If you spend some time in Lima you will no doubt notice that it’s a city of contrasts. Parts of the city centre are dingy and downright dodgy, while some parts look like Paris. The traffic in the centre (and for much of Peru) can only be described as chaotic. Then we have Miraflores and Barranco, two very pleasant neighbourhoods located on the coast and so very different from the city centre not that far away. Having spent a couple of nights at a substandard tour hotel in the centre of Lima it was literally a breath of fresh air to arrive in Miraflores.
The real excitement was catching sight of my room, the crisp white linen sheets and modern fittings. The service was excellent. Little things like being greeted by every member of staff makes such a difference to one’s stay. The enormous bed was comfortable and the shower pressure was the best I’d experienced in 3 weeks in Peru. Even the TV shows were better! It also had an AC unit which doesn’t sound all that special. But for quite a while I was convinced that the concept of air-conditioning had not mad its way to Peru at all. The included breakfast was good and the complementary computers near the lobby were very handy. The location too was near perfect, only about 15 minutes walk to the Larcomar shopping centre. I’m not entirely sure they had parking for hire cars but with the price of a taxi ride so dirt cheap, it hardly matters. At the time I’m writing this the hotel is rated number 1 in Lima on Tripadvisor. That’s not to say it’s the swankiest. It just means it’s the most popular among Tripadvisor users. For the price I could not fault the hotel. I would recommend it to anyone staying in Lima.
Visited: May 2014