After an awful experience with a hotel in Lima last October, I was skeptical and a little nervous (to say the least) as our taxi driver tried to find the hotel. We had booked at the Ginebra hotel online a few nights before, and were going to stay 2 nights there before I traveled back to the UK, that's if we could ever find it.
We were driving around in a pretty rough looking area, when finally I noticed it. A tall silver building that looking quite ridiculously grand compared to everything else around it.
We got out the taxi and a friendly porter came to carry our bags into the hotel reception, the decour was lovely, tasteful clean and expensive looking. I suddenly got quite nervous when I remembered the price that the internet has said, I thought that there must be some mistake - either we had walked into the wrong hotel, and the grubby, standard one we were supposed to be at was actually round the corner...or, there has been some mistake and we must pay much more than we thought.
But this wasn't the case, we were in the right place, and we had paid the right price, which was roughly £40 for the two nights.
The hotel was lovely, the people at reception were helpful and polite. Our room was clean, nicely decorated, with cable TV, a lovely bathroom, fresh towels both days and our own Terrace. Breakfast wasn't included, and we didn't eat in the restaurant, but from what I saw the food looked delicious. There was a nice long check out time, which meant that we didn't have to rush out our room at 5am, and it was within walking distance of a large shopping mall, with restaurants, a cinema and shops. We were also given a free welcome drink when we arrived, which was a tasty cocktail - a nice bonus.
The only slightly odd thing, was the very strict rule of bringing no food or drink of your own, what so ever, into the hotel. I thought this was a little odd, something that I have never come across before, obviously a plea to urge you to buy from the well stocked but over expensive mini bar. The only other negative I have, is that the rooms became very hot during the night, they didn't have air conditioning, and if we opened the door, the bugs would come in.
Over all I would say that this is a fantastic little hotel, a true gem, so you if find yourself in Lima and are willing to spend a little extra in order to get a great night sleep and a hot shower before a long flight, you should stay here. Just bear in mind, that it is quite far from the center points of Lima, if you stayed here and wanted to go to some attractions more central, you would need to take a bus (which can be dangerous) or a taxi (which can be expensive), also if your backpacking or on a budget, there are plenty of other hotels which are much cheaper.
I was really impressed with this hotel, I have paid a lot more in the past, to stay in hotels in London, that were rubbish compared to Ginebra. You can really get value for your money in Peru, if you are willing to spend a little bit extra (not a lot, a little) instead of hunting for the bargains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ginebra Hotel is perfectly located in the business area of Lima norte where you may also find well- knowed stores, restaurants, theatres, art shops and museums. Our facilities combine elegance with modern technology in order to provide quality and personalized service to our guests. We have thirty rooms which have been specially and elegantly designed to provide the best stay guaranteeing peace and quiet. Our luxurious rooms have safety box, 32-inch LCD TV with Cable DIRECTV signal, a minibar and wireless internet connection. Additional features rooms with terraces and people with disabilities. In our cafe restaurant you can enjoy our menu carefully designed under national and innovative culinary criteria. You can also enjoy an exclusive range of national and international cocktails. The hotel business center, located on the second floor, has a sophisticated equipment and bilingual trained staff assistance to facilitate the work of our guests. ... more less
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