Huanchaco hotels and lodges might offer discounts outside holidays and the summer months (Christmas–March).
Hostal Naylamp (Victor Larco 1420, tel. 044/46-1022, www.hostalnaylamp.com, US$12–14 s, US$18–22 d) is an oceanfront hostel offering a safe, clean, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere, a garden full of hammocks, and an open kitchen. Its upstairs rooms have an ocean view, and camping, along with tent rental, is available for US$3.50 pp.
La Casa Suiza (Los Pinos 308, tel. 044/46-1285, www.casasuiza.com, albergue [at] lacasasuiza [dot] com, US$18 s, US$7 pp in shared rooms with bath) is a few blocks from the beach. Started back in the 1980s by a Swiss woman, Heidi Stacher, the small hostel is now managed by Frenchman Philippe Faucon. The place has small but neat rooms (there are cheaper rooms with shared bathrooms; check the website for rates) that are integrated into a hip decor. Services are plentiful and include laundry, kitchen, surfboard rentals, book exchange, and WiFi. It also serves breakfasts and small lunches. Reserve with time since both places are always full.
Once you enter Huanchaco Hostal (Victor Larco 287, tel. 044/46-1688, www.huanchacohostal.com, US$25 s, US$38 d), you’ll first note its large, circular staircase, then its antique furniture, and finally its classic dark wood interior. Sitting across Huanchaco’s small Plaza de Armas, just a few blocks from the beach, the rooms of this hostel aren’t anything special. But the refined atmosphere, plus a game room and a swimming pool, make this a reasonable place to stay if you value peace and quiet, and a little fun.
Hostal El Malecón (Av. La Rivera 225, tel. 044/46-1275, www.hostalelmalecon.com, US$35 s, US$50 d with breakfast) has rooms with hot water, cable TV, and private bathrooms. The hostel is a few meters before Los Pinos Street, in front of the ocean. It is clean, safe, and has a friendly staff.
Las Palmeras de Huanchaco (Av. Larco 1150, Sector Los Tumbos, tel. 044/46-1199, www.laspalmerasdehuanchaco.com, US$36 s, US$46–61 d) is a good option with a wide variety of rooms, including doubles at three different levels facing the ocean or the pool. It’s on the northern end of Huanchaco, and there are family rooms with kitchenettes (US$89) and semi-suites (US$71). Amenities include a café-restaurant, a swimming pool, laundry service, and Internet. Rooms are very nice, with cable TV and clean, impeccable bathrooms.
Bracamonte Hotel (Los Olivos 503, tel. 044/46-1162, www.hotelbracamonte.com.pe, US$47 s, US$57 d) is owned by the Bracamonte family, which started renting small rooms in the early 1980s. Thirty years later, they have built a three-star hotel with comfortable bungalows and a dazzlingly clear pool, restaurant and bar, game room, and Internet service. This hotel is one of the best options in Huanchaco.
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