- Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima: Resurrected from Lima's first and fondly remembered, but long abandoned, five-star hotel, this well-located Miraflores property has taken on new life and is now one of the top places to stay both for business and leisure travelers. Rooms are smart, and amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, excellent restaurant, and cool little traveler's cafe.
- Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima: The top business traveler's hotel in Lima, this oasis of refinement and luxury is still small enough to cater to your every whim. The Park Hotel is the height of style, with handsome, spacious rooms; huge bathrooms; and an elegant restaurant and bar. There's a small pool and a gym with sauna on the top floor, overlooking the malecón, parks, and the coastline.
- Country Club Lima Hotel, Lima: A revived, supremely elegant hacienda-style hotel from the 1920s, this grand estate is full of antiques and has plenty of character, but it remains a relaxed place that's good for families. Given its high standards, it's not a bad deal, either. At this excellent retreat from the stress of modern Lima, the country club aspect isn't neglected: Golf and tennis are both available.
- La Casona, Cusco: This extraordinary boutique hotel has just 11 rooms but is one of the most luxurious places in Peru. Right on pretty Plazoleta Nazarenas, it inhabits a beautiful old colonial house and is teeming with art and antiques; the rooms built around the courtyard, as well as the sumptuous bathrooms, are jaw-droppingly immense.
- Hotel Monasterio, Cusco: Extraordinarily carved out of a 16th-century monastery, itself built over the foundations of an Inca palace, this Belmond hotel is the most dignified and historic place to stay in Peru. With its own gilded chapel and 18th-century Cusco School art collection, it's an attraction in its own right. Rooms are gracefully decorated with colonial touches, particularly the rooms off the serene first courtyard.
- Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Huayllabamba: The Sacred Valley has been trending upscale for a few years, but this luxury retreat takes it to a whole other level. It is, simply, one of the most sybaritic places to stay in Peru. The country estate is a small village built around a colonial hacienda, with a surfeit of services, including one of the finest spas in the country.
- Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes: It's not next to the ruins, but this rustic hotel, a compound of bungalows ensconced in lush tropical gardens and cloud forest, is full of character and by far the nicest place in Aguas Calientes. With loads of nature trails and guided activities, it's a superb retreat for naturalists. And after a day at Machu Picchu, the spring-fed pool is a great alternative to the thermal baths in town. Junior suites, with fireplaces and small terraces, are the most coveted rooms.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.