Uruguay is either a short boat / catarmaran trip from Buenos Aires in Argentina, otherwise visitors can catch a flight to the capital city Montevideo. Montevideo itself is an interesting modern city, but most tourists head straight for the beautiful Colonia, an old colonial city that is now a UNESCO world heritage site. One can visit either Montevideo or Colonia as a day trip from Buenos Aires. Also popular in Uruguay is Punta del Este, a very upmarket beach resort popular with rich Argentinian tourists. Punta Del Este gets particularly busy during Argentina vacation periods - over the New Year, for example, prices quadruple. Plan to book well ahead at this popular beach resort in Uruguay.
Belmont House - Belmont House is an elegant boutique hotel built in the style of a large mansion with antiques and oil paintings spread throughout the building. The Belmost has 30 rooms and a swimming pool.
Balmoral Hotel - Located in the heart of Montevideo in Uruguay, a few metres from the main avenue, 18 de Julio and overlooking Plaza de Cagancha, is the Balmoral Plaza. The Balmoral is a modern hotel of 100 rooms and various facilities.
Crystal Palace - with 60 rooms, the Crystal Palace is an ultra-modern hotel, located on the main street of Avenida 18 de Julio in the heart of the city of Montevideo.
Ermitage Hotel - The 90 room Ermitage is well located near the Rambla and Pocitos Beach, with numerous good restaurants in the vicinity.
Europa : The Europa is another modern option located in the city centre. The Europa has 60 rooms, a restaurant and piano bar.
Lafayette: The modern Lafayette is located in central Montevideo on a quiet street, close to the financial district.
Other good hotels include the London Palace, Melia Confort, NH Colombia Palace and Ranch La Sirena.