Best hotels and hostels in Peru

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Central Highlands

    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. Listing the other highlights of a stay takes a while. You could spot monkeys capering through the treetops, play table tennis, darts or table soccer, or catch a movie in the DVD lounge. In the excellent restaurant (open 7:45am to 9pm), be sure to try the local fruit anonas (custard apples) which are delectable. There are also two swimming pools and mini-golf. Not to be missed is the 30-minute hike up to a mirador (lookout) on a sheer conical hill above the property. The lodge is located north of Tingo's airport.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Urubamba

    Sol y Luna

    A living fairy tale, this luxury Relais & Chateaux property runs wild with whimsy. Fans of folk art will be overwhelmed – its 43 casitas (cabins) feature original murals and comic, oversized sculptures by noted Peruvian artist Federico Bauer. The playful feel spills over to bold tropical hues and a decor of carved wooden beds, freestanding tubs and dainty chandeliers. French-Swiss owned, it all conspires to charm you. Avant-garde circus productions with former Cirque de Soleil artists provide evening entertainment. For daytime fun, Peruvian paso horses can be ridden on the 15 hectares and beyond. With an eccentric atmosphere, its acclaimed restaurant Wayra is the creation of Lima’s Malabar-famed chef. There’s also a more casual open-air offering featuring food tours and chef visits.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Iquitos

    Boulevard 251 Riverside Apartments

    We'll tell it to you straight: there is no better place to stay in Iquitos, either for the exceptional location, high above the banks of the river, or for the chic environs that those who check in enjoy here. There are three categories of accommodations, but we recommend the riverside apartments, on the upper floors gazing out at the river. The spaces are light and sleek (some apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows) and there is an outside upper terrace with a barbecue. Apartments come with very well-equipped kitchenettes, which make completely shutting yourself off from the city's hectic goings-on a tempting possibility.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Aguas Calientes

    Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Luxuriant and set amid tropical gardens, these Andean-style cottages (many with their own private pool) connected by stone pathways are pure indulgence. The devil is in the details: iPod docks, subtle, classy decor and showers with glass walls looking out onto lush vegetation. The on-site spa features a bamboo-eucalyptus sauna, but the best feature is the (included) guided excursions. Choose from bilingual tours for bird-watching, tea-plantation visits and orchid walks, or take a trip to the hotel’s conservation site protecting the rare Andean spectacled bear. Rates include half board and kids under 12 stay for free.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cuzco

    Inkaterra La Casona

    Hitting the perfect balance of cozy and high style, this renovated grand colonial in tiny Plazoleta Nazarenas is simply debonair. Rustic meets majestic with original features like oversized carved doors; rough-hewn beams and stone fireplaces are enhanced with radiant floors, glittering candelabras, plush divans and gorgeous Andean textiles. Even though the TV is tucked away, tech isn’t far with laptop loans and iPod docks. Service is impeccable and highly personal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cuzco

    Casa Cartagena

    Fusing modern with colonial, this Italian-owned boutique hotel is dripping in style. Its 16 suites feature walls with oversized stripes, king-sized beds, iPod docks, bouquets of long-stemmed roses and enormous bathtubs lit by candles. There’s a lovely on-site spa and room service is free. Management boasts that both Neruda and Che Guevara bedded down in this historic mansion, actually a modest pension half a century ago: no word on how their politics fit in now.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Amazon Basin

    Otorongo Lodge

    Travelers give great feedback about this rustic-style lodge, 100km from Iquitos, and no wonder. It's set down a peaceful tributary off the Amazon and surrounded by walkways to maximize appreciation of the surrounding wildlife, and has 12 rooms with private bathrooms and a relaxing common area. It's run by a falconer who imitates an incredible number of bird sounds. This gets you up close and personal to a huge variety of wildlife, and so this lodge comes recommended for a magical, personal experience of the Amazonian wilderness. What is more, the lodge land encompasses what is known as a Pleistocene refuge (an area of the jungle that has historically remained unchanged for millennia despite surrounding ecosystems oscillating between dry savannah and wetland, and thus contains tremendous biodiversity). There are also two stand-alone houses (a family house and a honeymoon suite!) tucked away in the trees with exemplary bathrooms by the Amazon's standards. The five-day, four-night tour can include lots of off-the-beaten-path visits to nearby communities, and camping trips deeper in the jungle. Also ask about Otorongo's ‘extreme fishing’ and jungle survival programs: the owner is an expert on these. The lodge office is in Iquitos.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Amazon Basin

    Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

    Down the Madre de Dios, almost 16km from Puerto Maldonado, this top-end lodge offers a luxurious look at the jungle. About 40 rustic individual cabins have bathrooms and porches with two hammocks. Tours here include 10km of private hiking trails, and a series of swaying, narrow, jungle canopy walkways up to 35m above the jungle floor for flora and fauna observation. A huge, traditionally thatched, cone-shaped, two-story reception, restaurant, bar (built spectacularly around a fig tree), library and relaxation area greet the traveler. Some of the southern Amazon’s best meals are served here; travelers with special dietary needs can be accommodated. There are occasional alfresco barbecues, sitting areas upstairs for imbibing views or spotting birdlife, and a separate building housing a good interpretation center. Guides speak English, French or Italian. Higher tariffs listed are for the six suites, with huge bathrooms, writing desks and two queen-size beds each. Book online or at Inkaterra in Lima or Cuzco.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lake Titicaca

    Titilaka

    Secluded on the rugged shoreline of Lake Titicaca, one hour south of Puno, luxury hotel Titilaka is a destination in itself. Huge picture windows drink in the serene landscapes in every direction. Rooms sport king-sized beds warmed by hot-water bottles, withdeep tubs, phone docks and window-ledge seating. There are games for kids, a spa and gourmet restaurant. The look is whimsical Euro-Andino, with a palette that ranges from neutral to flirty (think blushing rose and purple). Touches of exquisite folk art combine with the sculptures and black-and-white photography of well-known Peruvian artists. The staff is trained to please. Private guided tours give guests an intimate view of the islands. While most guests go for the three-day packages, the nightly rate also includes full board and local excursions, such as walks and kayaking.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Central Highlands

    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. Visitors can stroll the trails on the property, partake in farm life or take various two-day workshops (minimum of six people) on relaxation techniques and cooking classes. El Señor de Muruhuay shrine is a one-hour hike away, and tours to other local sights, such as Yanamarca, are available. Contact the hacienda by phone; email is not always checked.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huaraz & the Cordilleras

    Llanganuco Mountain Lodge

    About 45 minutes by taxi from Yungay toward the Lagunas Llanganuco, this recommended lodge run by Brit Charlie Good is in a prime position for serious acclimatization, exploring the lakes area or the Santa Cruz Trek. It is perched at 3500m next to Keushu ruins on the shore of a translucent lagoon and offers guided hikes right from the door. Lodge rooms are big on space and comfort with down-feather beds, Don Bosco wooden furniture (made in Chacas), traditional rugs and old-fashioned stoves. Balconies afford great views of the three highest peaks in the range and the food, usually taken outside on the terraced lawn, is legendary. Unusually for Peru, the super-fresh tap water is drinkable. From Yungay, taxis departing in front of the town hospital charge S50 for the ride here. Reservations are essential.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huaraz

    Lazy Dog Inn

    Run by rugged and proud Canadians Diana and Wayne, this deluxe ecolodge steeped in sustainable and community tourism is at the mouth of the Quebrada Llaca, 8km east of Huaraz. It’s made entirely of adobe and built by hand. You can either stay in comfortable double rooms in the main lodge or in fancier private cabins, with fireplaces and bathtubs. Lots of trekking opportunities are available, including numerous day hikes right from the lodge, as well as day trips on horseback. For a post-hiking bonus, there's a sauna and communal lounge with a real fire. Dinners made from ingredients plucked from their own greenhouse are included in the price. The inn can arrange taxi pick-ups from central Huaraz and/or the airport.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Puerto Maldonado

    Anaconda Lodge

    The most original airport hotel in South America? Cocooned in its own tropical garden on the edge of town, and with its own Thai restaurant, too, this lodge has a more remote feel than its location would suggest. There are eight double-room bungalows with shared bathroom and four luxury bungalows with private facilities; all are mosquito netted. There’s also camping space (per person S20), a small pool and a spacious two-floor restaurant-bar serving sensational Thai food and pancake breakfasts (it is one of only three Thai restaurants in all Peru!). And we luuurve the honeymoon suite – erotic furniture with an oriental theme! These guys also organize kayak trips.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huaraz & the Cordilleras

    Hotel Los Nogales

    The big surprise in regularly bypassed Chiquián is not its gaping lack of restaurants, but this pretty flower-bedizened hotel that might have materialized from Cartagena or some other well-trodden colonial city. Rooms in the bright hacienda-style building are clustered warmly around a gorgeous patio stuffed with plants and statues. They marry modern fixtures (some have jacuzzi tubs) with a pleasant rural feel. You can arrange the best dinners in town here (guests only), plus there’s a cute little shop in the reception that sells local crafts. Staff are charming and a resident harpist regularly strokes the strings for tired-out trekkers enjoying their dinner.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The Sacred Valley

    Explora

    Surrounded by Inca terraces and fields of corn and quinoa, this luxury lodge creates a fine atmosphere for relaxation – if they let you. Packages come with active tours which are both off the beaten path and personalized, plus a Machu Picchu visit already included in the price. Spacious rooms feature valley views, minimalist style and jacuzzi tubs. Wi-fi is only in the common areas. At the end of the day, a dip in the gorgeous pool or a walk to the on-site spa and sauna with original colonial mural remnants is a must. There's also a wonderful on-site restaurant with top-notch wine selections. Most visitors book the four-night option.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huaraz & the Cordilleras

    Hotel El Abuelo

    El Abuelo is the Huascarán of Cordillera accommodations, towering over all opposition. The design features are impeccable, melding Inca-style trapezoidal windows with minimalist rooms to provide an open and comfortable accommodation space, replete with lemon trees, a produce garden, a fine restaurant and – pride of place – a 3D model of the Cordillera. Owner Felipe Díaz is a talented cartographer who produces his own maps and guides of the Cordillera and other parts of Peru. Check them out, along with other local crafts, at the hotel's small, tasteful shop. Hearty buffet breakfasts are laid on in the restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huaraz

    Cuesta Serena

    Out near the airport, this high-end hotel is a great place to stay to avoid the noise of Huaraz while remaining accessible to transportation and local attractions. The elegant rooms with subtle Peruvian touches are set in lovely manicured gardens, which offer fantastic views of Huascarán and its Cordillera siblings. The balance between luxury and homeliness is perfectly maintained. Here you get welcome drinks, a glass-surrounded indoor pool, yoga classes, exquisite food and the refined air of a country retreat. Reservations, unsurprisingly, are essential. The lodge is in Anta near the airport, 21km north of Huaraz.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Highlands

    Kentitambo

    This wonderfully romantic guesthouse is an exclusive getaway for discerning nature lovers. King-sized beds and filtered rainwater showers are highlights of the colorful, rustic bungalows built in earthquake-proof quincho (mud hut) style. But the real coup is the spacious front porch with hammocks that reach into the surrounding nature – perfect for ogling the exotic birdlife congregating on the property. Reservations are essential. It's located next to equally delectable KentiKafé, and in front of the museum.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Coast

    Punta Sal Suites & Bungalows

    Off the Panamericana at Km 1192 – about 10 minutes' drive north of Punta Sal proper – this seaside oasis has all the good stuff you'd expect from a resort retreat. The way to go are the bungalows that can sleep up to five and are fully decked out with tropical furnishings and have excellent beach vibes. The individual rooms lack beach views. Overall it's perfect for families, with minigolf, laundry facilities, banana-boat rides, water skiing, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, billiards and a wooden-decked pool – and what resort would be complete without a near-life-size replica of a galleon?

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tarapoto

    La Patarashca

    It must be hard to recreate a tranquil jungle resort in the middle of hot, honking Tarapoto, but La Patarashca pulls it off with aplomb. The key(s): sprawling grounds with jungle-like fauna, a curvaceous turquoise swimming pool, spacious common areas replete with books and art, and comfortable rooms adorned with florescent paintings and crafty lamps that feel homey and welcoming. A few ornery macaws drive home a sense of place, as does the best regional restaurant in town, attached by a walkway. Add S30 per night for rooms with air-conditioning.