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Boutique Hotel Experience that’s Affordable? Guide to the Best Boutique Hostels in South America

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Are you looking for a boutique hotel experience that’s affordable?

Travelling to South America soon? This guide brings you the best boutique hostels in South America (namely, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Chile) that all feature Hostelworld Ratings of 8.2 and above.

Hostels don’t all have to be sad looking kitchens, communal bathrooms and mismatched furniture that looks like something your nan would have thrown out. There’s a new breed of hostels offering a hybrid between hostel prices and trendy hotel aesthetics – introducing the boutique hostel.

What can you expect from a boutique hostel?

  • Intimate environment as you would expect from a boutique hotel.
  • Design-led interiors and decor. Think sleek, minimalistic, baroque etc.
  • Beautifully kept outdoor space. Whether this be a communal garden surrounded by greenery, a courtyard or rooftop terrace.
  • Kitchens that are a joy to cook in. Plenty of kitchen utensils and no more squirming when you have to touch the dirty dish towel.
  • Private bedrooms with en-suites that have added finishing touches. Think chunky throws, cushions, chairs, even a vinyl record player!
  • Dorms that have secure lockers, privacy curtains, shelf, personal light and USB points.
  • Air conditioning!
  • Staff that go the extra mile for you. Smiling, welcoming and happy to help.
  • Yoga studio *not always but often.
  • Swimming pool and/or jacuzzi *not always but often.
  • Plus the usual features you receive at any hostel. E.g. organised tours or activities, discounted prices for external tours, breakfast (sometimes included in the price).

What type of traveller does a boutique hostel suit?

Because of the slightly higher rates of a boutique hostel, they usually attract an older crowd than your typical gap year student.

  • Commonly 25 years old +
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples *boutique hostels are a great option for couple who are looking to socialise but what to enjoy a slice of luxury and privacy. Private rooms with en-suites are your go-to.

Going to Central America? I’ve got you covered too: The Best Boutique Hostels in Central America that have the WOW Factor

Hostel Rango Boutique

Where? Medellin, Colombia

What makes Hostel Rango Boutique one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Modern, industrial, loft style decor.
  • Large social areas spread over several floors: bar, restaurant, living area and rooftop terrace.
  • Dorms equipped with individual reading lights, lockers, 2 plug sockets.
  • Spacious private rooms equipped with a TV, HDMI, mini fridge, landline and comfortable beds.
  • Buffet Breakfast included: fresh bread, eggs, fruit, juice, coffee.
  • Plenty of hostel activities such as salsa night.
  • Friendly and helpful staff.
  • Yoga mats available to borrow.
  • Fast WIFI.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.5

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Medellín Vibes Hostel 

Where? Medellín, Colombia

What makes Medellín Vibes Hostel one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Well maintained garden with seating and umbrellas.
  • Outdoor and indoor swimming pools.
  • Cocktail bar next to outdoor pool.
  • On-site restaurant, BBQ lunch.
  • Lounge area.
  • Air conditioning in all rooms.
  • Rooms feature hairdryers and comfortable beds.
  • Private rooms have 49 inch flat screen Smart TVs.
  • King bed suite features spa bath.
  • Free 100% Colombian coffee all day.
  • Free breakfast: eggs, ham, cheese, fruit.
  • Daily housekeeping.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.5

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Los Patios Hostel Boutique

Where? Medellín, Colombia

What makes Los Patios Hostel Boutique one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Uniquely made up of two buildings in the city.
  • Organic herb garden is available for guests to use.
  • Outdoor rooftop gym.
  • Cinema room with a 50-inch TV and surround sound system.
  • Bike hire available.
  • Rooftop terrace with sunset views and bar.
  • Large, well-equipped kitchen.
  • Co-working room.
  • Spanish School.
  • Dorms have huge lockers to fit backpacks, privacy curtains.
  • Rooms themed on Colombia’s different regions.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.5

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Selina La Candelaria Bogota

Where? Bogotá, Colombia

What makes Selina La Candelaria one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Set in a beautiful old Colombian building.
  • Cool interior design.
  • Situated in Candelaria, the old historical part of Bogotá. It’s perfect for exploring architecture, history and museums.
  • Yoga studio.
  • Garden with barbecue.
  • On-site restaurant and bar – the food is good!
  • Pool table.
  • Some rooms have a balcony.
  • Large private rooms.
  • Cinema room and movie nights.
  • Live music in the evenings.
  • Co-working space.
  • Fantastic staff – friendly and knowledgeable of the surrounding areas.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.1

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Selina Parque 93 Bogota

Where? Bogotá, Colombia

What makes Selina Parque 93 Bogota one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Eclectic and funky design to complement downtown location
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Breakfast not included but you can order from the restaurant
  • Cinema room and movie nights
  • Live music in the evenings
  • Full calendar of activities including wellness events
  • On-site bookstore
  • Co-working space
  • Friendly staff
  • Free coffee available all day
  • 24/7 on-site security.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.4

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Aurora Hostel

Where? Bogotá, Colombia

What makes Aurora Hostel one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Truly intimate boutique feel in that it can only accommodate 18 travellers.
  • Walking distance to all the hustle and bustle but far enough for peace and quiet.
  • Dorms have privacy curtain, light, plug and own big lockers. Great showers.
  • Breakfast included: American style.
  • Free coffee available all day.
  • Patio garden.
  • Fast WIFI.
  • Homely feel.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.2

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Casa Cubil Design Hostel

Where? Bogotá, Colombia

What makes Casa Cubil Design Hostel one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Design-led interiors: simplistic, decadent, retro.
  • Bathrooms fitted to a high spec including brass finishings.
  • Beautiful parquet flooring throughout the property.
  • Located in a historic 1940s brick building overlooking Teusaquillo. It’s a beautiful park in a neighbourhood steeped in rich architectural history.
  • Dorms are furnished with their bespoke Cubils or sleeping pods. 
  • Cosy living room with log fire.
  • Buffet breakfast included: cereal, fruit, breads, juices, coffee.
  • TV room features Netflix.
  • Coffee and tea available all day.

Hostelworld Rating: 8.5

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Nao Victoria Hostel

Where? Cusco, Peru

What makes Nao Victoria one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Set in a historic colonial building.
  • Lodge style decor and unique paintings on the walls and ceilings.
  • Located one minute from the Plaza de Armas.
  • Modern private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
  • Dorm beds with privacy curtain, power outlet and lamp.
  • Free breakfast: traditional Mexican dishes made to order, fruit, coffee.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.0

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Selina Plaza de Armas Cusco

Where? Cusco, Peru

What makes Selina Plaza de Armas one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Beautiful glass roofed central courtyard with trendy decor and furniture.
  • Welcome cocktail drink.
  • Spacious kitchen with full kitchen amenities.
  • Dorms spacious and comfortable beds with lockers.
  • Private “teepee rooms” with shared bathroom.
  • Hot showers, good pressure.
  • Cinema room with Netflix and Apple TV.
  • Yoga studio for your own use.
  • Good WIFI.
  • Welcoming and helpful staff.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.1

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Selina Saphi Cusco

Where? Cusco, Peru

What makes Selina Saphi Cusco one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Modern interior design.
  • Roof terrace.
  • Onsite café that serves breakfast.
  • Dedicated co-working space.
  • Yoga studio.
  • Cinema room.
  • Dorms equipped with comfortable beds, privacy curtain, reading light and a plug in each bed.
  • Caring, friendly and welcoming staff.

Hostelworld Rating: 8.2

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Discovery Suites

Where? Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What makes Discovery Suites one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • From the founders of Discovery Hostel, Discovery Suites offer private rooms only with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Rich, classical and ornate interior design.
  • Located in the Santa Teresa area close to cool bars and restaurants.
  • Bathrooms finished to a high spec.
  • Each private room has a Nespresso coffee machine, hairdryer, toiletries, stocked mini bar, TV with Netflix and kitchenette (microwave, no stove).
  • Breakfast included.
  • Rooftop terrace.
  • On-site cocktail bar and restaurant serving food.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.9

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WE Hostel Design

Where? São Paulo, Brazil

What makes WE Hostel Design one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Converted from a stunning 1920s mansion, “Vila Mariana”.
  • Accommodates a maximum of 46 travellers.
  • Combining chic, retro, vintage design with interactive interiors.
  • Plenty of communal spaces with Netflix.
  • On-site bar.
  • Buffet breakfast included: fruits, breads, cold meats, tea, coffee and juices.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.2

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Onas Hostel & Suites

Where? Cordoba, Argentina

What makes Onas Hostel & Suites one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Exquisite and luxurious hostel.
  • Each private room features unique decor.
  • Outdoor swimming pool and garden.
  • Glamorous bar.
  • Free bike hire.
  • Cinema room.
  • Breakfast included: fresh fruits, breads, croissants,, tea, coffee and juices.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.1

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TIP – All of the best boutique hostels in South America get booked up pretty quick. Their unique designs, space and luxury combined with a HostelWorld rating of 8.5 or above mean they’re hot property! I’d strongly advise booking asap to avoid disappointment.

Puerto Limon Hostel

Where? Buenos Aires, Argentina

What makes Puerto Limon Hostel one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Modern decor in neutral tones.
  • Located in San Telmo, the heart of Tango.
  • Heaps of space to work, read or chill out.
  • Spacious and fully equipped kitchen.
  • On-site bar and café.
  • Open courtyard with barbecue.
  • Swimming pool (additional charge applies).
  • Big lockers in dorms with personal light and USB port.
  • Excellent WIFI.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.0

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Vinnhaus

Where? Puerto Natales, Chile

What makes Vinnhaus one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Technically it’s a B&B but it’s so warm, snug and inviting it had to go on the list!
  • Located in the heart of the city centre.
  • Historical building fully renovated.
  • Vintage, cosy, classic British country pub decor.
  • Free breakfast.
  • On-site restaurant, bar and café serving hearty food and delicious treats.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Garden.
  • Extremely helpful staff – you can book your bus and tours to Torres del Paine with them.
  • Please note: no kitchen.

Hostelworld Rating: 9.0

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Factoria Patagonia Hostel

Where? Puerto Natales, Chile

What makes Factoria Patagonia Hostel one of the best boutique hostels in South America?

  • Modern interior design inspired by the ancient Patagonian estancias.
  • On-site restaurant serving homemade pasta, crab and lamb.
  • Free buffet breakfast.
  • Good WIFI.
  • Complimentary shampoo and conditioner.
  • Spacious dorms – towel, toiletries, comfortable beds, lockers, shelf, light.
  • No kitchen.

Hostelworld Rating: 8.6

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