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  Note on a few districts where most stay
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A brief note on a few of the districts where you might consider staying in Lima-

Near 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.


Miraflores- This is a district where most foreigners find themselves at some time during their stay in Lima. There is a mix of colonial architecture and buildings of very contemporary designs. The structures tend to be as much high-rise as low-rise. Tours pass through here, many cinemas, restaurants and shopping malls are in this area. Many of the 5-star hotels and financial-related corporations are in this area and in adjoining San Isidro. There are parks along the cliffs of Miraflores for a scenic view of the ocean and the Costa Verde. In this area is a shopping mall built into the cliff, called LarcoMar, where you'll find high end boutiques, cafes, restaurants with a view, and a cinema. There is a good amount of traffic in the retail areas of Miraflores, and on avenues such as: Arequipa, Benavides, Camino Real, Canavel y Moreya, Larco, Navarette, and Paseo de la Republica. But, the areas more dense with residential buildings on side streets will have noticeably less traffic. The neighborhoods of Miraflores that are away from the high-rise offices and apartments seem to offer an atmosphere that would be more similar to a suburdan lifestyle with neighborhoods of two or three story houses and stores, cafes, etc. Some of these neighborhoods have their own names- Alcanfores, San Antonio, Santa Cruz, to name a few. It was found to be nice walking around such neighborhoods and getting to know the shops and people. (Av. Pardo pictured)

The only pre-Inca ruin remaining in Miraflores, Huaca Pucllana (formerly Juliana) can still be seen. During the War of the Pacific, the district was the scene of the Battle of Miraflores where two thousand people died as the district was sacked and burned by Chilean invaders. In terms of education, the Miraflores district has some of the most prestigious high schools in Peru, like Markham College, Alexander von Humboldt Schule (A german school), Pestalozzi School and Carmelitas School. The district is full of cafes, restaurants and shops. Parque Kennedy, Miraflores' central park, regularly has flea markets and exhibitions (pictured). Larcomar is a shopping mall overlooking the Pacific coast, and is popular among tourists, young people and people of the medium-to-upper-class socioeconomic levels. They have restaurants, stores, a food court, ice cream shops, arcades, bowling alley, nightclubs and the most modern cinema in all of Lima.



San Isidro- This is an equally nice district as Miraflores, and home to many of Lima's business leaders. A financial center, with a residential flavor of a city/suburb-type atmosphere, there are scattered neighborhoods with high-rise condos, 5 star hotels, and offices, mostly near the financial district, and the area adjacent to the Miraflores district. San Isidro offers a nice place for a stay. With mature tree-lined streets and parks, this city-suburban atmosphere may be more conducive to walking and exploring, if you enjoy that, which can offer a better cultural experience while being convenient to city activities. Pictured is the club El Golf, in San Isidro. Some of the busiest avenues in this district are: Arequipa, Camino Real, Javier Prado, La Marina, Navarrete, Salaverry, and some others. There is also a pre-Incan ruins open to tourists.

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)



Hotels



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.

There are many online directories and booking services listing Lima hotels. Through these services, the rates can vary for the same hotel. It is possible to find a rate for a 4 or 5 star hotel that is not far from the rate of a 3 star hotel.

The tariff for a double room can range from approximately $70 per room for a 3 star, to $350 or more. There are 5 star hotels with a tariff of less than $200 per room. Check their website for promotions.
Also, there is a hotel tax charged but foreignors are exempt from this tax. Check first before paying.

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.

In 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)

 



Hostals



This category of lodging spans from a very nice accomodation with amenities to a hostel style establishment that could have a dormitory option.

Hostals 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 environment.

Most all of the hostals offer a continental breakfast and private rooms with television. There may be options for private or shared bathrooms. Hostals generally have a lounge or common use area, with library, games, television, and kitchen area. Amenities can include: internet access, broadband cable, a small refrigerator, microwave, garden areas, laundry or dry-clean service and more. There are many hostals with websites or listings on internet directories where you can find the one that is right for you.
Many offer free or discounted airport pick up.

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.

 


















Apart-Hotels

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.

These 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.
However, they are mostly a independent or "self-service" ("auto-servicio") lodging where the breakfast, meals and housekeeping may not be included. Housekeeping may be if staying a week or longer. Check with the hotel first. Generally, this accomodation is akin to having your own furnished apartment in Lima, but with some services of a hotel.

The units are equipped so that all you would need are food items and bottled water. Small stores ("bodega"), neighborhood farmers markets and supermarkets abound. At check-in, they can direct you to the nearest bodega.

These accomodations commonly have: cable tv, internet access/broadband, telephone, sheets/towels, and a full kitchen or kitchenette or a "fridge-bar." The appliances include a full size or small refrigerator, a stove and likely an oven, a microwave, blender, toaster, and pots, pans, utensils, flatware, plates, etc. A fridge-bar can be a small refrigerator with a counter area and a microwave, and may have a hot plate or possibly a stove-top, along with the cookware and flatware.

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.





















Apart-Hotel near the airport



EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR THOSE WITH AN EARLY MORNING FLIGHT


Here is a apart-hotel about 15 minutes from the airport, on the route to Miraflores. It is called "Machu Picchu Suites." It is located in the San Miguel district, in a small residential neighborhood centered around a landscaped park. It is a secure building in a relatively quiet section with very little traffic. Being a couple of blocks from Av. Faucett and Av. La Marina, it is a short walk to the market or stores, eateries, transportation, etc.

Whether 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.

There are studios to two bedroom units. All are equipped so that all you would need are food items, bottled water and toiletries. Small stores ("bodega"), banks with ATM's (cajero), panaderia and a local market are nearby, supermarkets are several blocks to the south. At check-in, they are happy to provide a list and map of all local sites and services that would be needed, as well as businesses that deliver to the door including, pizza, dry cleaning and laundry (pay per kilo, about 6 soles or US$3). The supermarket "Wong" offers online ordering and home delivery, after registering at their website.

The accomodations have: table and chairs, living room seating, cable tv, internet WIFI or by ethernet cable, telephone, VCR or DVD, Stereo/CD player, intercom with first entrance gate/door at street, iron & ironing board, sheets/towels, and a full kitchen or kitchenette or a "fridge-bar." The kitchen appliances include a full size or small refrigerator, a stove and likely an oven, a microwave, blender, toaster, and pots, pans, utensils, flatware, plates, etc. A fridge-bar is a small refrigerator with a counter area and a microwave, and may have a hot plate or possibly a stove-top, along with the cookware and flatware.

Note- this is a residential neighborhood with no signs on the buildings, which makes a more home-town experience and may deter vendors looking to sell to tourists. For 24 hr. medical emergency, the Clinic San Gabriel is about 3 blocks away, across Av. La Marina.

A service offered is discounted airport pick up (approximately US$10)

Tariffs 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.
If a breakfast is offered, it will be a light continental breakfast including rolls and coffee. A bakery is nearby on Avenida faucett.

The discount offered is: if staying one week, get one night free. If paying for a month, one week will be free.


Machu Picchu Suites

www.MachuPicchuSuites.com


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