The 25-story curved glass tower of the JW Marriott, opened in 2000 during a construction boom, may be the best-located hotel in Peru’s capital. Aside from its location across the street from Parque Salazar and the cliffside shopping and entertainment complex Larcomar (one of Lima’s biggest attractions), the hotel has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean (at least when the thick, gray sea mist known as la garua isn’t lingering). From the air, the JW Marriott is one of the city’s most recognizable buildings. It was one of the first large structures to be erected here, though many others have since joined it. Beside the hotel is the almost identical 24-story Parque Mar tower, which connects to the hotel at the base and features a small mall and a popular casino.
Despite the onslaught of other international chains in the city in recent years, the JW Marriott maintains a special foothold here and frequently brings in locals for weekend brunches. For travelers coming for just a day before hightailing it out to Cuzco, it serves as a great base for shopping or indulging in some of the city’s best restaurants, all of which can be found within a five-minute walk.
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Strategically set beside the Miraflores malecón, the leafy promenade along the top of the coastal cliffs, the JW Marriott Lima is a minute away from Larcomar—home to dozens of restaurants, including a branch of Gastón Acurio’s Peruvian bistro T’anta, and upscale shops like Kuna, an alpaca clothing outlet. For a peek inside the world of Nikkei cuisine that goes beyond the hotel’s sushi and ceviche bar, there’s the excellent Maido nearby, which offers one of Lima’s most dynamic tasting menus and is widely considered a top South American restaurant.
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Rooms: 288 rooms, 12 suites; from $199. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Looking out over the Costa Verde with dramatic ocean views, La Vista Restaurant serves international cuisine in a casual setting. Breakfast, lunch buffets, and tea times are the busiest hours of the day, though it is also open for dinner with steaks and grilled fish. The JW Sushi & Ceviche Lounge emphasizes Nikkei cuisine, the fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. Its menu features a long list of Peru’s signature ceviches and tiraditos, as well as maki rolls and arroz chaufa. Spa and gym details: The combined health club, spa, and fitness center offers a seasonal swimming pool (open from late December to March), and a variety of massages, scrubs, and complimentary fitness classes.
Who's it for: A mix of mostly North American leisure or business travelers take advantage of the hotel’s coastal setting and proximity to Miraflores amenities. Our favorite rooms: The hotel’s high-floor suites, offering small sitting areas and large windows with stunning views of the coast, also grant access to the executive lounge. Don't forget: Luxury shops like jeweler H. Stern and a casino, one of Lima’s best, are located at the base of the building.