Finding accommodation that is both good and cheap can be one of the toughest challenges when planning a trip. Where and how you wake up can massively affect your mood for the day, and you also want to make sure that you’re not staying in a dangerous area by mistake. Don’t sacrifice comfort for a lower rate and check out these hotels, both inside and outside Montevideo.
Punta del Este is the most popular coastal destination in Uruguay because of the combination of a peaceful, natural setting with the buzz of the city. La Lomita del Chingolo is attractive for this same reason: close to both Punta Shopping Center and Brava Beach, it is appealing to beach and city-lovers alike. Enjoy scenic views from its terrace and relaxing in the garden, complimentary breakfast and full access to the barbecue, ideal to share a good asado on a hot summer night!
Splendido Hotel is set on one of the many renovated buildings in the neighborhood Ciudad Vieja (“Old City”) in Montevideo. Not far from the city center, this area is ideal for travelers looking to explore the historical parts of the city, its architecture, and culture. The hotel was built circa 1900 in the style of Art Decó, prominent in the area. Remaining true to its history, Splendido Hotel offers rooms with retro-inspired décor and mid-century vintage design objects. You can see Solis Theater, one of the most beautiful buildings in Montevideo, from the balconies of the rooms.
Termas del Dayman is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday or a well-deserved spa break in the middle of a long trip. The hotel is a walk away from the natural thermal swimming pools iconic to the area. There are also two aquatic parks for kids (and grown-up kids!) to enjoy. If you don’t fancy going in these pools you can still enjoy the health benefits of the thermal water from the hotel, since tap water flows from the springs in this part of the country.
Quebrada de los Cuervos is a stunning location for people who enjoy the outdoors. There are multiple walking and hiking trails of differing difficulties, lakes to practice water sports in and fish, opportunities for horseback riding, and mountains to go rock climbing. El Capricho is a former country house turned into an inn, and offers family rooms at very good prices—perfect to disconnect from the city and explore Uruguay’s extensive countryside.
Located a four-minute walk from one of Uruguay’s most coveted beaches, and less than two miles from the nearest town, Anacahuita Inn is truly a little piece of paradise. All bedrooms include a private deck and sitting area, with views to the sea and surrounding nature. You’ll have free use of bicycles and can also enjoy the different activities that are offered in the area, like horse riding and surfing. The inn is powered by solar panels, so you can diminish your carbon footprint while you’re there!
Hotel America is conveniently located in Montevideo city center, just five blocks away from the historic district. Ciudad Vieja is a must-see because of the beautiful architecture of its buildings and urban planning: the streets are narrow and feature a variety of artisan and vintage shops, as well as boutique cafés, art galleries and museums. There are multiple squares with lots of greenery to sit about after a long stroll. Hotel America offers one of the best buffet breakfasts in Montevideo so you can be fuelled for the day!
Las Casquivanas offers couples and groups the possibility of staying in a boutique cottage. These cottages are a well-hidden treasure in the heart of Punta del Diablo, one of the coastal towns farthest east in the country. Punta del Diablo literally means “Devil’s Peninsula,” and locals say that is because of its reputation as a shipwreck site back in the 1800s. The Atlantic Ocean’s infamous turbulent waters that formed these beaches now provide a well-known surfing spot for tourists and locals alike.
Palm Beach Plaza is a modern hotel with chic décor at the heart of Pocitos district, a favorite for many. It is very modern, with high skyscrapers surrounding the beautiful southern coastline. The hotel is a three-minute walk from the beach and its boulevard, one of the main highlights in the city. Walking or jogging along the boulevard is the activity of choice for a lot of people to unwind as it provides the most stunning views. You can also relax at Gomensoro square across from the hotel, or hit Punta Carretas Shopping Mall which is a five-minute walk away.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, the historic quarter of Colonia del Sacramento is as picturesque as they come. It was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, but was then lost to the Spanish a century later, resulting in a fusion of the Portuguese, Spanish, and post-colonial styles. The urban landscape is well-preserved as there is now a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafés that have opened maintaining the original buildings. Posada del Rio is located 100 yards away from the historic quarter and 50 yards away from the Rio de la Plata estuary and its beach.
Viewport Hotel is only two blocks away from Montevideo’s harbor, and four blocks away from Independencia square, the largest in the Old Town or historic district. The tall building is beautiful inside and out, and you can enjoy splendid views from the room’s terrace. After enjoying complimentary afternoon tea, you can go on the art walking tour of all the art galleries, museums, and architecture in the area.