NOTE: 2 blocks from Park Kennedy, see the map in my photos.
This room has a low ceiling and jumbo bed (between twin and full).
This bedroom is for one person.
1) Furnished room with PRIVATE BATHROOM
2) Excellent location in the heart of Miraflores
3) Access to kitchen and dining room
4) Wireless internet, cable TV
5) Make free domestic calls to landlines from house phone
6) Bathrooms cleaned every day
7) Clean sheets and towels provided
8) Pick up from airport (ask for details and pricing)
9) Free 1 bottle of water upon arrival.
My houses are clean, full of young students and professionals that bring life and laughter to my home. My guests are all treated like family. I value honesty and integrity.
NO Smoking allowed: Following Peruvian Law # 25357 you cannot smoke indoors including common areas in the house and bedrooms.
Guest have access to all common areas: Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room.
Off limits is the laundry room but there is an inexpensive laundromat half a block.
Interaction with Guests
I email guests before their trip and I offer to help them with taxi, tour reservations, general information about Peru, and much more.
I live in Miraflores, beautiful residential area with lots of art museums, night life, bookstores, artisan shops. Also conveniently located for transportation, banks, bakeries, grocery stores.
If you want to go out, we are at a walking distance to the beach.
Pick up from airport (safe taxi) per request.
Public transit (buses) conveniently located a block and 2 blocks away.
Walking distance to the Metropolitano.
Here are tips for your trip (the good, the bad, and the ugly in no particular order) that I send people going to Lima. I hope you find them useful, if you have a question let me know, I can add it to the list.
When filling out the paperwork in the plane for customs and immigrations:
make sure to write "casa de familia" o "amistades" and the address (no hotel)
Taxi to/from airport:
Don't take any cab from the street, specially those from the airport as there are lots of muggins and theft from tourists. I know safe drivers, if you need transportation, let me know and I will send you the picture and information of the driver. He will wait for you with a sign with your name.
Don't change money at the airport, their fees are outrageous. You can pay taxi and my mom in US dollars and later once you are all settled you can go out with her to change money at the bank or at an authorized cambista. I recommend taking 20 US dollar bills, they are the easiest to change (not 10, 5, or 1, they will give you a lower rate). Make sure the bills are not torn, written or old looking (they will change them at a lower rate or refuse to change altogether). Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and big stores, not so much in mom-pops stores though. The most used is VISA but nowadays they take anything but discover and sometimes AMEX. There is a citibank branch if you use that bank and a subsidiary of Bank of America.
Do not get travel checks or international money orders, the exchange plus all the fees would eat up the total value.
You'll get sick the first few days until your stomach gets used to the change in water. Nothing to worry about unless it lasts over a week. Drink boiled water (yes it tastes nasty but you get used to it) or soda (at least over there they use real sugar and no high fructose corn syrup... don't get me started on that). My mom boils the water used in ice cubes which makes it safe but don't expect restaurants do this so don't ask for ice. I don't advertise bottled water because of the waste (recycling in Lima is in early development) so get a nice sturdy metal water bottle (like the SIGGs found at Whole Foods) and use it everywhere,they also keep the liquids cold for a long time.
Vegetarian?: There are various good vegetarian restaurants, just ask me.
Public transportation is common and very cheap, you do need to know where you are going and have a decent level of Spanish. Taxis are a second option, there has been a lot of controversy of what is a safe taxi, which is hard to say. In any case from the airport, my mom's friend is the best option, or friends coming to pick you up is great too. Do not take an unknown taxi at the airport, they are overpriced and they prey on tourists. An for god's sake, at the airport don't try to take public transportation, once you are out of customs' gates you are pretty much on your own and the airport is not in a nice place in town.
Depends on the time of your stay, just ask me.
You don't need a tri or four-band cellphone, you can have your old cellphone unblocked for about 50-70 soles - or buy a new one (depending on how long you are staying this would be the most inexpensive option). Also, if you want to keep your phone you can get a SIM card 3 blocks away from my mom's home from an authorized dealer (that way you know it is not stolen). It costs 40 soles although that was a while ago so it may be more now. There are 2 major carriers telefonica and Claro; they both have good service in Lima; if you are going to travel to provinces Telefonica would be a better bet.
These are men and women that are looking for someone to take them out of Peru as fiance, or spouse. You will encounter them as soon as you arrive: at the airport and especially walking in the streets of Miraflores. Hey I am not saying you cannot form a meaningful relationship with someone you met there, all I am saying that you have to be cautious and aware. And always, ALWAYS, wear condoms that you bring/carry.
The little studio on the roof is wonderful. It has it's bathroom and very simple kitchen (fridge, kettle, microwave) and is very private from the rest of the house.
The house itself is shared, but everyone keeps the place very clean and there is a very friendly low-key vibe. The kitchen is fully equipped and the building is very secure with 24 hour security.
The location is excellent, only a few minutes walk from Kennedy Park, Larco and Pardo.
Isa is a responsive and gracious hostess. The Miraflores location is very safe and convenient. It is easy walking distance to all essential services as well as parks, restaurants, movies etc. I say this even though I was on crutches for most of my time in Lima due to injury. The area is quite loud (due to nightclubs and bars and car alarms) but it is very safe and secure.
Very nice room and apartment. Great location. Very nice host. Good experience!
Great place, great people, great location!!! Love this place!!! SUPER clean!!! Isabel´s staff is great!!!
I lost my cell during the stay and they helped me a lot!!! I would definitely stay again there!!!
Isa sent me tons of info and was a great host. She was out of town when I was there but the contacts she set up for me were also a pleasure! Location is excellent. Lots of bars, restaurants, parks and shopping nearby.
The ceiling was a little low in the room I stayed in so might be a little tight for someone taller.
Great location in Miraflores! Only a couple of blocks away from Kennedy park,shops and restaurants. It is nice knowing the complex has security who only let in people living there. I looked at 2 different rooms that Isabel had available and chose the rooftop room. I really liked having access to the rooftop and the outside. Even though this room was smaller than the other room it didn't feel like it because of the rooftop patio. It was great being able to look out onto the city. Everything was very clean and i had plenty of room for my stuff. Isabel's friend Alex was very helpful with answering my questions and also arranged a taxi for me to the bus station. Thanks Isabel and Alex! If I am in Lima again I will definitely stay here again.
The neighborhood and location cannot be beat, and the hospitality was absolutely excellent. Every day I walked through a nice long park to the metro 10 minutes away, and there are many stores and supermarkets, plus a laundrymat, less than 2 blocks away. The community is locked with 24-hr guards who recogize all residents and need to let you in. It is extremely safe.
The room was great - nice and cozy (but recommended only for shorter people- anyone taller than 5'6" or so might feel cramped in this bed and low ceiling!). Opens onto a gorgeous and well-groomed patio and great open private bathroom. Locks to both the patio and your bedroom door (2 levels of security).
Isabel is incredibly nice and speaks English well. She or her husband Patrick (who speaks fluent English) stopped by the apartment to say hi or work on projects almost daily. They are extremely responsive to questions - Isabel went out of her way to help me find tour companies, answer personal questions, etc- and when the internet began to be slow, brought in the company multiple times and ultimately purchased an additional router to make sure the intenet was fixed. Now there is extremely fast wireless internet everywhere throughout the house.
The downstairs common area is great- everyone in the house is like a family, and there is adequate fridge, freezer, and cabinet space for even me who was staying for 6 weeks. There is a large TV in front of the couch with tons of cable stations, both in spanish and in english, and lots of movie DVDs to use. Lots of appliances in the kitchen including a coffee maker, toaster, smoothie maker, and microwave. Overall extremely comfortable, and would absolutely come back!!
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Teacher, artist, painter, writer. Loves life.
I accept all things that come my way for my highest good.
I am ready to take on action and accept changes as wonderful occurrences in my life.
I am on an exciting journey.
I have welcomed guests from all over the world to my home for over 10 years. I offer a personalized "at home experience" which means you are treated as part of the family.
My houses are clean and well-lit. I make sure everything is in order and I like to talk to my guests about their lives, research, reasons for travel, etc. and help them as much as I can. My guests usually recommend other guests and this is for me, the best review I can get because when my guests are happy, I am happy too.
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian. All are welcome at my home!