Our curated edit of Peru’s best hotels and bucket list overnights, taking you on an unforgettable Peruvian adventure from the wild Pacific coastline to the majestic Andes mountains and everywhere in between.
Last updated: November 2023
Machu Picchu, adorable alpacas and a booming culinary scene may all be synonymous with Peru, but there’s one more recurring motif to add to the list: the country’s outstanding hotel scene. Counting beautiful boutique hotels, elevated points-earning stays and spectacular adventure and wellness lodges, not to mention unique bucket list experiences you can’t find anywhere else, Peru has it all.
Think: restored historic mansions in Cusco, luxurious stays in Lima or a Spanish-style hacienda surrounded by 17th-century pisco vineyards in the Ica Valley. A spa resort complete with bubbling hot springs along breathtaking Colca Canyon or a glass-walled cabin atop a floating island in the middle of Lake Titicaca. For thrill seekers, how about an adrenaline-filled glamping adventure in the Huacachina desert – or sleeping in a suspended pod off the soaring Sacred Valley cliffside?
You’ll find these and more of Peru’s best hotels and overnight experiences in our curated list below, taking you on an unforgettable Peruvian adventure from the wild Pacific coastline to the majestic Andes mountains and everywhere in between.
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Best Hotels in Lima, Peru: Hilton Lima Miraflores
In Peru’s bustling capital, Hilton loyalists and novices alike have an easy decision in heading straight for the global hospitality brand’s namesake outpost: Hilton Lima Miraflores. Located in the city’s most fashionable neighborhood, the contemporary high-rise hotel delivers everywhere it counts –points-earning privileges included. Spacious rooms and suites feature sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows, Hilton Serenity beds by Serta, marble bathrooms with rain showers, plush robes and slippers, premium bath amenities, dedicated work space and hints of Peruvian colonial architecture like an exquisite lattice board placed over every bed.
Suites and Executive Floor rooms further boast such perks as premium wifi, late checkout up to 4pm, waived room service delivery fees and access to the hotel’s rooftop Executive Lounge – where you won’t want to miss catching a stunning Lima sunset on the outdoor terrace during daily happy hour. (Hilton Honors Diamond Elite members and those with upgraded Gold status enjoy Executive Lounge access no matter the room type.)
Did we mention the rooftop infinity pool and heated jacuzzi tubs, complete with panoramic city views? Or the excellent, optional breakfast? Easily worth the add for a morning bounty of freshly prepared, a la carte dishes ranging from savory to sweet. Plus: an on-site coffee shop for all day pick-me-ups, freshly shaken pisco sours from the lively cocktail bar and a central location just steps from the best of chic Miraflores.
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Best Hotels in Lima, Peru: Hotel B
Boutique hotel and art aficionados will no doubt want to check-in to Hotel B when in Lima. The Peruvian capital’s only Relais & Châteaux property, Hotel B takes residence in a restored Belle Époque mansion first built in 1914 as a summer home for a wealthy Limeño family. Located in bohemian Barranco, today the palatial space exudes opulence from the beautifully columned facade to a gallery of more than 300 original works of art to twenty elegantly appointed guest rooms. Think beamed ceilings, vintage armoires, stand-alone bathtubs, separate sitting areas and private terraces, among other nostalgic accents.
Six dining and drinking spaces range from the intimate Library – where guests can enjoy daily breakfast as well as afternoon tea, both included in the room rate – to the buzzy Rooftop, where craft cocktails and “tiraditos” (small plates) pair with dazzling ocean views. Barranco’s top galleries, museums, eateries and cocktail bars are all mere steps away, which you can explore on foot or via the hotel’s free bikes.
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Best Hotels in Paracas, Peru: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paracas
Dramatic desert landscapes and mesmerizing ocean blues collide in Paracas, a sleepy beach town situated along Peru’s wild and windswept Pacific coastline. Here, the DoubleTree by Hilton brand takes shape as a spectacular beachfront resort exceeding expectations on every level.
Airy oceanfront suites feature heavenly king beds (or two doubles), plush bathrobes, room service, a minibar with coffee maker and a separate living room complete with sofabed. Paracas’s signature bamboo reeds (you’ll see them everywhere around town) accent the room’s calming color palette. Endless ocean views await on your balcony, where wild flamingos wade into the shoreline and spectacular sunsets effortlessly take your breath away.
After your morning boat tour of the famed, uninhabited Islas Ballestas (Ballestas Islands) – no doubt your primary reason for visiting Paracas – you’ll no doubt want to relax poolside with the on-site restaurant’s mouthwatering Peruvian cuisine and freshly shaken pisco sours. Or, go for a dip in the adults-only jacuzzi.
The tranquil resort comes alive on weekends, when the nautical-themed beach bar opens for sundowners and wood-fired pizza and a nighttime fire pit lights up the sky – marshmallows included.
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Best Hotels in Ica, Peru: Hotel & Hacienda La Caravedo
In the middle of the vast Ica Valley – aka Peruvian wine and pisco country – there’s a pisco vineyard that not only dates back to the 17th century, it lays claim as the oldest (and arguably most beautiful) pisco vineyard in the Americas. Here, Hotel & Hacienda La Caravedo not only offers distillery tours and tastings of its award-winning Pisco Portón and namesake La Caravedo labels, but, as the name suggests, accommodations at its luxurious, hacienda-style hotel.
Thirteen rooms range from pool view to 3-bed bungalow to presidential suite. Expect elegant furnishings and in some, ornate chandeliers, chaise lounges, whirlpool bathtubs, kitchenettes and balconies or terraces. The aforementioned distillery tour and pisco tasting is included in your stay, as are use of the hacienda’s two swimming pools, complimentary bikes for touring the picturesque property and the opportunity to watch a traditional Caballo de Paso Peruano (Peruvian horse dance).
At on-site eatery Los Horcones, flavorful local dishes like carapulcra con sopa seca (Peruvian dried potato and pork stew with basil pasta) pair with excellent pisco cocktails. Sipping a pisco sour is a given, but also try the refreshing chilcano (pisco, ginger ale and dash of lemon) or aromatic capitán (pisco and sweet vermouth).
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Best Overnight Experiences in Huacachina, Peru: Huacachina Desert Camp
What’s it like to glamp in the Peruvian desert? Epic in every way. Not just an overnight, this bucket list experience starts with an adrenaline-infused adventure through the towering sand dunes surrounding Huacachina, the only natural oasis in all of South America. Following a stop here, you’ll soar through the desert in a dune buggy (at such lightening speed you’ll feel as if you’re on a rollercoaster, we might add) while stopping for sand boarding, sand tubing and quite possibly the most surreal sunset you’ll ever see.
Boho vibes abound at camp, where you’ll gather around a moonlit bonfire to enjoy a cheese platter aperitíf paired with a bottle of local Peruvian wine. Later, you’ll enjoy freshly grilled dinner under a billowing canvas canopy. You won’t want to miss stargazing before retiring to your private bell tent, equipped with plenty of cozy blankets, pillows and your choice of one double or two single beds. Even if you’re not an early bird – set your alarm because the morning’s surreal sunrise can’t possibly be missed.
Best Hotels in Arequipa, Peru: CIRQA
This 5-star luxury boutique hotel, another Relais & Châteaux property on our list, takes residence in a former monastery dating to 1540 – the year Arequipa was founded. Framed by three enigmatic volcanoes, the colonial-era city today is perhaps better known as “The White City” due to the historic center’s famed baroque buildings constructed from sillar (white volcanic stone).
At CIRQA, this construction is evident as beautifully preserved sillar stones line the parador’s facade, airy terraza, intimate patio and eleven guest rooms. Accommodations across three categories act as a timeless homage to the former monastery, featuring original vaulted ceilings, romantic arches, stand-alone bathtubs and peaceful sitting areas in addition to contemporary luxuries like bathrobes and slippers, organic amenities and daily turndown.
After a day exploring Arequipa you won’t be able to resist going for a dip in the patio’s heated plunge pool, or how about grabbing a sundowner on the picanteria (traditional eatery)-inspired rooftop? At night, glowing firepits on the terraza create the perfect ambience for lingering conversations and nightcaps.
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Best Hotels in Colca Canyon, Peru: Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs
Head three hours north of Arequipa and you’ll arrive to Colca Canyon: the second deepest canyon in the world (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon) famed for its giant Andean condors, pre-Incan agricultural terraces, remote traditional villages and natural hot springs bubbling out of the earth. Visitors to the canyon can take it all in via numerous hiking trails, breathtaking overlooks and nature-immersed hotel stays like Colca Lodge.
Surrounded by abundant vegetation on the banks of the Colca River, the bucolic property counts a luxurious spa with dipping pool, series of mineral-rich thermal springs, an alpaca and llama farm, nighttime fire pits and even an ancient, pre-Incan ruin site just a short trail away. Forty-five guest rooms all come equipped with refined wood furnishings, cozy bathrobes, private terraces and picturesque valley views, some with vaulted ceilings and traditional adobe walls.
Plus: a commitment to sustainability seen through the use of solar energy, geothermal heating and the property’s own water treatment and irrigation systems.
The real star of the lodge of course are the hot springs. They offer varying levels of heat and are available for use 24 hours a day (sunrise soak anyone?), although daytime dips come with the added benefit of bar service from the adjacent restaurant. Authentic Andean dining is further offered at the main restaurant, in addition to the warmly lit bar where you can enjoy a fireside aperitivo or nightcap.
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Best Overnight Experiences in Peru: Caminos Del Titicaca Lodge / Lake Titicaca
Have you ever stayed on a floating island? You can on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,500 feet (3,810 meters) above sea level. Here, the fascinating floating community of Uros, comprised of approximately 1,300 native inhabitants, make their home on literal floating islands. There are around 120 islets total, hand-built from the lake’s abundant totora reeds.
Also residing on the islands? A growing crop of accommodations offered by Uros families to travelers looking for a glimpse of life on the lake. Options range from rustic thatched-roof homestays to deluxe glass-walled lodges, like our pick: Caminos Del Titicaca Lodge. The family-hosted experience begins on the shores of mainland Puno, where you will be collected by either Julio or his son Yoel and transferred to their floating island by boat.
After you arrive and get settled, you’ll embark on a scenic boat tour of the Uros community in a characteristic barco de totora (traditional reed boat), all before enjoying home-cooked dinner from the comfort of your cabin. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time to relax on your cabin’s private deck, complete with whimsical daybed where you’ll no doubt want to take in a magnificent lakefront sunset.
TIP: To book the exact cabin pictured above, be sure to request the Suite when making your reservation.
Best Hotels in Lake Titicaca, Peru: Titilaka
Nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca on its own private peninsula, 5-star experience lodge Titilaka offers an unforgettable getaway just as luxurious as it is remote. The Relais & Châteaux property shares the tranquil peninsula only with the local Aymara community, counting four acres of grounds surrounded by endless, ethereal lake views.
Eighteen lake-facing guest rooms feature contemporary furnishings with local textile accents, minibar, 24 hour room service, daily turndown and full connectivity including complimentary wifi. Corner rooms further boast heated floors, stand-alone bathtubs and views of both sunrise and sunset.
The experiential stay is fully inclusive. Included, immersive excursions on the lake and surroundings are led by bilingual local guides, available as shared or private experiences. Included meals (breakfast through dinner) are presented as reimagined traditional and contemporary cuisine from Peruvian chef María Fé Garcia, complemented by a fully stocked bar and regional wine cellar. Plus: outdoor wraparound terraces for lounging, an overwater deck and boardwalk for wandering and massage treatment rooms for restorative relaxation.
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Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru: Casa Andina Premium Cusco
If you’re not already familiar with Casa Andina – Peru’s leading hotel group offering accommodations across the country from Standard to Premium – there’s never a better time than in Cusco. Preferably, at Casa Andina Premium Cusco: a calming sanctuary located in the heart of the historic center. The property is located just steps from the Qorikancha (a sacred Inca temple once covered in gold) and a few more to the storied city’s Plaza de Armas.
Ideal location aside, the luxury stay takes form in a converted 17th-century residence complete with colonial courtyards and fountains, blissful body treatments at the spa and excellent Andean and international cuisine from the on-site restaurant – including an impressive, included buffet breakfast spread.
Room types range from Superior to Suite, although we recommend upgrading to the latter to enjoy such features as soaring vaulted ceilings, a cloud-like king bed, separate living space with faux fireplace, ample desk space and not one but two balconies. Don’t skip grabbing a nightcap from the hotel bar, which you can enjoy in the adjacent, fireplace-accented lounge or under the sky in the heated courtyard.
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Best Hotels in Cusco, Peru: Novotel Cusco
This Cusco outpost from Novotel, part of the global ALL – Accor hospitality portfolio, presents as a charming hideaway in a converted 16th-century mansion right in the heart of the city’s historic center. At just four blocks from Cusco’s bustling Plaza de Armas and mere steps from the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, the hotel benefits from being in the middle of it all while enjoying a restful location on a quiet, unfussy street.
Take note that rooms at Novotel Cusco are spread across two wings: modern, home to Standard Room types and colonial, home to Colonial Room types. If you want to stay in the elegant colonial wing, be sure to book the latter. Featuring vaulted ceilings, colonial-style furnishings and direct access to the atrium by way of beautifully arched hallways, these rooms are an upgrade from Standard and are absolutely worth it.
Optional buffet breakfast is also worth the add, which you can enjoy in the restaurant or the airy, sunlit atrium. The restaurant and bar – complete with beamed ceilings, original colonial stones and medieval-style chandeliers – is open for lunch, dinner and 24 hour room service.
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Best Overnight Experiences in the Sacred Valley, Peru: Starlodge
Spectacular views are par for the course in Peru’s Sacred Valley, the enchanting stretch of ancient Inca highlands running between Cusco and Machu Picchu. At Starlodge, consider them elevated. Literally.
A bucket list stay for the books, this hanging hotel happens to be anchored 9,500+ feet (2,900+ meters) into the sky-high Sacred Valley cliffside. Rooms here – 6 total – take the form of futuristic glass pods, reachable by crossing a Tibetan-style suspension bridge followed by ascending (and later, descending) what can best be described as a cliffside floating staircase. The hanging suites are impressively comfortable, equipped with insulated glass and aluminum walls, comfortable bedding, hot tea and yes, even an ensuite bathroom with-a-view.
The adventure and wellness lodge further counts cliffside high tubs: a set of Onsen-style wooden soaking tubs effectively taking the hot tub experience to an entirely new level. Completing the bucket list stay? Included three-course dinner with a bottle of wine, nighttime stargazing like you’ve never experienced it before, and breakfast the next morning.
Best Overnight Experiences in the Sacred Valley, Peru: Mountain View
Cozy cabins, hot tubs, boho picnics, and alpaca encounters all create a memorable stay at Mountain View: an enchanting Sacred Valley lodge set amidst rolling fields and breathtaking mountain backdrops. A series of idyllic A-frame cabins dot the property, equipped with cozy bedding, wood-burning stoves, ensuite bathrooms, outdoor patios, fire pits and some – jacuzzi tubs. You can even time your soak with an unforgettable visit from the property’s adorable alpacas and llamas.
Gourmet breakfast is included daily from the on-site restaurant, an all-day gathering place for Andean cuisine, excellent cocktails – don’t miss trying any of their housemade piscos macerados (infused piscos) – and the opportunity for up-close encounters with the lodge’s free-roaming alpacas, llamas, goats and horses. To round out your Sacred Valley stay? A number of optional, additional experiences ranging from sunset horseback rides to wine, cheese and painting picnics to guide-led ATV tours and DIY bicycle expeditions.
Best Hotels in Machu Picchu, Peru: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Nestled in the shadows of Machu Picchu, this 5-star Belmond stay happens to be the only hotel located right next to the sacred Inca site. At literal steps from the entrance, first access at dawn is just one of many exclusive privileges guests can enjoy at the luxury lodge. (The alternative? Lining up at 5am in Aguas Calientes to wait for the first shuttle bus up the mountain.)
Thirty-one guest rooms at the mystical hideaway range from Standard to Deluxe to Suite, boasting such features as plush king beds, marble bathrooms, rich wood accents, complimentary minibar, daily turndown service, panoramic mountain views and even furnished terraces.
Authentic Peruvian plates, afternoon tea and pisco cocktails are served at the guest-only Tampu Restaurant and Bar, which happen to be included in your full board room rate. For a deeper Andean experience guests can further opt for a shaman-led blessing ceremony, coca leaf reading, restorative spa ritual or even sunrise breakfast with majestic Machu Picchu views.
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