Top 3 Hotel Bargains in South America
Travelers to South America have an incredible variety of destinations from which to choose. You can visit quiet colonial towns with cobblestoned streets or dine in elegant rooftop restaurants in one of the continent’s many sophisticated cities. Explore the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest, walk among the sand dunes and rock formations of the Atacama Desert, or climb to the snowcapped summit of 22,837-foot Mount Aconcagua. No matter where you go in South America, you’ll find plenty of affordably priced hotels. Here are three of our favorites.
Amerinka Boutique Hotel, Cusco, Peru
High in the foothills of the Andes, the historic city of Cusco (sometimes rendered as Cuzco) lies near southeastern Peru’s Urubamba Valley at an elevation of more than 11,000 feet. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, the city has a population of more than 435,000 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. While the city has scores of sites of historic interest, it is also famous as the jumping-off spot for excursions to Machu Picchu, a well-preserved 15th-century Inca site roughly 50 miles northwest of Cusco.
With rates as low as $80US a night, Cusco’s Amerinka Boutique Hotel is an excellent place to stay while exploring the pre-Columbian history of Peru. The hotel’s central location puts guests close to several of the city’s attractions, including the ChocoMuseo, a must stop for chocolate lovers; the baroque-style La Merced Church and Convent; and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Each of the hotel’s 33 guest rooms features a balcony or patio, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, direct-dial telephone, and an en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hair dryer. Other hotel amenities and services include a rooftop terrace, restaurant, bar/lounge, dry cleaning/laundry services, and airport shuttle service (for an additional fee).
Hotel Boutique Raco, Buenos Aires
Birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires is one of South America’s largest cities. Its broad boulevards and stately architecture are very European, yet the city has an unmistakable Latin American charm all its own. It’s also a perfect city for night birds, with most restaurants opening for dinner at 9 p.m. and clubs that don’t really get going strong until 2 a.m.
Housed in a building constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, the 10-room Hotel Boutique Raco is truly a boutique property in every respect. It offers 24-hour front desk service, guest access to a peaceful garden, meeting rooms, tour desk, coffee shop, bar/lounge, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Nearby are the Plaza de Mayo, Teatro Colon, Children’s Museum, and the 221-foot-tall Obelisco, one of the city’s most iconic monuments.
In-room amenities include complimentary WiFi, flat-screen cable LCD TV, private patios or balconies, 24-hour room service, and en-suite bathrooms with bidets and complimentary toiletries. Room rates start as low as $73US.
Windsor Asturias Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
From its white sand beaches to the statue of Christ the Redeemer atop 2,329-foot Corcovado, the sprawling city of Rio de Janeiro offers visitors a host of things to see and do. Home to roughly 6.5 million people, the Brazilian city is a popular destination year-round, but Rio is at its most vibrant during the pre-Lenten celebration of Carnaval.
Centrally located, the Windsor Asturias Hotel is convenient to Rio’s Centro financial district and Santos Dumont Airport. The 22-story hotel is also close to a number of the city’s attractions, including Cinelandia Square, the Municipal Theater, National Library, and National Fine Arts Museum. Among the hotel’s facilities and services are a 24-hour business center, outdoor swimming pool, poolside bar, steam room, rooftop terrace, and fitness facilities. The Restaurant Opera specializes in national and international cuisines.
Each of the hotel’s 166 air-conditioned rooms features a minibar, complimentary WiFi, desk/work area, laptop-compatible room safe, 24-hour room service, cable TV, and direct-dial telephones with free local calls. En-suite bathrooms have showers and complimentary toiletries. Room rates start as low as $100.
If one of our hotel suggestions piques your interest or if you have your own favorite hideaway you’d like to visit, you can save an extra 10 percent if you take advantage of a limited-time offer available only to regular followers of our blog. To get that extra discount on hotel reservations booked between now and January 31, 2015, pay a visit to HotelsCheap’s loyalty coupon gateway. Type “SOUTHAMERICALIVING10” into the active discount code field, and then you can proceed to make whatever hotel reservations appeal to you.
Don Amerman is a travel expert based in Florida and Pennsylvania. He has traveled widely across the United States and overseas.