From now until the end of the year we will be having a year end blog-a-thon where we will be putting together our favorite things to see and do in Peru. Being that traveling is our main area of focus on this blog (as well as getting your bucks worth), we thought it best to start by highlighting our favorite hostels from a year of intensive travelling. Below is a location specific list of hostels you should have in mind when visiting Peru on a budget.
Hotel España – Lima
Although the name implies they are a hotel they are indeed more in the Hostel class of lodging options in Lima. The Hostel is located in Central Lima, right next to the Monastery of San Fransisco and 3 short blocks away from the Plaza Mayor (Presidential Palace, National Cathedral). The location is great and the security is very good, allowing you to take a night time stroll to Jiron de la Union for some shopping or to Plaza San Martin for some Pisco Sours (El Catedral del Pisco).
The Hostel itself is a museum of sorts with lots of artwork and a very colonial flavor in itself. Prices start at S/. 45 for a simple room with a private bath. If you are backpacking then they also have dorms which are more affordable as well as rooms with shared bathroom.
Price: Starting at S/. 45 or $17 for a single
Tips: If you reserve a room here without making a deposit make sure you re-confirm your stay otherwise they will give your room away.
Info: Hotel España – Jr. Azangar0 – Cercado de Lima
Hostal Resbalosa – Cuzco
We have nothing but good things to say about this Hostel, the staff is friendly, the rooms are clean and the views incredible at the price. Nowadays Cuzco has become a tourist trap where finding a good place to stay without breaking your wallet can become a chore. Look no further then this cozy little hostel on the hill. It’s locations is right off the Plaza de Armas up a literally breathtaking flight of stairs. You will be met with a cup of hot Coca tea which can be enjoyed on the roof of the hostel where an awesome view of the city of Cuzco awaits.
Price: Starting at $15 for a single
Tips: Have your taxi drop you off that the top end of Calle Resbalosa so you can avoid walking up the stairs to the hostel, can be very tiring if not used to the altitude.
Info: Hostal Resbalosa – Calle Resbalosa (San Cristobal) – Cuzco
Totorani Inn – Puno
The recently remodeled Totorani Inn is a gem amongst the many hostels of Puno. Their rooms are carpeted and most importantly heated (Puno can get very cold). The staff is very helpful and can assist you in any extra services you might need. Only drawback is location which is not too big in issue, Puno is a relatively small city which revolves around it’s docks where the tourists board their boats for the many tours into Lake Titicaca. The hostel is only located less then 10 minutes from the docks and they can call you a taxi if you need transportation elsewhere. The Hostel is located only 2 blocks away from the train station.
Price: Starting at $20 a night in low season and $25 a night in high season for a single
Tips: If the hot water is not working ask the staff as they may need to turn on the gas, as with most hostels attempt to take a shower as early or late as you can (when most are asleep).
Info: Totorani Inn – Av. la Torre – Puno
La Posada Nueva España – Arequipa
This is perhaps the only hostel that borders on being a 2 – 3 star hotel. This airy hostel is located in a colonial mansion and is very pleasing to the eyes. Friendly staff and clean rooms are to be had as well as a quiet neighborhood as it is located across the river from the Main Plaza of Arequipa, perhaps one of it’s only shortcomings.
The fact that they used solar energy is great for any environmentally conscious traveler. The total price for a single room is higher then most, but like I mentioned this is a hotel with the heart of a hostel.
Price: Starting at $30 for a single
Tips: Save some cash and split a double or triple room
Info: La Posada Nueva España – Calle Antiquilla – Yanahuara
I could probably go into naming our best choices for almost every big city in Peru as there are many great cities and locations to visit. But what hostels did you like during your time in Peru? do you have any recommendations? if so share them with us in the comment section below. For hostel and hotel bookings in Peru contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org