Best hotels and hostels in North Coast

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Punta Sal

    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.

  • Lodging in Máncora

    Casa de Playa

    This elegant and friendly place is popular with well-to-do Peruvians and offers up modern, slick dwellings with bamboo ceilings and warm tones opening onto private balconies. Half the room interiors are dressed in smoothed exposed concrete, which contrasts well with the plethora of colorful common areas – all are reached along lush corridors strewn with all manner of vibrant plants.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Máncora

    Loki del Mar

    Social butterflies flock to this mother of all beach hostels, which is really a self-contained resort masquerading as a backpackers’ hangout. Tucked away in the whitewashed building are spacious dorm rooms with extrawide beds and minimalist private rooms for those seeking a hostel vibe without the communal snoring.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Máncora

    Sunset Hotel

    The intimate, boutique-styled Sunset wouldn’t be out of place on the cover of a glossy travel mag. It has beautifully furnished interiors and great aqua-themed rock sculptures, while the good-sized rooms supply solid mattresses, hot showers, balconies and views of the seascape.

  • Lodging in Chiclayo

    Hotel Mochiks

    This polished upstart made an immediate impression on the city's hotel scene, owing much of its success to a sense of style that was previously MIA. Tall and narrow, the lobby, cafe and 2nd-floor bar are decked out in chromes and moody reds, which contrast perfectly with the smallish but soothing beige-toned rooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Trujillo

    Hotel Libertador

    The classy dame of the city’s hotels, the 79-room Libertador is in a beautiful building that’s the Audrey Hepburn of Trujillo – it wears its age with refined grace. It earns its four stars with a beautiful and lush courtyard pool, archways aplenty and modern rooms with all expected amenities.

  • Lodging in Piura

    Los Portales

    This beautiful and fully refurbished colonial building on the Plaza de Armas delivers with its exquisite details. Handsome public areas with iron grillwork and black-and-white checkered floors lead to a poolside restaurant and rooms with large cable TV, minibar and great beds.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Colán

    Playa Colán Lodge

    The best place to stay in Colán. Built from a combination of natural materials, it has an upmarket, Robinson Crusoe feel and hosts cute, pastel-colored bungalows along the beach. There are lots of hammocks, shady palm trees, a volleyball court and a curvy and delicious pool, plus an excellent on-site restaurant. It's 1.5km south of town, on the beach.

  • Lodging in Chiclayo

    Casa Andina Select Chiclayo

    The Peruvian boutique chain Casa Andina swooped in and gobbled up this aging relic, formerly the Gran Hotel Chiclayo. It's like a business hotel with an Andean pulse. There's a pleasant terrace and pool area, spa, fitness center and restaurant, plus modern, clean rooms that are sparkly new.

  • Lodging in Trujillo

    Hotel Chimor

    This is a very solid midrange choice for comfort and modernity. The contempo rooms can get a little hot, but they are quite sharp, with built-in desks, flat-screen TVs and leather headboards. It's friendly and central, and borders on boutique cool.

  • Lodging in Around Chiclayo

    Chaparrí EcoLodge

    Spend the night in the wonderfully rustic Chaparrí EcoLodge, where well-appointed adobe and bamboo bungalows await under the looming mountain of the same name. There’s solar-heated hot water and solar-powered electricity and each room has its own patio with hammock. Advanced reservations are required.

  • Lodging in Zorritos

    Grillo Tres Puntas Ecohostel

    Grillo Tres Puntas Ecohostel was constructed (mainly by volunteers) from natural materials such as bamboo and cane. Everything here, including water, is recycled. Breezy, rustic cabins with balconies and hammocks sit on the beach and campsites have a shade roof. It's supremely rustic and not for every type of traveler, but if you value location over luxury it's pretty idyllic.

  • Lodging in Huanchaco

    Hospedaje Oceano

    Ideally located between one of the town’s most lush and pleasant plazoletas (small squares) and the ocean, this superbly welcoming, family-run spot will have you feeling like kin within minutes of arrival. From the outside it’s indistinguishable from any number of dismissible Peruvian guesthouses, but the great Mediterranean-inspired rooms offer a pleasant surprise.

  • Lodging in Playa Lobitos

    Los Muelles Surf Camp

    While there's a slight Jonestown vibe, this place is pretty damn cool. Housed in the skeleton of a run-down 1920s-era bodega, the open-air surfer hangout has a 2nd-floor tent area with tents pre-installed, simple rooms with mattresses and little else, and a surfer-roots feel that harks back to the sport's anti-establishment heyday.

  • Lodging in Máncora

    DCO Suites

    This relative newcomer upped the ante into the stratosphere for trendsetters and remains the discerning choice of honeymooners and other deep-pocketed nomads. Though the color scheme – a jarring turquoise and white – is seriously polarizing, the spacious rooms come with kimono-style robes, rain-style showers and lovely curved sandstone walls that fit together like an architectural jigsaw puzzle.

  • Lodging in Trujillo

    Hotel Colonial

    This tastefully renovated, rose-colored colonial mansion has a great location just a block from the Plaza de Armas. It's a top contender in both the midrange and budget categories. It no longer offers dorms, but has plenty of good-value private rooms with solar hot water spread out over three levels.

  • Lodging in Trujillo

    Costa del Sol

    This chain hotel has a large resort compound about a 10-minute taxi ride from the city center. The resort has a grand circular pool, spa with Jacuzzi, treatment rooms and steam baths, and expansive grounds patrolled by a troupe of alpacas (that must hate the heat). Rooms are classy and elegant. The downside? It's in the middle of freaking nowhere.

  • Lodging in Huanchaco

    Hotel Bracamonte

    Popular, friendly, welcoming and secure behind high walls and a locked gate, the Bracamonte is one of the oldest of Huanchaco’s nicer hotels and it remains one of the top choices. Nice gardens, a games room, barbecue, restaurant, bar and toddlers’ playground make it great for families, and the executive rooms are probably the best maintained in Huanchaco.

  • Lodging in Huanchaco

    Moksha

    Right across the road from the water, this spacious hostel run by a hip young couple is a great place to hang out. Rooms are basic but homey and there are plenty of public places to chill, including a sea-view terrace and rear courtyard with open kitchen for guests. Offers surf and yoga classes and there's a vegetarian cafe.

  • Lodging in Máncora

    Hostal Las Olas

    This great couples spot sports a Mediterranean-esque olive-skin tone on the outside and minimalist white rooms with wood accents on the inside. The small, cozy restaurant looks onto the beach’s best breaks and is a surf-spotter’s dream.