Best hotels and hostels in Central Highlands

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tingo María

    Villa Jennifer

    This peaceful tropical enclave is run by a Danish-Peruvian couple who have done wonders with a lush expanse of tropical bushland bounded by rivers on two sides. Suave rustic accommodations range from simple rooms with shared bathrooms to airy mini-homes that can sleep up to 10 people. Common to all is the relaxation space: terraces, sun beds, patios, gardens... paradise.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarma

    Hacienda La Florida

    This 300-year-old working hacienda is owned by a welcoming Peruvian-German couple, Pepe and Inge. The substantial, prettily decorated rooms flank a large courtyard and boast wooden parquet floors and private bathrooms. There's space for campers (per person S20) and the filling breakfasts (everything homemade!) have a delectable German slant. It's 6km from Tarma on the Acobamba road.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ayacucho

    Via Via Plaza

    One of the more imaginative sleeping options in central Ayacucho is Via Via, with an enviable plaza location and cool, vibrantly decorated rooms themed around different countries and continents. Travelers will feel like they’ve landed in a veritable oasis, all centered on a plant-filled courtyard. English and Dutch are spoken, and there's a popular 2nd-floor restaurant hangout alongside.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huancayo

    Hotel Turismo

    Where its sister establishment Hotel Presidente lacks a little in character, this older, more elegant lodging evokes an air of bygone grandeur. The building has wooden balconies, beautiful public areas hung with San Pedro de Cajas tapestries and good views of the plaza outside the Centro Civico. Rooms vary in size and quality, but all will leave you perfectly satisfied.

  • Lodging in Tarma

    Los Portales

    The best choice for accommodations in Tarma city itself, the 'LP' is set in secluded gardens in the west of town. Its refined mustard facade conceals 44 standard hotel rooms with cable TV and wi-fi. There's even a children's playground. Rates include continental breakfast and the restaurant provides room service. The two suites have Jacuzzis.

  • Lodging in Huancayo

    Blub Hotel Spa

    The tucked-away Blub has grown from dithering midrange into one of Huancayo's best sleeps. Its well-appointed, inviting rooms each have a big flat-screen cable TV, telephone, minibar and '70s-style bathroom. As the name implies, there's a small spa area with a sauna and a nice restaurant too. The hotel overlooks the river (or its bone-dry bed).

  • Lodging in Huánuco

    Grand Hotel Huánuco

    This grande dame of Huánuco hotels is on the Plaza de Armas. Its public areas are airy and pleasant and its high-ceilinged rooms have solid parquet floors with phone and flat-screen cable TV. The premises include a sauna, gym, billiard room, Jacuzzi, and a pretty good restaurant and bar. Time goes by, and doesn't affect this place much at all.

  • Lodging in Tarma

    Hacienda Santa María

    This charming hacienda is a white-walled, 18th-century colonial house with wooden balconies perfect for surveying the surrounding lush, flower-abundant grounds strung with hammocks. Rustic rooms are full of old furniture. There is also a clutch of alternative local tours that the owners can arrange. It's 1km after Calle Vienrich becomes Vista Alegre to the northeast of town.

  • Lodging in Ayacucho

    Via Via Alameda

    This colonial building in a quiet, lovely location has rooms with beautiful furniture, and there is a grassy garden-courtyard where you can sit outside and enjoy the on-site restaurant's wonderful cooking. Now under ownership of the city center's famous Via Via company, the hotel is about 700m from the center; the walk back at night involves passing some dark neighborhoods.

  • Lodging in Ayacucho

    Hostal Tres Máscaras

    The pleasing walled garden and friendly owner render this an enjoyable place to stay, and garden-facing rooms are generously sized. Hot water is on in the morning and later on request. A room with TV is S5 extra. Continental and American breakfasts are available for S8 and S10, respectively. All these things have made it a longtime backpacker favorite.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huancavelica

    Hotel Presidente Huancavelica

    Presentable old Hotel Presidente Huancavelica is, truth be told, very pricey for what you actually get, but locations do not get much better. Rooms are much plainer than the gorgeous facade, but do benefit from guaranteed hot showers, telephone, cable TV and a laundry service – not to mention a handy restaurant. There are some suites available, too.

  • Lodging in Huancayo

    La Casa de la Abuela

    This hostel run by tour operator Incas del Perú makes every effort to welcome tired travelers. The brightly painted house is clean and friendly, with inviting chill-out areas, kitchen facilities, cable TV and DVD. It’s popular with backpackers for its amenable dorms and compact rooms with shared bathrooms. Now in a new location a 25-minute walk from central Huancayo.

  • Lodging in Huancayo

    Isha Hotel

    The best newcomer among Huancayo's central hotels, the Isha attempts to brighten a desperately ugly part of Av Giraldez. Rooms are very smart, although a fair few don't have outside windows. The hotel is entered, in unorthodox fashion, through a Chinese restaurant (reception is on the 2nd floor).

  • Lodging in Ayacucho

    Hotel Sevilla

    A long entranceway hung with hanging baskets leads back to this four-story establishment, one of the nicest, brightest, best-value hotels in Ayacucho. When it first opened, it was the deal of the Central Andes but has since realized what prices it can charge – though these are still a bargain. Ample, cozy, quiet rooms have desks, minibars and microwaves.

  • Lodging in Ayacucho

    Hotel Santa Rosa

    This capacious hotel with twin courtyards has spacious, airy rooms in need of a decor update. Some come with a fridge (a luxury in the Central Andes) and all have TV, DVD player and phone. The bathrooms are large and the showers have oodles of hot water. It's less than a block from the Plaza de Armas.

  • Lodging in Ayacucho

    DM Hoteles Ayacucho

    The interior of this impressive-looking colonial building exudes a certain kind of charm, but for what you pay, the rooms are oh-so-plain and merely adequate. Better rooms have balconies (request one); some have plaza views. It was once considered the best in town, and few centrally located top-end hotels have yet given it a run for its money in scale or in facilities.

  • Lodging in Huancayo

    Hotel los Balcones

    Sporting plenty of namesake, hard-to-miss balconies, this is an attractive, modern, airy and spacious hotel. Tastefully furnished rooms come with cable TV, phone, alarm clock and reading lights; there’s complimentary internet access and a busy in-house restaurant too. Look no further for reasonably priced city-center comfort: when you weigh up price against location and amenities, this place comes out tops.

  • Lodging in Ayacucho

    Hotel Sierra Dorada

    It's more ochre than dorada (golden) but if your number-one priority in Ayacucho is a quiet night's sleep, this is the hotel for you. The rooms are nice if not particularly big, but the location, sequestered away in a park a short distance from the center, is tranquil indeed.

  • Lodging in Huánuco

    Hostal Huánuco

    This traditional mansion simply exudes character, with old-fashioned tiled floors, a 2nd-floor terrace overlooking a garden and hall walls covered with art and old newspaper clippings. Delightful – if worn – rooms contain characterful old furniture and have comfortable beds. Showers are hot but can take an age to warm up: ask in advance. A gem of a find for backpackers.

  • Lodging in Huancayo

    Hostal El Marquez

    The El Marquez is an anomaly. It's outwardly appealing, comfortable and better than most, yet is inexplicably lacking in character and service, and, price-wise, has a delusional idea of its own worth. Recently renovated, carpeted rooms get all the expected trappings, while several suites feature Jacuzzis, king-sized beds and minibars. A small cafe offers room service.