Many of Montevideo's hotels, guesthouses, and hostels are close to or on the beach. Generally full of natural light and stained glass windows, they span a wide range of budgets from luxurious resorts to cheap but pleasant backpacker digs. Much of the city's neocolonial architecture has been repurposed as hotels to serve the robust tourist industry, meaning you'll have your pick of accommodation in neocolonial mansions, bohemian rooftop guesthouses in Ciudad Vieja, or above the old casino in Carrasco. Ciudad Vieja and Cordon have tons of boutique and budget options, but go east to Pocitos and Carrasco for some of the most highly rated resorts.
Located near Ciudad Vieja's port, the Alma Historica Boutique Hotel is an excellent base for exploring some of the city’s most famous sites like Plaza Independenica, Puerto del Mercado, and Palacio Salvo. Set in a 1920s restored neocolonial mansion, the Alma offers 15 rooms inspired by Uruguayan personalities, including a feminist writer and a tango singer. Some rooms have balconies overlooking Plaza Zabala, and all have Egyptian cotton sheets and beds with Swiss-engineered mattresses. Soak in the rooftop hot tub at sunset to see striking views of the harbor, or book a private tango lesson in the onsite library. Rooms range from $133 to $173 per night.
A national heritage site and one of the most luxurious hotels in Montevideo, Sofitel
Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa contains 116 rooms, an exquisite lobby with
stained glass windows, indoor and outdoor pools, beach access, and a bountiful complimentary breakfast buffet of crêpes, fresh fruit juices, and eggs Benedict. Opened originally in 1921 and built in the Belle Époque style, it stands just across from golden Carrasco beach; request one of the beachfront rooms for the best views. Try your luck at the slots on the casino floor or book a crystal massage at the spa. Only 15 minutes away by taxi from Carrasco International Airport and 25 minutes from Ciudad Vieja, it’s close enough to major sights to be convenient, but far enough away to feel like a retreat. Rooms range from $140 to $230 per night.
With an address across from Montevideo’s most sought-after beach, Pocitos, the Hyatt Centric Montevideo is the place to stay for beachgoers. Pet-friendly and wheelchair accessible, the hotel combines Art Deco checkered flooring, stained glass windows, and paintings and sculptures by Uruguayan artists sprinkled throughout the property. Relax in the reading corner, swim laps in the pool, and dine at one of the in-house restaurants serving steaks, tapas, and wine. A 10-minute walk away from Montevideo Shopping, the World Trade Center, and multiple restaurants, its rooms range from $94 to $300 per night.
Across from the yacht haven of Puerto del Buceo, the Hotel Cottage Puerto Buceo offers a harmonious balance between all types of vacation groups: families, couples, and solo travelers. All 48 rooms have comfortable beds, fast WiFi, and smart TVs, while the Superior Queen rooms have private terraces. It’s easy to spend hours relaxing here. Enjoy the breakfast buffet before taking a steam in the sauna or swimming in the indoor pool. Afterwards, take a stroll around the backyard garden, rent a bicycle from reception, or watch the ocean from the rooftop terrace. As the first hotel in Uruguay with a LEED certification, you can rest assured that the Cottage is committed to eco-friendly practices. Montevideo Shopping, the largest shopping mall in the city, is less than a 10-minute walk away and Pocitos Beach is less than 20 minutes. Rooms range from $99 to $110.
This classy mid-range hotel hosts afternoon tea with macaroons. Enjoy ocean views from each room (including the gym), complimentary bicycle rentals, and easy access to running or walking on the Rambla in Punta Carretas. Rooms have flat screen TVs, dark wood furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Stay in the corner suite to feel like Rose on the deck of the Titanic, sailing into the sea. Punta Brava, the best spot in the city for watching the sunset, is a short walk away, as are well-known parillas (steakhouses), the Uruguay Golf Club, and Parque Rodo. Room prices range from $59 to $127 per night.
A small, Art Deco guesthouse based in Ciudad Vieja, Casa Sarandi has rooms with antique furniture, 600 thread count sheets, plant-filled balconies, writing desks, fast WiFi, and personable staff. Teatro Solis, the Mercado del Puerto, and the main drag of Avenida 18 de Julio are all within walking distance. If you want the feel of staying in a private loft but the convenience of maid service and highly knowledgeable staff for trip planning, this is the place to go. Smoking is allowed, but only on the balconies. Comfortable and charming but not fancy, it's especially great for first-time visitors to Uruguay. Rooms are $95 per night with a minimum stay of three nights.
Just a block away from Plaza Independencia, this Ciudad Vieja mid-range hotel has wooden floors, spacious rooms with large windows, central heating, air conditioning, WiFi, and several rooms with balconies or terraces overlooking the city’s rooftops. Housed in a neocolonial mansion and nestled among art galleries and markets, the Palacio’s ideal location makes exploring the city easy whether you want to see a show at Teatro Solis or order asado from the Mercado del Puerto. There’s free coffee, but no onsite restaurant; however, many bars, restaurants, and cafés are within walking distance. Rooms range from $30 to $33 per night.
Located in the Cordon neighborhood, Blanes Hostel is a 20-minute walk from both Ramirez Beach and Parque Rodo, and just blocks away from the Tristan Narvaja Street Fair and the Cannabis Museum. Offering both private rooms (with shared bathrooms) and dorm options, it’s easy to make friends by hanging out on the terrace or cooking in the communal kitchen. Though calm and peaceful inside, just outside the hostel you’ll find some of the city’s best nightlife. With breakfast included, plenty of space and light throughout the hostel, and a 4/20-friendly backyard garden, it’s a good budget option for solo travelers or couples, especially those with pets. Prices range from $11 to $32 per night.
A modern hotel with a clean design and contemporary furniture, the Smart Hotel offers guests a good value and comfortable stay right on the edge of Ciudad Vieja. Each of its 65 rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for lots of natural light and views of the city streets below. Enjoy the ground-floor gastropub, work out at the gym, or book an in-room massage to unwind after sightseeing. In the morning, dine at the free breakfast buffet and speak with the helpful, multilingual staff for their city recommendations. Prices range from $57 to $75.
Neocolonial architecture mixes with eclectic modern design and bespoke vintage pieces in this boutique hotel on Ciudad Vieja’s main pedestrian street. Multiple museums, candombe drumming, and the harbor can all be easily reached by foot from FAUNA’s front steps. Its five suites have comfortable beds, private bathrooms, a desk, air conditioning, non-animal tested bath products, energy efficient lighting, and a fridge with complimentary mineral water. Common areas contain marble staircases, colorful mosaic flooring, and a stylish lobby where fruit is always available. The owners manage the property themselves and love give sightseeing recommendations. Prices vary with the season, but expect rates from $60 and up per night.