Living like a president


What do Marc Anthony Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki Moon, John Travolta, Andrew Zimmer, Julio Iglesias and I have in common?

Having arrived from Denmark just a few days before Easter Sunday I had little to no time to organize big holiday plans for my family and I (not to mention, I was exhausted from my far travels). So, when a friend of mine working at the Westin hotel invited me to stay at the Presidential suite to try living like a “Rock Star” I immediately accepted his kind invitation.

I imagined a big room where my wife and two sons would have enough space to comfortably watch TV, and not have to sit on top of each other like we normally do; I had not, however, imagined a 270 m2 apartment with an amazing view over the city of Lima. From the 30th floor, with a 300 degree view,the city looks fantastic at 6 a.m., noon, at sunset, at night – anytime!

As you can see from the pictures, everything was nicely decorated and we had it all including a jacuzzi, treadmill, TV-sets, a stereo system that reached throughout the whole apartment, and a dining room for 12 people – enough space to invite the whole family on my wife’s side.

_(Photo: Carsten Korch/Peru this Week)_

There is also a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook and serve meals yourself. Although, if you prefer, you can call on the butler whom works 24/7, if you need it 🙂

For a “real” president or a rockstar hosting guests or giving interviews, a top business man or woman organizing meetings and cocktails, the Presidential suite is the perfect setting. It’s hard to imagine not having success when starting an interview, a negotiation or just a cocktail above the skyline of Lima.

The Presidential suite is perfect for a product launch, a bachelor party (as seen in the movies), or even for people who simply have a lot of money and love attention. No matter who stays in the Presidential suite, they are guaranteed to be treated like royalty.

Of course, you also have access to the executive lounge on the 29th floor which offers drinks, snacks and a wonderful environment to relax with an amazing spa. If you don’t want breakfast served in your suite the hotel has a delicious breakfast buffet in restaurant Market 770 The hotel bar is built around the family´s own Pisco brand – Viñas del Oro – and serves a large variety of Pisco cocktails. Also one of Lima’s best restaurants – Maras – is located in the hotel and offers gourmet style lunch and dinner and is very well visited by the executives working in the heart of Lima financial center.

Presidential suite or not, the Lima Westin is a great hotel for a weekend get away, where you can treat yourself and your partner as you deserve. For more information and promotions visit here

_Note: I was invited by the hotel to stay in the Presidential suite with my family, no money was exchanged and I wrote this article on a voluntary basis to share my experience._Mr. Living in Peru spent Easter weekend like the rest of us – if the rest of us were rock stars!



Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.