I have stayed at a number of places in Lima across the price spectrum, depending on whether i was traveling for business or pleasure. I was going to arrive in Lima after a very long international flight. I wanted to keep the cost down, not be in Tourist central, still get a good night sleep and be ready for action. I had stayed in the San Isidro area, and knew the local shops. Based on Tripadvisor and Lonely planet i went for Casa Bella San Isidro, although some of the comments on Tripadvisor were a bit troubling.
It turned out as good as i had hoped. The location is quiet (for Lima), and since Lima is an expensive place, the price is OK.Hotels in Lima can get booked days in advance out for seemingly no reason. The beds are firm but comfortable, and rooms spic and span and nicely decorated. Floots are functional tiled floors. Bathrooms are a bit dated but OK functionally.
There is no signage saying "Casa Bella" on the front - i guess there must be a business reason for that. There is a press button on the gate and the 24 hour reception will let you in if you sound legit.
You feel safe walking around the street even at night. The taxis and touts hassle you much less in San Isidro than elsewhere in Lima. The reception staff are indeed most helpful, and speak better English than i had anticipated. The breakfast staff don't speak any, but that is also to be expected in this price range. The reception people are right there, and will help you out if you get stuck. Their breakfast is cereal, eggs, bread, jam, juice and instant coffee, also quite good for Peruvian standards, It is served in a very nice dining room, one big long table which is not a problem in a B&B. If you want the perfect english speaking experience then you had better stay at the Marriott or Delfines and pay over $200 per night. It does have a homely feel, like a B&B.
You pay a small premium for the Airport pickup service, but i booked it for safety and convenience and it went without a hitch. Like most hotels in Peru, you have to wait a while for the hot water, but i always had it eventually.
Shops, supermarket banks and a variety of chain restaurants are a few blocks away, as is Starbucks. Its actually more convenient that what you will get in Miraflores, with less traffic and noise. In Peru yoiu will have so much instant coffee of nondescript flavour that sooner or later you are going to be searching for something made from ground beans that have a name and an origin. Starbucks is close by, opposite the Delfines, which you can see from the front yard.
A Micro (bus) on Javier Prado will get you to Miraflores or downtown, or to the bus stations in no time for s/. 1.50, or even the airport, if you know a few words in spanish. None of the Micro's have "aeropuerto" on their destination boards, which seems weird given that it is such a popular destination, but the spruikers on the micro-bus will usually yell it out ( or just ask them). They will also tell you when to get off, because it's not so obvious.
The 6% credit card surcharge sting is difficult for us foreigners to understand. It can certainly tarnish an otherwise comfortable stay if you are not prepared for it. So best just to factor this in to your cost comparisons. They are not the only hotel that does this, but if you are staying in cheaper placers you most likely won't have a credit card option in any case. You can lower this cost by paying in cash, but then don't forget to factor in the 13.5 soles the ATM is going to charge you for a cash withdrawal, and the $5 that your bank is going to charge you for a foreign ATM fee, and that you might have a 400 sole limit on the ATM. Best advice here is to estimate how much cash you are going to need for your stay and make a large withdrawal at one of the banks two streets away on the other side of Javier Prado. The hotel will take paper USD, and the exchange rate is posted and not a secret, or they can email it, so you can work out the best way to pay beforehand, depending on what country you are coming from.
There is a back garden common area and other spaces that do offer a change of scenery from the streets and halls that are the most common in Lima. It does add to the comfort.
From my perspective, for an expensive city, Casa Bella San Isirdo offers a comfortable stay, excellent service, and good value for money. I will stay here again, if i travel on business or pleasure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just one block from the prestigious Country Club Hotel and the Lima Golf Club in San Isidro. We are about only fifteen to twenty minutes from the airport and our fourteen-room old Lima style mansion provides a friendly and home-like atmosphere, giving you a vivid feeling of close encounters with the local people and our traditions. ... more less
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