Lima is having a moment. Traditionally seen as a mere stepping stone to Machu Picchu, travelers are beginning to realize that Peru's capital is an incredible place in its own right. People now come for the food, the culture, the waves—and with family tourism exploding throughout South America, there's never been a better time to bring along the whole brood.
Many hotels in the city now accommodate entire families, and they have the services and amenities to prove it. Add that to Peru's family-oriented culture, and you can be sure that your entire group will be warmly welcomed when you arrive.
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Belmond Miraflores Park
This Belmond Miraflores Park sits in a strategic location overlooking the water in Lima's fashionable Miraflores neighborhood. Not only do many of the rooms offer stunning ocean views over the bluffs, but the hotel is walking distance from the Larcomar shopping mall. The rooms are spacious and elegant, and you can choose adjoining rooms if more space is needed. If those aren't available you can request cribs and rollaway beds to be brought up. There's a slick rooftop pool that is open to children, and there is also a bar, tearoom and a fusion restaurant for adults.
Av. Malecón de la Reserva 1035, Miraflores
This 11-story, 155-room Casa Andina also enjoys an ideal location in Miraflores. Walk out the door and you're only a few minutes from Parque Kennedy, where the kids can run around and play. And if you decide to stay in, that's no problem, either—many of the standard rooms offer an abundance of space. There's even an indoor heated pool to enjoy on those days when it's drizzly and grey outside. There's a cafe on the ground floor that serves quick snacks and fruits, and the hotel offers a solid breakfast buffet. One drawback is that they don't offer babysitting services, but they do have cribs. The Andina has a number of sister properties throughout the country, so you can book your excursions to Cusco and Arequipa right here.
Calle Schell 452, Miraflores, Lima
Country Club Lima Hotel
Those families interested in luxury digs can't do any worse than the Country Club Lima Hotel. Located in San Isidro, the bustling financial center of the city, this option is pure elegance. Adults can enjoy the 300 pieces of viceregal art (donated by the Pedro de Osma Museum), which are on display throughout the hotel. There's also a fitness center and spa offering acupuncture, shiatsu, and stone therapy. For the kids there's a small outdoor pool they're sure to love, and high chairs are available in Perroquet, the hotel's posh Peruvian/international fusion restaurant that can whip up a kid-friendly meal. And cribs can be requested in any room.
Calle Los Eucaliptos 590, San Isidro, Lima
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El Pardo DoubleTree by Hilton
One of two Hilton properties on this list, the El Pardo DoubleTree is another Miraflores option that offers four-star service in modern surroundings. Standard rooms feature one king or queen bed (or two double beds) and cribs are available upon request. The rooms offer plenty of space and feature modern amenities like flatscreen TVs. To mitigate noise, all the windows are soundproof, and the hotel also features an indoor rooftop swimming pool.
Jr. Independencia 141 Miraflores, Lima
Hotel Antigua Miraflores
The Antigua is another option in the Miraflores neighborhood. Smaller and without the benefit of a pool, it's a good option for parents on a budget. Its homey feel (think of it as a larger B&B) offers an intimacy not found in some of the bigger options on this list. The rooms are large, which is perfect for families, and they mix traditional design (hardwood floors, armoirs, etc.) with modern amenities and bathroom fixtures. There's a lovely rose garden in front, a garden area for the kids to play in out back, and Parque Kennedy is a short walk away.
Av Grau 350, Cercado de Lima
The Hilton Lima is relatively new (it debuted in 2012), and is ideally located in Miraflores. Its central location also makes venturing out into the city on foot both easy and safe. The hotel features a couple rooftop jacuzzis as well as an infinity pool which seems to cascade 11 stories down to the street. As for the guest rooms, they feature elegant furnishings, marble bathrooms, and modern amenities like satellite TV. Many come with two beds, there's babysitting on offer, and the icing on the cake is the buffet breakfast—delivered right to your door.
Address: Av. La Paz 1099, Miraflores, Lima
Sonesta Hotel El Oliver
The 134-room El Oliver is also located in the San Isidro neighborhood. It ranks high on the list of family-friendly hotels for a few reasons, namely because several rooms come with two beds. There are also options for connecting rooms. And if that's not enough, guests can bring in rollaway beds and cribs. The suites come with microwaves for preparing snacks, and not only does the business center offer free coffee for adults, but there are complimentary cookies. The El Oliver features two restaurants and an outdoor pool the kids are sure to love.
Pancho Fierro 194, San Isidro, Lima
Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
We all know how hard it is to wrangle kids, and that difficulty is only compounded when on vacation. That's one reason the Westin Lima, located in the San Isidro neighborhood, makes this list. The hotel can help book many excursions in Peru. Moreover, they have sister properties in and around Cusco, including the Tambo del Inka, a resort/spa with its own train station serving Machu Picchu.
As for the Westin Lima, this highrise boasts 301 tastefully designed, modern rooms. The standard deluxe options feature upscale conveniences like flatscreen TVs, and many come with two queen beds. You can also request a crib, and the hotel provides babysitting services. This option is on the pricier side, but you're paying for top-drawer features like a cobalt-blue swimming pool, two gourmet restaurants, a luxury spa perfect for mom and dad, and a plentiful breakfast buffet.
Calle Las Begonias 450, San Isidro, Lima