The Country Club Hotel, Lima

Most visitors to Peru choose to stay in the Miraflores section of Lima, because it's right on the water and it's easy for visitors to navigate. I had the chance to explore the Miraflores section but stayed at The Country Club Hotel in the city's elegant San Isidro neighborhood, surrounded by embassies and right next to the Lima Golf Club, an 18-hole course right in the middle of the city. One night and one day in Lima is enough for a typical visitor to Peru. But you should definitely plan on that one day.

Built in 1927, the hotel naturally feels like a country club, which is what it once was. It is still a meeting place for the Lima elite today. I loved breakfast outside on the patio, listening to a mix of international businessmen prepping for their days in the city and locals catching up.