With spacious, elegant rooms, an outstanding restaurant and an ideal location across a quiet street from verdant Parque Domodossola and a malecón (ocean-view promenade), this is an exceptional hotel, but the clincher is the view. Ocean-view rooms, a Club Lounge and the rooftop pool and breakfast room share the best view in Lima: a sweeping panorama of the park's tropical trees, coastal cliffs lined with apartment towers and the vast, undulant Pacific extending out to offshore islands and the horizon.
YOU SHOULD KNOW When this hotel nears full occupancy, the rates on remaining rooms become exorbitant.
Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished with a king-sized bed topped with a white quilt and plentiful pillows, plush, pastel carpeting and a couch or armchairs by the giant window. The ocean views are spectacular, but if unavailable, try to book a garden room, which opens onto a small terrace backed by a private tropical garden, complete with hummingbirds.
'City view' rooms, which overlook an uninspiring panorama of apartment buildings, are best avoided unless they include access to the Club Lounge, which overlooks the park, coast, and sea.
Large, yellow-marble bathrooms have a separate tub and shower and all the amenities you expect from a luxury hotel. 'City-view' rooms ending in 13 have even larger bathrooms with circular, tiled tub and private sauna.
Tables bedecked with copious tropical flower arrangements and attentive staff welcome you to the bright, vast lobby with its gleaming marble floor and two-story ceiling. On the far end is an area that resembles the library of an English manor, which is slightly incongruous, but is the only area with chairs and couches.
The rooftop lap pool is surrounded by a narrow wooden deck and a glass wall that blocks the wind while allowing you to admire the coastal panorama.
The spa on the roof has a sauna and offers offer an ample selection of massages, beauty treatments, hot waxing and full hair salon services.
There's a small gym on the roof with a selection of exercise machines and weights.
A breakfast buffet is served at The Observatory, on the roof, with walls of windows that let you enjoy the view while you chew. Lunch and dinner are available at Tragaluz, next to the lobby, which offers an ample selection of Peruvian standards, enticing variations on Peruvian themes and a few Mediterranean and Thai dishes.
The cozy Belo Bar, just off the lobby, was designed with an English pub in mind, though its wooden walls are now painted light blue and hung with minimalistic paintings. It's a pleasant enough spot to sip a pisco sour.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's also a small bar at Tragaluz, which views the park.
Ride the hotel's complimentary bikes or walk along the malecón to the Parque del Amor and El Faro de la Marina, past a succession of ocean views. It's a short walk or ride to Parque Miraflores and adjacent Parque Kennedy: the heart of Miraflores. Take a taxi or tour to Lima's other neighborhoods, which hold most of the city's attractions.
Central Restaurante (4-minute walk), where Chef Virgilio Martínez offers 11- and 17-course tasting menus, is close to the hotel, but you'll need to make a reservation two months ahead of time. You'll also need to reserve two months ahead to eat at Maido (10-minute walk), Chef Mitsuharu's celebrated Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant. You can sample the flavors of the Amazon Basin at Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino's restaurant Amaz (8-minute walk). Astrid & Gastón Casa Moreyra (15-minutes taxi ride) offers tasting and a la carte menus in a beautifully restored colonial mansion. Delectable Peruvian fusion cuisine is served with a view of pre-Colombian ruins at the Huaca Pucllana (8-minute taxi ride). Watch the waves roll by and below you while you dine at La Rosa Nautica (8-minute taxi ride), an idyllic restaurant perched over the sea.
The rooftop bar at the Radisson Hotel Decapolis Miraflores (10-minute walk) is a pleasant spot on a weekend night if it isn't too cold. The small bar in the Hotel B (10-minute taxi ride), in Barranco, is gorgeous and serves decent food. Ayahuasca (12-minute taxi ride) is a chic bar in a refurbished, early 20th-century mansion in Barranco. If you don't dine at the Huaca Pucllana (8-minute taxi ride), you should at least try to have a drink at its outdoor bar, for a view of the illuminated ruins.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Location, location, location. Yes, the rooms and lobby are elegant, the service is impeccable and the food is excellent, but the coastal panorama afforded by ocean-view rooms and the fact that you can stroll out the front door into a lush park overlooking the sea is what sets this hotel a notch above the vast majority of Lima lodgings.