From rowdy music to rebellious politics, and even the way they play soccer, Latin Americans have often marched to the beat of a much different drummer than the rest of the world. This is equally true of the hotel scene across this varied, vibrant region.
Global brands may dominate the landscape in other parts of the world, but the Forbes Traveler roll call of Latin America's 20 Best Latin hotels-as determined by the Forbes Traveler 400 board of experts-is dominated by home-grown groups and independent hotels. Nearly all of them have a unique local flair. From the moment you first walk through the front door, there is no mistaking that you are somewhere south of the border or below the equator.
The family-run Fasano Sao Paulo is typical of the personal touch that defines so many top Latin American hotels. This chic 60-room boutique hotel is the culmination of more than 100 years of Fasano family hospitality in Brazil's largest city. Four generations after opening an Italian brasserie in 1902, the Fasanos parlayed their gastronomic success-and penchant for entertaining the global glitterati like Marlene Dietrich, Nat King Cole and the Prince of Wales-into an equally chic hotel.