South American Hotels
Finding awesome places to visit, and spectacular things to see on your travels is fun and all. But once you’ve done a full day of sightseeing, you want to have some place to lie back, rest, and maybe cut some z’s before the next excursion. So, where do you sleep in South America?
In hotels, that’s where, like anywhere else. Accommodation is as varied as the continent is. Whatever your likes and needs, you certainly will find a good place to stay in South America. The issue is finding where that place is, and picking the right one.
Like the rest of the world, hotels are arranged by how much they cost. The more expensive, the more amenities. However, those prices vary from country to country; and some are quite cheap. For example, you might not consider staying in the Ritz-Carlton in your home country, but the price for the same services in, say, Buenos Aires are significantly lower, and it might just fit into your budget.
That’s to say that all the top hotel chains with a global presence, such as Hilton, Sheraton, Ritz, Radisson, all have hotels in virtually all the capitals of each of the countries. Some of them have locations in more touristy areas, such as Pucón, Punta del Este, Cusco, etc. So, if you are high-end traveler; or the point of having a vacation is to be pampered, rest assured you can get 5-star treatment in South America.
There is an extremely varied mid-market in accommodation. These are called “hotels” in South America, as well. There is a significant cross over in prices and services, so it’s very possible to find four star accommodation on a two-star budget. It’s good to ask around and do research. A good piece of advice for going to a strange country and city for the first time, is to spend the first night in a more up-scale hotel, so you can get your bearings in a more familiar environment.
Most travelers, however, seem to prefer the “budget” section. But that shouldn’t turn you off the idea: there are lots of premium locations that are firmly in this category. Depending on the country, they can be called “hostels”, “residenciales”, “hospedajes” or “alojamiento”. A lot of these places are boutique, with a wide variety of services. A good deal of them have English-speaking staff, and can arrange tours of the area.
Remember, everything is universally cheaper in South America, because of the exchange rate. So don’t turn your nose up at something because of the price before you’ve got a good look at it.