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“Pleasant stay; good breakfast”
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Hostal El Patio
Ranked #13 of 309 Lima B&B and Inns
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Pleasant stay; good breakfast”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Stayed at Hostal El Patio in August of 2012. Fantastic location, within walking distance of many wonderful parks, restaurants, and coffee shops in Miraflores. My wife and I arrived exhausted at nearly midnight, but immediately set out walking the streets, and felt completely safe - something that can't be said of all urban areas in Latin America. Most of the city's best restaurants, as well the seaside mall Larcomar, are well within walking distance. Miraflores is really conducive to traveling by foot. While it's outside the scope of this review, I want to note how wildly diverse and delicious Peruvian cuisine is. Certainly, the city center has its share of museums and historical attractions, but the main reason to include Lima in your itinerary is FOOD. We basically went to Lima to eat. You will eat as well here as any place on the planet. For us, Lima>Italy. And we LOVED the food in Italy. Sacrilege to some, I know...

if this is is your first time in Lima, you may want to take advantage of the hotel pickup and have them send a driver. Hailing a cab (we've all heard the stories) can be overwhelming for a jet-lagged traveler. As you exit the baggage claim, be prepared for a truly chaotic scene, a sea of touts and people holding signs for every person imaginable. Trying to navigate this craziness is daunting, and seeing our driver with our name on his sign was VERY comforting.

The staff, like the driver, were friendly and helpful. They spoke English (or tried valiantly). Peruvian service is less nurturing and effusive than in North America and Europe, which was fine by us. If you're used to the whole '"five-star treatment" and want to be pampered, you may want to look elsewhere.

Breakfast was a highlight, simple but always fresh and delicious, with great coffee, coca tea, and a variety of fresh juices, bread and pastries every morning, usually accompanied by meat (ham or something similar), fruit, and fresh jams/preserves. Essentially, this is nothing more than a 'continental' breakfast, but with such fresh ingredients, you won't be disappointed. This isn't the stale muffins and burnt coffee you usually get at mid-level chain hotels in the U.S. and Canada.

The property as a whole is beautiful and well-kept, a warm, soothing setting with flowers, plants, and a fountain. The rooms were just OK, clean but not impeccably so. The city was enveloped in that impenetrable winter mist, La Garua, during our stay, so everything just felt kind of...damp. Bed was nothing special, but relatively comfortable. Water was always hot, which was nice, since the room wasn't terribly warm. They gave us filtered water to drink, which we used to brush our teeth. Internet was touch and go from our room, but it was more plesant sitting in the common areas, anyway. The room was more akin to what one would find in a decent hostel, but the grounds were so appealing that it didn't matter much. We didn't come to South America to sit in our hotel room.

Overall, this place is worth it for the location and beautiful courtyard.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We were checked-in by someone who does not speak English. We couldn't tell him that we couldn't sleep because our room was overpowered by painted fumes and we were flashed by strobing christmas lights, which no matter how much we tried, the curtains do not cover the top of the window. When we checked out, our bill was higher by 25 soles, which we were not sure what it was. There were charges for 2 slices of cheeses for breakfast. We thought it would be a complimentary breakfast. We didn't ask for the cheese. It was like going to a restaurant where they put peanuts on the table and then were told that this would be added to the bill. In our entire 2 weeks stay in Peru, staffs were generally helpful. But sadly, not with El Patio. We asked help to call for a taxi to the airport and were told it would be 75 soles. While waiting, another couple told us they were told it would be 80 soles, which seems excessive. We instead hail a cab from the road, and it only costs us 55 soles. No mishap. Pleasant driver who took us right to the airport.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

I always stay here when I am passing through Lima. Wonderful and helpful staff, hot water, decent continental breakfast, and great location. I would recommend for travelers who are on a budget but still appreciate comfort.

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and wished we had gone elsewhere. It was totally fine! Not horribly wrong, so don't be afraid if you plan to stay here.
Pros:
Fantastic Location
Nice staff
Decent wifi
Hot water seemed to work

Cons:
Not the cleanest (not filthy, but not the cleanest)
Older/dingier furnishing
Price


When we returned to Lima, we opted to stay elsewhere and had a much better experience. Yes, we had to take (very cheap) taxis sometimes to get where we were going, but for me it was worth it to have a bit of a nice place to stay for WAY fewer soles.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

This place was friendly, clean and simple, with the flowers and courtyards creating a nice respite from the noise and business of Miraflores. The offered breakfast is basic and served in a small room that gets a bit crowded in peak times. I looked at a couple of other places in the same price range, and this is the better choice.

Location is very convenient for Miraflores and Larco Mar, staff was generally friendly (some more than others.)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 20, 2012 via mobile

Very charming hotel, clean rooms, friendly staff.
Located in the center of Miraflores, near Park Kennedy, beautiful place to stay in Lima.
S/15 discount for cash payments.
Reservations must be made in advance, even in low season.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Fresno, California
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Hostel El Patio is a beautiful place and is very magical once you step into that courtyard. My children loved staying here and enjoyed the birds in their cages as well. I didn't like that every time my small children got on the floor and walked around in their socks they got really dirty. As a parent floor cleanliness is a must, if they did clean I may suggest that they need a different method. If I were staying with my spouse I would have noticed but not been as bothered by it other than all the pet hair from the hostel's dog. I would have also liked to have shampoo and conditioner put in my bathroom since I had to travel very light, but I'm not sure how standard that is in Lima B&B's. The staff was very nice and helpful. Breakfast was okay. The king sized bed was two twins pushed together so had it been a special occasion with my love I may have been annoyed by it.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hostal El Patio
Address: Ernesto Diez Canseco 341 , Miraflores | Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Location: Peru > Lima Region > Lima > Miraflores
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Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 309 B&Bs / Inns in Lima
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hostal El Patio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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