Its location alone makes Cala di Volpe an ideal Montevideo lodging choice. The hotel sits along the Rambla, and guests in every room enjoy views of the Rio de la Plata. Summer’s arrival turns the waterfront into a true beach, with free, city-sponsored activities such as diving lessons, t’ai chi, aerobic exercise, surfing and hiking. Just blocks away lies the trendy Pocitos neighborhood, with its shops and restaurants and Punta Carretas, a former prison transformed into a shopping mall. Don’t miss a tour of the nearby Castillo Pittamiglio, with its Alchemist, Templar, Masonic, and Rosicrucian symbols. When you’re ready to explore the rest of Montevideo, a short bus ride – or a bicycle borrowed from the hotel — delivers you to city center and the historic old town. Greet the morning with a buffet breakfast at Azzurro, the hotel restaurant, and luxuriate in a 50-jet Jacuzzi at the end of the day.