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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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Top Hotels in Montevideo

Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel
Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel
4 out of 5
759 Plaza Independencia, Montevideo
The price is CA $178 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Independence Square, Salvo Palace and Estévez Palace. Solis Theater and Contemporary Art Museum are ...

4.2/5Very Good! (474 reviews)
Very good

"Very good experience considering it took place during the covid 19 crisis. Very health-conscious"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2020

Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel
Regency Park Hotel + Spa
Regency Park Hotel + Spa
4 out of 5
Ruta 8 - Km. 17 - Jacksonville, Montevideo
The price is CA $116 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Maroñas National Racetrack, Maronas Entertainment and Costa Urbana Shopping Center. Varela ...

4.3/5Excellent! (111 reviews)

"I liked that the property was completely enclosed and secure. It was located to major roads outside airport. It was convenient to both travel into the city and other cities."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Regency Park Hotel + Spa
Hotel Uruguay
Hotel Uruguay
2.5 out of 5
Uruguay 967, Montevideo
The price is CA $48 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Plaza Fabini, Auditorio Nacional del Sodre and Gaucho Museum. Contemporary Art Museum and Sala Zitarrosa ...

3.3/5 (40 reviews)

"We came from Colonia by coach and it was a short taxi ride from the bus station. Good location just around the corner from Plaza Independiente. Helpful staff and spacious room."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2020

Hotel Uruguay
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Vacation Rentals in Montevideo

Punta Trouville Hotel
Punta Trouville Hotel
3 out of 5
Francisco Vidal 726, Montevideo
The price is CA $51 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 12

Located in Pocitos, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Pocitos Beach and Castillo Pittamiglio. World Trade Center and Monumento La Carreta are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (253 reviews)

"I liked friendly helpful staff, on reception and elsewhere. The rooms are quite large with a small kitchen unit, great for making afternoon tea. Breakfast was plentiful, but no cooked options. There are a couple of tables on the patio garden, nice to sit here and eat breakfast. The room could do ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2020

Punta Trouville Hotel
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 CA $67 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

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! (228 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 Mar. 29, 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 CA $55 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

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 Dec. 21, 2019

Gema Luxury 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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Reviews of Montevideo


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5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 37.5%
4 - Good
4 - Good 43.75%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 15.625%
2 - Disappointing
2 - Disappointing 3.125%
1 - Terrible
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 23, 2020

Only spent one night there.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 14, 2019

Food: hit and miss. People ( in service areas like restaurants and shops) unfriendly. Attention to detail is missing for the traveller.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jun 27, 2019

Not much to do. Cute city tho.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 2, 2019

Montevideo is a very nice city and I love it.However,it is durty,garbagge everywere and is very difficult to walk on the sidewalk because is full of holds that they has been there forever.Too bad and sad that they keep it like this.

4/5 - Good


Apr 2, 2019

Although security is an issue and they are holds in all the sidewalks it is a nice city.Beautiful Rambla or Waterfront.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 24, 2019


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