It's always good to take a look at your room before accepting it, especially if you're staying in a budget hotel. If it isn't what you expected, there might be several other rooms from which to choose. Expense is no guarantee of charm or cleanliness, and accommodations can vary dramatically within a single hotel. Many older hotels in some of the small towns in Peru have rooms with charming balconies or spacious terraces; ask if there's a room con balcn or con terraza when checking in.
If you ask for a double room, you'll get a room for two people, but you're not guaranteed a double mattress. If you'd like to avoid twin beds, you'll have to ask for a cama matrimonial (no wedding ring required).
Our local writers vet every hotel to recommend the best overnights in each price category, from budget to expensive. Unless otherwise specified, you can expect private bath, phone, and TV in your room. For expanded reviews, facilities, and current deals, visit Fodors.com.
Apartment rentals are not a viable option in most parts of Peru. However, they're becoming more popular in Lima. One company that has proven reliable is Inn Peru, which rents apartments in the neighborhood of Miraflores. You can get a roomy two- or three-bedroom apartment for less than you'd pay for a shoebox-size hotel room.
HomeAway (877/228–3145. www.homeaway.com.)
Inn Peru (01/998–578–350 in Peru. www.innperu.com.)
Bed-and-breakfasts are a popular option all over Peru, but especially in tourist areas like Cusco, Arequipa, and Puno. Many are in charming older buildings, including colonial-era homes built around flower-filled courtyards. Breakfast ranges from a roll with butter and jam to a massive buffet.
Bed and Breakfast.com (512/322–2710 in North America; 800/462–2632 in North America. www.bedandbreakfast.com.)
Airbnb.com (855/424–7262 in North America. www.airbnb.com.)
With a direct home exchange you stay in someone else's home while they stay in yours. Some outfits also deal with vacation homes, so you're not actually staying in someone's full-time residence, just their vacant weekend place. Homeexchange.com costs $119.40 for a year membership.
Home Exchange.com (800/877–8723 in North America; 310/798–3864 in North America. www.homeexchange.com.)
Peru's hotels range from $1 beds in municipal hostels to luxurious retreats tucked away in forgotten Andean valleys. In general, the highest quality hotels can be found in major cities (Lima, Arequipa, Cusco), but four- and five-star properties can still be found in smaller cities that cater to high-end tourism or business. These hotels will generally feature hot water, modern fixtures, and 24-hour concierge service. Mid-level hotels may lack some of these features, and will generally feel dated in comparison. At the low-end, dormitories and bunk beds cater to backpackers and budget travelers. Prices tend to reflect the properties age and amenities, but specialty lodges in the jungle or highlands may offer few comforts at a given price point. The name of a hotel does not necessarily have anything to do with its luxuriousness. A posada, for example, can be at the high, middle, or low end.