As I wrote in my review “Flying to Reparto Miraflores in Lima”, I had to take a taxi at the airport to go to my hotel because, even with only a small carry on, it was impossible for me to get into their mini busses of a dozen seats carrying about fifty passengers. Therefore, I arrived to Ibis hotel at 7:45 am.
Naturally, there was no way I could get into the room at that time, so I left my carry on in the reception (for free) and walked to CENTRO LARCOMAR as the taxi driver had suggested, which is less than three blocks from Ibis Miraflores, at the end of Larco Avenue, by the Pacific Ocean. I am also writing a review about this wonderful place because I had never seen anything like it. You may read it right here, in Trip Advisor.
After wandering for a couple of hours, I returned to Ibis at 10 am because I was very tired by my trip from Miami, in spite of the flat, horizontal bed on LAN Peru’s excellent Business class. But I had to sleep on a crowded couch for more than two hours because I could only get my room after 12 noon. That’s the rule!
Corner room 1479, on the top floor, was over Avenida Larco, the main artery in Miraflores. This is a nice avenue about 15 blocks long, beginning in “Avenida Pardo” and ending in “Centro Larcomar”. It had a wide open view towards the South. The Pacific Ocean is only three blocks away but to the west.
Like in all Ibis hotels, this is a simple room with rudimentary comfort. It has AC, a telephone and a hair dryer, the usual mini closet without door, but NO club chair, NO frig and, of course, don’t expect to find an iron and an ironing board in the closet, as you do in all Clarion, Quality or Comfort Inns I have been to in the US for much less than what I paid in Lima! As for a microwave, which you also find more and more often in US Choice Hotels, you would only find it in your dreams anywhere else, whether in Europe or South America!
There is a comfortable Queen bed, however, the usual wood tablet running from wall to wall under the window, the usual wooden chair (NO padding, as usual!) and the usual shower and toilet with two towels.
My room also had something that I had never seen in a hotel: the cheapest soap of all, the one called “Jabón de Castilla” in South America and “Savon de Marseille” in France. That’s a soap which is traditionally used only to wash clothes, although some people say it’s the best soap for bathing… So if you have to wash your socks, there is the soap! Fortunately, they also put a small bottle of shampoo that I used for everything, and kept the little “Castilla soap” as a souvenir…
Finally, it had a double glass window, which reduced considerably the street noise, especially the constant bus and car honking. Boy, do they love to blow their horns around there! Just to say “hello”! As you walk along Larco Avenue, every time a taxi passes by, in both directions, the driver greets you with a “bip, bip”, just in case you need a taxi. If you need a taxi, you will never have to wait more than thirty seconds for it!
This hotel has a reasonable price for South America, where you must expect to pay much more than in the US, which is illogical because wages over there are much lower, but that’s the way it is! I was billed 417.64 Soles, which my AE Starwood card converted to almost $163 with the foreign transaction fee for two nights I spent there. This puts the night at an average of $81.50 US without breakfast!
Considering that I only paid $50.37 at Motel 6 in Los Angeles LAX for a room twice as big (and with 2 padded chairs and three times more towels…) in June 2011, this would be a poor value for money but it’s not, because all hotels that I saw around were charging more and they were not as good.
So we must say that, for Miraflores, this was a good value for money because the hotel has an excellent location, less than three blocks from the Pacific Ocean with CENTRO LARCOMAR and within a walking distance of all major interesting places like “Avenida Pardo”, “Parque Kennedy” and “Pizza Street”. It also has a security guard 24/7 by the three elevators, FREE WI-FI in the room and two free computers in the lobby.
Furthermore, there are plenty of mini busses running up and down Larco Avenue and mini bus 38 will take you straight to the old Lima for about $1 each way in less than one hour. I took a taxi to go to “Plaza de Armas” in about half an hour because of the traffic for only 10 Soles plus tip (that’s less than $4), and returned to Ibis in the evening with an almost empty mini bus 38 that I took on “Avenida Tacna” for 1.40 S in only fifty minutes.
As for the food, this Ibis has a restaurant in premises with a reasonable set menu for lunch that I didn’t try because the drink was a typical Peruvian juice that I didn’t know and there was no other choice in the menu’s drink: no beer, no wine. Had they been smart enough to give the choice between the juice, a small cup of wine or a draft beer, I would have certainly tried it! They also serve dinner but you have to eat “à la carte”, with European prices…
But there are several restaurants all around with reasonable prices. Right downstairs, there is a pizza place open till midnight, another restaurant one door farther and a fast food right at the corner. And right across the street, there are also a couple of restaurants, but I didn’t try any of them.
Last tip: there is a stand in the lobby where you may reserve a taxi to return to the airport, but you will pay about $10 more than the official rate you paid when you arrived to Chavez International.
The day I left, I just went out and negotiated the price with one of those same taxis that do the job, of which there are always two or three at the door, and I paid the same official rate from the airport: 45 Soles + 5 which I added to round it up. That was $19 US a/o April 29, 2012. But I must say that Spanish is one of my two native languages, so it was easy for me.
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