The “City of Kings”, or Lima, Peru’s capital, is one of Latin America’s best-kept secrets. Much more than just a necessary stopover to Machu Picchu, the oldest city in the Americas offers world-class cuisine, vestiges of colonial architecture, foremost archeological museums, private golf clubs, a vibrant nightlife and some of the best luxury hotels in Peru.
Miraflores Park Hotel
The Park Hotel by Orient-Express, located in the heart of the Miraflores district, an exclusive seaside residential area, provides guests that travel to Peru with the perfect “home away from home”. The hotel, only blocks away from the Larcomar Shopping and Entertainment Center –the capital’s largest and most fashionable mall– offers a large range of amenities, including a fitness center and squash court, heated rooftop pool, beautiful garden, and banquet hall. Located on the 11th floor, the Zest Spa provides an array of treatments, including avocado and Aloe Vera wraps, Amazon scrubs and hot stone Peruvian massages.
JW Marriott Hotel
Also in Lima’s Miraflores district is the JW Marriott Hotel, which recently made the Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List of the best hotels, resorts and cruise lines in the world. This modern and stylish hotel, equipped with a gym, outdoor swimming pool and sauna, is located atop the Costa Verde’s rocky beaches and cliffs, and all of its rooms offer a breath-taking view of the Pacific. The JW Marriot is Lima’s first non-smoking hotel, and its award-winning “La Vista” restaurant offers elegantly prepared à la carte international and Andean dishes, including northern-style risotto, quinoa, yellow potato and tuna tartar, grilled Amazonian paiche, and Peruvian sweet milk desserts. On the first floor, the JW Sushi and Ceviche Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy the creative fusion of Peruvian and Asian cuisines.
Westin Hotel and Convention Center
The Westin Hotel and Convention Center –a recently inaugurated 5 star hotel– is located just 15 kilometers from Jorge Chávez International Airport and minutes from an eclectic selection of restaurants, galleries, parks, as well as banks and corporate headquarters. Located in San Isidro –Lima’s upscale residential and financial district– the Westin offers 301 spacious rooms, all of which are perfectly configured for comfort and easy downtime. Spacious two-bedroom Ambassador Suites, on floors 27 and 28, offer magnificent Lima city views from floor-to-ceiling windows. A kitchenette, wet bar and guest bathroom make this an excellent choice for causal entertaining or business meetings. The hotel also provides guests with a heated indoor pool, state-of-the-art spa, gym, an executive lounge club, private dining rooms and fine-dining restaurant, as well as a gallery lined with high-end fashion boutiques, a bookstore and curated selections of Peruvian silverware and handicrafts. Business professionals that travel to Peru can also take advantage of an on-site, full-service 24-hour business center.
Country Club Lima Hotel
Discerning tourists that travel to Peru looking for a truly exceptional and authentic expression of local hospitality will be more than enthused by the Country Club Lima Hotel, an architecturally charming five star property built in 1927, refurbished in 1998 and completely remodeled in 2008. Decorated with more than 300 pieces of original artwork, chandeliers, wood-beam ceilings and colonial furniture, the hotel –renowned for its harmonious marriage of old-world appeal, modern technology and comfort– offers large rooms equipped with marble bathrooms, many of which have large Jacuzzis and separate showers. The Country Club’s “Perroquet” restaurant, which serves gourmet international and Peruvian specialties, was awarded “Best Hotel Restaurant” in 2007, 2008 and 2009. On Fridays and Saturdays, live music fills the “Los Vitrales” traditional English bar, where guests can enjoy Pisco sour, Peru’s flagship cocktail prepared with pisco, egg whites, lime juice and regional bitters. The hotel also provides guests with a fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, beauty parlor, business center and privileges at the exclusive 18-hole Lima Golf Club, located just across the street.
Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Finally, the Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center is the best option for those seeking five-star comfort, personalized attention and accommodation in the heart of Lima’s splendid historic city center. After a long day exploring museums, gold-filled churches, Lima’s central plaza, Government Palace, bullring, and century-old architectural relics, guests can relax in the Club Lounge –where evening hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverages are served– or spend a memorable evening sampling a broad range of international and traditional Peruvian dishes –including Rodizio’s Festival, a grilled roast beef served on a sword– in one of the hotel’s two restaurants and “Kero” bar. Rooms are oversized, and the hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center, lighted tennis court and modern Internet-enabled workstations.