From under $10 and up to $100, all of these best hotels and hostels in South America share one thing in common: VALUE.
I’ve personally paid and stayed at every one of the following locations listed. As most typically the largest part of my budget, I take my accommodation spending VERY seriously and put a lot of time and research into deciding which hostel or hotel I stay at.
Take advantage of my hours of location and review research and read on for my recommendations!
(I’ll continue to update this list as I continue my travels throughout South America)
Best Hostels and Hotels in Argentina
Best Hostel or Hotel in Cafayate
Hostal RustyK (visited April 2016)
$40 per night for a twin room with private bathroom, fan, and included simple breakfast (other room types, including dorm, are available). There is a common area kitchen with a fridge and all necessities. RustyK was one of my FAVORITE hostels in all of South America. The big outdoor courtyard is furnished with comfortable chairs and tables, and real grape vines grow throughout. It’s the perfect place for having a glass of wine with a friend.
Best Hostel or Hotel in Salta
Posada del Huayruro (visited April 2016)
$25 per night for a twin or double room with private bathroom, TV, fan and included simple breakfast. This hotel definitely isn’t a stunner, but its simple amenities, low price, and convenient location (a ten minute walk from the bus station!) were worth it. Make sure you request a room with a “real” door, as all of the rooms are decent aside from one with a strange windowed (and thus easily broken into) door.
Best Hostels and Hotels in Bolivia
Best Hostel or Hotel in La Paz
Hostal Perla Negra (visited April 2016)
$14 per night for a big double room with private bathroom, TV with English channels, and included simple breakfast. Two minute walk from the bus station, and less than a fifteen minute walk from Plaza Murillo. The internet was better here than almost anywhere else I stayed in Bolivia. The bed was super comfortable, and the shower was blessedly hot.
Best Hostel or Hotel in Sucre
Casa de Huespedes Wasi Masi (visited April 2016)
$9 per night for a single room with fan, shared bathroom, and included simple breakfast (the best I had in Bolivia and with vegetarian options available). Dorm rooms also available, and rooms with private bathrooms. This simple guesthouse was a great place to meet other travelers, with plenty of common areas and pretty much at full capacity the entire time I stayed. Less than a ten walk to the main plaza.
Best Hostel or Hotel in Tupiza
Hotel La Torre (visited April 2016)
$14 per night for a single room with private bathroom, TV, and included simple breakfast (better than most in Bolivia). This hotel is connected to La Torre tour agency, perfect for booking any Salt Flats or horseback riding tours. It is centrally located in Tupiza, less than a ten minute walk from the bus station.
Best Hotels in Brazil
Best Hotels in RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio 180 Boutique Hotel (Santa Teresa neighborhood, visited in 2015)
$99 a night (or less) for a luxury jacuzzi suite with views of Pao de Acucar and Christo Redentor. This hotel is absolutely stunning, a true luxury property at a bargain price, and has a delicious French-style breakfast included. Read my review here.
Best Hotels in SAO PAULO
Gran Chevalier Hotel (Itaim Bibi neighborhood, visited in August 2015)
From $50 per night for a deluxe double room with included Brazilian-style basic buffet breakfast. The Gran Chevalier Hotel is a winner because of its super low price (for Sao Paulo) and its outstanding location in Itaim Bibi. Within walking distance to a variety of international restaurants, the rooms are basic but comfortable.
Best Hostels in Chile
Best Hostel or Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Everything in San Pedro de Atacama was overpriced and not that great of quality (to be honest – I didn’t enjoy San Pedro de Atacama in general). I stayed in 3 hotels over the course of a week, and couldn’t recommend any of them.
Avoid Casa Don Esteban – not only is this hotel is extremely expensive ($100 per night) and WAY further out of the city than they’d lead you to believe, most of the advertised amenities are nonexistent. The wifi does NOT work, especially not in the rooms, the breakfast consists of a bit of fruit and some bread if you’re lucky – otherwise I hope you like saltine crackers!
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