Peru boasts some of the best-known attractions in South America, including Machu Picchu and the Nasca Lines as well as Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon. The majority of hotel accommodations in Peru are small independent inns, according to Frommer's. A few international hotel chains operate here, but most of the country's hotel chains are Peruvian. Among the most prominent Peruvian chains is Casa Andina, an upscale collection of establishments offering lodging in many of Peru's top tourist areas.
Casa Andina has three hotels in the capital of Lima. The city of Lima stretches along the central coast of the Pacific Ocean, brimming with colonial architecture, museums, dance clubs and restaurants. All three Casa Andina hotels in Lima lie within the cosmopolitan district of Miraflores. The Casa Andina Private Collection-Miraflores ranks as the company's premier branch in Lima, featuring five-star comfort and a bevy of modern amenities including an indoor pool, sauna, salon, gym and high-tech business facilities. Nearby sits the Casa Andina Classic-Miraflores Centro branch. Located adjacent to the Parque Central, this hotel provides convenient access to Miraflores's vibrant Handicrafts Market. The third branch in Lima is the Casa Andina Classic-Miraflores San Antonio. This hotel offers the most basic and affordable lodging of the three, putting guests within walking distance of the oceanfront Larcomar shopping and entertainment complex.
Chincha and Nasca
Casa Andina also runs hotels in the southwestern towns of Chincha and Nasca. Chincha is known for its Afro-Peruvian culture. The Casa Andina Classic-Chincha Sausal features business facilities with Wi-Fi Internet as well as an outdoor pool and gardens. Other highlights include a terrace and an on-site restaurant. Slightly farther south lies Nasca with its famous desert etchings. The Casa Andina Classic-Nasca branch boasts an outdoor pool along with a lounge terrace and bar.
Cusco and the Sacred Valley
The highland city of Cusco serves as the gateway to the Machu Picchu ruins and the Sacred Valley. Casa Andina operates five hotels in the heart of Cusco. The Casa Andina Private Collection-Cusco ranks as the most distinguished and expensive option, occupying an 18th-century manor house. The four other Casa Andina Classic branches include Cusco San Blas, Cusco Plaza, Cusco Catedral and Cusco Koricancha. Frommer's also recommends the Casa Andina Private Collection-Valle Sagrado as one of the best hotels in the nearby Sacred Valley. Situated one hour outside of Cusco, this mountain-chalet-style hotel has a full-service spa as well as a planetarium and observatory with guided stargazing and an on-site gourmet restaurant.
Arequipa and Colca Canyon
The colonial city of Arequipa sits beneath three volcanoes in the Andes. Casa Andina has a Private Collection hotel here along with a Classic branch. The Private Collection hotel occupies an old manor house made of local white volcanic stone, while the Classic hotel offers a panoramic terrace and modern conference center. Roughly four hours outside of Arequipa looms the Colca Canyon, which is one of the deepest canyons in the world. The Casa Andina Classic-Colca provides rustic accommodations in a traditional stone hut complex. This hotel also has an observatory as well as gardens and optional expert-guided outdoor activities.
Puno and Lake Titicaca
Additionally, Casa Andina operates three hotels in the city of Puno alongside Lake Titicaca. Frommer's recommends Casa Andina Private Collection-Puno for its scenic views of the lake and its luxurious suites. This hotel features a private boat pier and train stop, making for easy access to local transportation. Casa Andina also has two Classic hotels here in the Puno Plaza branch and the Puno Tikarani branch. The plaza hotel puts guests closer to the city's main sights, while the Tikarani offers a more relaxed atmosphere. Travelers also stay at the Casa Andina Private Collection-Isla Suasi, which sits on Lake Titicaca's only private island. It takes three hours to get here by boat from Puno, but guests reap the rewards with stunning lake views and five-star comfort.
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