Peru’s capital, while not the most appealing of cities, does offer stately colonial architecture, fascinating museums of Peru’s empirical; history and world-class dining.
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Country Club Lima Hotel
Lima, Lima Region, Peru|www.countryclublimahotel.com|
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Standing majestically in one of Lima’s more opulent neighbourhoods, this Mediterranean-style, grand Twenties town house channels all the pomp and circumstance of the Spanish viceroyalty.
There are wood-beamed ceilings, authentic colonial-era paintings and a demure wood-lined bar that’s been stirring up masterful pisco sour cocktails for decades. The airy patio restaurant, Perroquet, serves excellent ceviche.
The hotel’s central location – between Lima’s historic downtown and the dining hotspots of Miraflores – makes it convenient too. Guests can also enjoy special rates at San Isidro’s private 18-hole Lima Golf Club.
Located on the northern edge of Lima Golf, the city’s most exclusive private golf club, the hotel is in a smart residential area studded with Modernist homes, foreign embassies and even a pre-Columbian pyramid (the Huaca Huallamarca, which dates back to AD 200).
A 10-minute stroll to the east leads to busy avenues lined with bookstores, design shops, cafés and restaurants. Trendy Barranco and Miraflores are 15-minutes’ drive away.
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A land of spectacular deserts, high mountains and rainforests that teem with wildlife, Peru is also home to an array of dramatically situated pre-Colombian ruins, including Machu Picchu.