Arequipa has an ample roster of hotels and hostales (inns) at all levels. A number of them occupy historic houses in the old quarter, within very easy walking distance of major sights, restaurants, and bars. Even budget travelers can do very well in Arequipa -- it's a good place for a significant step up in comfort and style (but not price) from the usual backpacker dregs. Indeed, even travelers not accustomed to looking at hotels in the inexpensive or moderate range may well find a very welcome surprise in here in terms of comfort and value. The area north of the Plaza de Armas is nicer and less chaotic (though full of restaurants and bars) than the streets south of the square.

Note: If you hop in a taxi from the airport or bus station, insist on going to the hotel of your choice; local taxi drivers often claim that a particular hotel is closed in order to take you to one that will pay them a commission.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.