How great is it to leave home for a dream holiday knowing that somewhere, miles away other places are awaiting you? 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 vacation. You just want to relax, forget about your daily routine and feel pampered and you deserve it from time to time!
Very often I hear travelers say, “Oh, we don’t care a lot about a hotel. We will be spending a lot of time outside anyway.” Though you will be exploring most of the day, wouldn’t it be nice to return to a pleasant place where everyone is smiling and asking how you’re doing? Where there is a comfortable, fresh bed waiting for you and a shower that isn’t leaking? That’s why it’s so important to pick hotels wisely! And it’s not all about being comfortable; it’s also about your safety and your new experiences that are a significant part of a trip.
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. I am happy to present 5 hotels in South America that are the very best in South America.
#1: Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara – CARTAGENA, Colombia
Hotel Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is a high rated hotel in Cartagena, 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 honeymoon or a romantic getaway, this hotel should definitely be on your bucket list.
#2: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas – CUSCO, 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 in 2017 it would be one of the best hotels in 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. 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: Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel – RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
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 Hotel is one of the most popular properties in 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 enter this magnificent establishment. If you opt for it during your stay in Brazil, expect to lay down your hand on one of the goose feather pillows and dream of life in the spotlight.
#4: Hotel Huilo Huilo Montaña Magica Lodge (Magic Mountain Lodge) – NELTUME (Valdivia), Chile
When someone suggests you should stay at Magic Mountain hotel, 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 most 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 – BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Alvear Palace Hotel is an ideal location to stay in Buenos Aires and is certainly number 1 on the list. Located in the heart of Recoleta neighborhood, you can explore the nearby parks, museums, excellent restaurants, and boutique shops. But on the other hand, after seeing the inside of 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!
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 on your travel bucket list and just be their guest!