My Favorite Places to Stay Under $100 a Night: Best Hotels and Hostels in South America

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)

Best Hotels and Hostels in South America - Cafayate Argentina
$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)

Best Hotels and Hostels in South America- La Paz Bolivia
$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

Hostel in Tupiza Bolivia

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)
Rio 180 Hotel Review Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro
$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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A short vacation in Thailand turned into a life abroad with a canceled ticket home. Nearly a decade later and after living in Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, Puebla, and Puerto Vallarta, Steph is on to her next adventure and living back in beautiful, cosmopolitan Mexico City. She is living, traveling, and working (both as an expat therapist and an international health insurance representative) around the world to find the beautiful, inspirational, and interesting while sharing it with you!

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  1. February 27, 2018 / 1:42 am

    Thank you, Steph. I have become a huge fan of your writing. All the blogs are precise and very beautifully executed. Loved your work and keep writing!!

    • Steph
      February 28, 2018 / 7:21 pm

      Aw thank you so much!

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