I have travelled to Paracas many times in the past. I could say I grew up there. The hotel has been renovated several times, and now is probably at its best I ever remember it.
We traveled during the week (not on weekend) and the place was relatively empty, which was great for spending some calm, relaxing time. There were no more than 5 people at the pool. The rooms were in excellent shape, all the staff was always smiling and ready to help with anything.
Nevertheless, we had a bad experience with the food. It's overpriced, and the quality is average at best. It's a shame, considering all the wonderful food you can find in Peru. It's more expensive and worse than many good restaurants in Lima. We ended up returning a plate because was awful. So bad there's not even a selection of local food! They should fire the chef right now and do something! or, they could easily give the restaurant to one of the local upscale chains and it would be much better. Only some of the bar food (sandwiches or pizzas) were acceptable.
The big problem with food is that, if you don't know the area or don't have a car, then you're stuck. There's a very good restaurant driving 5 minutes away (El Piloto) that you can try for lunch, they have typical Peruvian food at reasonable prices. There are many other places in the nearby town of "El Chaco" with varying quality and level, but you need to be careful with what you eat.
Finally, notice that even though it's seafront, this is not a beach resort. If you want some good beaches, your best option from here is driving to the Paracas reserve to the "La Mina" o "El Raspon" beaches, it's a 20 to 30 minute drive, half on gravel roads. You need to go early before they get crowded.
- 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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