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 fromother 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 areelegantly styled. The perfect place for couples seeking some luxury!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 willpick you up only if your accommodation is located in that area.
Furthermore, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep as many toursstart 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 withsoundproof windows to ensure that you get enough sleep.
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.
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.
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.
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 youhave 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.
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.
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 orhot tub. Besides that, you will enjoy a la carte breakfast before you will explore Machu Picchu.
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.
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.
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 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!
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 toLake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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!