The Best Hotels in Montevideo, Uruguay

Relax by the Atlantic at the Sofitel Montevideo
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3 March 2021

The capital of Uruguay is a more laid-back, off-the-tourist trail sibling to Buenos Aires, across the Río de la Plata – not least thanks to its beaches. Neighborhoods have their own distinct character, too: the smart set book into Punta Carretas, while Ciudad Vieja, the Old Town, has original properties, from belle-époque palaces to converted mansions, you can stay in. Here’s our pick.

Hyatt Centric Montevideo

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A prime location on the Rambla República del Perú promenade in Montevideo’s Pocitos neighborhood overlooking the Río de la Plata (La Plata River) means waterside views are merely a glimpse away at the Hyatt Centric. Rooms sporting contemporary design are airy, with many offering charming vistas of the world’s widest confluence. Gym bunnies will appreciate the spacious fitness center and indoor heated pool – especially during the winter.
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Smart Hotel Montevideo

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Just two blocks from Plaza Independencia and three from the cola-hued La Plata, the low-rise Smart Hotel is found in the heart of downtown Montevideo, close to many attractions such as the fanciful Palacio Salvo and Teatro Solís, center of the capital’s stage since 1856. Natural tones paint the palette of generously sized suites; dig into the hearty continental breakfast or enjoy an aperitif before dinner at Bar Americano, the in-house gastro pub.
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BIT Design Hotel

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Nature surrounds BIT Design Hotel, given that it’s a short walk from the La Plata River, Rodó Park and the green fairways of Uruguay Golf Club. Sizable suites sport matching runner and headboard colors that lend a touch of individuality, while weary heads will appreciate the pillow menu. Kickstart the day over the delicious buffet breakfast.
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Hotel Alquimista Montevideo

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast
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In the heart of Montevideo’s most desirable neighborhood of Carrasco, Alquimia is a restaurant that’s paired with six adorable rooms. Original features have been retained from this 1925 mansion’s glory days, such as stained-glass windows and wooden staircases. While away the sunset hours in the jasmine-infused garden before hopping over to the restaurant to sample a menu steered by seasonal ingredients.

Hotel Dazzler

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This newly built luxury hotel is located in a sophisticated and wealthy area of Montevideo, Punta Carretas. The rooms are generously sized, with large comfortable beds and modern bathrooms. Large windows offer lovely views of the surrounding area, and guests have access to a gym and pool. Despite the luxury ambience of the hotel, it is a good value, and is also near a number of restaurants as well as a shopping center full of amenities. If you don’t feel like leaving the hotel for dinner, opt for the on-site restaurant, which also serves breakfast.
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Cala di Volpe Boutique Hotel

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Also in the elegant Punta Carretas neighborhood, near the beachfront, is Cala di Volpe, where all the rooms have outstanding views of the ocean. The rooms include modern furnishings but display themes of traditional Neocolonial Uruguayan design, such as dark wood and deep red upholstery. There is an on-site restaurant, which along with breakfast and dinner, serves a sophisticated afternoon tea. The hotel also offers bike rentals, and guests have two hours to ride – it’s the perfect way to explore the area and take in the surrounding views of the Río de la Plata.
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Hotel Palacio

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In the historic Ciudad Vieja, or Old Town, is Hotel Palacio, just a block from the central Plaza Independencia. The hotel is set within a stunning Neocolonial mansion, with ornate balconies and an antique elevator and plenty of traditional features in the rooms. Some rooms have balconies large enough for a table and chairs, where guests can enjoy views of the surrounding Neocolonial rooftops. There is no restaurant, but it is situated right by plenty of cafés and restaurants. The rooms are comfortable, although probably not suitable for those looking for luxury; nonetheless, the historic setting of the hotel is almost unrivaled.

Don Boutique Hotel

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Don Boutique Hotel Montevideo
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Opposite the bustling attraction of Mercado del Puerto is the Don Boutique Hotel. The rooms are modern and luxurious, and there is also an elegant rooftop pool for guests to enjoy. The building itself is Art Deco in style, and is in an excellent location close to plenty of restaurants and a number of attractions including museums and art galleries. This is a good option if you’re looking for an exclusive boutique ambience.
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  • Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa

    Casino Hotel, Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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    Sofitel Montevideo is a Montevideo icon, located on the rambla and overlooking the La Plata River. The building is almost palatial, with interior decor and comfort to match its grand exterior. The rooms are mostly modern, but the hotel overall is rich with original features, such as stained glass, ornate arched ceilings and chandeliers. The hotel is mostly popular with high-rollers visiting the city, although those with more of a restricted budget can enjoy an evening in the restaurant, spa or casino.

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    Alma Histórica Boutique Hotel

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    In the historic Ciudad Vieja and looking out over Plaza Zabala is this boutique hotel, set within a 1920s Neocolonial townhouse. The hotel has a subtle theme, which is that of Uruguayan artists, writers or musicians; for example, you may be placed in a room inspired by a poem, or perhaps a piece of art. There is a hot tub on the roof terrace from which you can enjoy looking out over the neighborhood, or there are plenty of museums and galleries nearby if you’re inspired by the hotel to take in some local culture.
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    Puerto Mercado Hotel

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    The Puerto Mercado Hotel sits, as the name might suggest, close to the famous Mercado del Puerto, which is essentially a covered market building packed with parrilla (traditional barbecue) restaurants. The hotel is modern and stylish, and the rooms have large windows so you can look out over the bustling Ciudad Vieja below. The hotel is well located and comfortable, so it is a good choice for families or couples looking to be near the center of the action.
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    Regency Rambla Design Boutique Hotel

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    Further away from the city center in a quiet neighborhood is this design hotel, which is also near the beachfront and contains only a small number of rooms for an exclusive ambience. It includes regular rooms as well as apartments that come equipped with a small kitchen area, so it is convenient for those staying for longer periods. The hotel has a lush green garden and stylish pool area, which is relaxing and quiet. A good breakfast selection is also included.
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    Sorrel Moseley-Williams contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 3, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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