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This picture would be enough to convince us to book a stay at the Libertador Lago Titicaca Puno in Peru without doing any further research. But it seems like we might be disappointed.
This place obviously looks amazing, and definitely has the location thing going for it. It's on Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca, you get amazing views, and it even has a private dock so you can sail off across the lake at your whim.
But it's meant to be a five-star hotel, and it's hard to find anyone who actually thinks it is. Big complaints come in about the beds--we're talking "worst things I've ever slept on" and even worse for people of above-average height. The Libertador is also looking pretty dated on the inside and in need of some modernization and upgrading.
From the outside, this might look like one of the coolest hotels you'll ever stay it. Take pictures looking at the hotel from the lake to impress your friends; then stay in the hotel with low, low expectations, and everyone'll be happy. Rates for standard twin and queen rooms start at $115 a night including breakfast--from the breakfast tables you can watch sunrise over Lake Titicaca. So it's definitely not all bad.
Yes, we subscribe to the standard world traveler's dream of wanting to visit Machu Picchu one day. But we will be sure to spend some time in the gateway town of Cusco on our way there because the La Casona Inkaterra Cusco looks like a damn nice place to stay.
Opening almost a year ago, it claims to be the first boutique hotel to hit Cusco and has just eleven suites arranged around a central courtyard. But although it's a historical building that some think was the first Spanish-built structure in Cusco, it's got all the modern touches too with heated floors and iPods. We see no shame in mixing nifty old stuff with the comforts of technology so we're all for this trend.
For a new hotel things are rolling along nicely--we looked at bookings today and the next month is booked solidly. For a patio suite next month you'd pay $600 a night, or $940 a night for the superior plaza suites. The Incas would no doubt be shocked at these prices but for most people a Peruvian vacation is a once-in-a-lifetime (maybe because you can't afford a second time).
If you want to trek to Machu Picchu, but sleep beforehand with a bit of style, take note of the new La Casona Inkaterra, opening this month. It's Cusco's first boutique hotel (with just 11 rooms), a renovation of a colonial manor house. Each suite overlooks either the hotel's courtyard (Patio Suites) or has views over the town of Cusco (Plaza Suites).
Tropical spas usually mean world-class workout facilities, intense yoga classes and steep prices. But that's not the case at Hotel & Spa Laguna Seca in Cajamarca, Peru, about a two-hour flight from Lima. The 42-room resort may not have exercise classes or meditation--in fact,guests can even smoke in the dining area--but it has enough deluxe accommodations that even the most stressed of travelers can unwind.
Guests lounge in fluffy white terry-cloth robes between unique spa treatments like Turkish bath sessions, dips in geothermal pools, and one-and-a-half-hour mud messages and mineral baths that cost a fraction of typical costs in the U.S. or Europe. (Double occupancies start at $120 a night and massages will set travelers back a mere $40.)
But guests don't need to partake in Laguna Seca's lengthy service menu to enjoy all the resort has to offer. Rooms boast beautiful views of the grounds, which include gardens, cobblestone courtyards and fountains. And each bathroom has its own huge sunken tub that's perfect for unwinding, with the same geothermal water Incas swore by for medicinal purposes. [Photo: NYT Times
An FOHC--that'd be a friend of HotelChatter--just got back from an 11-day trip through in Peru. While he didn't enjoy being trapped on a boat with retirees, cruising up the Amazon, he did have a time and a half in Lima.
He dropped this report in our tip jar after spending a couple nights in the Peruvian capital:
In a huge city like Lima, a ride from the airport is a valuable commodity. The Best Western Embajadores will send a driver to the airport for you. Nothing like coming out of customs and seeing a sign with your name on it, held by a friendly driver. Embajadores is only 5 blocks from the best shopping center in town, built into the cliffs above the beach.
Hotel E is compact, very clean and well-maintained, and features an excellent breakfast buffet, with eggs, boiled yucca, a variety of breads, and Peruvian fruit. The hotel staff were eager to practice their English on us, and did very well. Miraflores is a well-to-do section of Lima, with plenty of shops and restaurants.
From the hotel it is an easy walk to the long park built along the top of the cliff above the beach. Lots of joggers, strolling couples, and ice cream vendors on 3 wheeled bikes. For 58 dollars a night, this is a great bargain!
Just don't get your hopes up about the rooftop pool--our tipster's been in hot tubs that were bigger.
· Best Western Lima reviews [TripAdvisor]