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“GREAT LOCATION..... BUT SO NOISY”
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Hostal Buena Vista
Ranked #46 of 324 Speciality Lodging in Lima
Brisbane, Australia
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“GREAT LOCATION..... BUT SO NOISY”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

In Miraflores - a relatively 'good' area of Lima. Rooms were adequate only and hot water was spasmodic but the worst part of this Hotel was the NOISE. Not only from the traffic but the whole place just echoes with people coming and going at all hours of the day and night. We stayed there for 2 nights at the beginning of our tour and a night at the end and never again. Whether you have a room upstairs or down the din is the same, the night supervisor makes no effort to minimise the loud voices in Reception area and the thumping of baggage in the hallways. Breakfast is OK. Suggest Intrepid strike this Hotel off their list for Lima as complaints were flying from most of the tour Group

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Our experience was quite satisfactory in this hostel located in the Miraflores district of Lima, one of 2 or 3 tourist-friendly and secure areas in this capital city, where we landed to start our Peruvian journey.

While Miraflores is a 15 minute cab ride from the heart of Lima (Plaza de Armas) and I usually prefer staying in city center lodgings, my wife & I thoroughly enjoyed this part of town nevertheless. The hostal is located by a busy avenue (Calle Schell) which became a daily walk way for us from our hotel over to a lovely Parque Central de Miraflores known locally as Parque Kennedy in honor of my favorite US president. We found shops and eateries of various kinds on Calle Schell (and along Calle Larco) and so this section of the city served as our headquarters quite well. Cabs are inexpensive in Lima (and throughout Peru) and so we rode a lot of taxis into downtown always asking what the tarifa would be before boarding.

The hostal itself served as a small mansion a hundred years ago (you can see many other old casonas in Miraflores), now turned into a small, friendly and secure hotel operated by a descendant of the original owners. Rooms seem to have been added on the wings and we were given one of these, room #3, which felt smallish at first but clean and functional, good beds, clean sheets, hot shower water encouraging us to overlook the diminished room size by the 2d day. Our room and the house itself lacked central heating, as do most homes in Peru apparently, but we dressed warmly and got used to the Lima coolness. We also appreciated the hotel owner sending a driver (a good guy too) to pick us up at the airport; this was very comforting coming into Peru at first.

We were also introduced to Peruvian "breakfasts included" here on our first morning when we expected a fuller table filled with breakfast eats discovering the limited fare that became customary elsewhere too: coffee, tea, hot milk, fruit, toast, and freshly prepared eggs anyway you liked them--no oatmeal, no bacon. In the end, these desayunos served us just fine and the young staff always responded nicely to our inquiries.

We had decided on economy lodging from the start and so this place filled the bill.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I really loved this place, it really felt like a home away from home and was a great place to start off my trip. The staff were friendly, the room was clean and had all mod-cons, and it was a nice place to relax. There is also a pet parrot which also makes for great entertainment.

The hotel is located in Miraflores, about 5 minutes walk from Kennedy park and the main strip which is good as you don't want to be on the main strip (it is quite noisy all night, especially at weekends).

This place is recommended if you want somewhere hassle-free, clean and friendly. Thanks again!

Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed here twice at the start and end of our trip. Both rooms had comfortable beds and clean showers and toilets. Breakfast was fine although because it is served in an open area it can be chilly and damp. We found the reception staff helpful. They sorted our check-in for a LAN flight. The rooms are rather gloomy and our first one had stone floors, chilly on the feet! It is well situated for restaurants and there is a laundry opposite.

Stayed September 2013
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new zealand
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

The hotel is great a oasis in the middle of noisey lima,we had the outside rooms they were clean and comfortable.Very central to the central city with cheap restaurants very close by.Would recommend this as a tranzit through lima

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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New Brunswick
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191 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We stayed for several days at this centrally located hotel. in the heart of Miraflores. It is a very popular spot for backpackers and a stop over for many people on organized tours. The hotel is small and quaint. The rooms vary in size, and come with either single(s), double or matrimonial bed(s) but all are quite noisy due to constant traffic and old windows. Very few small hotels in Lima have Air conditioning so windows are almost always open. Lima is a very noisy city, where drivers honk their horns as they approach every intersection and the Buena Vista Hostal is on the corner of two fairly busy streets. Several rooms have a terrace, but neither of the two rooms we occupied on our 12-day stay had one. The price of the rooms is very reasonable and includes a breakfast of fruit, cereal, yogurt, bread, juice and tea and coffee. Eggs are available, but they only come scrambled or sunny-side up! Our first impression of the staff was not very positive, but we found that it was probably more a matter of languages as they became friendlier with time. Leopoldo, the evening front desk person was particularly helpful and friendly. Although the grounds are well maintained and staff mop and polish the tiled terraces and walkways, we found the floor in both our rooms were not very clean. The bathrooms were ok, but very damp. There is free internet and a phone and TV in all rooms. It is not a bad place to stay if you know what to expect and the price is more than competitive.

Room Tip: Probably no quiet rooms at the Buena Vista, but Nos. 9 and 10 on the ground floor share a lovely ter...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013

We only stayed for one night in July 2013 but impressions were: nice looking hotel, nice looking room and good location, BUT staff were unfriendly, housekeeping poor - toilet paper bin full on arrival to our room! rooms very noisy due to busy road and poorly fitting windows. There will be better places to stay.

Room Tip: Rooms facing road are very noisy.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hostal Buena Vista
Address: Av. Grimaldo del Solar, 202, Lima ., Peru (Formerly Buena Vista Guesthouse ***)
Region: Peru > Lima Region > Lima > Miraflores
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Ranked #46 of 324 Speciality Lodging in Lima
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hostal Buena Vista 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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