Initially Lima was the least favorite of our stops in Peru. Probably because we are not city people to begin with, add to this the pollution and traffic and we were wondering why we stopped there. The Miraflores Park was like a ray of sunshine in the midst of all of this and truly made us feel like a night in Lima was worth the trip. The hotel is beautiful! The location in Miraflores is probably the safest, cleanest part of Lima. There were always several people out running the sidewalk beside the hotel which is also bordered by the ocean. The mall is a short walk away where you can find all the souvenirs you could want and several dining options if you don’t want to eat at the hotel or go far.
The staff is amazing and was always very courteous and helpful. I had emailed them several times, months in advance of our arrival to book restaurant reservations and spa treatments. All emails were responded to promptly.
When we checked in I found we were upgraded to a Junior Suite with Sauna and Ocean view. We had booked the Executive Suite with Ocean view. The room was very nice. I had hoped for a large bathtub for two but in Junior and Executive suites, it is only big enough for one. My husband especially loved the sauna. He also loved the snooker table in the Jekyll and Hyde bar. The Spa is very nice and our treatments (massage, facial, wrap and pedicure) were excellent. As far as the food goes, the breakfast buffet is excellent. Lunch and dinner were ok but seemed to lack much flavor.
After checking in and getting settled we were to meet our guide for a city tour. We almost skipped this because we were tired of going non-stop for the past 10 days and on the way from the airport there had been horrible traffic (it normally takes 45mins to 1 hr to get from the airport). I am glad we mustered our energy and went. The tour showed us the best of Lima and completely changed our mind about regretting stopping here. Highly recommend you do a tour if you can. Our stops included the Plaza de Armas, Presidential Palace, Cathedral, Church of San Francisco, Catacombs (the bones of over 25,000 are still here), Huaca Huallamarca (an adobe pyramid dating from the pre-Inca period which was AMAZING), and the Parque del Amor (a seaside park with a huge statue of a kissing couple). We also stopped by the Gran Hotel Bolivar. They are THE place to go for a Pisco Sour. They win all the competitions for best Pisco in Lima.
By the end of our stay we were very glad we included Lima in our itinerary. I fully credit the Miraflores Park with making this so. The hotel is like a destination in itself and a heavenly retreat away from the chaos of the city.
We met a couple from Lima on the Hiram Bingham who recommended the following restaurants during our stay. Unfortunately, we were so exhausted we had no desire to venture out from the hotel to try them but everyone we asked said they were excellent choices.
For dinner: We were given two names, Chala in Barranco. They said the local area around the restaurant is beautiful and makes a great place for a walk. The restaurants site looks amazing http://www.chala.com.pe/ and the other was Jose Antonio in San Isidro.
For lunch: Pescados Capitales in Miraflores.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in Miraflores, one of Lima's most exclusive residential areas, Belmond Miraflores Park is an all-suite hotel offering breathtaking views out to the Pacific Ocean. Its state-of-the-art facilities, spacious accommodation and pampering services make it the perfect hotel for both corporate and leisure guests. In Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2014 it was voted #10 in the "Top City Hotel in Central and South America" category. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Miraflores Park
- Miraflores Park Lima