Fodor's Expert Review El Carmelo Hotel & Hacienda

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

With rooms built around a central courtyard complete with an ancient grape press and a working pisco distillery, it's hard to tell whether this quirky property on the road between Ica and Huacachina is a hotel or a bodega-style theme park. It's strange, but all the knickknacks 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
  • wicker-filled, open-air sitting room

CONS

  • out of town location
  • rooms are on the small side
  • beds are in need of upgrade
  • out-of-town location
  • Wi-Fi is weak in many rooms

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
FamilyRomantic
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 056-232–191

HOTEL DETAILS

58 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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