Decent budget places are thin on the ground in Trujillo, but pay a little extra and you’ll be soaking up colonial ambience. Some travelers prefer to stay in the nearby beach town of Huanchaco. Many midrange hotels can be noisy if you get the streetside rooms. For a city of its size and history, Trujillo lags way behind when it comes to design and boutique hotels (OK, there are none). It pays to inquire about environmental policies at hotels here – some have been accused of burning carbon mineral bricks at night as a source for heating water, an environmentally damaging (but cheap) practice that is prohibited in Peru depending on emission levels.