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T+L's Definitive Guide to Lima

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Lay of the Land

Barranco: This former summer colony of shaded plazas and Pacific overlooks is experiencing a revival as 19th-century town houses are transformed into art galleries and hotels.

Centro Histórico: A Spanish-colonial cathedral and old palaces surround the grand Plaza Mayor.

Chorrillos: A rustic fishing village on the urban outskirts, Chorrillos fronts a port where informal restaurants serve just-caught fish.

Miraflores: Lima’s tourist hub is filled with high-rises, upscale shopping malls, and star-chef restaurants.

San Isidro: Café culture and one-of-a-kind designer stores flourish in this downtown area.

Getting Around

Private taxis are the safest way to navigate Lima’s congested streets. Instead of paying one fare at a time, ask your hotel concierge to set you up with a driver for the day (about $50).

Stay

Here, the latest hotel arrivals—and long-standing favorites.

Hotel B: In a converted Belle Époque mansion in Barranco, this newcomer is a magnet for sophisticated Limeños, who come to sip pisco sours at the hotel bar under a colorful mural by Peruvian painter José Tola. The 17 airy guest rooms, some with soaking tubs, are done up in neutral tones and contemporary works curated by the adjacent gallery Lucía de la Puente. $$$

Belmond Miraflores Park: The landmark Belmond Miraflores, formerly Miraflores Park Plaza, just received a much-​needed update. Surrounded by parkland, it has 82 spacious rooms with private balconies that face the Pacific Ocean. Come sunset, head to the rooftop infinity pool. Bonus: the city’s high-end shopping center, Larcomar, is a short walk away. $$

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores: One of the Casa Andina brand’s upscale boutique hotels, this 148-room property mixes modern accents—bold artwork; a palm-fringed indoor pool—with traditional touches such as wood-beam ceilings, locally made ceramics, and Peruvian music playing in the lobby lounge. $$$

JW Marriott Hotel: A gleaming glass tower designed by U.S.-based Arquitectonica, the JW Marriott has a covetable address on the Costa Verde bluffs. Rooms are decorated in gold, blue, and brown hues and almost all have water views. At lunch, locals gather at the light-filled La Vista Restaurant, where Peruvian and international specialties are served. $$

Second Home Peru: Peruvian artist VÍctor DelfÍn once lived in this Tudor-style manor in Barranco, and you can see his metal animal sculptures throughout the garden. The eight rooms are simple but comfortable, with blond-wood furniture and paintings by regional talents. There’s also a small lap pool and art gallery on the first floor. $

Hotel Pricing Key
$ Less than $200
$$ $200 to $350
$$$ $350 to $500
$$$$ $500 to $1,000
$$$$$ More than $1,000

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