Best hotels and hostels in South Coast

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ica

    El Carmelo

    This romantic roadside hotel on the outskirts of town inhabits a delightful 200-year-old hacienda that has undeniable rustic charm. Rooms exude a classic elegance but also boast mod-cons and are very comfortable. However, the stars of the show are the grounds with courtyards, a wonderful wood and cane gazebo and an open fire for the chilly desert nights. There’s a good restaurant plus a winery on-site. Take a taxi from the city center (S5).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Huacachina

    Banana's Adventure

    This peaced-out crash pad on the north side of the lagoon only offers packaged stays. They include a room for the night – choose between four-bed dorms with superfirm mattresses or elegant private rooms with glass on all sides and modern fixings – plus a dune-buggy and sandboarding excursion the next day. We don't love that you are roped into the package tour, but with huge windows, a fun bar and little dip pool, this is the best budget spot in town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nazca & Around

    Hotel Oro Viejo

    There's a decidedly oriental feel to this excellent midrange hotel with its open gardens and glistening swimming pool. Occasional farming artifacts grace the common areas and lounge, while the well-fragranced rooms deliver comfort, quiet and relaxation. The rooms on the ground floor of the original buildling are a bit poky; ask for a new room out back.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    DM Hoteles Nazca

    Exceedingly tranquil considering its city-center location, this lauded hotel is arranged around a large courtyard complete with lovely swimming pool and fountain. Classy touches include tilework and arches reminiscent of southern Spain, an on-site planetarium (with daily shows), a comfy lounge, and efficient but not officious service. Choose between romantic garden-level rooms or more modern affairs on the 2nd floor.

  • Lodging in Huacachina

    Hostería Suiza

    This formal hotel on the northwest end of the lagoon offers tranquility and some of the best value in Huacachina, with high-ceilinged rooms and Moorish-meets-hacienda architectural features. The rooms looking onto the backyard garden and pool area are the best, with textured green bedspreads and newly remodeled modern bathrooms. A gentle jazz/bossanova soundtrack rounds out the calm vibe.

  • Lodging in Ica

    Hotel Sol de Ica

    This five-story central hotel is hidden down a long, dark passage behind reception that delivers more than it initially promises. Fairly small rooms have natural wood touches and calm beige curtains and bedspreads, but don't really sparkle. However, it does boast a large garden and swimming pool which is a bit of an oasis from the bustle outside. A good buffet breakfast is included. We're not sure having to run the water for 20-minutes to get hot water is a good idea in the middle of the desert though.

  • Lodging in Huacachina

    El Huacachinero Hotel

    Recently upgraded, the Huacachinero logs the finest restaurant in the oasis (by a stretch), a relaxing pool area (no blaring music), and immediate dune access via the back gate if you’re up for a 45-degree one-step-forward-two-steps-back climb to the sunset of your dreams. Agreeably rustic rooms have super-comfortable beds and cane accents.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    Casa Andina

    This Peruvian chain hotel, poised midway between the bus stations and the Plaza de Armas, offers contemporary Andean touches like leather lampshades and textile bed runners, creating a solid-value proposition in the upmarket hotel category. The palm-filled courtyard and adjacent pool area are small but tasteful.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    Hospedaje Yemayá

    An indefatigably hospitable family deftly deals with all of the backpackers that stream through their doorway. They offer a few floors of small but well-cared-for rooms with hot showers and cable TV. A sociable terrace and cheap laundry service make it one of the best budget options in town.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    Kunan Wasi Hotel

    Very clean and very bright with each room conforming to a different color scheme. Kunan Wasi is English-speaking, superfriendly, and immaculately clean. Tours can be arranged on-site and travelers will love the top-floor terrace. Welcome to a perfectly packaged Nazca bargain.

  • Lodging in Huacachina

    Hotel Mossone

    The atmospheric central courtyard with its chipped paving stones and wire-mesh aviary looks like something out of Fidel Castro’s time-warped Cuba at Huacachina's first hotel. Rooms are huge but unfortunately are poorly prepared and dimly lit, losing the hotel points in the top-tier race. There are free bicycles for guests to explore the area.

  • Lodging in Ica

    Hostal Soyuz

    Sitting directly over the Soyuz bus terminal, this handy option for late arrivals or early departures has fairly spacious rooms with air-con and cable TV, but feels institutional, as you'd expect in a bus station, and is only for heavy sleepers on account of the rumpus below. Check-in is beside the bus-ticket desk.

  • Lodging in Ica

    Hotel Las Dunas Sun Resort

    By far the most luxurious hotel in town, the sprawling Las Dunas resort is equipped with a swimming pool, a sauna, tennis courts, a minigolf course, a business center, restaurants and bars. Service can be haphazard, however. It is located a couple of minutes' drive north of the center.

  • Lodging in Huacachina

    Hospedaje Mayo

    Facing the southern dunes, this guesthouse turned hostel has clean, well-maintained rooms with cheery blue and tangerine bed covers. The dorm sleeps 10, and while it has ceiling fans, it can get hot as an armadillo's bottom. There's a tiny pool out back, along with a foosball table.

  • Lodging in Huacachina

    Desert Nights

    While it might not boast the atmosphere of some of the other hostels in town, Huacachina's HI-affiliate hostel is clean and reliable with top facilities. There's a guest kitchen but you may not need it considering it's fronted by one of the best places to eat in town.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    Hotel La Encantada

    Offering some of the best value in downtown, this modernish hotel offers two floors of bright, freshly painted rooms and a pleasant terrace out front. Traffic noise can be an issue. It's often possible to get a good discount off the published prices.

  • Lodging in Huacachina

    Hostal Curasi

    Right amongst the action at the main entrance to the lagoon, this motel-style place has a garden and pool in the middle to cool off on those hot south-coast days. The rooms have ocean-evoking bedspreads and the odd uber-kitsch oil painting.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    Hotel Alegría

    This is a classic travelers’ haunt with a restaurant, manicured grounds and pool. It has narrow, tile-floor business-standard rooms. All in all it's an OK bet, but falls a bit short for the price.

  • Lodging in Nazca & Around

    Hostal Nasca

    A rock-bottom, bargain-basement place with friendly, elderly owners. Army-barracks-style rooms offer bare-bones facilities; some have private bathrooms.