Since my Instagram photo was used for the 2012 Toast to You Starwood Preferred Guest yearly recap, I’ve been chatting off and on with the folks at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. They graciously put me in touch with The Westin Lima who offered to host me for a night.
After three weeks at an average altitude of 3650m/12,000ft and just over five weeks away from the beach, the sight of the ocean in Lima from the plane never looked so good. Plus, we landed during a really pretty sunset. And due to my flight being delayed (but as I found out at the airport, actually cancelled), I got upgraded to first class. I was having a nice little run of birthday week good fortune!
I was quite excited for my stay at The Westin. I absolutely love Westins; the Heavenly baths, beds, classic modern luxury, and of course, the room all to myself with a giant bed. The antithesis of my hostel life! The Westin Lima is located in San Isidro, which is the financial and shopping district of Lima.
The Westin Lima E-Marketing Manager, Luis Zapater, ever so kindly put me up in a gorgeous corner room king with panoramic floor to ceiling windows overlooking Lima. It was fabulous! My favorite part of the room was the incredible bath and rain shower. I took five baths in less than 48 hours. Ha! They really were heavenly. My stepdad, Bill gave me a second night at The Westin for my birthday so I could enjoy my life in luxury for one more night. It was a great birthday present!
On Monday morning, Luis took me on a tour of the property. The Westin Lima is the largest hotel investment in Peru and was the highest building in Peru until HSBC begin contruction of the building across the street, which will be two meters higher.
The tour included a look at the conference rooms and event spaces. Since I worked in events for the last eight years prior to this trip, I really enjoyed checking out the event spaces and doing a walk thru. Don’t get me wrong, even though I really enjoyed it, I’m still in no rush to get back to ‘real’ life and working any time soon. Haha! The Westin Lima has a great set up for events. The foyer, reception area leading into the conference rooms has it’s own dedicated bar and outdoor patio area and is the perfect set up for either a conference registration area or pre-event cocktails. The meeting and conference rooms themselves can hold up to 2,000 guests and all have state-of-the-art presentation equipment.
From there we went to take a look at the spa, which is the largest urban spa in Latin America. They designed the spa symmetrically, with one side for women, the other for men and the middle for couples. I decided to treat myself (and spend some of my birthday money from family) and get the massage/facial special. I also snuck in a swim at the lap pool. Really worked out the muscles before my long bus trip to Mancora. It was fabulous!
Despite the fact that I never wanted to leave my bed (or the bath), I ventured out to explore a bit of Lima and made my way down to the Miraflores area. The Westin is about a ten minute cab ride to Miraflores, or if you’re not on a backpacker budget like me, they have a gorgeous fleet of Audi’s ready to take you wherever your heart desires. If you’re visiting Lima, do yourself a favor and head to Parque Kennedy in Miraflores and have a caramel-filled churro. You won’t be sorry. It wasn’t quite as good as my churro from Pichilemu, but still pretty darn tasty!
Overall my stay at The Westin was amazing! I’m so grateful to everyone at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Luis & Chris, especially!!). And thanks to Luis, for not only my stay at The Westin, but also setting me up with the folks at Libertador Palacio del Inka, I had three WONDERFUL nights of luxury. That Westin heavenly bed will make it very hard to go back to my hostel twin (or worse, top bunk…). I also took advantage of the large bath to do a quick laundry load of delicates. I think I might be the ONLY SPG Gold Member to have done a little light laundry in four properties around the world. Ha! It’s a statistic I would gladly take though. 🙂