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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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