Montevideo is the vibrant capital of Uruguay, enjoying a sub-tropical climate despite being the most southerly capital city in the Americas. With direct flights from Miami, Madrid and Paris or via local hubs Santiago, Lima and Buenos Aires, the city is easy to reach – you can even use Avios to fly with Iberia (just 102000 Avios and £171 return from Madrid in business class). The city itself revolves around the Plaza de la Independencia, which leads to the old town with art deco buildings and Spanish colonial homes. The Solis Theatre is the oldest in South America and there are numerous cinemas reflecting Montevideo’s stars as the centre of Uruguay’s film industry. At 27 km, The Rambla is one of the longest esplanades in the world and an important part of the life of the town. Perfect for posing, walking or even rollerskating at any time of day.
The Hyatt Centric Montevideo is the first hotel outside North America to bear Hyatt’s new Centric brand. Ideally located in the charming Pocitos area, just steps from beautiful sandy beaches, the Centric is an ideal choice for travellers who appreciate modern design and top service. The hotel is a newcomer to the city but is fast gathering a reputation as the best place in town.
Rooms at the hotel start at a very generous 37-45 square metres and feature a separate seating area with floor to ceiling windows (choose the View rooms to enjoy the wide vistas of the Plata river mouth). Deluxe rooms are larger and feature a kitchenette – perfect for longer stays or fussy eaters. It is well worth paying a little extra for a Club room, which provides access to the lounge with a light breakfast, evening drinks and canapés included – for diamond members of Hyatt Gold Passport, this benefit is included when booking all room types.
Restaurants and Bars
When it comes to dining, you are spoilt for choice. For a light meal, the hotel’s Deli is perfect with grab-and-go meals or sweet treats – you can’t go wrong with the decadent chocolate macaroon. Alternatively, Moderno Bar has a great range of gourmet small plate tasters to accompany a craft beer or local wine and offers a delicious afternoon tea – with a perfect 5/5 rating on Facebook, you are sure to be in for a treat. The hotel’s signature restaurant Plantado serves up all-day dining from an open kitchen. Offering both local specialities and international favourites, there is something to please all palates – we recommend the freshly caught fish for dinner and smoked pork loin for breakfast. Outside the hotel, there are 11 Michelin-recommended restaurants including the 1-starred part-restaurant part-museum Gellius for higher-end dining or the highly rated nearby Tandory for something more casual.
To burn off the delicious food, the hotel luckily has a well-equipped gym with Life-Fitness equipment or you can enjoy a jog along the Rambla pathway, which runs along the Uruguayan coast. For something more relaxing, the hotel has an indoor-heated pool, relaxation area and massage suite.
Montevideo is a bustling city with a rich culture, stunning beach views and plenty for tourists to see and do, from theatres to museums to visiting a local vineyard, such as the family owned Bodega Bouza Winery. A day-trip to the UNESCO World heritage site of Colonia is also highly recommended.
Our pick for summer stays is the Terrace Suite, which has a spacious private terrace offering a choice of seating plus access to the Club lounge.
Review by my friend Andrew Price at Driven2Travel.
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