BEST FOR Connecting guests to the heart of this high-end Lima neighborhood.

DON’T MISS The food at Isidro Bistró Limeño and the views from the rooftop pool

PRICE A traditional room starts at $135 a night

CONTACT Av. Jorge Basadre 367, Lima, Distrito de San Isidro, 27 Peru, +511-6111-1234;

Verdict Hyatt Centric fills the gap in Lima for a designer boutique hotel that caters to both business travelers and weekenders looking for a hip place to slumber.

Background Hyatt Centric is a new brand from Hyatt designed to be a central part of the neighborhood and connect guests with the local scene. Most notable is Isidro Bistró Limeño, its gourmet bistro owned by a restaurant group with several of the city’s best eateries.

Where is it? San Isidro is known as a high-end diplomatic, residential, and business area, which is what makes this property ideal for conferences and events. It is within walking distance of entertainment, shopping and dining.

What’s it like? Lined with windows, the bright and contemporary lobby is kitted out with comfy leather furnishings, regional sculptures and artwork, and trendy light fixtures. There is plenty of shared work space throughout the lobby with convenient power outlets and excellent wireless Internet.  

Rooms The 254 rooms and suites show one of four décor patterns featuring pre-Colombian designs or modern interpretations of the famous Nazca Lines and Machu Picchu. All have large dining tables that double as desks, cozy sofas, and oversized king or paired queen beds with thick duvets and pillows. Cordless phones and power and USB ports are available bedside. Individual routers in each room ensure that wireless Internet is lightning fast. Bright bathrooms come with salon-grade hairdryers, all-natural BeeKind toiletries, and powerful rain showers cleverly designed with controls to the side so you don’t get drenched when turning on the water. Each floor has one room with a balcony and a snazzy junior suite.

Food and drink Bistró Limeño is the trendy bistro serving Peruvian cuisine with a twist, including an extensive breakfast buffet. Favorites from the lunch and dinner menu are the quinoa salad, lomo saltado (marinated beef), and a variety of fresh ceviche. The marble-topped bar, billed as the longest in Lima, is a hot spot come sunset when guests gather on the terrace or indoors. There’s also a grab-and-go coffee and deli spot plus a dramatic rooftop bar.

Meetings The full-service lifestyle hotel has nine meeting rooms with the latest audiovisual equipment, outdoor gathering spaces, a mobile app for guests to connect with staff, and airport flight information on the room TV systems.

Leisure The rooftop swimming pool seems to drip over the edge of the building with views of the city, similar to those found in the LifeFitness-equipped workout room. Each machine is equipped with TVs and headphones, and a refrigerator stocks chilled bottled water.