A brief note on a few of the districts where you might consider staying
the airport- San Miguel- Lima deserves a visit of at least a few
days to really know to the culture and what it has to offer, which you
will not see in one day. Some tour packages only provide some hours for
a layover in Lima, between flights. If you are only staying in Lima for
a day or for some other reason you'd like to be near the airport, then
the San Miguel district is an ideal location. It is about 15 to 20 minutes
from the aiport, driving west on Av. Faucett. San Miguel has mostly low-rise
structures and a nice residential neighborhoods, beyond commercial districts.
There is a mix of accomodation from hotels to hostals and apartments.
And, back off the main avenues there are many quiet parks. Most every
service you would need is there, and within walking distance. There are
major stores, cafes, a cinema, Gold's Gym, and international food chains
in the Plaza San Miguel shopping area along Av. La Marina. The city's
zoo is nearby, with a pre-Incan ruins onsite. From the main avenues, taxis
and buses pass to take you to other areas of the city. Miraflores may
be 20 to 30 minutes further, traveling south on Av. La Marina. San Miguel
has been found to be a good alternative, getting a true taste of daily
culture and be convenient to the airport.
La Molina- This district is within the city yet has a definite suburban feel, with its wider landscaped streets, open spaces, and mostly low-rise structures. La Molina is at the eastern edge of the city, about 30 to 45 minutes from Miraflores, depending on the time of day. La Molina is a residential district with commercial centers, universities, restaurants, etc. There are hostals or hotels here and in nearby upper-class Monterrico (in the similar Surco district) which could offer a sample of activities of the average middle-upper class Peruvian family and more interaction with them. The Museo de Oro (gold museum) is near here, having a large collection of gold artifacts and history. This area will see less "hustle and bustle" of Miraflores. (pictured, a country club in La Molina)
There is a wide variety of hotels in Lima, ranging from local and international 5 star hotels such as the "Los Delfines" hotel with their live dolphin aquarium and fabulous buffets. There are familiar hotel chains of 3 to 5 star status. Checking the many hotels via the internet can yield a few nice options other than the common style hotel, to enjoy your stay and increase the cultural experience. The majority of the hotels are newer structures, and most are high-rise buildings.
Hotel options abound in Miraflores and San Isidro districts, where the majority of 4 or 5 star lodgings are located. The 5 star, high rise Sheraton is in the Lima cercado district, not far from tourist sites of the Plaza de Armas, Presidential Palace and Cathedrals. In the Monterrico section of eastern Lima, there is the 5 star "Golf Los Incas Hotel and Spa" located on a hill with beautiful views overlooking the golf course. Other districts do have hotels: La Molina and San Miguel have 2 and 3 star hotels.
Most all of the hotels offer a continental or full breakfast. Many of
the nicer hotels have restaurants, and offer a breakfast buffet included
with the room, besides the common amenities - 24 hour service, internet
access, cable, parking, minibar, etc. Also available may be: rooftop
pool, conference rooms, fitness centers, business centers, etc.
Worth mentioning, if you plan to visit other cities in Peru, the 4 star
Libertador Hotel in Lima is affiliated with the other Libertador Hotels
in Peru, having five locations- Arequipa, Cuzco, Lima, Puno, and Trujillo.
San Isidro - We'd
like to mention a unique hotel in the San Isidro district, the 5 star
Los Delfines hotel and casino, across from the Lima golf club. (pictured)
The unique feature of Los Delfines is the enormous glass
aquarium that is off the lobby. Here, the hotel keeps two dolphin mascots.
There is a breakfast room and a separate lounge/bar area where guests
can watch the dolphins swim around. This is lit up in the evening for
greater effect. The dolphins are fed at regular times everyday so that
clients can watch. The main restaurant is also located on the ground
floor and serves international cuisine. The hotel is in San Isidro,
a wealthy residential area of Lima, at Calle Eucaliptos 555. (see more
"On The Menu" page)
This category of lodging spans from a very nice accomodation with amenities to a hostel style establishment that could have a dormitory option.
are somewhat similar to an inn or bed and breakfast in size and operation.
You'll find hostals in very nice neighborhoods or in high traffic areas
of all types. There are newer, high rise hostals, but many are in former
large houses of Colonial architecture that offer a charming, home-style
Tariffs for a hostal depend on area and amenities. An example range is US$10 to $50 per night for a double room, or more for business or high-end locations. Ask for a discount, some offer a reduction past the first night, and many offer a reduced rate if staying up to a week or more. Also, there is a hotel tax charged but foreignors are exempt from this tax. Check first before paying.
This category of lodging spans from hostal style establishments up to 5 star high-rise hotel operations that offer more amenities. You'll find apart-hotels in very nice neighborhoods or in high traffic areas of all types. There are newer apart-hotels, but many are former large homes which have a home-style environment. Some might use the term "apart-hostal" if it is a hostal style operation.
lodging choices normally include all the features that you would find
in an apartment, or extended-stay hotel. You will be able to have most
all the appliances of home for more convenience.
Apart-hotels can have private entrances to your unit, common areas, laundry or dry-clean service and more. They are normally very secure. For concerns of stairways (steps - "escalas"), please check directly with the establishment, if it is not a high-rise building, ask if they have an elevator ("sen-sore")- "Tiene un sensor?"
There are many apart-hotels or apart-hostals with websites or listings on internet directories where you can find the one that is right for you. A service that many offer is free or discounted airport pick up.
Tariffs for a apart-hotel depends primarily on the area and establishment. An example range is US$25 per night for a unit with a double bed to $200 or more per night for a 5 star apart-hotel unit. The rates normally include all utilities- cable, internet, gas, electric, except pay telephone calls. Ask for a discount if staying more than one night. There are reductions for a week or a month stay. Also, there is a hotel tax charged but foreignors are exempt from this tax. *Make sure you ask about this exemption before paying or they will add this tax to your account.
EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR THOSE WITH AN EARLY MORNING FLIGHT
for one night or an extended stay, this is a good alternative for the
price. Very nice people work here, having a family style operation (with
english spoken or by email). Machu Picchu Suites offers clean, secure
and private accomodations. It is an apartment style building of four
stories. The units had recent renovations but only has stairways, however,
it is comfortable, not ultra-modern, and does offer great convenience
and independence as each unit has a private entrance.
A service offered is discounted airport pick up (approximately US$10)
range from US$35 per night for a unit with a double bed to $70 per night
for king or queen suite. The rates include all utilities- cable, internet,
gas, electric, except pay telephone calls. Mastercard is accepted.