Smack in the center of Miraflores, the Crowne Plaza opened in 2007, adding a floor to the building as it transitioned from a Holiday Inn Select to meet the growing needs of business travelers arriving in Lima. It underwent a major renovation in 2013, adding Italian marble everywhere it could in a move to keep it on par with newer competition. It’s an oasis of calm, tranquility, and comfort in an otherwise chaotic city, and the contemporary design is meant to bring a touch of home for the mostly international travelers who stay here. A three-level glass atrium in the lobby anchors the property, which rises 15 floors above one of the most active areas of Lima’s liveliest neighborhoods.
With executive floors, a business center, and meeting rooms, business travelers are likely to make good use of the amenities here. An indoor pool, plus a Jacuzzi and sauna, will appease guests who come to South America to get away.
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Set just off busy Avenida Jose Larco, the Crowne Plaza is conveniently located between two of the most recognizable landmarks in the Miraflores commercial district: the Larcomar shopping center and Parque Kennedy. For lunch, taxi over to Gastón Acurios’ Cebicheria La Mar, where every fish on the menu can be traced back to the fisherman who caught it, or try Amaz, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s contemporary Amazonian restaurant. For a nightcap, swing by La Emolienteria, a cocktail bar that mixes the traditional plant-infused drinks usually prepared in street carts with pisco.
Need to Know
Rooms: 96 rooms, 29 suites; from $291. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s main eatery, Restaurante Sinfonía, is aimed primarily at hotel guests coming for standard breakfast and lunch buffets with a mix of Peruvian and international dishes. An à la carte dinner menu has some style to it, with dishes like ceviche appetizers served in martini glasses or causas with grilled octopus. At the Opera Bar, where you can have a free pisco sour upon check-in, there’s a popular after-work happy hour and occasionally open bars. Spa and gym details:No on-site spa, though in-room massage services are available. The fitness center is open 24 hours and has a mix of machines and a weight station.
Who's it for: Upscale business and leisure travelers looking to be in the center of Lima. Our favorite rooms: Just one category down from a suite, the King Deluxe rooms feature a living room with a minibar and comfortable couch facing a flat-screen TV that will make you feel like home. Get pampered: There’s no formal spa desk, but you can make an appointment for a variety of massages from between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. through the concierge.