6 Best Hotels in Ayacucho, The Central Highlands

Hotel La Crillonesa

$ | Cl. Nazareno 165, Ayacucho, Peru Fodor's Choice
With a lovely rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of the city and clean, comfy rooms, this budget inn is one of the best values in the Peruvian sierra. The hotel itself isn't overly fancy, but it's prettily decorated with local handicrafts and run by a staff that's so hospitable, you'll feel like family. Try to get a room on the top floor. The downstairs café serves breakfast.

Pros

  • Spectacular views from the terrace
  • Great value
  • Wonderful staff

Cons

  • Adjoining street is noisy
  • Some rooms are rather small
  • Bells from the nearby church start their tolling early
Cl. Nazareno 165, Ayacucho, Peru
066-312–350
hotel Details
36 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Plaza Ayacucho

$ | Jr. 9 de Diciembre 184, Ayacucho, Peru

The city's most expensive hotel, in a gracious colonial building partly overlooking the Plaza de Armas, has spacious gardens and opulent sitting areas that belie the modest rooms with worn carpet and nicked modern furnishings. The best (and quietest) accommodations are on the second floor, where there's a view of the terracotta roofs and the courtyard. You can request a balcony over the plaza, but beware the ever-present commotion outside—especially on Sunday and during festivals.

Pros

  • Some rooms overlook Plaza de Armas
  • The place to stay for Semana Santa
  • Perfect location

Cons

  • Stuffy atmosphere
  • Some rooms need a makeover
  • Can be noisy if there's a fiesta outside
Jr. 9 de Diciembre 184, Ayacucho, Peru
066-312–314
hotel Details
69 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Hotel San Francisco de Paula

$ | Jr. Callao 290, Ayacucho, Peru

At this rambling Spanish mansion, folk art, textiles, and local crafts lend charm to a building that dates back centuries. Antique furnishings bring the colonial era to life, but modern amenities like TVs, refrigerators, and Wi-Fi provide 21st-century comfort. Book a room with a balcony to enjoy the street scene below, or dine at the rooftop restaurant for city and mountain views.

Pros

  • Nice views of city and hills
  • Regional art everywhere
  • Rooftop restaurant

Cons

  • Plain rooms
  • Poor lighting
  • No elevator
Jr. Callao 290, Ayacucho, Peru
066-312–353
hotel Details
41 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Santa María

$ | Jr. Arequipa 320, Ayacucho, Peru

Just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the Santa María is a quiet, tastefully appointed hotel with brightly colored textiles and minimalist furnishings. The rooms may feel a bit dark, but the staff is professional and attentive.

Pros

  • Colorful decor
  • Helpful staff
  • Good value for the price

Cons

  • Rooms are a bit gloomy
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty
  • Breakfast is rudimentary
Jr. Arequipa 320, Ayacucho, Peru
066-314–988
hotel Details
22 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, No credit cards

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Hotel Santa Rosa

$ | Jr. Lima 166, Ayacucho, Peru

The rooms in this pleasant little hotel, located one block from the Plaza de Armas, have a mix of antiques, handmade fabrics, and contemporary furnishings, plus modern amenities like TV and Wi-Fi. The property has a pretty courtyard filled with bright sunlight and an elegant fountain, and the service is warm and friendly. The prime location makes this a great value.

Pros

  • Beautiful courtyard
  • Good restaurant
  • Local charm with a modern feel

Cons

  • Room sizes vary
  • Restaurant is closed at night
  • Some beds need upgrading
Jr. Lima 166, Ayacucho, Peru
066-312–083
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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ViaVia Hotel

$ | Portal Constitución 4, Ayacucho, Peru

This hotel and its eponymous café sit in a restored colonial building on the plaza and offer some of the city's best, most eclectic lodging. Each spotless room features unique decor, from flowing curtains to Andean tapestries, lending the hotel a hip, modern vibe. All rooms have hot water and free Wi-Fi, but street noise seeps into some of the rooms, so choose your quarters carefully.

Pros

  • Excellent location
  • Views of the plaza
  • Cheery communal atmosphere

Cons

  • Some rooms are noisy
  • Amenities need updating
  • In some rooms, bathroom is separated from the main area only by a partition
Portal Constitución 4, Ayacucho, Peru
066-312–834
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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