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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.
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.
Sorrel Moseley-Williams contributed additional reporting to this article.