We really really wanted to love this place. Firstly, things didn't start off that well. We had booked an airport transfer with Lilian, the daughter of the artist and who generally runs the place, especially since we were arriving late at night. I had emailed the day before to confirm. Imagine our surprise when we arrived and there was no car booked. When we called the hotel number, while still at the airport, a guy answered and said Lilian was not around and that we would just have to take a taxi. No biggie. But then when we ran into Lilian at Second Home upon our arrival (about 11 pm), no explanation or for that matter, apology- nothing. We stayed a total of four nights and it was not until she discovered during our stay that I was a journalist (on vacation and not working, I might add) that she suddenly -gee whiz!-- she took an interest in how our stay was going. For an upside, the room we stayed in (Sirena) was amazing. Bigger than most NYC apartments and with a view of the Pacific. Wifi worked decently. Location of the place was perfect in Barranco. It's definitely not like a hotel, and has many gorgeous and intriguing personal touches added by Senor Victor Delfin, who was lovely and fascinating.
The downside is that our room was barely cleaned. Upon arrival there was a cockroach who the front desk guy stamped out, while apologizing and blushing. A day later, another dead cockroach turned up. Again, no biggie. But then it remained there in plain sight in the middle of the dining area and was not removed by the "daily cleaning service" throughout our entire stay. In retrospect, because the grounds and room was so special, we would have stayed here a night or two, but by night four we were more than ready to leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secondhomeperu embodies the spirit of Peruvian culture combined with the tranquility of the Pacific. This majestic guesthouse with five bedrooms/baths is nestled conveniently in the heart of Barranco, Lima's arts district. Once home to the Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfin, to enter Secondhomeperu is to enter an artist's imaginative world, replete with its creative works. You do not need to search far to find the seedlings of inspiration; they abound in the gardens, terraces and Pacific views of this historic Tudor mansion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Second Home Peru Hotel Lima