Should business travel or holiday bring you to Peru’s capital city of Lima, here are six reasons to choose Swissotel Lima for your stay.
Cultural sites within walking distance
The tony San Isidro district is known as the financial district of Lima, however there are plenty of cultural activities nearby in which to partake. Happily, many are within a short stroll of the hotel along with several embassies in this leafy section of Lima with blocks of gorgeous neo-classical buildings. Nearby Huaca Huallamarca, known as sugar loaf, is a restored pre-Inca pyramid with a small museum. Construction started in 200 BC, and until 200 AD it was used first as a temple, then as a cemetery. In 1948 Dr. Arturo Jimenez Borja discovered 48 mummies on the site and since then, another 34 mummies and over 900 skulls have been excavated.
A few blocks away is Av. Conquistadores with higher end boutiques, cafés and restaurants. A short stroll away is the lovingly maintained and peaceful Parque El Olivar with over 1,000 olive trees,
Within the park is the Casa de la Cultura, a beautifully restored historic building that hosts changing art exhibitions.
Great location in the city
The Swissotel Lima is centrally located and hence short cab rides will easily bring you to other interesting areas of the city. The nearby bohemian Barranco district is a delightful area of art galleries, restaurants, lovingly restored colonial buildings and colorful bungalows.
If you have time for only one museum in Lima, hop in a cab and head to nearby Pueblo Libre to visit the Museo Larco, a massive private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art, pottery and textiles. Most impressive is the erotic-art wing and several rooms containing floor-to-ceiling storage of pre-Inca pottery behind Plexiglas. The Museo Larco also has a lovely café in an excellent spot to enjoy a meal. If you need more people watching and a good stroll, head to the Miraflores district and Parque Kennedy – Lima’s unofficial main square – that was named after JFK in honor of the Alliance for Progress. Continue walking up Larco Av. until you reach Larcomar, Lima’s cliff-side open-air shopping center with breathtaking Pacific Ocean views.
If you have time after meetings are concluded and the city sights have been seen, check out one of the San Isidro’s golf clubs.
Guest rooms are happily enormous
At 400 square feet, guest rooms at Swissotel Lima are enormous. They are also modern, well appointed and extremely comfortable. High-count cotton sheets and luxurious bedding provides an excellent night’s sleep. Marble bathrooms are likewise huge with rain showers, large bathtubs and sumptuous towels.
With a large work desk and convenient dual voltage power supply, staying connected is a snap. The in-room gourmet coffee maker and tea station means you will be ready to go for either work or play.
Eat like a king
The Swissotel Lima boasts five restaurants so boredom isn’t even remotely possible. La Fondue as the name suggests dishes up fondues and other Swiss specialties. Sushi Cage serves sushi and other Japanese delicacies under the watchful eye of Chef Takeda. Le Café will keep you well caffeinated for breakfast or lunch and the Gourmet Deli has sandwiches and pastries that will remind you that diet is a four-letter word. La Locanda is an elegant spot serving Mediterranean-Peruvian fusion that occasionally has themed events. When I dined there recently, wonderfully it was French night. Delectable foie gras with tuna, salmon with red chard and rack of lamb were all excellent.
The San Isidro district is a veritable eating paradise and is also home to several fantastic restaurants, many of which are placed on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants lists. Favorites include the unforgettable Malabar and Astrid y Gaston.
Stay in shape while abroad
Staying in shape while traveling overseas whether for business or pleasure is always a challenge. However, it is made much easier at Swissotel Lima.
A state-of-the-art fitness center with Technogym equipment is open from 5:30 in the morning until 10:30 in the evening. So really, there is absolutely no excuse for not exercising. There is also an indoor/outdoor-interconnected pool if swimming or sunbathing floats your boat. A tennis court is also available on site.
Relax and enjoy
When all is said and done, head to Swissotel Spa, have a steam or sauna and then indulge in a massage or facial. Like guestrooms, treatment rooms at Swissotel Lima Spa are likewise large with modern clean lines and have luxuriously comfortable massage tables. Next to the Spa is a full service beauty salon.
Whatever brings you to Peru, a stay at Swissotel Lima will be thoroughly enjoyed and you will long to swiftly return.
Julie L. Kessler is MoneyInc’s Travel & Luxury Editor and writes travel stories for various major media outlets. She is also an attorney and legal columnist based in Los Angeles and the author of the award-winning book “Fifty-Fifty: The Clarity of Hindsight.” She can be reached at Julie@VagabondLawyer.com