stayed at the hotel for 3 nights. 2 nights before my Gap Adventures tour and 1 night after my Gap Adventures tour.
Like most Americans, Peru is a bit of a mystery to us and there aren't that many familiar chains in the tourist areas. And if there are, they are REALLY expensive compared to the local hotels.
I had never been to Peru before, I was a 2 week tour that went to Lima, Cusco, Puerto Maldonaldo Rainforest, and Puno. I'll be doing other reviews on the other hotels.
I can tell you that if you are going to Lima and you want to in the safest nicest area, you need to stay in Miraflores. (if you are 18 - 21 and like a bohemian hipster vibe - stay in Barranco). Outsite of MIraflores some areas can be sketchy. When you go down to Plaza De Armas, the downtown central area, even though it is relatively safe there for violent crimes it has one of the highest rates of pick pocketing and purse snatching in the world. Miraflores you don't really have to worry about that. But even then I had at least half a dozen strangers come up to me and tell me to keep an eye on my DSL camera.
This hotel is located in the middle of Miraflores. The best part is that it is about 2 blocks from the busy road which means you will have a nice quiet peaceful sleep. When you pull up to the hotel it looks like an old mansion.. it may have been an old mansion. The lobby and court yard is beautifully decorated in an local vintage/antique sort of way. the rooms are clean and the furniture is made of wood which gives the room a nice natural smell. THere is bottled water available for you to drink free of charge. there is free internet which means make sure to have a laptop with skype if you want to call home on the cheap.
you can walk to Kennedy Square which is the most happening spot in Miraflores... it is about a 5 - 10 minute walk to there. You can also walk to Larco Mar on the Pacific ocean, and it is about a 15 - 20 minute walk to there. There are a few other tourist sites you can walk to as well.
Taxi's are very cheap in this city. You can travel about 20 minutes away in a taxi for 15 sols which is approx $6 USD.
The staff is very helpful and courteous at the hotel and the breakfast is very tasty. the best part is the lobby and courtyard. just love it. and you feel VERY safe here. There are gates and a gate keeper.
There is also a supermarket (nice for American Standards and extremely nice for local standards) within 3 blocks. Think of it like a wholefoods.
The other hotels that you see on the main road and by the pacific ocean are sky rises and you probably get a better view, but you won't be able to sleep with the windows open with the atmosphere that you get at this hotel!
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- The Hotel Antigua Miraflores; an authentic introduction to Peru’s rich cultural heritage. Enjoy the elegance and character of a turn of the century mansion with all the comforts and amenities of a fine hotel and the warmth and charm of a colonial B&B. Tasteful decor, attention to detail, and our staff’s attentive and friendly service will make your stay with us unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Antigua Miraflores
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