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Last week, I mentioned that my wife and I are traveling to Peru next year (READ: How I scored 2 lie flat seats to Peru)

We have about a week or so that we’ll be there, and so I’m wanting to plan our hotel stays.  I’ve learned from experience the perils of waiting until the last minute to book your hotel!

Hotels in Lima, Peru

We’ll likely have 2 nights in Lima.  We arrive on a redeye from Washington DC at 5 a.m. Lima time, and our plan is to stay that day and then checkout the day after before taking an afternoon flight up to Cuzco.  Originally I planned on doing it like this in order to acclimate to the altitude before heading up to Peru, until I realized that Lima is essentially at sea level (oops :-D).  We’ll do a second night in Lima on our way back from Cuzco / Machu Picchu.

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According to Award Mapper, there are:

  • 2 Radissons (though I haven’t had much luck with Radisson hotels!)
  • 3 Hiltons
  • 1 IHG (a Crowne Plaza)
  • 2 Marriotts
  • 3 SPG hotels  (Westin, Four Points and a Sheraton)
  • 2 Wyndham hotels

I’m sure there are plenty of non chain hotels as well, though I’m a bit reluctant to pay for hotels when I have plenty of points in most of the major chains.  My initial reaction would be to use our 2 free IHG credit card nights and stay at the Crowne Plaza Lima

(SEE ALSO: Why you should get 2 IHG credit cards at the same time)

I know it’s not the most exciting free night redemption (READ: Where I “wasted” my 2 free IHG nights), but if we don’t use them here, I’m not sure where we’ll use them before they expire.

If you have recommendations of a hotel in Lima – I’d love to hear them!

Hotels in Cuzco

Hotels in Cuzco are a bit more sparse, but there are still a decent amount of chain hotels as well as I’m sure the non-chain hotels.

I am seeing:

  • Best Western Los Andes del America
  • Hilton Garden Inn Cusco (Hilton Category 5)
  • JW Marriott Cusco (Category 7)
  • Palacio del Inka (SPG Category 4 – 10K / night)
  • 2 Wyndham properties – one of them is listed as the Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman, but it’s not in the main area of Cusco and most of the other hotels are closer to Saqsayhuaman (which is a UNESCO Heritage site)

If you’ve stayed in Cusco before, I want to hear your recommendations!

Where to stay near Machu Picchu

There aren’t really any chain hotels near Machu Picchu itself, though the Tambo del Inka is in Urubamba (which is in between Cuzco and Machu Picchu).

From what I’ve read, there are plenty of bed and breakfast style hotels in Machu Picchu as well as Aguas Calientes – if you’ve stayed at one of those before that you’d recommend, I’d love to hear your suggestions.  Some of the trip reports I’ve read have indicated a simple 2 bed / single room place for $30-40 / night, which sounds fantastic.

The basic plan is a day in Lima, 1 day in Cusco, a few days in Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu then another day or 2 in Cuzco before heading back to Lima and the US.  If you have itinerary suggestions besides hotel suggestions, I’d also love to hear them.  If you have trip reports you want to share in the comments, be my guest!

Now it’s your turn – what are your best recommendations for hotels in Peru?

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