- Ayacucho Hotel Plaza– 9 de Diciembre 184,Tel: 62-812-202, email@example.com. It is the best hotel in Ayacucho and, although far from luxurious, it retains a high and mighty Colonial feel. Some rooms have balconies. It has 80 mediocre rooms with private hot-water baths, cable TV, and mini-fridges. A good restaurant and bar are also on the premises. Room and laundry service available. Less than a block from the Plaza.
- Hotel Santa Rosa – Lima 166, Tel:62-31-4614,fax 312-083. One of the best values in Ayacucho. Rooms have cable TV and hot-water baths. Pleasant rooftop terrace and quiet courtyard. Parking. Small restaurant.
- Hotel San Francisco – Callao 290, Tel: 62-314-501, fax 314-501, sanfranciscohotel.cjb.net. Well maintained with charming décor and local art. Lovely patio where you can have your free breakfast. Rooms are fairly simple, with cable TV, private hot-water baths, and parquet flooring.
- Hotel Marquez de Valdelirios – Alameda Bolognesi 720-724, Tel:62-818-944. Set in a restored Colonial house near a quiet tree-lined park in Santa Ana. Rooftop terrace with nice city views. Rooms have cable TV and hot water. Breakfast is included. Airport pick-ups availiable. Good value.
- Hotel La Colmena – Cuzco 144, Tel: 62-811-318. Rooms are OK but worn. The location is excellent. Some rooms have private hot-water baths and cable TV. Rooms on the second floor (the ones with private baths) are set amidst business offices and can be noisy during the day. Good restaurant in a flower- and plant-filled courtyard that is often crowded.
- Los Alamos – Cuzco 215, Tel: 62-312-782. This two-star has private hot-water baths, cable TV, and room service. Two blocks from the Plaza. Good restaurant in a plant-filled courtyard with ceviche, parrilladas (grilled meats), and pollos a la brasa (roasted chicken).
- Hotel Santa Maria – Jr. Arequipa 320, Tel: 62-314-988, www.hotelesjian.com.pe. Although it’s a steep uphill walk to the plaza, this new hotel is nonetheless one of the best options in the city. The clean bold colors, shiny wood floors, colonial stone walls, and contemporary vibe are refreshing for Ayacucho. The rooms are big and modern, although some lack windows.
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