We were on route from Argentina and arrived in Lima very late at night and without a reservation (not smart but an oversight). Most of the accomodations (at least the ones that appeared to be desireable) were booked...not surprisingly, and even more than normal on account of the earthquake in Chile (most of the flights to Santiago were diverted to Lima). We were not surprised when Harry told us that he was also booked. However, he was very concerned and told us to call back in 10 minutes to see what he could do. As luck would have it, he had a cancellation (I understood as a result of the situation at Machu Picchu) but it was an entire suite (a very large one with a beautiful private patio). In true form, as we were quick to find out, he offered it to us at the price of a double room, as he was very sympathetic to our plight. What a gentleman! As an added bonus he arranged to have us picked up at the airport by a secure taxi and at an extrememly reasonable price! And this was indicative of his truely warm, considerate and genuine nature. He could not have been a more helpful and gracious host, going well beyond the call of duty...recommending restaurants (even had menus available), and giving us very detailed information, and valuable and honest insights into the various neighbourhoods of Lima. Harry made every attempt to make our brief stay at Villa Ponciana a very comfortable one.
The hotel itself is more of a very artistically designed large B&B located in a very quiet residential neighbourhood (you'll have no trouble sleeping here!), yet very well located in Miraflores. Harry had access to a very safe, inexpensive and friendly taxi service. If you choose, however, you are steps away from a street where taxis are frequent. Transportation to and from the place is absolutely no problem. The only advice we would give you is to write down the names of the two intersecting streets in the event that you're taking a taxi from the streets back to the hotel.
The hotel is very attractive with large principle rooms and patios in which to lounge about if you just want to crash. Breakfast is relatively basic (I would only add some fruit) but very plentiful and fresh and delicious! The "girl" even went out to get fresh bread for breakfast, as apparently she always does...and it was delicious....as was the fresh juice! And, to boot, she does a bang-up job of cleaning the rooms! Give her a nice tip....she deserves it!
Needless to say, I would not hesitate to stay at Villa Ponciana next time we're in Lima....and there will definitely be a next time. And so should you...you'll not regret it. Thanks a million, Harry! You're a true gentleman!
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