Montevideo

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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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Where to stay in Montevideo

Smart Hotel Montevideo
Smart Hotel Montevideo
3.5 out of 5
Andes 1240, Montevideo, 11100
The price is HK$533 per night from 20 Aug to 21 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (498 reviews)
Nice rooms and great location.
"Convenient location and very comfortable and clean rooms. They also let me store my luggage in the office while I explored the city a bit more after checkout."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2022

Smart Hotel Montevideo
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Hyatt Centric Montevideo
4.5 out of 5
Rambla República del Perú 1479, Montevideo, 11300
The price is HK$1,325 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (591 reviews)
"Perfect property with a perfect staff"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2022

Hyatt Centric Montevideo
Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
5 out of 5
Rambla Republica de Mexico sn, Montevideo, 11500
The price is HK$1,255 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (354 reviews)
"This was a gorgeous neoclassic building, very beautiful decor. Staff was very helpful. Only negative thing was I felt the heat was too high, eventually it was a manner of turning it off. Also, it was hard to find the light switches (especially in the bathroom. The shower was great! Probably I would ..."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2022

Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa
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.
Modern Apartment Close to the Beach, Montevideo UY
Modern Apartment Close to the Beach, Montevideo UY
3 out of 5
Montevideo
The price is HK$463 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony and a TV. Popular attractions Buceo Beach and Oceanographic Museum are located nearby. ...
Modern Apartment Close to the Beach, Montevideo UY
Gema Luxury Suites
Gema Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
Roque Graseras 644, Montevideo, 11300
The price is HK$549 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (253 reviews)
"Nice hotel, convenient location, friendly staff. there was no parking onsite for usd 15"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2020

Gema Luxury Suites
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, 11300
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (243 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

1.4 Mérit Montevideo 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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