Rooms under £100: Montevideo

The Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, is a vibrant metropolis with a beguiling mix of modern and historic architecture. Explore its rich cultural life from these budget hotels

By Julia Buckley
Published 15 Apr 2015, 11:00 BST, Updated 1 Jul 2021, 17:14 BST

01 Dazzler Montevideo
A 15-minute stroll from the city's best beach, this modern tower block in trendy residential district Pocitos has sparkling views of Montevideo's seafront Rambla from its rooftop pool. Rooms are simple but enormous, beds mesmerisingly comfy, and the breakfast plentiful. Doubles from £55.

02 Hotel Plaza Fuerte
One of the iconic buildings on Peatonal Sarandí, the Old City's main drag, Plaza Fuerte combines turn-of-the-century architecture — lofty ceilings and gargantuan doors — with relatively recent decor (traditional for the Classic rooms, and 1980s-style duplexes for the Superiors). Doubles from £39.

03 Don Boutique Hotel
Art deco on the outside, modern on the inside, the Don is a stylish retooling of a boat-shaped, 1938 building — situated, fittingly, alongside the port, next to the famous Mercado del Puerto market. Guest rooms have feature walls and black marble bathrooms, while the rooftop pool and bar overlook the River Plate. Doubles from £77.

04 Splendido Petit Hotel & Hostel
Shabby chic reaches new heights at this extraordinary hotel off central Plaza Indipendencia. Auction-sourced antiques and retro furnishings offset the once grand, now crumbling architecture, attracting a clientele that's more hipster than backpacker — despite the small dorms that sit alongside the en suite rooms. Doubles from £31.

Published in the May 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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