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“A good choice in central Lima” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel El Balcon Dorado

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Hotel El Balcon Dorado
Ranked #182 of 226 Hotels in Lima
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A good choice in central Lima”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2012

If you're interested in the historic center of Lima, the Balcon Dorado would be a good, moderately-priced place to stay. It is a safe, independent hotel managed personally by its friendly, helpful owners. It is situated in a grand old nineteenthy-century building, the Eiffel Mansion (the Paris tower fellow); the rooms are large and clean, with high ceilings, good beds, nice furnishings.

The location is excellent: only one block from the beautiful Plaza Mayor, the center of historic Lima. Apart from breakfast, which the hotel provides, your dining can be taken in any of several cafes and restaurants of all types within a quick walking distance of the hotel.

Admittedly the hotel is a bit difficult to spot from the street -- just a small "Maison Eiffel - Talleres de Arte" sign beside the entrance. But you probably won't have to go hunting around for it, for the hotel provides airport pick-up on request. (They charge the current taxi fare, but it's stll nice to have the car waiting for you when you arrive -- as anyone knows who has flown into Lima.)

The owners also manage an art gallery in the same building, which can make for a unique stay. Finally, note that traffic can be loud throughout Lima's historic center; you may want to request a room that doesn't give onto the street.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Den Helder, The Netherlands
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2010

great ubication in the centre of lima , very close to the plaza, shops , metro supermarket.

great rooms , a lot of space in the room , 2 large beds, with good matrasses.
we slept very good.
very good service !

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Jersey
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2009

If you like to stay in a bank this is the place its a bank made into a hotel my room was an office space and the door was glass covered by paper and every morning you can hear car horns and flutes playing first thing in the morning and also everone says after midnight the place is like a war zone go out at your own risk.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2009

el balcon dorado is placed in center lima, a very good position for visiting the city,
the rooms were clean and comfortable, as well the bathroom.
A special greeting to the innkeeper, whose gentle manner was o good starting for our holiday.
He also gave us a lot of interesting info for travelling arounf perù.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helensvale, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2009

I stayed at the El Balcon Dorado for two nights. My first night was after a late arrival flight (as most seem to be in Lima). The hotel was rather difficult to find as it has no exterior signs. If you are planning to stay here, there is a small entry between a bank and a bedding store where you walk half way up the stairs and knock. Luckily for me, I had informed the hotel of my arrival time and the staff had waited up and were keeping a lookout for me. They came and greeted me at the taxi and carried my suitcase up the stairs to me.

The hotel and the rooms are quite simple (I was informed they are renovating), but very spacious and there are small touches that make them very homey and comfortable. Breakfast is included, which is the usual Peruvian bread (very fresh), jam, eggs, juice and coffee or tea.

The absolute best thing about this hotel was the service provided by the staff (which appeared to be mostly the family). The owner of the hotel spoke very good english, and when he wasn't their the staff would call him on the phone to translate. Everyone that I encountered was extremely friendly and helpful. The owner provided me with more information and advice that I have ever had in a hotel. I did not have a taxi to the airport at the end of my vacation, and the young boy that worked there stood on the road with me for half an hour to get one, which was much cheaper than if I'd got it on my own (20 solos!)

The only negative thing I have to say about the accommodation was that the shower pressure and heat was quite poor, and the television didn't have an english speaking stations. However, the city location and the service well and truly made up for this!!!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel El Balcon Dorado
Address: Carabaya (Jr Ucayali 170/194) | Esq. con Jr. Carabaya, Lima 1, Peru
Region: Peru > Lima Region > Lima
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Ranked #182 of 226 Hotels in Lima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 22

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