Montevideo

Travel Guide
Salvo Palace showing a city, street scenes and a sunset

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.

Where to stay in Montevideo

NH Montevideo Columbia
NH Montevideo Columbia
4.5 out of 5
Rambla Gran Bretaña 473, Montevideo, 11000
The price is $60 per night from Jun 10 to Jun 11
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value ...
3.8/5 Good! (427 reviews)
"Breakfast need to improve, more options of food."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

NH Montevideo Columbia
Dazzler by Wyndham Montevideo
Dazzler by Wyndham Montevideo
3.5 out of 5
21 de Setiembre 2752, Pocitos, Montevideo, 11300
The price is $80 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (921 reviews)
"I have stayed here several times. I like its location, the big rooms and, last but not least, the garage. Many hotels in Montevideo have a garage but this one is huge enough for an SUV, which was the vehicle we were using."

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Dazzler by Wyndham Montevideo
After Hotel
After Hotel
4 out of 5
Arturo Prat 3755, Montevideo, 11300
The price is $64 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (692 reviews)
Good deal!
"Good service, clean and stylish"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2022

After Hotel
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 $59 per night from May 18 to May 19
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 $70 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Montevideo. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (251 reviews)
"Nice hotel, convenient location, friendly staff. there was no parking onsite for usd 15"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 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 center. Our guests praise the comfy rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (243 reviews)
"Very friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

1.4 Mérit Montevideo Apart & Suites
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