottage Hotel

For those who want to observe Sofitel Montevideo’s grandeur without staying there, Cottage Hotel is located only a few streets down the road. The aesthetics of this building match its beach-front location while the inside façades of white and stone intertwine with wooden and red carpeted floors. The outdoor pool may be a drawing card for some, with its dark wooden decking and lounging sun chairs.



Don Boutique Hotel

Facing the famous Mercado del Puerto (Port Market), where travelers can migrate around stalls selling delicious Uruguayan food and stunning arts and crafts goods, Don Boutique Hotel offers a stylish retreat after a day of exploring. While displaying an art deco façade beautifully lit in the night and holding modern interiors peppered with gorgeous furniture, this hotel also prides itself on its El Palenque restaurant, where national grilled dishes can be enjoyed.



Axsur Design Hotel

The Axsur Design Hotel’s philosophy centers around art and design; housing furniture designed by the renowned Eugenio Aguirre and artworks that explore scenes found in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. The hotel takes pride in its aesthetics. Axsur Design Hotel is located in the Ciudad Vieja (the old town of Montevideo) and is only minutes away from destinations such as the Solis Theatre and the Museo Histórico Nacional.



After Hotel Montevideo

After Hotel Montevideo is located on Arturo Prat, only one street away from the picturesque bay of Puerto del Buceo. The Montevideo Shopping Centre and The World Trade Centre are also within reach, so there is always something to see and do. However, for those necessary days of lounging, the neoclassical aesthetics and neutral colours make the rooms a pleasure to stay in.



Belmont House

Belmont House is a haven of grandeur and luxury. Since its opening in 1995 the hotel has attracted a list of honourable guests, from Japan’s Princesa Sayako to the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa, as well as numerous South American presidents. Located in Carrasco, the hotel features a stunning outdoor pool, while the coast is also only a short walk away.



Orpheo Hotel Express

For those interested in staying in Montevideo’s downtown area, Orpheo Hotel Express is a new hotel that has been attracting travellers’ attention. The hotel features contemporary décor while its location next to Adela Reta National Auditorium makes it an enticing spot for those who want to see a performance. Eager to show their city to visitors, the hotel actively promotes cultural events such as Montevideo’s Carnival and the Uruguay International Film Festival.



Palermo Art Hostel

For those on a cheaper budget and eager to enjoy the night-life of the city, Palermo Art Hostel is an art-splattered accommodation that is full of character and charm. With its own bar, roof top area, and hammocks, the hostel exudes the character of the city, and it also organizes city tours, as well as lessons in Spanish, Tambor drums and Tango.


Posada al Sur

Posada al Sur is set amongst the historic colonial architecture of the old part of Montevideo. Surrounded by art galleries, this relaxed accommodation feels like it belongs to the city, allowing guests to embrace the culture of Uruguay’s capital. While Uruguayan art and décor add a homely aura to the interiors, Posada al Sur also takes pride in their support of sustainable tourism, artisan’s economic networks and small organic farms.

By Andrew Kingsford-Smith