Best Areas to Stay in Montevideo, Uruguay

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Where to stay in Montevideo – A guide to the capital of Uruguay

Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is located in the south of the country, bordering to the north and east with Canelones and to the south with the Río de la Plata that separates it from Argentina.

Carrasco International Airport is the main air terminal in Uruguay and is located in the Department of Canelones, 18 kilometers from Montevideo, covering national and international flights.

Although Montevideo is the largest city in Uruguay, the distance between its points of interest is not very large, so you can walk from an attraction to another.

However, it is also possible to move around the city through its public transport network, consisting of buses and taxis.

The season from December to March is the most popular when traveling to Montevideo since it covers the summer and offers ideal temperatures for outdoor activities.

The rest of the year, there is moderate rainfall, with heavy blizzards in winter and spring, which goes from May to August.

Montevideo has different emblematic and interesting places to enjoy, many of which are located in suburbs such as Pocitos, Punta Carretas, Buceo, and its Old Town.

However, the best area to stay in Montevideo is Pocitos, a neighborhood on the coast, known for its great food, hotels of all kinds and good transport connections (See accommodation in Pocitos).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The best areas to stay in Montevideo, Uruguay

1. Our favorite area: Pocitos

Pocitos is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the city, both for its beauty and for being the safest area to stay in Montevideo.

This area is connected to the City Center, through Brazil avenue and the Spain boulevard.

Pocitos is located along the banks of the Río de la Plata and is known for its beach, Playa Pocitos, and the Rambla (boulevard).

Several apartment towers with spectacular views are located around the promenade of this area, lined with fine sand and small waves that make it an ideal place to stay in Montevideo if you’re traveling with children.

Luxury restaurants, fashion stores and spaces for beach volleyball make up the set of attractions that make Pocitos the best area to stay in Montevideo.

In Pocitos, you can spend nights full of music and dancing, thanks to the wide range of bars and “boliches” (clubs) found in the area.

Best areas to stay in Montevideo, Uruguay - Pocitos

Best areas to stay in Montevideo, Uruguay – Pocitos

Accommodation in Pocitos – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Pocitos – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Montevideo:

  • Beach area
  • Best area for nightlife
  • Great restaurants

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Ermitage Hotel

The Ermitage enjoys a privileged location facing the beach of Los Pocitos and occupies an elegant renovated building from 1945. It has a spacious terrace with a seating area and overlooks the Gomensoro Square.

from US$43
Budget

Rambler Pocitos Hostel

This hostel has darts and bicycle and car rental service. The Rambler Hostel is 37 km from Atlántida, while Canelones is 44 km away.

from US$32
Luxury

Palm Beach Plaza Hotel

This modern hotel is elegantly decorated and is located just 1 street from the boulevard along the river, in the Pocitos area. The rooms offer free WiFi.

from US$63
 

 

 

2. Punta Carretas

Punta Carretas or Punta Brava is close to the City Center and the airport, bordering the Pocitos neighborhood, as well as the Rodó park.

Its quiet streets and avenues are perfect for a romantic walk or to taste local and international food in its restaurants.

Some attractions of Punta Carretas are the Uruguay Golf Club, the Punta Carretas Shopping Center, the house-museum of the poet Juan Zorrilla de San Martín, and the Villa Biarritz Park.

The Punta Carretas Lighthouse is another point of interest, from where you can get great views of the coast.

Punta Carretas or Punta Brava is one of the best areas to stay in Montevideo for its many hotels at varied costs and good attractions.

Staying in Punta Carretas is ideal for shopping since the area is known for its mix of business atmosphere, shopping, and nightlife.
 

Where to stay in Montevideo - Punta Carretas

Where to stay in Montevideo – Punta Carretas

Accommodation in Punta Carretas – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Punta Carretas – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Montevideo:

  • Relatively central
  • Best area for shopping
  • Good museums and culture

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Gema Luxury Suites

Located in Montevideo, 300 meters from Pocitos Beach, this property offers comfortable and elegant suites with free Wi-Fi.

from US$58
Budget

Earth & Veg House

Independence Square is 5 km from the property, while the Montevideo Port Market is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Carrasco International Airport.

from US$21
Luxury

Esplendor by Wyndham Montevideo Punta Carretas

Offering free WiFi, an outdoor pool and spa facilities, Esplendor by Wyndham Montevideo Punta Carretas offers accommodation in Montevideo, right in front of the seafront.

from US$72
 

 

 

3. Buceo

Buceo has one of the most beautiful and extensive beaches in Montevideo and is one of the most historic neighborhoods in the city.

Buceo borders neighborhoods like Pocitos and offers beautiful views of the Río de la Plata.

This residential neighborhood is located in the southeast of the city and has a very picturesque architecture, as well as many shopping areas.

This area has the Puerto del Buceo, a small bay on the coast that is ideal for water sports.

Buceo is mostly a quiet and familiar area, but it also has many leisure options around Luis Alberto de Herrera Avenue and the Montevideo Shopping Center.

Here you will find a good number of bars, restaurants, and clubs that make Buceo one of the best areas to stay in Montevideo for nightlife.

This neighborhood is surrounded by the most important avenues of the city, so it has excellent public transport connections.

Best areas to stay in Montevideo - Buceo

Best areas to stay in Montevideo – Buceo

Accommodation in Buceo – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Buceo – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Montevideo:

  • Puerto de Buceo
  • Great public transport connections
  • Peaceful area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Palladium Business Hotel

    This 4-star hotel is located in Montevideo, near the new Free Zone. It offers a rooftop terrace with city views and free Wi-Fi.

    from US$54
 

 

 

4. Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja or Old Town is the epicenter of the cultural movement of Montevideo, a popular area where past and present are mixed

This area stands out for its historical buildings, bookstores and its busy city life.

Ciudad Vieja houses popular public spaces such as Madriz Square and Zabala Square, museums, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the traditional Solises Theater.

Ciudad Vieja retains the colonial architecture of Montevideo that invites you to wander through its historical facades.

An unmissable experience is to move along Avenida 18 de Julio, the main avenue of the city, full of cinemas, theaters, and shops.

Here, you will find many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, which makes this area lively during the day and at night.

Also, the Old Town marks the entrance of the Bay of Montevideo and the Port of Montevideo, an important cargo area of ​​Mercosur.

A very emblematic and must-see place in this area is Zabala Square, with a monument of the founder of Montevideo.

Ciudad Vieja retains in its design one of the clear examples of Parisian influence, as it was inspired by European “garden cities”.

Ciudad Vieja welcomes many people every night who want to enjoy the bohemian offer of the capital, with bars and pubs dedicated to the alternative audience.

Among the best areas to stay in Montevideo, Ciudad Vieja stands out for its hotels of different ranges and within walking distance of everything most representative of the city.

Where to stay in Montevideo - Ciudad Vieja

Where to stay in Montevideo – Ciudad Vieja

Alojarse en Montevideo - Ciudad Vieja

Alojarse en Montevideo – Ciudad Vieja

Accommodation in Ciudad Vieja – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Ciudad Vieja – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Montevideo:

  • Old Town
  • Heart of the city
  • Bohemian vibe

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Puerto Mercado Hotel

The Puerto Mercado Hotel has modern and elegant décor, and offers comfortable rooms 100 meters from the Mercado del Puerto cultural center.

from US$40
Budget

Hotel Palacio

Hotel Palacio is located in the center of Montevideo, just 200 meters from the Solís Theater, and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. The port market is located 1 km away, in the old town.

from US$35
Luxury

AXSUR Design Hotel

This design hotel, located 100 meters from the commercial, financial and historical center of Montevideo, offers self-catering accommodation with panoramic sea views and free Wi-Fi.

from US$78
 

 

 

5.Barrio Sur

Barrio Sur or “south neighborhood” is another of the oldest areas of Montevideo.

As its name in Spanish implies, it is south of the city of Montevideo, where it stands out for its houses painted in different colors.

Barrio Sur is considered the soul of the city, and a cultural center of great importance in Montevideo.

This area is special to enjoy the music of Candombe connected to the old Afro-Uruguayan roots, a tradition of making music with drums.

Another icon in the Barrio Sur is Carlos Gardel Square, which pays tribute to the tango singer with a bronze statue.

Barrio Sur is one of the best areas to stay in Montevideo, especially if you travel on a tight budget since it has affordable hotels.

Best areas to stay in Montevideo - Barrio Sur

Best areas to stay in Montevideo – Barrio Sur

Accommodation in Barrio Sur – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Barrio Sur – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Montevideo:

  • Cheap hotels
  • Charming area
  • Great cultural movement

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Ibis Montevideo

    Featuring bright and modern accommodation, a business center, restaurant and free Wi-Fi, this property is located in Montevideo, 1 km from the historic center. There is free WiFi.

    from US$50
 

 

 

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