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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

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Dazzler Montevideo, Uruguay

Dazzler Montevideo, Uruguay

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. dazzlermontevideo.com

Hotel Plaza Fuerte, Montevideo, Uruguay

Hotel Plaza Fuerte, Montevideo, Uruguay

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. plazafuerte.com

Don Boutique Hotel, Montevideo, Uruguay

Don Boutique Hotel, Montevideo, Uruguay

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. donhotel.com.uy

Splendido Petit Hotel & Hostel, Montevideo, Uruguay

Splendido Petit Hotel & Hostel, Montevideo, Uruguay

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. splendidohotel.com.uy

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