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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