This hotel is a classic in Lima, an institution since it was built in the 1920s.
I didn't sleep here, but I stepped in for a continental breakfast (10 soles, approx 3€) at the pleasant terrace and to sneak around a bit. It really deserves a visit.
Its PISCO SOUR coacktails are famous worldwide.
This was the place I stayed in at Cuzco. It is not in the Lonely Planet, so is not full of backpackers. It is superbly located, 1 minute from the Plaza de Armas (by flat ground, you don't have to climb steps and this is important in Cuzco!).
It is an old local mansion painted in turquoise and white, with a central patio. Ask for a room in the patio, those to the street might be noisy at night.
Shared bathrooms, hot showers in the ground floor.
15 soles (5 USD) for a single.
In Lima there are many backpackers hostels, most of them in Miraflores district. They don't offer singles, just dormitories (5-10 USD) or doubles (25 USD).
For singles, you better look for Pensiones or Hostales.
Another good district for backpackers hostels is Barranco, located just south of Miraflores along the coast. Is a much quieter and nicer area, though there are not as many shops and discos.
This hotel is very well run. We were picked up by the hotel at midnight for no charge. When we arrived at our hotel we were offered a complimentary drink. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The only drawback to the hotel, is that it is not very centrally located. We had to take a 20-30 minute taxi ride to central Lima and to Miraflores. But, this would be a perfect choice for coming into and going out of Lima. Free breakfast is included and there is internet on site.
A nice feature of this hotel is that there is an on-site travel agency at the hotel, Raymi Travels for booking your flights and other arrangements. Very trustworthy place.
This is a special treat, an authentic lodge on a tributary of the Amazon, in Northeast Peru.
You get there from Iquitos. In Iquitos, Muyuna has an office and the staff will help you rent rubber boots and a plastic poncho (no umbrella needed in the rain forest).
Once at the lodge, there is a flexible program (i.e. I did less fishing, but more walking in nature than the other guests...)
Magnificent river landscapes, village teachers, huge water lilies, curare trees, tarantulas, caimans...
It is not deluxe: the (private) shower in your room is a trickle at room temperature for instance. But after I got used to the smell of the insecticide sprayed on the mosquito net, I had a superb time.
The Muyuna jungle food is actually better than the food in Cuzco.
I only stayed two nights because I was worried it would be just too wild. Now, I wish I had stayed longer.
Even though there are no windows, just screens, and the jungle noises are constant, you will sleep like a baby and wake up in a surreal dawn.
Ninos Hotel is a very nice, comfortable and clean establishment. This place is very well run. You are served the famous Coca Tea as you register for your room. There is a lovely courtyard and breakfast dining area with a fireplace. The staff goes out of their way to make you comfortable.
As the name implies, Ninos Hotel is for children. All the profits from the hotel go into helping street children. In fact, there are children playing in the back area of the hotel. The hotel runs two soup kitchens for children where everyday 250 children get a free meal.
I didn't stay here...this hotel is WAY out of my budget, but hey, if you have the money and you want to stay right at the ruins of Machu Picchu...why not! The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ruins of Machu Picchu. I went into the lobby of the hotel and it looked very nice.
Rooms start about $450...yikes! If you want to save money, then book a room in the cute town of Aquas Caliente instead.
This is an exceedingly pleasant hotel in Pisac. It is affiliated with the Royal Inka Hotels in Cuzco. Royal Inka organizes a good tour, which starts with one night in Pisac. Pisac has some gorgeous ruins and scenery you must not miss. It is also lower than Cuzco, and a good place to spend your first night in the mountains.
I did experience heartbeats and shortened breath while traipsing around the ruins, and by day's end, I had quite a headache. But I slept very well and the following days all was well.
Wonderful architecture, like some old hacienda. Friendly staff. Fine amenities. And so quiet!
The Hotel Colonial Inn is a very popular hotel with tourists watching their pennies but wanting to sleep in comfort. The hotel is in a very safe neighborhood surrounded by American chain restaurants such as Pizza Hut. The rooms are secure and comfortable. The one problem I had with the hotel is that on the first night, I had a room over the busy street outside directly underneath the hotel sign seen in the photo. It was very noisy and I asked for a change in rooms. The staff granted my wishes. Another problem might be is that few of Limas major attractions are nearby so that I had to take taxis everywhere. The neighborhood is however safe to walk in afterhours.
The hotel has very helpful staff. The rooms have cable TV, minibars with reasonably priced drinks and very compfy beds.
The hotel decor is very colonial with antiquie furniture or at least copies of them. The breakfast room is quite nice and is located on the roof. Sadly there is nothing to really see from this vantage point except for a hazy view of the neighborhood.
This is a peaceful hotel set in very pretty gardens. The rooms are in individual round bungalows and ours was possibly the nicest we stayed in on our trip to Peru. The hotel facilities are very good - we had some great cocktails in the bar and ate very good dinners in the restaurant (but the breakfasts were a bit limited). I also enjoyed a visit to the spa for a relaxing facial (although that doesn't come cheap)
There's free internet access in the bar too, and even a card reader so you can email your favourite holiday photos to your friends before you get home! And I enjoyed getting to know the very friendly resident cat.
This is a beautiful small lodge in the Colca Canyon near Chivay. There are only seven rooms, all within the one building, which is a traditionally styled long house. The eighth room at the end of the row is a small, cozy dining room, where we ate some of the best meals of our holiday!
The lodge is run on eco principles, and would make a great place for a quiet hideaway for a couple of days, as well as making a good base for exploring the canyon.
This is a peaceful place in which to unwind, so don't expect too many modern touches (although you can get very slow internet access in the bar). Instead, you get some lovely welcoming touches, such as the beeswax candles burning in your room when you retire for the night - not to mention the two hot water bottles in each bed and the slippers lined up beside them.
For backpackers the best ubicated and most known Hostel in Lima. A place to meet other tourists from around the world, near to the plaza de armas and various wonderful buildings and museums of the city.
Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima (tel. 01/242-3000): Perhaps the top business traveler's hotel in Lima, this oasis of refinement and luxury is small enough to cater to your every whim. The Park Hotel is the height of style, with handsome, spacious rooms; huge bathrooms; and an elegant restaurant and bar. There's a small pool and a gym/sauna on the top floor, overlooking the malecón, parks, and the coastline.
Country Club Lima Hotel, Lima (tel. 01/611-9000): A recently revived hacienda-style hotel from the 1920s, this grand estate is luxurious and has plenty of character, but it remains a relaxed place that's good for families. Given its high standards, it's not a bad deal, either. At this good retreat from the stress of modern Lima, the country club aspect isn't neglected: Golf and tennis are both available.
Hotel Libertador, Cusco (tel. 084/231-961): This distinguished luxury hotel in Cusco is just a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas and right across the street from the Inca Temple of the Sun. Elegant and traditional, with excellent service, the Libertador inhabits a colonial house where Francisco Pizarro once lived. Full of art and antiques, the rooms are refined with colonial touches.
Hotel Monasterio, Cusco (tel. 084/241-777): Extraordinarily carved out of a 16th-century monastery, itself built over the foundations of an Inca palace, this Orient-Express hotel is the most dignified and historic place to stay in Peru. With its own gilded chapel and 18th-century Cusco School art collection, it's an attraction in its own right. Rooms are gracefully decorated with colonial touches, particularly the rooms off the serene first courtyard.
Hotel Sol y Luna, Urubamba (tel. 084/201-620): Relaxed and elegant, amid manicured gardens and gorgeous mountain views, this relatively new Sacred Valley hotel is a great place to hang out a while. Rooms are individual, circular rustic bungalows. With an excellent restaurant, horse stables, and an adventure club, you won't lack for things to do, but the grounds and vistas are so pretty that you might want to do nothing at all.
Hotel Pakaritampu, Ollantaytambo (tel. 084/204-020): More of an inn than a hotel, this new place is rustic and intimate, with a great fireplace bar and lovely gardens, but it's also big enough for some privacy. It's eminently tasteful but still fits in very well with its low-key surroundings.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu (tel. 084/246-419): Peru's best-known hotel has one of the world's most enviable locations, perched high on a mountain, just paces from the ruins of Machu Picchu. Charmingly rustic, with a nice restaurant and spectacular gardens boasting jaw-dropping views of the Inca citadel, it is always in high demand, even though it costs a very pretty penny for the privilege of a stay.
Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes (tel. 084/211-032, or 084/245-314 for reservations): It's not next to the ruins, but this rustic hotel is a compound of bungalows ensconced in lush tropical gardens and cloud forest, and it's the nicest place in Aguas Calientes. With lots of nature trails and guided activities, it's also great for naturalists. And after a day at Machu Picchu, the spring-fed pool is a great alternative to the thermal baths in town. Junior suites, with fireplaces and small terraces, are good deals.
In the heart of an artisan neighborhood.
Nice people, great old building, 1 minute from everything you'll need while in transit, to elsewhere in Peru. A little rich... 25 a night for a double or 10 for dorms. There is a shared kitchen, showers and bathrooms (women and mens). Owners are a great source of information and very helpful. Italian run I believe?
Great bar on the premises where you can meet all sorts of travelers and locals. Popular. There is a circus troop that was rehearsing onsite (in the back) while we were there. Close to shopping, banks, bars and a great walkway to the beach.
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