Imagine life as it was in Huacachina's heyday in the original oasis hotel, with a picture-postcard location fronting the lagoon and gorgeous Spanish colonial–style architecture. Once dilapidated, and still a little rough around the edges, the 1920s mansion has regained some of its luster now that a Peruvian chain has taken it over, slapped on some paint, and renovated the rooms, retaining most of the original features. The internal courtyard is lined with tall ficus
trees, and rooms look out onto gardens overflowing with flowers. The elegant English style bar and restaurant have splendid lake views, and the restaurant serves better than average (though pricey) comida criolla (spicey regional cuisine).