A December 2007 trip
to Lima by maynard7
Quote: Notes about my trips in Peru in 2003-2008
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2004
Avenida Armendariz 375
I would give this place a better recommendation, but the service was lukewarm at best. In most of Latin America, young people live with their families until they marry. Since they don't have privacy at home, they usually go to a hotel for privacy. Maria Luisa seems to cater more to these couples than to typical travelers, and it is reflected in the lack of service. By the way, the rooms come with double or queen beds—no singles—so if traveling with a friend, you'll have to share a bed. While the staff was never outright unfriendly, they were disinterested in providing any service beyond the basic. They do not have an iron for guests to use, which is fairly basic, even in cheaper places I stayed at in Lima. I was asked to pay in advance for my first night, which I never encountered elsewhere in Peru. When my friends came to visit, they had to leave their ID at the front desk while in my room. There seems to be a level of distrust by the staff towards guests. The doorman and porter were nicer than the girls that work at the front desk. In other hotels in Lima (notably Mundanos and Casa de Baraybar), there was always an eagerness to please that doesn't exist here. The location can't be beat; you're only a couple of blocks from the action in Miraflores, but it's quiet. Even though it was cheaper, I decided to leave after 3 days and stay at Mundanos.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 31, 2005
Maria Luisa Hotel
Pasaje Tello 241
Free Internet computer in the lobby. They will try to get you to book tours through them; I didn't find cheaper prices out on the street, so you may as well let them get their commission. Peter, the tour operator that works with them, arranged for a private guide with car to tour the Paracas Reserve for only $20US for five hours. If you end up not liking it here for some reason, don't worry, there are at least 20 small hotels within walking distance to choose from.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 31, 2005
Posada Hispana Hotel
They have a free breakfast buffet every day. Also, a full-service spa is on the premises, which you can use for free if you are a guest. Massages cost 40 soles for 40 minutes. You can pay with a credit card at no additional charge.
If you are used to sleeping in a quiet environment, I recommend the Hotel Huarango, which is about 10 minutes away by taxi.
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 3, 2005
Sol de Ica Hotel
Calle Lima 265
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 20, 2008
Hotel | "Residencia Sucre"
Calle Sucre 179
Hotel | "Hostal Turistico Eiffel"
Hostal Turisitco Eiffel
Calle Juan Fanning 550, Miraflores
00 511 242 9498
Hotel | "Inka Lodge Hostel"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 20, 2008
Elias Aguirre 278
+51 1 242 6989
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2004
El Angelito Verde Vegetarian Restaurant
Avenida Benavides 451
Govinda Vegetarian Restaurant
Schell 634, Miraflores Area
The owner is a former employee of Bircher Benner restaurant (an excellent but expensive vegetarian restaurant in Lima). For 8 soles (a little over $2US) you get an emoliente drink, a first course (usually a salad or soup), and the main plate and small dessert. You also get a plain, drinkable yogurt (add anise syrup from the pitcher on your table to add a flavor).
This was probably my favorite veggie restaurant in Lima and I went there most days. Every meal I had there was good. You can also order from the menu, but the set meal was a great value. Open daily 9am to 8pm. Closed Sundays; open limited hours on holidays.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 31, 2005
Oscar Benavides and San Ramon
Avenida Malecon Cisneros 156
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2006
Restaurante San Antonio
Ave. Vasco Nunez de Balboa 770
Attraction | "Paracas National Reserve near Pisco"
I didn't want to get up that early, so I arranged with the tour operator (affiliated with my hotel, the Posada Hispana) to get a private guide. I only had to pay him $20US, and I had him for 5 hours. He took me from my hotel and gave me the complete tour of the reserve, pointing out all the interesting facts along the way. Also, we hiked down to the beach; the group tours only look at the beach from a lookout point.
I really recommend going here to see these giant sand dunes. At some point, you'll be taken to an area with five restaurants (the only on the reserve property). You don't have to go to the one your guide recommends. Check out the menus at each one and then decide. Tia Pily is the one farthest out on the point; the prices were slightly more reasonable, although all were pricey for Peru. You're paying for the location, not the food, which is okay but nothing spectacular. Typical plates are 25 soles, which buys you a near-luxury meal in Lima.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2005
Paracas National Reserve (near Pisco)
Between Pisco and Ica