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5 of the Best Hotels in South America

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Sep 18, 2020


By Conrad McGarvey

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Last updated on November 30th, 2020 at 07:46 am

What are you looking for in a hotel in South America? Maybe a new and comfortable bed, a welcoming face greeting you at the door, delicious breakfast served by someone that doesn’t burn toast. All those experiences matter when on a South America tour. You just want to relax, forget about your daily routine and feel pampered and you deserve it from time to time!  That’s why it’s so important to an excellent hotel in South America.

Let’s say you visit Peru and decide to stay in a European style, chain hotel. That may suffice, but don’t you think it would be much nicer to step into a hotel that represents the local architecture, where you can feel the atmosphere of the place you are visiting? Where instead of a continental breakfast, they offer cuisine you’ve never tasted before? These are the memories you will hold as a special part of your holiday. Some hotels in South America should be on your bucket list no matter when you plan your trip. That’s why I’m happy to present 5 of the best hotels in South America.

1. Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

First on our list is the Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. This is a highly rated hotel if you’re touring Cartagena while visiting Colombia. Often referred to as “The Pearl of the City,” this hotel is a majestic, building located a few steps away from the Caribbean Sea. Described as, “a perfect blend of vintage and contemporary, striking a balance between art and beauty to accommodate modernity and technology in unique surroundings.” The hotel’s past can be traced on every corner, as it was once an old convent of Saint Clare of Assisi, built in the 17th century. A famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero, participated in decorating the place. If you’re planning a Colombia honeymoon or a romantic getaway, why not stay at one of the Best Hotels in South America.

2. Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel in Cuzco Peru Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is another hotel rich in cultural history and character. Its location, close to the main square of Cusco, was built on Incan stones. If its walls could talk, they could whisper not one, but many interesting stories. The hotel had numerous owners that probably didn’t imagine that one day. It would be one of the best hotels for anyone visiting Cusco according to TripAdvisor. The building, in the hands of Jesuits, served as a school, a convent, and an orphanage. Until, finally in 2012, it was converted into one of the grandest hotels Peru has ever had. Now it belongs to the Belmond company (former Orient-Express hotels) that owns the best high-end hotels in the world and some of the Best Hotels in South America. If you’re thinking of staying here, book soon! There are only 55 rooms of charm, luxury, and attention to the finest details, in this hotel.

3. Copacabana Palace Hotel

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro Another South American destination, another Belmond hotel that should be on your bucket list. Emerge yourself in lavish elegance, in the presence of the rich and famous at this hotel. Copacabana Palace Hotel is one of the most popular properties for people touring Rio de Janeiro. You can see it on the postcards, in the movies, and you can read about it in the magazines. Its importance has grown over the years, leading to its title, “a cultural patrimony,” of the city of Rio de Janeiro. This beachside hotel features a combination of antique design and modern elements. It has an abundance of astonishing amenities, a tennis court, a semi-Olympic swimming pool, international restaurants, and a 3-story spa. The views from the hotel are just breathtaking. No wonder legends such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, and Princess Diana, decided to stay at one of the Best Hotels in South America. If you opt for it while visiting Brazil, expect to lay down your hand on one of the goose feather pillows and dream of living in the spotlight.

4. Hotel Montaña Magica

Hotel Huilo Huilo Montaña Magica Lodge in Chile When someone suggests you should stay at Magic Mountain Hotel while visiting Chile. Don’t think twice, just go for it! Magic Mountain Lodge is perfect for dreamers of enchanted forests, or Harry Potter fanatics. The hotel’s design followed the tree-inspired concept, making it an excellent example of an Eco hotel, imitating nature. It’s without a doubt one of the unique projects in the South American hotel industry because of its shape and surroundings. The most eye-catching elements of its architecture are the rustic wood and stones. There is a broad range of activities here, such as trekking, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, skiing, and more. To add to its splendor, the hotel was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and granted the World Legacy Award by National Geographic.

5. Alvear Palace Hotel

Alvear Palace Hotel in ArgentinaAlvear Palace Hotel is an ideal location to stay in while touring Buenos Aires, or visiting Argentina and is certainly one of the Best Hotels in South America. Located in the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood, you can explore the nearby parks, museums, excellent restaurants, and boutique shops. But on the other hand, after seeing the inside of the Alvear Palace Hotel, you may not want to leave. The hotel was designed as “a model of the highest expression of refinement.” Built for wealthy individuals visiting Buenos Aires. That might explain the fact that its style is full of elegant sumptuousness that imitates the style of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Quite a good copy of French splendor and French manners. If an afternoon tea and mini patisserie excite you, then Alvear should be definitely on your bucket list!

Get Started Planning Your South America Tour!

There are plenty of excellent hotels in South America. Many with beautiful exterior and offering superior service! What sets these apart is their pride in being a part of South American history, local culture, and heritage. Add them to your travel bucket list and just be their guest!

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