The best places to stay in Peru

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Cities: Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and more // Category: Where to stay in Peru // Reading time: 15min

Are you in the process of planning your trip and you’re wondering where to stay in Peru? Even if it’s not home, it’s always great to have the feeling to be welcome, meet nice people but most importantly, feel safe and comfortable

Hundreds of different options out there make it tough to compare and to finally decide what to book. That’s why we created this list, based on our personal experience and based on recommendations from other travelers.

 

Let’s have a look at the different hotels/boutique hotels and hostels in Peru’s most visited cities: Lima, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, Huacachina, Arequipa and Puno. 

All the prices mentioned are based on double bedrooms for 2 people.

 

Where to stay in Lima

Before you will travel to places like Cusco, Arequipa or Puno you will first arrive in Lima. Peru’s capital has over 10 million inhabitants and offers many different options regarding where to stay.

We recommend staying in districts such as Miraflores, Barranco or San Isidro. They are all rather central, offer various things to do and, one of the most important aspects for tourists, they are Lima’s safest districts.

In these districts, you can enjoy various amazing restaurants, cafes, sites and shopping malls. As gastronomy is one of the hottest topics in Lima, we invite you to check out the best restaurants in Lima.

 

Hotels: 

The Lot Boutique Hotel (from $95)

This 3-star boutique hotel is located in Miraflores, where you will find plenty of amazing coffee shops, galleries and some of Lima’s most popular restaurants. We’ve heard from many of our travelers that they loved the breakfast on the sun terrace. It’s a 10-minute walk of Miraflores Kennedy Park.

Lot Boutique Hotel

The Lot Boutique Hotel 

Andesmar Hotel (from $100)

You will find this small and chic hotel just 12 minutes away from the Larcomar shopping mall, where you have an amazing view over the sea. The hotel has a beautiful rooftop terrace and modern rooms.  

Andesmar Hotel

Hotel Pullman San Isidro (from $150)

Hotel Pullman which is located in the financial district San Isidro, is a modern hotel with ample rooms. During your stay, you can enjoy their outdoor pool, a hot tub, an elegant sun terrace and much more. There are many different restaurants close by allowing you to fall in love with the delicious peruvian cuisine.

Hotel Pullman San Isidro

 

Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels (from $220)

The Hotel is located in Lima’s bohemian district Barranco. This district is home to many artists, musicians, designers and photographers. You can find different museums, art galleries, street art and excellent restaurants. The hotel offers free bikes, a bar and a very nice garden.

Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels

Villa Barranco by Ananay Hotels

 

Hilton Miraflores (from $230)

It's one of the finest hotels that you can find in Miraflores. The Hilton has an infinity swimming pool with 2 hot tubs and all rooms are elegantly styled. The perfect place for couples seeking some luxury!

Hilton Miraflores

Hilton Miraflores 

 

Hostels: 

1900 Hostel Lima (from $9)

The hostel is set in an early 20th century building, which offers different accommodations for each budget. As the place is located in the heart of Lima, it's around 3.1 miles (5 km) away from the beach zone. 

 

Red Llama Eco Hostel (from $9)

The modern hostel has a great location, as it's only 1 block away from Kennedy Park and offers budget friendly accommodations. They offer a vegan breakfast and you also have the possibility to cook your own meals if you want to.

 

Loki Lima (from $11)

The Loki hostel is around 600 m (2000 ft) away from Kennedy Park, where you will find all kinds of different restaurants and shopping places. The Loki is known for its onsite bar which  is great to meet other people and have an amazing time.

 

Pariwana Hostel Lima (from $11)

It's one of the most popular hostels in all of Lima and provides adults only accommodations with a restaurant, bar and a shared lounge. Besides that guests can enjoy a continental breakfast or a breakfast buffet. 

 

Orchid Hostels (from $12)

The Orchid Hostel offers a big variety of rooms. You can choose from a 26-bedroom to a single bedroom. It has free Wifi and breakfast is also included in the price.

 

Where to stay in Cusco

Cusco is the ancient city of the Incas where most of your adventures will take place, such as visiting one of the two rainbow mountains, learning more about the history of the Incas during our Sacred Valley Tour or exploring our new wonder of the world - Machu Picchu

The city is located at over 3.400 m (11,500 ft.) and getting used to the altitude is crucial when in Cusco. We recommend booking an accommodation close to Plaza de Armas (main square) so that you are close to most places (and if not you most likely won’t pay more than S/ 5 ($1.5) for a taxi ride in Cusco). 

In addition to that, many travel agencies will pick you up only if your accommodation is located in that area

Furthermore, it's important to get a good night's sleep as many tours start pretty early in the morning (f.e. at 3:00 or 4:00 am) and after that you will want a comfortable bed and a warm shower to get ready for your next experience. 

 

Hotels: 

Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza (from $81)

This hotel is located only 1 block from Plaza de Armas and features a charming colonial styled courtyard with Spanish galleries. It has a high glass panelled ceiling which is perfect for enjoying your breakfast, playing cards or drinking a Pisco Sour with friends after an adventurous day. Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza

Tierra Viva Cusco Plaza

 

Tarique Hotel Boutique (from $90)

The Tarique Hotel Boutique is restored in a 15th century building. It offers a nice bar, a garden and a view over the city of Cusco! It is located only a 5 min walk away from the main square Plaza de Armas. 

Tarique Hotel Boutique

Tarique Hotel Boutique

 

Sonesta Hotel Cusco (from $113 )

The hotel enchants its guests with its atmosphere of warmth, modernity, tranquility and its great location, as it's only a few blocks from Cusco’s main square. You will especially love that all rooms have a city or mountain view.

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

Sonesta Hotel Cusco

 

Hilton Garden Inn (from $135)

The Hilton offers panoramic city and mountain views that will make you fall in love with the ancient city. During your stay, you will enjoy the huge courtyard that is perfect for drinking a glass of wine with your partner and friends.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

 

Antigua Casona San Blas (from $185)

This hotel is built in a historic 16th-century mansion in the artisanal district of San Blas. For couples, this is a perfect place to stay as their lovingly restored stone patios, hand-crafted balconies and other original features create a romantic atmosphere. In this area, you will find plenty of fancy restaurants and cute cafes.

Antigua Casona San Blas

Antigua Casona San Blas

 

Hostels: 

Wild Rover Hostel (from $10)

This party hostel is 10-minutes walking distance from Plaza de Armas and includes a restaurant and a bar that can get quite crowded at night. All the rooms are located on the other side with soundproof windows to ensure that you get enough sleep. 

 

Dragonfly Hostels (from $11)

The Dragonfly hostel is only 5 minutes away from the main square Plaza de Armas. Many customers loved the “homey feeling”, as you can relax in the lounge area or enjoy a drink with other travelers at the lively bar. 

 

Pariwana Hostel (from $12)

It's the biggest Party Hostel in Cusco - so in case you are looking to meet new people and have an amazing time next to your daily adventures, this is the place to stay at. It offers you cheap alcohol at the Funky Bar and also free Wifi and breakfast.

 

Hostel Kokopelli (from $15 )

It's one of the most popular hostels in Cusco as it is a unique 200 year old colonial style house, where something different happens every day: live bands, DJs, BBQs on the terrace, Peruvian cooking classes or playing different games. It's perfect to meet other people if you travel solo or just to have an amazing time. 

 

Supertramp Hostel (from $16)

This hostel offers you free breakfast, free Wifi throughout the building and also a late check-out. Besides that, each dorm room has its own bathroom so you don't have to wait or squeeze in with other people. It's located in San Blas.

 

Where to stay in Aguas Calientes

Aguas Calientes is the small village, from where you will discover the mystical Machu Picchu. There aren’t any taxis around which is why you have to walk to get to your accommodation

We highly recommend all of our travelers to stay there the night before the Machu Picchu tour. This allows you to enter as early as possible (earliest entrance is at 6:00 am) and to avoid the crowds.

Apart from that, you don’t have to spend so much time in a car, bus and train in a single day and you can sleep a little longer to enjoy this adventure to the fullest. Otherwise you have to get up at around 2:30 am and start your journey from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, which is absolutely doable but definitely more exhausting. 

Furthermore, one night is more than enough in Aguas Calientes, as besides Machu Picchu there is not much to do or see.

 

Hotels: 

Inti Punku (from $103)

Inti Punku is one of the best places for couples as it offers panoramic views of Aguas Calientes and a hydromassage tub. Furthermore all rooms are equipped with cable TV, air conditioning and private bathrooms. During your stay, you should definitely go to the restaurant at Inti Punku, where you can enjoy regional meat specialities and after that go for a tropical cocktail.

Inti Punku Inti Punku

 

Jaya Machu Picchu (from $115)

Certain rooms at the Jaya Machu Picchu offer you picturesque views of the mountain or river. In case you want to have an unforgettable time with your partner at the hotel you should book a superior room with a spa bath or hot tub. Besides that, you will enjoy a la carte breakfast before you will explore Machu Picchu.

Jaya Machu Picchu

Jaya Machu Picchu 

 

GRINGO BILLS (from $120)

It's the perfect place for couples - with a hot tub, an organic restaurant, a Pisco Bar, plasma TVs and much more it will make your time in Aguas Calientes a special one.

GRINGO BILLS

GRINGO BILLS

 

Casa del Sol Machu Picchu (from $155)

The Casa del Sol Machu Picchu offers spacious rooms with traditional Andean decor and modern amenities, located in the heart of Aguas Calientes. Next to the free breakfast buffet, you can relax after your Machu Picchu tour in the hot tub or in the traditional hammam.

Casa del Sol Machu Picchu

Casa del Sol Machu Picchu

 

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (from $270)

The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel offers you spacious, luxurious rooms with a seating area. It is located next to the Urubamba River and ONLY 20 minutes away from the archaeological site Machu Picchu. If you and your partner are looking for comfort, luxury and relaxation then this 5-star hotel is the right place to stay.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

 

Hostels: 

Ecopackers Machu Picchu (from $11)

This hostel is only 100m away from Machu Picchu train station and offers rooms with free Wifi. Ecopackers is a new, clean and convenient hostel with a courtyard and a laundry service in place. 

 

Supertramp Hostel (from $15)

The Supertramp offers different dorms and private rooms for an affordable price in the area. Besides that, there is a nice barbecue and a terrace at this hostal.

 

Hostel Machu Picchu Land B&B (from $25)

Close to the Hostel you will find the park Wiñaywayna and an artisanal market where you can get some hand made souvenirs for your friends and family at home. 

 

Adelas Hostal (from $35)

The rooms at Adela's have large windows, perfect to enjoy the city view. At the hostel, you will also find a restaurant where you can eat a variety of local and international dishes. Besides that all rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV and continental breakfast. 

 

El Mistico Machu Picchu Hostal (from $40)

El Mistico Machu Picchu Hostal has over 12 bright rooms, which are built entirely of wood! Besides that they have private balconies and/ or panoramic views of the mountains and the surrounding areas. 

 

Where to stay in Huacachina

Huacachina is located 4 hours south of Lima and close to the city of Ica. There you will find South America's ONLY natural desert oasis and in addition to that the biggest sand dunes on the continent that are perfect for sandboarding

 

Hotels:

Hosteria Suiza (from $79)

Featuring an outdoor pool, a sun terrace, an a la carte restaurant, and a bar area with pool view. The guest house is right next to the scenic Huacachina oasis and provides nice and clean rooms.

Hosteria Suiza Hosteria Suiza

 

Hotel El Huacachinero (from $80)

Here you will enjoy an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Each room has a private bathroom, cable TV, air conditioning and American breakfast is included as well.

Hotel El Huacachinero

Hotel El Huacachinero

 

Hostels:

Desert Nights Hostel (from $10)

The hostel has a brilliant location on the main boulevard that surrounds the Huacachina oasis. It is completely new, with comfortable mattresses and spacious rooms. 

 

Banana’s Adventure (from $24)

This is a lovely and green accommodation with a pool, a bar, and a garden with hammocks.

 

Where to stay in Arequipa

The city is located at over 2325 m ( 7625 ft) in the desert mountains of the Andes. Arequipa is a special city, because many parts of the city are built out of white volcanic stone. Therefore it is often called the “White City”


Hotels:

Bubamara San Lazaro (from $28)

This almost rustic, but very charming hotel is located near the Santa Catalina Convent and features a lovely roof terrace from where you can see the Misti volcano. The rooms are very comfortable and clean.

Bubamara San Lazaro

Bubamara San Lazaro

 

La Hosteria (from $60)

Set up in a renovated colonial house, this hotel not only features plenty of open spaces, balconies, a small fountain, and plants but it’s also just a 5-minute walk from Arequipa’s main square. The rooms are nicely decorated and guests can enjoy the spa and sauna services for a little extra fee.

La Hosteria

La Hosteria

 

Hostels: 

Le Foyer Hostel (from $10)

This charming colonial building with balconies is located only 200 m from the main square. Although it’s cheap, a breakfast with some bread and marmalade is included. Further, there are areas to relax and BBQ facilities.

 

Wanderlust Aqp Hostel (from $7)

The benefit of Wanderlust Aqp Hostel is the fantastic location as it’s only 100m from the main square and some rooms also have their own balcony

 

Where to stay in Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is one of the most impressive places in all of Peru. It has a depth of over 9842 ft (3000m), it is nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and the second deepest Canyon in the world.

 

Hotels: 

Casa Andina Standard Colca (from $75)

This secluded hotel offers traditional stone houses, where the two of you will stay during your time. Furthermore, you should definitely try the hotel restaurant, where you will enjoy a variety of Peruvian dishes which are supplied by its own vegetable garden.

Casa Andina Standard Colca

Casa Andina Standard Colca 

 

Hotel El Refugio (from $77)

Tucked away in the Colca Canyon, this rustic-styled (yet luxurious) hotel features lovely rooms and a thermal bath. The sound of the river and the beautiful view over the valley make this stay very relaxing.

Hotel El Refugio

Hotel El Refugio

 

Hostels:

Colca Land Hostel (from $17)

The Colca Land Hostel is close to the main square and different organic or craft markets. The guesthouse offers free WiFi and an a la carte breakfast. 

 

Le Foyer Hostel Colca (from $38)

The hostel has the best location in the city with a reasonable price and offers different dorms with 3- or 4 bedrooms. In case you want to have more privacy you can go with a single or a twin private room. 

 

Where to stay in Puno

Puno is located in southeastern Peru at 12,555 ft (3827 m). It is home to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. 

 

Hotels:

Conde de Lemos Hotel (from $54)

Located in the heart of Puno (1 block from Puno’s main square), this boutique-style hotel offers a very centric location. The place is filled with peace and quietness, the rooms are very nice and spacious, and their balconies offer a nice view over the historical city center and Titicaca Lake.

Conde de Lemos Hotel

Conde de Lemos Hotel

 

Tierra Viva Puno Plaza (from $54)

Tierra Viva is also located rather central and all rooms are stylishly furnished with large windows. All rooms have their private bathroom and you can enjoy your breakfast on the balcony.

Tierra Viva Puno Plaza

Tierra Viva Puno Plaza 

Hostels: 

Quechuas Inka Palace (from $28)

The rooms of this “palace” are quite simple, but comfortable and all of them offer a great view of the mountains and the lake (and a delicious breakfast buffet). It’s located at the top of Puno’s main street and therefore close to everything.

 

Hostal Utasa Inn (from $19)

The hostel is only 350 m (1150 ft.) away from the city's main square and offers different room sizes from single rooms up to triple bed options. During your stay, you will benefit from free WiFi and a continental breakfast.

 

Where to stay in Peru - there are many options!

As you see, there are many different options and locations to choose from regarding where to stay in Peru. This list is based on our personal experience and recommendations by our travelers

I hope this list helps you to simplify your plan of how and where to spend your time in Peru. Once you figure out where to stay, you’ll be wondering what to do. Cusco has so many sights you can visit, such as Humantay Lake, Machu Picchu or the alternative Rainbow Mountain Palccoyo. If you need any help regarding your tours, just contact us via mail (info@exploor.pe) or WhatsApp (+51 965 027 736) and we’re happy to help you out.

Please feel free to leave a comment with your experience in Peru and which was your favorite place to stay. We’d love to hear about that!

 


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Created on , posted by Noel

Very helpful information, thank you! Would be great to have some tips for the jungle too.

Created on , posted by Magaly Kreisner

Thank you so much for this composition of where to stay in Lima. The AirBnB options are perfect as I prefer those places. Are there also AirBnBs in Puno?


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