Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima (tel. 01/213-9739)
Resurrected from Lima's first and fondly remembered, but long abandoned, five-star hotel, this well-located Miraflores property has taken on new life and is now one of the top places to stay both for business and leisure travelers. Rooms are smart, and amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, excellent restaurant, and cool little traveler's cafe.
Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima (tel. 01/610-4000)
The top business traveler's hotel in Lima, this oasis of refinement and luxury is still small enough to cater to your every whim. The Park Hotel is the height of style, with handsome, spacious rooms; huge bathrooms; and an elegant restaurant and bar. There's a small pool and a gym with sauna on the top floor, overlooking the malecón, parks, and the coastline.
Country Club Lima Hotel, Lima (tel. 01/611-9000)
A revived, supremely elegant hacienda-style hotel from the 1920s, this grand estate is full of antiques and has plenty of character, but it remains a relaxed place that's good for families. Given its high standards, it's not a bad deal, either. At this excellent retreat from the stress of modern Lima, the country club aspect isn't neglected: Golf and tennis are both available.
Hotel Paracas, Paracas National Reserve, Pisco (tel. 056/581-333)
Few makeovers are as successful as the one given this longtime favorite of families visiting Paracas. Now a Starwood Luxury Collection property, it glistens with contemporary style, while retaining its open and airy, waterfront feel. A spectacular new infinity pool leads to a strikingly modern lounge and restaurant, a dose of style never before seen in the southern Peruvian desert.
La Casona, Cusco (tel. 01/610-0400)
This extraordinary boutique hotel has just 11 rooms but is one of the most luxurious places in Peru. Right on pretty Plazoleta Nazarenas, it inhabits a beautiful old colonial house and is teeming with art and antiques; the rooms built around the courtyard, as well as the sumptuous bathrooms, are jaw-droppingly immense.
Hotel Monasterio, Cusco (tel. 084/241-777)
Extraordinarily carved out of a 16th-century monastery, itself built over the foundations of an Inca palace, this Orient-Express hotel is the most dignified and historic place to stay in Peru. With its own gilded chapel and 18th-century Cusco School art collection, it's an attraction in its own right. Rooms are gracefully decorated with colonial touches, particularly the rooms off the serene first courtyard.
Aranwa Sacred Valley, Huayllabamba (tel. 084/205-080)
The Sacred Valley has been trending upscale for a few years, but this luxury retreat takes it to a new level. It is, simply, one of the most sybaritic places to stay in Peru. The country estate is a small village built around a colonial hacienda, with a surfeit of services, including one of the finest spas in Peru.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes (tel. 084/211-122)
It's not next to the ruins, but this rustic hotel, a compound of bungalows ensconced in lush tropical gardens and cloud forest, is full of character and by far the nicest place in Aguas Calientes. With loads of nature trails and guided activities, it's a superb retreat for naturalists. And after a day at Machu Picchu, the spring-fed pool is a great alternative to the thermal baths in town. Junior suites, with fireplaces and small terraces, are the most coveted rooms.
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa, Arequipa (tel. 866/220-4434)
Brilliantly carved out of a stately colonial building -- a national historic monument that was once the Mint House -- this stunning property feels like a chic boutique hotel, but with the superb services, including an excellent restaurant, of a much larger hotel. Its location just a block from the famed Santa Catalina monastery couldn't be better.
Hotel Libertador Plaza Mayor Trujillo, Trujillo (tel. 044/232-741)
One of the finest hotels in northern Peru, the Libertador boasts a coveted location overlooking Trujillo's lovely Plaza de Armas. It inhabits a striking colonial mansion and features nice extras, such as a courtyard patio, good restaurant, outdoor pool, and both dry and steam saunas. Best of all, it's a very good value.
Hotel Costa del Sol, Cajamarca (tel. 076/343-434)
It's not flashy, but this modern, business-oriented hotel has the finest location in Cajamarca -- next to the cathedral and overlooking the gorgeous Plaza de Armas. Rooms are nicely outfitted, there's a nice spa and rooftop pool, and the glass-enclosed restaurant is perfect for gazing out over the square, where Cajamarca comes to life.
Vichayito Bungalows & Carpas, Vichayito, Máncora (tel. 01/435-4173)
This former ecolodge, right on a wide and long stretch of one of the finest beaches in northern Peru, has been given an extreme makeover. Now part of the burgeoning Peruvian luxury hotel group Aranwa, it proposes a very novel idea: African safari-like (but exceedingly well-equipped) tents. If you like the idea of acting like a modern adventurer, but with five-star comforts, this is your kind of place.
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