El Carmelo Hotel & Hacienda

Km 301.2, Pan-American Hwy., Ica, Ica, Peru

Hotel or bodega-related theme park—it's hard to tell at this oddball spot on the road between Ica and Huacachina, where rooms are built around a central courtyard complete with ancient grape press and working pisco distillery. It's strange, but all of the knick knacks work, giving the place a unique and charming air. There's something for everyone—an adventure playground for the kids, a nice swimming pool, a small zoo, and of course, the bodega. Rooms are simple but comfortable with pastel furnishings and wood fittings. In March, you're invited to use your feet in the annual grape pressing.

PROS

  • wicker-filled open-air sitting room
  • chance to see the pisco-making process up close
  • zoo and playground to entertain the kids

CONS

  • out of town location
  • rooms are on the small side
  • beds are in need of upgrade

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Business, Family
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 056-232–191

HOTEL DETAILS

58 rooms
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted No meals

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