CASA MIRAFLORES (Lima, Peru)

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Juan de la Fuente Street, Miraflores, Lima Region 15047, Peru
Isabel
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CASA MIRAFLORES
Versatile, independent, private, one- or two-bedroom apartment; front door; second floor; good natural light and airing; in the nicest, safest, best area of Lima. Can accommodate up to four persons in two ample, separate rooms. The main bedroom has a new queen bed, and is open as part of the apartment. The other bedroom has a new full bed and its own door--available when the group requires it. We only rent to one person, one couple, one group of two, three or four at a time--bathroom and kitchen are never shared; no additional or hidden fees either (cleaning service is included in the price).

We provide bedding, towels, toiletries, detergent. The apartment has a newly redone bathroom with hot water and Spanish shower head; well-equipped kitchen with microwave oven, double-burner stove, refrigerator, French coffee press (ground coffee and milk for first day), electric steel kettle, toaster, blender, plates, glasses, silverware, cookware; wireless internet, 32-inch LSD TV with 90+ cable channels (some in English), alarm clock-radio, writing desk, fans, hair dryer, iron and iron board, washer and dryer (first load free). If you need a specific item, please ask, maybe we can get it for you.

We love it that we are in the best area of Miraflores, at walking distance to assorted good restaurants, a very good supermarket, a variety of stores, places of interest, banks and ATMs. Expect to be comfortable and to enjoy your stay with us. The apartment is clean and well furnished, has spacious rooms and comfortable beds. Quality and price are exceptional. Ours is a residential area, slowly turning semi-residential because we are a few steps away from Av. Benavides, a "backbone" avenue--your reference street when you are here.

THE CITIES OF MIRAFLORES AND LIMA
When you decide to visit South America, the pretty cities of Miraflores and Lima should be your first consideration. Various activities are always taking place, apart from the opportunity to enjoy its gastronomy at the many restaurants scattered all around town; learn about South American and Peruvian history through the many museums (Larco Museum is popular among visitors), religious spots, Inca and Colonial architecture; relax at the several beaches or parks close by; buy alpaca clothing (sweaters, ponchos, ruanas, hats), silver or gold items, and famous brands at the many new, modern malls.

Lima's historic center is to the North. The Metropolitano (surface Metro) Av. Benavides Station is two blocks away. It will take you to downtown Lima in less than half an hour for S/. 2.00 PEN.

At dusk, on your way back from downtown Lima, you may want to enjoy marvelous Parque de las Aguas / Circuito Mágico del Agua at Parque de la Reserva (a large park with assorted fountains--about a dozen of them--combining water, light and sound) in Jesús María district--halfway between Lima and Miraflores. It holds a Guinness Record.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR VISIT.
PERU HAS MORE TO OFFER!
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*Financial information: "S/." is symbol for Peruvian Sol (PEN); 1.00 USD=S/. 2.79; 1.00 GBP=S/. 4.15; 1.00 EUR=S/. 3.40. Always check bank, internet for up-to-date rates.
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Guest Access

Guest has access to an independent front door; private bathroom and private kitchen; free, unlimited, new internet wireless connection; free, unlimited cable TV with 90+ channels (some in English); washer and dryer (on first floor; one free load per stay); a bottle of water each, and coffee and milk for first day.

We have done our best to provide you with all you might need. If you require an item, or are not satisfied with one, please let us know to see if we can do something about it (don't wait until you're gone to complain)--guest satisfaction is our main concern.

Interaction with Guests

We interact the most when Guest first arrives: to show him/her around the apartment, discuss the neighborhood, give advice, answer concerns. If we find each other on the street, we stop and chat a bit. Guests are usually limited on time, and we respect that. If you are willing to have a chat, though, we are available. E-mail and the cell/mobile phone are quick ways to keep communication going.

The Neighborhood

A very nice, gated park (Parque Reducto 2) with wi-fi is less than a block away--open 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Several activities take place here: one that might interest you is the organic market set up on Saturdays, 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

Across the street, on Av Benavides, you'll find three eat-in / carry-out eateries: SMUTIS and SANDWICH (peruvian), and NO TE RAJES (mexican). A block away is TRATTORIA DON VITO, a good italian restaurant for pastas and pizzas on Martín Dulanto Street; two blocks away is LA PREFERIDA, a good fish restaurant on Ramón Ribeyro Street; three blocks, KAM-MEN, a good chifa restaurant (chinese-peruvian fusion) on Av. Panamá (now Av. Roosevelt); and, across the street is MAGA, famous for its desserts, and LUCA'S, famous for its cakes.

Also, across Av Benavides, there are two grocery stores; a pharmacy; copy and office-supplies store; two newspaper stands; 24/7 ATMs; banks; legal money changers (better price than at banks); internet and printing booth (2.5 blocks away on Av Casimiro Ulloa); access to profuse public transportation.

The restaurants I mention are the ones closest to the apartment, or on the route that you might follow along Av Benavides. Obviously, all restaurants cannot be in one place or next door--they are disseminated all around Lima/Miraflores; therefore, if you are looking for a particular one, you might need to take a taxi.

1. EAST OF CASA MIRAFLORES:
Av Benavides-Av Panama (now Av. Roosevelt) intersection.

One block to the East, you'll find a good coffee shop with wi-fi (HOLLYS); one more block, pizza to-go/eat-in restaurant (DOMINO'S); on the same block, oriental specialties (PANDA); next block, a well-supplied supermarket (WONG) with local and international products--open 7:00 am-12:00 am). Half a block from there, on Av Panama, a very good chifa restaurant (KAM-MEN) with chinese-peruvian fusion dishes.

The supermarket includes a bakery with a variety of fresh breads and pastries, deli area, fruit-juice bar, salad bar, cut fruits and vegetables (whole fruits are not quite ripe), ripe avocados; rolls, sandwiches, empanadas; to-go dishes including ceviches and tiraditos, peruvian roast chicken (we suggest you try it) and chicharron, turkey, ham sandwiches; ice-cream in a cone; international brands; three-meal food-court on the second floor (open until 10:00 pm); toys; stationary; free gift-wrapping stand; fresh-flower stand; three ATMs; wine and liquor area (pay purchase before 11:00 pm).

At this intersection, you'll also find a gas station with a 24-hour convenience store, other banks, other chifas, a small casino, an emergency hospital, many other small businesses. Three streets East, still on Av. Benavides, you'll find world-known American franchises, same as several local restaurants. Many of these restaurants also have locales on Av Larco.

2. WEST OF CASA MIRAFLORES:
Av Benavides-Av Larco intersection.

From our place, you may walk West down Av Benavides to Av Larco, the commercial-financial street/area which is six blocks away, or take a 'micro' or 'combi' (small buses) for S/. 0.50 PEN* to Av Larco, Parque Kennedy, or Ovalo Miraflores. A different bus route will take you to LarcoMar.

Two and a half blocks, still on Av Benavides, on your way to Av Larco, there is another coffee shop (STARBUCKS); a very good peruvian roast chicken restaurant (PARDO'S CHICKEN); another supermarket (METRO), two large casinos (FIESTA and ATLANTIC CITY).

And, if you are looking for 925 silver or silver-plated items and/or assorted antiques, you'll find them on Av La Paz (North off Av Benavides, two blocks before reaching Av Larco).

At Benavides-Larco intersection you'll find a Tourist Information booth (i) where you can get brochures and free maps. Three blocks North on Av Larco, you'll find Miraflores and Kennedy Parks: here you may buy tickets for day and/or night sightseeing tours on the "Mirabus," an open bus; and info about, and tickets for, in, around, and out-of Lima attractions.

On Av. Larco and surroundings, you'll find innumerable stores including three other supermarkets, banks, travel agencies, parks (Miraflores and Kennedy), bars, cafés, restaurants (peruvian as well as international, fish, oriental, italian cuisines), bookstores (Mario Vargas Llosa is our Nobel prize for Literature), boutiques, theatres, movie theatres, art exhibitions, casinos, discos/clubs, Peruvian handcrafts and paintings (hub is on Av Petit Thouars, one block East from Av Larco-Ovalo Miraflores intersection), connections to the Pacific Ocean (surfing is a major sport; Sofia Mulanovich our world champion), and many more places and activities that mark the throbbing, vigorous city.

Six blocks South from the Benavides-Larco intersection is LarcoMar, a shopping and recreation center facing the Pacific Ocean: own day and night activities, top-notch boutiques, world-famous brands, restaurants, fast foods, bars, a supermarket, bowling alleys, movie theatres, discos/clubs.

Along the two promenades or boardwalks (malecón), at land and sea levels, you can go down to the beaches, walk or jog along the shores, surf or take surfing lessons, enjoy paragliding (parapente), play tennis, rent a bike, rest at the many parks (including Parque Salazar, Parque del Amor, Parque Maria Reich), lunch at fine restaurants (Costa Verde, Cala, La Rosa Náutica--at sea level; El Senorio de Sulco, Franceso, La Vista, Costanera 700--at land level).

3. ARCHEOLOGIAL SITES
Pre-Inca huacas are other touristic centres: Huaca Pucllana (500AD) is North-West of us, with a first-class restaurant next to it and another one across it; and Huaca Huallamarca (220AD) is in San Isidro district, our upscale neighbour to the North.

4. BARRANCO DISTRICT
South of us is the small district of Barranco, a quaint Colonial bohemian town with its famous Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), Museo Pedro de Osma, a belvedere to the ocean, a nice place to savor 'anticuchos' and 'picarones,' handmade jewelry, paintings from local artists, and a very active night life--including presentations of typical dances at enclosed locales.

Getting around

Guests usually walk around Miraflores district to get the feeling of the City. Nevertheless, there is profuse public transportation in our area: you may stop a taxi at the corner, catch a bus on the Avenue, get on the surface metro (Metropolitano)two blocks away, rent a bike for an hour or the whole day. There are walking and bike tours around Miraflores, also.

Other Things to Note

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:
- April-November (better months): Inca Trail Hike, 2- and 4-day tours; Cuzco.
- June 26: Inti Raymi--Festival of the Sun; Cuzco.
- July 24-August 10: Feria del Hogar; Chorrillos District, Lima.
- July 28 (and 29): Independence Day(s)--Presidential Speech, Military Display; variety of activities, fairs, circuses, tours; several districts of Lima.
- September 05-14: Mistura--Peruvian Food Fair (opportunity to taste the vast assortment of Peruvian foods and drinks, and to buy Peruvian produce and products); Magdalena District, Lima.
- December: International meeting, Care of the Environment; Lima.

WEATHER: Winter, 15°C / 60°F and up, some sunny days, some cloudy days, a little cold at night; if any, very little rain--usually early in the morning or late at night.

"RESERVATION CONFIRMATION" and "DESCRIPTION": Please print them, bring them along with you, and read them whenever you have some free time: for CASA MIRAFLORES complete address, specific directions (in case taxi driver is not familiar with route), cell/mobile phone number, email address, Airbnb numbers, and other details.

The DESCRIPTION will give you a pretty good idea of what, where, and how to find things. We can discuss it once you are here, too. Also, do check the internet to find useful info about any subject on Peru.

LATE NIGHT ARRIVAL: If you arrive late at night and are hungry, see that you eat-in or buy to-go at the airport food-court on the second floor; stores in our area will be close.

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT: We have a fixed schedule now to avoid overlapping; nevertheless, we can keep your luggage if your flight arrives before, or leaves after, check-in / check-out time.

AIRPORT. It is the most modern in South America, and about a 30-minute ride--if traffic is light. We recommend you take a registered taxi (Taxi Green) from the counter/table inside the airport; find it on your way out after luggage pick-up: pass glass doors and to your right, pay S/. 50.00 PEN--no matter what time it is--and no tipping (don´t spoil them, please). We do tip at restaurants though, 10%--if not included on the bill.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $12 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Flexible
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  • This was THE perfect little house for two single females traveling solo. We felt safe during our entire stay. Isabel was super nice. This will definitely be my place to stay for ALL my future stays in Lima.
    The entire experience was PERFECT!

    July 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 17 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    May 2014
  • Estuve dos días hospedado donde Isabel y la verdad que la relación precio/calidad es excelente! La habitación, tipo junior suite, es bastante amplia con un televisor enorme para ver desde la cama. Hay una cocina que forma parte de la habitación (con puerta separada) y un baño amplio. Hay otro dormitorio separado que forma parte del mismo apartamento.
    La única pequeña 'queja' que tengo es que la página web del apartamento dice que hay internet, pero la lentitud de la conexción lo hace inservible.
    Yo volveré adonde Isabel cuando esté nuevamente en Lima ya que es mucho mejor y más barato que cualquier hotel de 3 o 4 estrellas.

    April 2014
    Isabel
    Response from Isabel:

    Llevè a revisar el usb del internet inalàmbrico porque yo tambièn he tenido queja de su lentitud. La compañìa dice que va a actualizar el aparato. Para tu pròxima visita ya estarà solucionado el asunto.

    April 2014
  • very comfortable apartment, well-appointed and not a far walk from Larco. Definitely a great option for your own apartment in Lima.

    April 2014
  • Isabel was a wonderful host, I stayed a couple of days in Lima and the flat was the perfect place for me, the location will allow anyone to walk or take public transportation, it is a great area to be.
    She explained to me the basics of the house, the neighborhood and gave me a map of Miraflores.
    The apartment is very cute and neat, full of sunshine, the bed is very comfortable and there was hot water the entire time I was there. It is very basic but perfect, the place looks just like the photo.

    April 2014
  • Isabel was a lovely woman, generous and easy to communicate with. Her place was extremely clean, quite large, comfortable and had all necessary amenities. Perhaps location was a slight drawback since getting to restaurants in the evening required taxis or public transportation but Isabel coached me on taking buses so that was a plus. It was my first Airbnb experience and it was a very good one.

    March 2014
  • Isabel was a fantastic host, can't ask for a better host - she's very helpful, fast at responding to messages and offered some good advice. The maps of the city she provided were much better than ours too. 15-20 minute walk to most of the main stuff in Miraflores. Place is well kept, bright. Recommended.

    March 2014
  • Apartment was very clean and location was perfect. Isabella was very respectful and responded to inquiries promptly. Thanks for everything.

    March 2014
  • Isabel was perfect. Attentive and helpful but respectful of your privacy and independence. The place is very clean and simple, covering all your needs. Ive been to lima many times and, for me, the location was great. Id definitely stay there again!

    February 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 6 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
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Hello! I am Isabel and lucky to live in Miraflores, one of the prettiest and most nearly international cities in Lima. I have a room or two that you can enjoy while you visit with us. I like to help people, care about your being comfortable, and see that you enjoy a happy stay. I am a retired teacher--and amateur tennis player--and, in general, I like to stay at home. Once in a while, though, I enjoy walking around the commercial areas in Miraflores, San Isidro, Surco; visit the malls; do a little shopping; enjoy lunch at different restaurants; ride along the promenades. I have visited several countries in South America; lived in the States for about six years; visited Canada; and, adding all months up, lived in London, UK, for one year. I have also traveled around Continental and Eastern Europe, including Egypt. Would like to go to Thailand, India, China, Japan. I stay informed by reading articles in the internet, listening to the radio, watching the news at night, sending and receiving emails. Other activities I spend time with is visiting family and friends, reading a borrowed magazine or book, listening to oldies, and, lately, keeping the apartment in tip-top condition. Traveling around has helped me realize the importance of having a nice, clean, fresh room to rest in after 'a hard day´s day.' COME, VISIT PERU; WE HAVE MORE TO OFFER.
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