Executive Suite Ocean View, Miraflores Park, Lima, Peru.
Photo: Genivs Loci.
It is most certainly 5 stars...
Miraflores Park Hotel... wonderful,
very large room, beautiful ocean view (and, yes, we saw it everyday
very clearly), plenty of space for your clothes, lots of reading
light and a large bathroom with a great tub and large shower.
Plenty of thick towels, and linens seemed fine. Breakfast is
on the top floor, and when the elevator opens up you see a gorgeous
swimming pool, ocean and sky... breakfast was good, they will
make you whatever you want in addition to the buffet... The service
in the hotel is A+. They couldn't have been more accommodating...
especially on our return July 23/24. We drove them crazy with
our flight changes and they more than handled everything with
kindness and competency... they even opened the business center
at 3 am to help us out... Box dinner for plane delicious chicken
sandwich... only had lunch in the Poissonniere Restaurant, and
we barely ate due to the change in flight, but what we did eat
was very, very good and the service perfect, lovely maitre d'
who recommended his favorites... just delightful... as you can
tell, it is most certainly 5 stars.
-- Janet &
Miraflores Park ***** by Orient-Express
Av. Malecón de la Reserva 1035, Miraflores,
Lima 18, Peru
Tel: +511 610 4000, Fax:
+511 242 3393
De Luxe is a De Luxe Suite with Ocean View;
Imperial is a Junior Suite with Ocean View
Rooftop pool, Miraflores Park, Lima, Peru.
Photo: Genivs Loci.
Frommer's Review: "The exceedingly elegant Miraflores Park Hotel bathes business executives and upscale tourists in unsurpassed luxury. It hugs the malecón, the park-lined avenue that traces the Lima coastline. From the cozy, library-like lobby and handsome restaurant to the tastefully appointed, plush rooms (including marble and granite bathrooms most New Yorkers would give their left arms to have), the hotel is a distinguished address from head to foot. All rooms are suites with comfortable king-size beds and sitting areas. Many rooms have ocean views -- at least for the few days of the year when you can see the coast in Lima."
Rio Sagrado, Sacred Valley, Peru.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Orient-Express Acquires Hotel in Peru's Sacred Valley
-- Orient-Express press release, 31 December 2009
The 21 suite hotel, which opened in April 2009, is a rustic two storey property set in beautiful gardens overlooking the Urubamba River. With an imposing mountain backdrop, Hotel Rio Sagrado is three kilometres from the town of Urubamba and fifteen minutes from Ollantaytambo, home to an important Inca village and fortress, as well as the main PeruRail station stop en route to Machu Picchu. The hotel has 11 deluxe and ten junior suites plus two 250m² villas, constructed from natural stone and woods such as eucalyptus and cedar, with marble and onyx bathrooms and flagstone terraces. Its 230m² spa has a large treatment room with views of the mighty Urubamba, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and a sauna...
Rio Sagrado ***** by Orient-Express
Km. 76, Carretera Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley,
Telefax: +51 84 201-631
De Luxe is a De Luxe Room with River View; Imperial is a Junior Suite with River View
Spa Mayu Wilka
Review: Rio Sagrado is new and has not yet been reviewed.
Mountain View Room with Terrace, Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru.
Photo: Genivs Loci.
We loved everything about the Sanctuary Lodge...
We loved everything about the Sanctuary
Lodge. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the showers were
perfect and the food was excellent. It was worth every penny.
-- Joan Huffer
& Robert Dugger
Sanctuary Lodge **** by Orient-Express
Machu Picchu, Peru
Tel: +51 84 21 1039 / 21 1038, Fax: +51 84 21
De Luxe is a De Luxe Mountain View Room;
Imperial is a Presidential Suite
Frommer's Review: "Back in the 1970s, the Peruvian government built a temporary hotel on the top of the mountain just steps from the entry to Machu Picchu as a way to show off the ruins to international movers and shakers. As the ruins grew in popularity as a destination, the hotel was rewarded with a begrudged permanence. Today the hotel stands as the only major alteration to the ruins' isolated setting, but as hotels go, it is pretty sensitively inserted into the hill and is not visible from the ruins themselves. Formerly a rather plain but overpriced modern hotel, the rustic inn was taken over by Orient-Express Hotels (which also manages the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco) and transformed into a very pricey luxury lodge, now with a full meal plan program for guests. Without question, it has one of the most dramatic and unique settings in the world, and, as the only hotel perched right next to the ruins, it can pretty much charge what it wants (and does). Guests need very deep pockets to stay here; despite the cost, the hotel remains in high demand most of the year, so advance reservations are absolutely essential. Rooms are not especially large, but they now have a good deal of Peruvian character, with some lovely modern furnishings, and most have small terraces that open to lovely gardens with impressive views of the ruins and the surrounding Andes."
Junior Suite, Monasterio,
Photo: Genivs Loci.
I thought the Hotel Monasterio was wonderful and would not have wanted to stay anywhere else.
Monasterio *****by Orient-Express
Calle Palacios 136, Plazoleta Nazarenas, Cuzco,
Tel: +51 84
24 1777, Fax: +51 84 23 7111
De Luxe is a De Luxe Room; Imperial
is a Junior Suite or a Patio Suite in La Casona
Frommer's Review: "Peru's most extraordinary place to stay, this beautiful hotel occupies the San Antonio Abad monastery, constructed in 1592 on the foundations of an Inca palace. An Orient-Express and Leading Small Hotels of the World property, the Hotel Monasterio -- converted into a hotel in 1995 -- exudes grace and luxury. As much a museum as a hotel, it has its own opulent gilded chapel and 18th-century Escuela Cusqueña art collection. Located on quiet Las Nazarenas square between the bohemian San Blas district and the main square, the hotel makes fine use of several courtyards with stone arches; one is set up for lunch outdoors, about as beautiful a setting as is to be found in Cusco. Rooms are impeccably decorated in both colonial and modern styles, with large Cusqueña School paintings; the accommodations off the first courtyard are more traditionally designed and feel more authentic. For a special treat, consider one of the two-story junior suites. One restaurant, Tupay, is housed in the original vaulted refectory of the monastery; early risers, many on their way to Machu Picchu, can enjoy a terrific breakfast buffet as they're serenaded by Gregorian chants. The elegant dinner restaurant Illary is the finest in Cusco."
Photo: Genivs Loci.
Its earlier life may have been one of strict religious observance --
but a stay in the Palacio Nazrenas will be anything but austere...
Palacio Nazarenas *****by Orient-Express
Plaza Nazarenas 144, Cuzco, Peru
Tel: +511 610 8300
is a Junior Suite
Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco's main square, this former palace and convent is emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cuzco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city's first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests (or their private butler) can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.
La Casona, Cuzco, Peru.
Casona ***** A Relais & Chateaux property
Plaza Las Nazarenas 113, Cuzco, Peru
Tel: +51 84 23 4010, Fax: +51 84 23
Imperial is a Patio Suite
Condé Nast Traveller: "This sprightly newcomer might well steal the spotlight from the Hotel Monasterio, long the top luxury option in Macchu Picchu's gateway town. Cusco's architectural heritage of Incan stone walls topped with colonial white stucco is echoed in this sixteenth-century building on a square steps from the main plaza. With just 11 suites, La Casona has the intimacy of a private home, and the building's colonial charms come with smart modern touches such as iPod speakers. Inside, a grassy courtyard is surrounded by rooms on two levels. Owners Denise and Joe Koechlin have fussed over every antique- and craft-strewn square foot of the place, and exquisite pillars, retablos, and benches have been sourced from all over Peru. The excellent restaurant -- don't leave without trying the quinoa pancakes -- offers a good deal of Andean hospitality."
Titilaka, Puno, Peru.
Andean Experience Co..
A 6-star rating...
You asked me to "rate" Titilaka. By
vote, the favorite of the entire family. Accommodations, views,
meals, professional staff, all a 6-star rating. The decor is
a fusion of crafts, antiques and modern art. Absolutely unbelievable.
Each staff member acted and talked as if it was his or her hotel,
taking ownership and pride, responsibility and guest comfort
to a new level. The experience was relaxed elegance at its finest.
I wouldn't book another guest at any other hotel near the lake.
-- Toby, Michael,
Christina & Elizabeth Pearson
Titilaka ***** A Relais & Chateaux property
Titilaka, Puno, Peru
Tel: +511 700 5111, Telefax: +511 700 5112
De Luxe is a Dawn Suite; Imperial
is a Dusk Suite
Condé Nast Traveller UK: "This astonishing new hotel stands on the south-western shores of Lake Titicaca, cutting a crisp silhouette of sharp corners, with stark colours and daunting brick walls. But slip inside and everything bursts into life, with the bright stripes of hand-woven textiles, shabby-chic colonial antiques and roaring fires. All 18 rooms have big-sky views of the lake and snowy peaks beyond. Kayaking, mountain-biking and swimming are on offer, but best of all is a visit to timeless Taquile island, where residents still rely on farming and weaving. After a brisk day out, the hotel is extremely welcoming (there are even gulps of oxygen for anyone needing a boost). Meals are home-grown: quinoa chowder, alpaca brochettes and native-potato croquettes stuffed with Andean cheese. An indoor pool and spa will open later this year, providing indigenous treatments using Titicaca sand, aloe and coca."
Imperial Suite, Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru.
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa was outstanding... like a smaller Four Seasons,
but with the same sort of service and wonderful food.
-- Sandra Shepard, Esq.
Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa *****
Ugarte 403, Arequipa, Peru
Tel: +51 54 226-907; Fax: +51 54 226-908
De Luxe and Imperial is the Imperial Suite
Frommer's Review: "Inaugurated in March 2008, this upscale midsize
hotel, in one of Arequipa's emblematic colonial buildings, the
storied Mint House -- a national historic monument -- is a terrific
new addition to the city's few true luxury options. Just 3 blocks
from the Plaza de Armas, around the corner from the Santa Catalina
convent, it's ideally located. It features beautiful sillar walls, two lovely interior courtyards, an elegant gourmet
restaurant, and even a small on-site museum depicting the minting
of old coins. Accommodations in the modern wing are elegantly
understated and spacious, with nice bathrooms, while the sprawling
suites in the historic main house are downright sumptuous. Intimate,
with a boutique feel but all the services of a larger luxury
hotel, and prices that, while not inexpensive, seem merited,
it has immediately become Arequipa's top place to stay, and one
of the finest hotels in Peru."
Las Casitas del
Colca, Colca Valley, Peru.
Photo: Genivs Loci.
Las Casitas del Colca *****
Parque Curiña s/n, Yanque, Arequipa,
Tel: +51 1 610 8300, Fax: +51 1 242
De Luxe and Imperial is an Individual Casita
Suite, Las Casitas del
Colca, Colca Valley, Peru.
Photo: Genivs Loci.
Frommer's Review: "Las Casitas del Colca, part of the upscale Orient-Express chain that owns the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco and Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, is easily the most exclusive inn in the valley. Now all-inclusive and the height of country luxury, it has undergone a stunning transformation in recent years. Its extraordinary new casitas, or individual thatched-roof bungalows, opened in early 2008. Elegantly decorated and nestled about the property, the 20 casitas have private terraces and plunge pools. Also new for 2008 are a handsome spa and free-form swimming pool. The entire operation oozes rustic charm, sophistication, and intimacy. It's the kind of place where César, the general manager, greets you at the door and addresses you by name, and where you'll find your bed turned down at night with strategically placed hot-water bottles and candles blazing. Perched on the lip of the canyon, the ecolodge features solar energy and electricity, a breakfast terrace with gorgeous valley views of extensive gardens, terraced fields, and the river. The kitchen turns out wonderfully fresh dinner and excellent breakfasts using ingredients from the garden, and the lodge also offers horseback riding."
Hotel Paracas, Paracas, Peru.
Photo: Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas.
Hotel Paracas ***** A Luxury Collection Resort by Starwood
Av. Paracas S/N, Ica, Peru
Tel: +51 56 58 1333 Fax: +51 56 58 1778
De Luxe is a Solarium Suite with Ocean View; Imperial
is a Plunge Pool Suite with Ocean View
El Spa de Paracas
Frommer's Review: "The only hotel that lives up to the official billing of a resort within the nature reserve, this is a large Mediterranean-style hotel on the bay and one of the best places to stay in the region. Airy and beachy, it has great views of the water. Rooms, furnished with bamboo appointments, have either bay or garden views, and all have small terraces."
Libertador Trujillo, Trujillo, Peru.
Photo: Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas.
Libertador Trujillo ****
Jr. Independencia 485, Plaza de Armas,
Tel: +51 44 23 2741 / 24 4999, Fax:
+51 44 23 5641
De Luxe is a Junior Suite and Imperial is a Suite
Frommer's Review: "The top place to stay in Trujillo, and not a bad value given its superb location and amenities, is right on the Plaza de Armas, in a beautiful salmon-colored colonial mansion with a courtyard patio and a nice pool with palm trees and lots of vegetation. The place has a fair amount of colonial elegance and flavor. Rooms are not spectacularly luxurious, but they are certainly comfortable and well outfitted with somewhat dated furnishings. Rooms on the interior are quieter and have views of the pool. Other rooms look out onto the busy but pretty plaza, and some have small balconies that are perfect for people-watching (but be prepared for the trade-off: street noise until late)."
Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador.
Photo: Casa Gangotena.
By far the city’s most dignified property...
-- Travel+Leisure, It List: The Best New Hotels 2012, June 2012
Casa Gangotena *****
Bolivar Oe6-41 y Cuenca, Quito, Ecuador
Tel: (593 2) 400 8000
De Luxe and Imperial is a Plaza View Room
Travel+Leisure Review: "We’d like to think that if sisters Mimi and Gloria Gangotena, the former residents of this mansion on Quito’s Plaza San Francisco, returned to their grand, early-20th-century manse, they’d feel as if their house had been reborn. The property’s 31 bedrooms, with 12-foot ceilings embellished with Art Nouveau molded tiles and decorative plasterwork friezes, have been painstakingly restored. Now they have beds topped by goose-feather duvets, and all have exquisite Statuarietto marble bathrooms (the 1926 residence had just one)."
An upgrade is available to a Suite.
Entrance to the Hacienda
La Carriona, Sangolqui, Ecuador.
Photo: Hacienda La Carriona.
La Carriona ****
Vía Sangolqui, Amaguaña
Km. 2.5, Sangolqui, Ecuador
Tel: +593-2 233-2004 / 233-1974,
Fax: +593-2 233-2005
De Luxe and Imperial is a Suite
Frommer's Review: "This is one of the closest hacienda options to Quito. The rooms in this over-200-year-old farm vary widely; most have high ceilings, painted brick walls, and exposed beam ceilings. I like nos. 1 through 8, which are in the oldest part of the hacienda and have Persian rugs and antique beds and furniture. The best room in the house is no. 36, a large suite with a big stone fireplace. It opens onto to a small garden area in back. The hotel has a small outdoor pool, pretty gardens, and Wi-Fi in the public areas. There's even a small bullring, where nonfatal bullfights are sometimes held."
Frederic Edwin Church,
Cotopaxi, 1855, oil on canvas, 28 x 42 inches.
Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum.
San Agustin de Callo *****
Panamericana Sur, Km. 77, Lasso, Cotopaxi,
San Agustin telefax: 593-3 719-160
/ 719-510, Quito telefax: +593-2 290-6157
De Luxe is the Las Gordas Room; Imperial
is the Mulalo Suite or the Inca Tambo Suite, all in the Inca
palace, subject to availability.
Frommer's Review: "Built inside the remains of an old Augustine monastery -- which was itself built on top of an ancient Inca temple and residence -- this is one of the most unique hotels in Ecuador. Accommodations here are large and beautifully appointed, and most units have hand-painted murals. My favorite rooms are those that still have exposed Inca stone walls, but every room has something going for it, including the brand-new units, which have Jacuzzi tubs and great views of Cotopaxi from large picture windows. Most rooms contain working fireplaces, some of which are impressive constructions. I like "Las Gordas," which has a huge bay window above a queen bed, a claw-foot tub, and a playful mural of the full-figured women for whom the room is named. The lounge area features an original portrait of the owner, Mignon Plaza, painted by Oswaldo Guayasamín. The main dining room is built inside a classic Inca structure, with trapezoidal window niches and a more modern large window overlooking the garden and perfectly framing the volcano. Meals are excellent, and many of the fruits and vegetables are grown right here."
Courtyard of the Hacienda
Photo: Hacienda Zuleta.
Angochagua, Provincia Imbabura, Ecuador
Tel: +593-6 2662 182
Republica del Salvador 780 y Portugal,
8th floor, Office 8C, Quito, Ecuador
Tel: +593-2 2262-580, Fax: +593-2
De Luxe and Imperial is a Colonial Room
Frommer's Review: "This elegant old hacienda belonged to the former president and diplomat Galo Plaza. The massive plaza at the still-working farm is quite impressive. The remodeled rooms are spread throughout the old building and are quite comfortable -- most have a working fireplace or woodstove, which comes in handy in this high-mountain climate. Many units face an open-air courtyard or small garden. The majority of rooms carry the name of a prominent family member. "Galo," which is located in the oldest part of the hacienda, is a large room with a high-peaked ceiling featuring exposed beams that date back to 1691; there's a claw-foot bathtub in the bathroom. Be sure to ask to visit Galo Plaza's library, an impressive two-story room containing historic memorabilia, a massive book and art collection, and a portrait of the former president painted by Guayasamín. The farm here produces excellent cheeses, and the local community produces renowned embroidery works. First-rate meals are served family-style in the main old dining room. Horseback riding is taken seriously here -- their horses are well trained and beautiful, and a wide range of tours are available. The hotel oversees a condor recovery project, where injured condors are cared for, and where wild condors often visit."
Thermal pool, Termas
de Papallacta Spa & Resort, Papallacta, Ecuador.
de Papallacta Spa & Resort.
de Papallacta Spa & Resort
Km. 67, Vía Quito - Baeza, Papallacta,
Tel: (593-6) 2320-622 / 2320-620
/ 2320-621, Fax: (593-2) 2549-794
De Luxe and Imperial is a Double
Frommer's Review: "I highly recommend the Termas de Papallacta. They have exceptional pool and spa facilities, a hotel, and a restaurant. Take in the breathtaking views of the hilly landscape and, on a cloudless day, the majestic snowcapped Volcán Antisana. This complex houses various thermal pools ranging from frost-bitingly freezing to utterly scorching, all well-maintained and with water changed on a daily basis. You can opt to enter either the balneario or the spa area, which is generally less crowded and also has a sauna, steam room, and hydro-massage pools. In addition, the spa area offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials, clay body wraps, and aromatherapy. Lodging at Termas de Papallacta is an excellent option. The rustic rooms and cabins are spacious and comfy, with minimalist decor; large, cozy beds; and modern, well-equipped en-suite bathrooms. The real advantage of spending the night here is that rooms are surrounded by scores of hot pools for the exclusive, around-the-clock use of hotel guests. And the tasty buffet breakfast is an ideal way to begin an oh-so-tiring day of lounging around the baths. Papallacta's surrounding areas are great for hikes and nature walks."
Luxury Safari Tent, Galapagos Safari Camp, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Galapagos Safari Camp.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The perfect landlubbing bookend at the beginning or end of a cruise...
On the islands that put Charles Darwin on the evolutionary trail, one thing didn't evolve - travellers' bedrooms. The Galapagos had boats to visit the blue-footed boobies, but the budget boobies you found to stay in on shore were enough to turn you green at the gills. So this place is a one-off: a dashing cockscomb of comfort and style atop a 400-metre ridge in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the Galapagos's second-biggest island. The views are pure IMAX. It's built out of passion. Michael and Stephanie Mesdag fell in love with each other, then with the ridge and finally the idea of the camp. So it's hair-brained and wonderful. Nine voluminous tents have floors of cedar and basins of stone, and the front door of the glass-fronted main lodge was salvaged from an Indian temple. From Bali came a five-metre, solid teak table; it took 25 men to lift it - mad. With hilly activities by day and a log fire at night, this is the perfect landlubbing bookend at the beginning or end of a cruise. In autumn, as the camp gets enveloped in mist, be careful not to trip over the meandering tortoises.
-- Tatler, Travel Guide 2010, Starring the 101 best hotels in the world
Galapagos Safari Camp
Finca Palo Santo, Santa Rosa-El Chato Road, Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador
Tel: +(593) 9371-7552, Fax: None
De Luxe and Imperial is a Luxury Safari Tent
The Independent: "From the landing stage on Santa Cruz, I was driven into the interior by Raúl, who works at the Galápagos Safari Camp, a newly opened lodge up in the highlands. Everything started small on our journey; the red soil was spattered with tangles of bleached-white wood, cactus plants and bright green grass. My first close encounter was with a cricket, then a bright yellow butterfly and a flock of finches (the birds so tame that Raúl had to beep his horn to get them to fly out of our way). But as we climbed into the hills, the vegetation grew in height, rising lusher and larger with every metre of elevation. The Galápagos Safari Camp lies at the end of a dirt track: the last farm before the national park begins. The view from the sleek, modern curve of the newly constructed main building is astounding: a broad sweep of the coast, pricked with conical hills, with the neighbouring islands looming beyond the coast in sharply defined gradients of grey. My "room" was set below-- one of eight luxury tents imported from Australia by the owners, Stephanie and Michael Mesdag, who hope to lure visitors here for a spot of R&R at the beginning or the end of a cruise around the islands. "Safari tents are so suited to this landscape," said Stephanie. "Look at that view -- don't you expect a lion to come out of it? The prospect of a Galápagos lion padding through the scalesia and pale green palo santo trees might stretch credulity, but the Safari Camp is nevertheless a place of fantasy -- the perfect opportunity to take stock of the islands for the first time."
Royal Palm, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
Km. 18 Via Baltra, Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos,
Tel: +593-5 2527 408 / 2527
409, Fax: +593-5 2527 408
De Luxe and Imperial is a Veranda
Frommer's Review: "The most exclusive resort in Ecuador sits on 200 lush hillside hectares (500 acres), a 20-minute drive from Puerto Ayora. The Royal Palm attracts a healthy dose of celebrities seeking the privacy and personalized service offered by this resort. There are 10 beautiful villas scattered on the hillside, four veranda studios, and three spectacular suites. Windows face the serene countryside and the ocean at the bottom of the hill. The three suites are all different from one another -- the two-bedroom, two-bathroom Imperial comes with its own Jacuzzi hidden in a private garden, while the Royal has a four-poster bed and an indoor sauna. The studios are the simplest (and least expensive) units but have charming patios with hammocks and spacious bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Service is exquisite, friendly, and not at all stuffy. Anybody staying here will be made to feel like a VIP, from the special greeting at the airport to the private speedboat used for transfers from Baltra to Santa Cruz."
Room" with a Private Balcony, W Santiago,
Photo: W Santiago.
W Santiago *****
Isidora Goyenechea 3000, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Tel: (56-2) 770 0000, Fax: (56-2) 770 0001
De Luxe is a "Wonderful Room"; Imperial is a "Spectacular
Room" with a Private Balcony
Review: W Santiago is new and has not yet been reviewed.
Superior Round Suite, Awasi, San Pedro
de Atacama, Chile.
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Tocopilla 4, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Tel: +(56-55) 851 937 / 851 460, Fax: +(56-55) 851 234
De Luxe is a Superior Round Suite; Imperial
is a Premium Round Suite
Frommer's Review: "The intimate and stylish Awasi was one of the top hotels to open in all of Latin America in 2007, offering chic accommodations, out-of-the-ordinary excursions around San Pedro de Atacama, a spa, and fabulous cuisine. With just eight suites, the hotel encourages guests to get to know each other, and so it is not ideal for travelers seeking absolute anonymity, but suites -- which come with indoor and outdoor showers -- are large enough to escape to your own private paradise. The hotel, built of adobe and decorated with local art, is centered around an oasis-style pool and outdoor dining area and bar."