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MontevideoUruguay

The capital and largest city of Uruguay combines history and architecture with theaters and live music, beaches and waterfront walks.

Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay, blends a distinct European flavor with a welcoming small-town feel. Enjoy the many aspects of this coastal city: 18th- and 19th-century edifices in its historic center, a vibrant arts scene and upmarket beachside suburbs.

Start your visit in the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town), the historical area that sits on a western peninsula of the city. Here you’ll find major attractions, such as the Mercado del Puerto, a market area with parrillas (steakhouses), craft shops and street performers. Spot European art and furniture at the Museum of Decorative Arts, set inside the French-style Palacio Taranco.

Stroll along pedestrianized Sarandi street and browse galleries, antique stores and stands selling artisanal items. Stop at Plaza Constitución to admire the 18th-century Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral and the 19th-century neoclassical old city hall, the Montevideo Cabildo.

Take time to explore Plaza Independencia, which connects the Ciudad Vieja with central Montevideo. Look for the Puerta de la Ciudadela (Gateway of the Citadel), the last-surviving landmark of fortified Montevideo. See work by Uruguayan artist Joaquin Torres Garcia at the Museo Torres Garcia. Watch an opera or take a backstage tour at Teatro Solís.

Make your way over to Parque Batlle and experience the passion of a South American soccer match at the Centenary Stadium. Soccer fans will appreciate the displays of memorabilia at the Museum of Football.

Be sure to walk along picturesque La Rambla, a riverside promenade that stretches from the city port through exclusive beach suburbs such as Pocitos and Carrasco. The promenade is lined with public parks, beaches, bars and restaurants. It’s also home to the open-air Teatro de Verano, a main venue during the city’s carnival celebrations. Come here to watch traditional murga and candombé song and dance performances.

Reach Montevideo by plane, bus or ferry. Once in the city, use the efficient and low-cost public buses to get around. Consider using long-haul bus services or renting a car to see more of this small country known for its wine-growing regions, beautiful beaches and friendly locals.

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Top hotels in Montevideo

Hotel America
Hotel America
3 out of 5
Rio Negro 1330 BIS, Montevideo
The price is €26 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps away from Sala Zitarrosa, Gaucho Museum and Plaza Fabini. Artisan Market and Contemporary Art Museum are also within 5 ...

3.9/5Good! (495 reviews)
In the time of COVID ...

"There during COVID and staff was great in helping me to communicate back home and make arrangements. Had to cut vacation short. Location great. Continental Breakfast. Hotel quick to make changes for virus."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2020

Hotel America
Regency Way Montevideo Hotel
Regency Way Montevideo Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Av. General Fructuoso Rivera 3377, Montevideo
The price is €50 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

Located in Pocitos, this beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Montevideo Shopping Mall and World Trade Center. Castillo Pittamiglio and Contemporary Art ...

4.4/5Excellent! (761 reviews)

"Roadworks outside property were extensive and made access difficult."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2020

Regency Way Montevideo Hotel
Regency Rambla Design Apart Hotel
Regency Rambla Design Apart Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rambla Rep. de Mexico 6079, Montevideo
The price is €55 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in Carrasco, this beachfront hotel is on the riverwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Rambla of Montevideo and Sofitel Montevideo Casino. Carrasco Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (289 reviews)
Best place to enjoy life

"Excellent location friendly staff and clean room. Good food at breakfast. Also free bike to use."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Regency Rambla Design Apart Hotel
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Holiday Rentals in Montevideo

1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Bv. España 2769 (CP 11300), Bº Pocitos, Montevideo
The price is €49 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Pocitos, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Castillo Pittamiglio, Pocitos Beach and World Trade Center. Monumento La Carreta and Contemporary ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (229 reviews)

"Enjoyed the location. Easy walk to everything we would like. Shops, beach, restaurants etc. Bikes were an option we used every day. Quiet and clean. Also noice top floor with work out equ and a sauna we used often. Never did figure out how to heat up hot tub. English not spoken widely so it required ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2020

1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
Gema Luxury Suites
Gema Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
Roque Graseras 644, Montevideo
The price is €35 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Punta Carretas, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rambla of Montevideo and Pocitos Beach. Feria De Villa Biarritz and Castillo Pittamiglio ...

4.1/5Very Good! (247 reviews)

"Sometimes we would get bad odour (rotten eggs) from the pipes especially from the bathroom. Overall it was a good hotel for the price. Rooms have a lot of space."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2019

Gema Luxury Suites
Quijano Apart & Suites
Quijano Apart & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Carlos Quijano 1281, Montevideo, Montevido
The price is €30 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Located in Centro, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Fountain of Locks and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Pocitos Beach. Museum of the History of Art and Intendencia ...

Quijano Apart & Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Sue

29 Jan 2020

Had a bad experience at Le Cerro where we had a camera stolen. Not recommended to hang around by the Montevideo sign there or outside the fort.

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7 Mar 2019

Fabulous.