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Reviewed October 11, 2012

I wouldn't have mised this for anything. 12 foot ceillings in the rooms, antique furniture, entry room with desk, sitting room with sofa and bedroom with very comfortable bed. Very clean and not noisy if you can get an interior room with view of the stained glass dome. Excellent restaurant, but go next door for the best pisco sours in Peru.

Room Tip: There is no street noise with an inside room with view of the dome
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Terry S
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

We stayed in a Triple room, and the room was more than spacious. Tall ceilings, great old parquet hardwood flooring, original antique fixtures on the walls, shower/bathtub/bathroom, ceilings, etc. You could feel the history of this place. Yes, it is a bit faded, but the service and professionalism of every encounter only reinforced it's continuing grandeur. It has more than adequate amenities available, and service professionals assist with anything else you require. An immense clean room, the beds were hard, but the sheets were clean, towels and amenities were replaced daily. This hotel was among our better stays in Peru.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank JoeNotTheDog
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

Having stayed here in the 1970's I thought it would be good to get a nostalgic hit. The location is excellent: right on Plaza San Martin and 8 blocks to the main square. $65 per night for a double room.
The rooms were very large and very clean. In some ways they looked as though they hadn't been changed since the 70's with some curtains missing,chipped paint, poor electrical outlets, and creaky windows. Beds were no frills: soft, small pillows, clean sheets. Breakfast was included but is fruit juice, bread, butter and jam with great coffee
It is a shame that it has fallen to 2.5-3 star but the lobby, the beautiful atrium, the coffee shop/bar still shine to the elegance it once was. Perhaps one day it will return to its magnificient glory.

Room Tip: Try and get one of the internal rooms to avoid street noise
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank DoctorG44
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

If your looking for a Hilton, keep walking. If your looking for a fantastic piece of history with a great location, you have found the right place.

Please don't mind the dust, paint chips, squeaky floors or any of that stuff. Look past the superficial and marvel at the MASSIVE rooms with period furniture, turned stone chandeliers, balconies with views of the plaza, 14' ceilings, hardwood floors SO much more.

This Grand Dam may be a little worn but she is a bargain! For 80$us We received 2 bedrooms, two walk in closets, and 10' double doors opening to our balcony which overlooked the square! about 7-800sq feet in all. We held a small party in the bathroom (a little shy on seating but tons of space)

Cons; Street noise at night.

We were very pleased with the staff and the room. But please, if you want the Hilton, its down the road. This is no place for people who get upset about a little dust, a chipped tile or the lack of AC. Smoke a cigar and have a pisco sour on your balcony just after dark.... you'll be transported to another time.

Room Tip: Pick a room on the square or move up to the presidential suite for only a couple hundred bucks!!
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Shawn K
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

As a bit of a connoisseur of historic hotels there was simply no other option for our brief stay in Lima before heading to Cusco. The location is excellent: right on Plaza San Martin and maybe a ten minute walk to the main square. We booked a couple single rooms (68$/night!) for two nights each through an on-line agency and paid with credit card (cash also being an option) on arrival.

The rooms were huge (vaulted ceilings, French doors to the bathroom, ample closet space) and very clean. They were also a bit neglected with chipped paint, poor electrical outlets, and creaky windows that happened to allow every noise from urban Lima inside during the night. Beds were no frills: soft, small pillows, clean sheets. We ate a decent breakfast our first morning but otherwise did not sample the food. Service was polite and attentive: bags were brought to our rooms on arrival and to the taxi on departure. The doorman in particular was quite dutiful and even helped us secure a taxi when we returned from Cusco and weren’t staying at the hotel.

This is basically a three-star hotel that happens to exist in a potentially five-star building. As much as my brain wants to give this place a 3/5 my heart bumps it to 4/5 if you take into account the price and ambience. They simply do not build them like this anymore: the Model T in the lobby, the beautiful atrium, the sense of place…. walking around the halls at night reminded me a bit of “The Shining.” Here’s hoping for some renovations (a la Shanghai’s Peace Hotel) in the years to come. The potential of this place is limitless but currently unrealized.

I’d recommend a visit as long as expectations are realistic. I would definitely stay again if given the chance.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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