Got stuck one extra night due to flight cxln, and original hotel Faraona (another 3 star) was sold out. Room itself was very plain & basic, felt a bit like you were in a cement block. But it was clean and beds were comfortable. Shower was good too. Location was across from Miraflores Indian markets, a few blocks away from Kennedy Park, and 20 minutes or so walk to Larcomar, the mall on the sea. Internet was $1 for 30 minutes, and it cut you off if you weren't done and had to go back downstairs to pay again and get back on, a bit annoying. Breakfast was OK, not the worst and not the best for variety. Staff however were very good. The waitstaff in dining room and bartender work for 4* cruise lines, and are on their off time. Sounds like a normal thing for this hotel to hire these folks. If you've ever been on a cruise, you'd know this is a plus for any Intl. hotel catering to foreigners to have them work there. English was excellent, very friendly, full of good advice on where to go, and loved to talk up their country. They seemed like fun and wished we were staying a bit longer to check out a couple of their recommendations. They also spoke French to another patron.
I will admit the hotel was not as nice as the Faraona, but still would have no problem staying there again and recommending to others on a budget (appx. $15/nt less than Faraona - another 3 star).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a great location, Mariel hotel offers full-equipped rooms and apartments in the heart of Miraflores district. Air conditioning, wifi, tours and car rental services also. Front Desk and transfers 24 hour ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mariel Hotel Lima