The Westin brand’s first foray into South America was, at least when it opened in 2011, the tallest building in all of Peru. That distinction has since been taken over by the Edificio Banco Continental (BBVA) nearby, but the glass-and-steel tower designed by Peruvian-born, Miami-based architect Bernardo Fort-Brescia stands over one of the busiest intersections in the city, and is still one of Lima’s most recognizable landmarks. While it was designed primarily to fit the needs of the growing number of high-end business travelers (the largest convention center in the city is attached to the hotel), the high-profile team, including interior designer Tony Chi, added on artfully modern touches. The striking interiors incorporate pre-Colombian motifs and gold, silver, and bronze finishes. The hotel is a hub of activity, with a full-service spa and high-end shopping, plus a lobby bar and lounges that serve as impromptu meeting spaces.
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Towering above the busy intersection of Javier Prado and the Via Expresa highway, the Westin Lima stands on the edge of San Isidro, the city’s primary financial and business district as well as one of its most posh residential neighborhoods. Nearby are the Huaca Pucllana, a 1,500-year-old adobe pyramid complex built by the Lima culture, and Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s modern Amazonian-inflected cuisine at Malabar. A short walk from the hotel is a Metropolitano mass transit station, from which visitors can zip into the city center and explore the Plaza de Armas and surrounding architecture or into the bohemian hood of Barranco without a traffic headache.
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Rooms: 301 rooms, including 31 suites; from $370. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Maras, a fine dining restaurant from Rafael Piqueras, one of Lima’s most prominent chefs, combines touches of molecular gastronomy with Peruvian ingredients in a contemporary space with a terrace and a chef’s table. The seasonal menus, including a tasting menu, might include courses like foie gras with pisco aromas and roasted mango or a squash risotto. Superfoods from the Andes and Amazon highlight the breakfast buffet at Market 770, which also offers a casual international lunch and dinner menu. At the Lobby Lounge or the pub-style In Situ Bar on the ground floor, South American wines and pisco-based cocktails are emphasized. Spa and gym details: The hotel’s 19,000-square-foot Heavenly Spa has 14 treatment areas and a range of original treatments and massages. There’s also an indoor pool. The fitness studio is open 24 hours.
Who's it for: Upscale business travelers wanting creature comforts while still staying close to their meetings, and leisure travelers who appreciate the amenities and central location. Our favorite rooms: The 926-square-foot Renewal Suites on the 21st floor are designed with relaxation in mind, a nice change of pace from Lima’s chaos. Each has a separate living area with feng shui details such as live plants and lots of woodwork. Special Privilege: The 29th-floor Club Lounge, for Executive-level rooms, offers complimentary drinks and snacks. Plus, a guest is allowed at no extra charge.