Av. La Paz 463, Miraflores, Peru
Adding a much-needed alternative to the incumbent leaders in the Miraflores area of Lima, Casa Andina's Private Collection hotel offers a convenient location and stylish rooms for a stopover in the capital of Peru.
There are countless ho-hum business hotels in Lima and it is rare when a new one opened that really stands out from the pack. The Private Collection entry here is a high-rise architectural gem located in the jewelry district, just two blocks from bustling Kennedy Park and strolling distance to dozens of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
A small porte couchere with bellmen at the ready leads to a spacious lobby with comfortable contemporary furniture, soft lighting, and a piano. English proficiency is excellent at reception. The large square lobby bar and lounge area is open and airy, but unfortunately it takes a lot of drinkers to keep the expansive space from feeling empty. Two high-end jewelry and clothing shops are on site.
The main restaurant on the ground floor, with a whimsical folk art mural on one wall, is a bright and attractive space with a glassed-in patio. It serves quality buffets accompanied by cloth napkins for breakfast and lunch, then gets fancier and candlelit for dinner. The neighboring chic café in green and black serves lighter fare and good coffee with its own glass sunroom as well.
The heated swimming pool on an upper floor is open-air but covered except for a sun deck. A small fitness center with new equipment adjoins. The business center offers complimentary Internet access to guests and four conference rooms are available.
The 18-floor tower affords some of the best city views in town through its walls of glass. The rooms are also some of the best-equipped outside of the Miraflores Park Hotel and new Westin. All have iPod docks, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, electronic safes large enough for a laptop, great bedding, and phones with voice mail. Baths are decked out with all the expected amenities plus marble vanities, quality toiletries, robes, and slippers. Some baths are shower-only, but these have spa showers with multiple nozzles and those on the corners receive natural light from frosted windows. Wired or wireless Internet access is complimentary. Despite the urban location, good double-glazing keeps the noise at bay and blackout curtains keep the light out when needed.
Rooms have a rust and black color scheme that is offset by white walls and bedding, plus twinkling lights of the city outside at night. Cushioned headboards, beamed ceilings, and soft lighting create a dramatic feel in the standards, while the junior suites have a full living room set, a dining area, and more local artwork. Two special suites with multiple views give VIPs room to stretch out or bring along the entourage.
Room service runs 24 hours, two rooms are wheelchair-ready, and a club level offers the usual lounge perks. An executive taxi is always at the ready for airport runs or trips around town.
While the Lima outlet of the Casa Andina Private Collection chain doesn't offer the over-the-top luxury of Miraflores Park Hotel, it's a worthy alternative to the business-oriented Swissotel and the less impressive rooms of the J.W. Marriott. For those who want to get a feel for Miraflores on foot, this well-run local contender is also in the best location.
Web Address: www.casa-andina.com
Total Number of Rooms: 148
Published rates: $289 to $1,099 BB
Review and photos by Timothy Scott.
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