Best hotels and hostels in Montevideo

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    Alma Histórica

    Opened in 2014, this classy Italian-run boutique hotel has themed, antique-filled guest rooms decorated in honor of famous Uruguayans (artists, writers, sports stars etc). Amenities include fine Swiss mattresses, Egyptian-cotton sheets, comfy pillows, natural beauty products, laptop-size safes, and YouTube and Netflix streaming on large flat-screen TVs.

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    Caballo Loco Hostel

    This friendly hostel in a remodeled historic building enjoys an unbeatable downtown location, only steps from leafy Plaza Cagancha and the bus stops for Montevideo's bus station and beaches. Six spick-and-span four- to 10-bed dorms surround a welcoming, high-ceilinged common area with guest kitchen, pool table and TV lounge. Other pluses include friendly owners and on-site bike rentals.

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    Hotel Palacio

    If you can snag one of the two 6th-floor rooms at this ancient family-run hotel one block off Plaza Matriz, go for it! Both feature air-conditioning and balconies with superb views of Ciudad Vieja's rooftops. The rest of the hotel also offers great value, with wood floors, antique furniture, a vintage elevator and old-school service reminiscent of a European pension.

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    Smart Hotel

    'Smart' perfectly describes the modern lines, clean white furnishings and blond-wood decor of this well-positioned newcomer near Plaza Independencia. All rooms come with fridges, couches and coffee tables; pricier units add sofa beds, microwaves and/or terraces, while corner lofts have writing desks and ample extra space. It has an attached restaurant and a parking garage, and discounts apply for longer stays.

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    Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco & Spa

    Renovated top to bottom and reopened as a luxury hotel in 2013, Carrasco's historic casino is easily the showiest sleep in town. The monumental early-20th-century building, long a major waterfront landmark in this well-heeled neighborhood, sports 116 rooms, including 23 distinctive suites, complemented by a casino, a spa with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and Uruguay's most sumptuous breakfast spread.

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    Spléndido Hotel

    The faded, funky Spléndido offers decent value for budget travelers preferring privacy over a hostel-style party vibe. The better rooms have 5m-high ceilings and French doors opening to balconies; three rooms (106, 220 and 221) directly overlook Teatro Solís. Others are more cramped and considerably less inviting; survey the options before committing. Bars on the street below can get noisy.

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    Don Hotel

    Directly opposite Mercado del Puerto and the ferry docks, this modern boutique hotel is a study in refined black, white and silver, with Iberian wallpapers and tiles throughout, plus Jacuzzis and full-on views of the market’s ornate rooftops from the superior rooms up front. A swimming pool, solarium and rooftop bar overlooking Montevideo’s port enhance its comfortable, classy appeal.

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    Casa Sarandi Guesthouse

    One block south of Plaza Matriz, two attractive guest rooms in a vintage apartment share a kitchen and comfortable living room adorned with local artwork and parquet wood floors. Reserve ahead to set a time to meet the Welsh-Argentine owners, who live off-site but provide a key and oodles of up-to-the-minute tips on eating, entertainment and transport.

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    Ukelele Hostel

    Attractive features at this 1920s family-home-turned-hostel include vintage architectural details and a grassy pool and patio area out back for lounging. It has a good mix of dorms and private rooms, and the inviting common areas include an on-site bar and a music room with high ceilings and wood floors.

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    Cala di Volpe

    This classy place across from the beach abounds in boutique hotel features: comfy couches, writing desks, gleaming tile-and-marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling picture windows with sweeping river views. It has a small rooftop pool and a nice restaurant.

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    Buenas Vibras Hostel

    This newer, smaller hostel in trendy Parque Rodó doesn't immediately impress with its aesthetics, but the friendly reception more than compensates. Owner-manager Matias organizes barbecues, low-cost trips to local football matches and other events to bring people together and facilitate intercultural exchange. At research time, the 18-bed hostel was expanding to include a fourth dorm and one private room.

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    Balmoral Plaza Hotel

    Central downtown location, bird’s-eye views of leafy Plaza Cagancha and reduced prices under new management are the main draws at this faded 1950s relic. All rooms have minibars, safes, big TVs and double-glazed, soundproof windows. It also has a garage, gym, sauna, business center and restaurant.

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    Punto Berro Hostel Ciudad Vieja

    Spread out over the two upper floors of an older Ciudad Vieja building, this hostel is only steps away from all of the old city’s attractions. There's a nice roof deck upstairs where nightly asados (barbecues) are held. Downsides include a general lack of cleanliness and organization.