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“Relax after Machu Picchu”

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Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Paracas
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

After an exhausting trip to Machu Picchu and Cusco, we took a cab 3.5 hours south to the beautiful town of Paracas. The drive down and the town itself sits in the desert which is incredibly zen and luxurious. Although we didn't go to the other hotels, this hotel seems to be the best in the town as it sits closer to the gorgeous homes than the other hotels. The hotel grounds are perfectly groomed and all of the building were quite stunning. The room itself it spacious, comfortable and had AMAZING views of the sunset. We watched the sun set over the desert every night from our balcony, very memorable.

The staff was incredibly helpful and kind. Everything we needed, they helped us with at every step. Their service stood out over many other hotels we have ever been to, domestic and abroad. The manager was always present and we felt like we were receiving constant top notch service.

We booked our Islas Ballestas tour through the tour company that is at the hotel and they were also super accommodating. Make sure you take the time for this tour, the sea lions were so interesting.

All of the food at the hotel was great, I was still a bit apprehensive about uncooked meat and salads anywhere in Peru, but their ceviche at their ceviche restaurant on their pier was delicious. They even made us box lunches for the trip home and drove us to the bus station! (for a price, of course, but very reasonable)

This town, especially this hotel, seems to attract an elite crowd from Lima which was fascinating on its own. I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel to anyone planning to come to Peru, specifically to recover from the MP hike. We took the bus (Cruz del Sur) home which was much cheaper and maybe even a better way to get there.

Room Tip: The second floor is obviously preferred, as long as you can see the ocean from your room you are all...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments, we are glad to read that you had an amazing time with us.
The property has a view of all the Paracas bay, sunsets are amazing, the beach is authentic, wildlife is intense and a lots of birds can be watched all day long.
Set for lunch at the hotel private peer ,the restaurant Chalana has a wonderful site, people can relax in front of a nice cebiche or tiradito.

We hope to see you again ,

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Bruno Giordano
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

Beautiful hotel, outstanding service, modern inviting rooms surrounded by exotic landscape. Loved their Pisco Sours by the pool. I found it very peaceful, a great place to relax.
We took the tour to "Islas Ballestas" which is well worth it
If you are going to Paracas.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear Marcela,

Thank you very much for your comments, we are delighted to read you had a great time in our property.
I will pass your comment to the employees as they will be happy to hear they did a great job.
Thank you again for sharing your experience and we hope to welcome you back.

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Bruno giordano
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

The most luxurious hotel in Paracas. The spa is to die for; get the chocolate massage. Love the trattoria have the best pizzas. The bar is excelent, enjoy your drink on the terrace for a nice view of the sea during daytime or enjoy a starry night at night. Watch out for the prices and/or $ exchange rate... Tab can get pricey quite easily!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments, we are delighted to read you had a great time in our property, you also enjoyed our Spa and Bar Lounge.

We hope to see you soon,

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Bruno giordano
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I stayed at the Hotel Paracas, a Luxury Collection Resort, for 4 night with a friend from Peru. The hotel definitely is luxurious, but quite expenses. I had the 4th night free package with breakfast. Here is my honest and unbiased review of the hotel:

Pros: beautifully landscaped, good cleaning service in the morning and at night, friendly staff, well appointed rooms and clean, awesome pool area, grand breakfast buffet with made to order eggs and coffee (get the breakfast package), great ceviche restaurant on the dock, awesome bathroom in rooms, nice terrace area with rooms, and located in walking distance of the grand metropolis of Paracas (LOL).

Cons: expensive cocktails/beer/wine/food, smell from beach area (not all the time, but I think from seaweed), tours are very expensive, hotel taxi service is double what is charged in the area (no better service), made to order eggs were just ok, restaurant service was just good not exceptional for a luxury hotel, and extra charges for wifi in rooms.

Overall this hotel is awesome as noted above, but there is room for improvement as noted above. I say this because it's a 5 star rated hotel. As far as the tour packages, I found a local taxi driver from Pisco who took us on tours at a much lower cost. The tours were not luxurious, but personal. It helps to speak a little Spanish. I would definitely recommend this hotel in the Paracas area, but just remember is beautiful, but expensive.

Enjoy!

Room Tip: Get a room away from the pool areas and restaurant, less noise.
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments, we are very pleased to read your comments, it helps us to improve our service.
As you mentioned very well it is a beautiful hotel in a beautiful surroundings, rooms are very comfortable, swimming pools are tempered at 26 degrees celcius all year long as a Starwood standard of quality.

We hope to see you again,

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Bruno Giordano
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

A phenomenal environment, especially when not crowded. Beautiful setting, great rooms. Staff helpful but communication difficult due to lack of english (or spanish from our end), Trip to islas ballesas a must and concierge very helpful. Difficult to get to - we rented a car and got stopped twice by police on way back to Lima (basic shakedown), But very expensive to take car service from Lima and bus not great option from Lima airport. But all the minor challenges are mitigated by the fact we are in a foreign country and if one wants it to be easier they can go to florida, which is far less interesting. As for the smell i found the comments mostly exagerrated. yes it is noticeable but you get used to it and i followed the advice on Trip Advisor by asking for Villas 25 and higher. Thoroughly enjoyed wandering into the little town of Paracas along the beach,,,,,,

Room Tip: Villa above 25
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments, we are glad to read you found our hotel lovely.
Ballestas islands is a must see, the wildlife is so intense and all along the year, full of surprises.
We hope to see back at our hotel,

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Bruno Giordano
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

We spent in February a short Weekend with friends at the Hotel Paracas.

Complex is beautiful and cultivated, architect and landscape gardener did a great job;
Absolutely annoying is - luckily not permanently - a sickening smell from the ocean or a nearby fishfactory. Our rooms were located at the western part of the compound, where the wind transported the aroma directly into our rooms, where it persisted for a longer time-period than outside.
The rooms overall were gorgeous as well as the bathrooms, clean and with nice details.

Majority of staff was attentive and friendly.

The main building houses to restaurants, a peruvian named Ballestas and a Trattoria.
Both highly priced is the value for money of the Ballestas barely fine.
Out of the world is the charging for simple pizza and pasta at the Trattoria.
As well room for improvement leaves the service of the drinks. I ordered a glass of wine - forgotten; in exchange we got a not ordered Inka-Cola and were charged for it. And why can´t the first round of drinks come simultaneously?

Regarding hygiene: Family pool is as well a meeting point for lots of seagulls and as a result you find their "legacies" on the bottom. A hotel of this standard should take more care about it to avoid these conventions. There could be a risk specially for kids.

It could be annoying, if you want to sleep before midnight and people use the public seating accommodation on top of your bungalow.

And their seem to run out of money, because I was charged with 1 complete Nuevo Soles while paying at the end with another credit-card than the one I gave to the receptionist for guarantee reasons when we checked in.

All in all a hotel with potential, but way to go to be a perfect five star resort.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded March 22, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments, it helps us to improve our service and care for guests.
We are a hotel at a National Reserve and cannot change the course of local wild life activity.
The receptionist need a credit card at check in for guarantee purpose and the procedure to do so is to charge one nuevo soles ( Visa and Mastercard Procedure), if you pay with another credit card the first guarantee is not charged at all, not even the one nuevo soles.

We wish to see you soon,

Regards,

Bruno Giordano
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

We ended our Peruvian holiday with a few nights at Hotel Paracas. We were there off season (March) which was perfect. The weather was warm and dry and the hotel was not overcrowded. We had an ocean front suite (101) which was a beautiful 2-room suite (Master, 2 Bath, living room with pull out sofa) that opened up right onto the second swimming pool. It was perfect to be able to watch our son swim and play from the comfort of our suite. At the main pool, we rented cabanas which were comped more than we were charged (reasonably priced at $25/weekday and $50/weekend day). The hotel is luxurious without being overly formal, stuffy, or trying too hard. It's simple, casual elegance where staff are friendly and things are easy. Staff is incredibly well trained and wants to make your holiday spectacular. All equipment for water activities are offered at no additional charge (kayaks, paddle boards, catamarans) and there is a roomful of pool toys for kids to keep them occupied. Just be careful in the water as the shore is full of LARGE jelly fish.

We did two tours through the hotel tour coordinator - a champagne tasting yacht tour and a family tour to the Ballestas Islands. Both were incredible. The Ballestas tour was very reasonably priced (less than $30pp) and was an experience we will remember for a lifetime. We saw thousands of sea lions (honestly), almost a million birds, including penguins and sailed by the candelabra geoglyphe, thought to be dated as early as 200 BC. If you happen to be in Paracas, do not miss this tour. It was a highlight of our trip. For the yacht tour, we decided to put our son in the kids club (complimentary) while we yachted the bay at sunset with wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres including ceviche, scallops and tuna tartar. We were lucky to have no other passengers (a benefit of being there during the low season). The restaurants at the hotel were pleasant; the seldom frequented Italian restaurant was the star with pizza crust so thin it melted in your mouth and pastas so flavorful that they stood up to the strong cab we ordered. The wine list was also very strong. If you typically order breakfast, I suggest you opt for the buffet which includes both the interior buffet as well as made-to-order dishes such as omelets and pancakes. By the time you pay for coffee, juice and eggs, you are better off with the all-you-can-eat. The only recommendation is to improve the towels by the pool as they are on the small side.

We had a very difficult time leaving this hotel as we would have loved to stay. The only challenge is getting there (3-4 hour drive from Lima) but I hear that Pisco is planning to build an international airport. If they do, we will be back sooner than expected.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Bruno G, Gerente at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2014

Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your comments, we are delighted to read you had a great time in our property, you also enjoyed Ballestas islands and the yacht tour.
We are focused to make guest experience amazing and unforgettable,we plan to create new experiences for your next visit.

We will be very happy to see you back,

Regards,

Bruno giordano
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Address: Av. Paracas S/N, Paracas 11550, Peru
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Location: Peru > Ica Region > Paracas
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Paracas
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Price Range: $179 - $684 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas 5*
Number of rooms: 120
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Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort, Paracas is a part of Starwood Hotel and Resort's collection of outstanding luxury resorts. Guests staying at our high-end beach resort in Paracas, Peru enjoy a fantastic location overlooking Paracas Bay and near Paracas History Museum. ... more   less 
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