Before Peru’s largest hotel chain took over this 18-floor hotel in the heart of lively Miraflores, it sat vacant for several years. At one time it was Lima’s finest and most modern property, called Hotel César’s, but the owners ran into money problems. Casa Andina sank $15 million into the hulking contemporary building, which resembles a giant jigsaw puzzle with glass boxes jutting out of the facade at several points. The hotel has emerged as the brand’s signature property in Peru’s capital, part of its top-of-the-line Private Collection, and it's designed to compete with the international luxury brands that continue to move into the neighborhood. A complete renovation was undertaken before reopening in 2008, and inside, pre-Colombian motifs join contemporary decorations and amenities. With Casa Andina’s arrival came the addition of a new covered rooftop pool, as well as a café and contemporary restaurant on the ground floor.
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Just two blocks from Parque Kennedy at the very center of the coastal Miraflores, the most happening of Lima’s many districts, the Casa Andina Private Collection is one of the best located hotels for exploring the neighborhood’s abundant restaurants, nightspots, and shops. For a light snack, stop by La Lucha, a popular food stand for sandwiches like the chicharrón (fried pork with sweet potatoes), and juices with regional fruits like granadilla, a type of passion fruit. One of the best spots to learn about Peruvian ingredients is at the nearby Mercado de Surquillo No. 1, where visitors can take in multicolored arrays of potatoes, snack at ceviche stalls, or pick up wooden kitchen utensils to bring back home. The city’s best handicraft market, the Mercado Indio, stocks handicrafts from every region of Peru.
Need to Know
Rooms: 148 rooms, 32 suites; from $128. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Diners will find straightforward international dishes and better-than-average Peruvian classics at the hotel’s Alma Cocina Viva restaurant. In the mornings the restaurant provides a breakfast buffet with regional fruits and an egg station, while lunch and evening menus focus on heartier meals like grilled alpaca orpastas. Sama Café offers coffees and lighter fare like sandwiches and salads, aimed at travelers on the go. Spa and gym details: A small fitness center has just a few machines. And while there is no spa, in-room massage services can be arranged.
Who's it for: Mid-range to upscale leisure travelers who want to take advantage of the convenient Miraflores location but don’t necessarily need ultra luxury. Our favorite rooms: The oversized Senior Suites add a separate living area, but the real highlights are the Jacuzzi tubs and dry saunas in each. Explore the area: Although the hotel restaurant isn’t half bad, many world-class restaurants lie within a five-minute taxi ride.