I got my best nights' sleep of my vacation here: because it's as quiet as a tomb. That's a welcome relief from the architecture of most Peruvian lodging where the walls are paper thin. We knew what we were getting into in this place. Old. Worn down. Seen better days. Possibly haunted. But we were giddy with just how gaudy, tacky, old, and so full of character it was. If you're going into this hotel with the expectation that it's a 5-star establishment you'll be sorely disappointed. But if you're in it for the adventure then it was worth the one night stay (for a steal on Orbitz $35/night although the rack rate at the desk was much higher). There are so many beautiful quirks about this hotel that I went crazy with my camera. For a photographer, this place is full of gems. We described it as a cross between The Palmer House in Chicago and the lodge from The Shining. Big, quiet, lonely, and you could almost imagine the sounds of a distant cocktail party around the corner. The beds were hard and small compared to the cathedral-height ceilings, the rooms smelled musty, and the furniture must have been at least 40 years old. But the bathroom was flooded with natural light which was comforting in the morning. Even the in-room radio was about 60 years old and still functional, and the TV still had rabbit ears. But we enjoyed the location on the Plaza San Martin and it was a charming place, if anything.
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