Many criticisms you hear of this hotel are true, but I loved every moment of my visit!
I stayed at the Bolivar for three days during a two-week trip to Perú, and it was by far my favorite accommodation of the trip. For me, the selling points were the beauty of the building, the graciousness of the staff, and the perfect location in Lima's historic center, with the lovely Plaza San Martín right out front (be sure to stop at the hotel bar, El Bolivarcito, and enjoy wonderful nighttime views of the plaza while sipping a pisco sour...).
Unlike anywhere else I stayed in Perú, this hotel did not seem to cater exclusively to tourists -- for example, other guests I saw during my Bolivar stay included businesspeople, a middle-school athletic group from Cusco (well behaved), and so forth. Compared with much more touristy experiences in the Sacred Valley, my time at the Bolivar actually felt like a real slice of South American life.
There were some drawbacks. The bed was not very comfortable, and the one dinner I had there was not great. Also, there was a sign in the bathroom warning guests not to plug anything into the wall socket except, I believe, an electric razor.
Still, I thought the elegant, unique atmosphere of the place more than made up for its quirks. I really hope to return to Lima some day and stay in this hotel again.
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