Here is a list of some of the places we have stayed at in our travels. This is not really an endorsement of any of them, unless otherwise specified, but just a way of helping anyone who may be planning to go to any of these areas. We learned a good amount for our trip from reading posted information from others, so we hope we can help anyone else looking for similar information. But take note, our main criteria for lodging was for something cheap and with a good location, i.e. close enough to walk to or get easy public transit to. This is not a good reference for high class or fancy places.
Cuzco, Peru: Hospedaje Plazoleta San Blas. Right off the Plaza San Blas, in the San Blas area. A nice short walk down to the main square through old Inca streets, much cheaper than all the Lonely Planet listed places in San Blas. The rooms don’t have windows, but we were looking for cheap and close to the sites.
Lake Tinquilco, Chile: Refugio Tinquilco camping cost about 10 US per person, and they offer rooms for rent as well. We had great food here, and it is right next to the trailhead for Huerquehue Park, one of our favorites.
El Bolson, Argentina: Great campground with new showers, bathrooms and clothes washing sinks. Sites have picnic tables and fire pits. Awesome views of the mountains. The camp is thoughtfully divided into a “party” and “no-party” zone, in case you actually want to sleep during the night.
Prague, Czech Republic: Hostel Centre, close enough to walk to from the train station and to the sights in town. It is not fancy or particularly nice (although it was brand new), but it is cheap and close to where you want to be. About 9 Euro per person for a dorm bed (6 bed dorm room).
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic: Krumlov House, a little spendy (15 Euro per person dorm beds), but cozy and laid back. Take their advice and eat the hot chocolate in town, and all other forms of chocolate. Very tasty.
Trenčin, Slovakia: ATC Autocamping Trenčin a nice campground, close to train station and downtown with a great view of the castle over the river. They also have small cabins at good prices for those without camping gear.
Zilina, Slovakia: Penzion SART is closer to the train station and the downtown than the other (only) hostel listed in Lonely planet. They don’t speak English (but they do know German) and the train station information booth has fliers with maps on how to get there. They were really nice and helpful in getting Jason to the hospital (cheaply) for his thorn incident. We paid just over 20 Euro per night.
Krakow, Poland. Hostel Deco is an easy 10-15 minute walk to the center and offers a comfortable common room, good book exchange, breakfast that can be stretched into lunch (pocket the sandwich, eat the cereal) and does one free load of laundry for you.
Zakopane, Poland. Stara Polana is a decent hostel in a great old traditional Zakopane house.
Levoca, Slovakia. Penzion Oaza (Oasis, details in Lonely Planet). The owners are really nice and the rooms are clean, simple and fairly priced.
Amed– Shell House (across from Sunrise Cafe), 500 meters east of the bus drop-off (on the main coastal road) at Three Brothers Cafe, the snorkeling is better at the cove (Jemeluk Bay) here, and the rooms are cheap and right on the shore with great views.
Medewi-Warung & Homestay Gede. Cheap and with a great view of the surf break. Best to bring your own bug net.