The Splendor of a Vast Ocean

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Av Costanera, San Miguel District, Lima Region, Peru
Manuel

Lima is fantastic, fun and its food delicious. It can get overwhelming, though. Show your back to it and face the ocean in this oasis. Fifty meters above the ocean, on the 10th floor, enjoy all the modern day amenities in a fully equiped aparment.

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Lima is fantastic, fun and its food delicious. It can get overwhelming, though. Show your back to it and face the ocean in this oasis. Fifty meters above the ocean, on the 10th floor, enjoy all the modern day amenities in a fully equiped aparment.

The Space

The capital of Peru has much to offer. First of all, the Limeños (and Peruvians by extension) are extraordinary hosts, the food is delicious, and music, fun and culture are never in short supply. Nevertheless, Lima is a chaotic, fast-paced and loud city. Heavy traffic, street vendors, and a ceaseless rythm envelops the city well into the night. Contrast this with the quiteness and magnificence of the vast Pacific viewed 50 meters above sea level. The building is located on a cliff; the apartment on the 10th floor. The ocean is the alpha and omega of this modern, spacious and comfortable apartment. The living room has a view, the dining room has a separate view and the master room has a view, to the Pacific. Yet, this glass-and-steel oasis is located 15 minutes away from the airport, 5 minutes away from a massive Shopping Center (Plaza San Miguel); 20 minutes away from the financial heart of the city San Isidro; and 20 minutes away from Miraflores, the touristic heart of the city.
This oasis in not just about the ocean; in here you will have strong internet WiFi, Cable Television from around the world (Cable Magico) and a landline to be connected with your loved ones and the latest events.
Surprise your family and overwhelm your guests in here; you might be able to enjoy the radiance of the sun sinking into the Pacific, one sunset after another.
p.s. I like talking. So please ask as many questions as you want, because I enjoy helping. Transportation; public transportaion; places nearby; what's safe what isn't; anything! Please, don't be shy and ask on; even for a discount!

The Neighborhood

The apartment is in a residential area; there's a police station a couple of hundred yards north of the apartment; there are several 'bodegas' (small family owned stores); a traditional marketplace; a bakery (panadería); a church, etc. Everything just a few blocks around the apartment. There is a park conveniently located just in front of the building with a Playground for the young ones, and it is consistantly guarded by 'Serenazgo' (municipal police). This park connects, through a bridge, with a walkway that runs along the ocean; ideal for jogging, running or strolling. San Miguel, however, has much more to offer. Plaza San Miguel, and the surrounding area, has virtually anything you need. You have four supermarkets, domestic and international fast-food joints, department stores, money exchange, airline tickets, bus tickets, casinos, nice restaurants and a long etcetera. And all of this is literraly five minutes away by car or a fifteen minute walk. Just onn your way there from the apartment, on Avenida Universitaria, you may find Chicharron joints (deep friend pork), which are the preferred breakfast spots for Peruvians eating out, among other restaurants (such as Chifas -Chinese food; Pasta; food from the jungle, etc.), drugstores, more bodegas, and list goes on.
Whatever it is you need, it is more than likely you will find it in San Miguel; you can always (website hidden) and/or ask me.

Getting around

You can walk around the neighborhood and to Plaza San Miguel (preferably during daylight and being aware of your surroundings; follow the same precautions you would in any large urban center). You can call a cab to the apartment or walk to Avenida La Paz (back of building) to hail one there; the doorman can help you with this, too. You may use public transportaion at Avenida La Paz and/or Avenida La Marina (Plaza San Miguel); there are so many different routes, however, you must be sure what you're doing before jumping in.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 4
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $500 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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  • The apartment was clean and Manuel, the doorman, was very helpful with directions, things to do and also helped us find cabs. There were great views from the apartment that we enjoyed. We had a pleasant stay and would definitely recommend it to anyone.

    June 2014
  • The apartment was great! It was spacious and comfortable and it had great views. As other reviewers have mentioned, the doorman was so helpful. It was close to San Miguel Plaza (a mall with a Wong supermarket) as well as Larcomar mall and Miraflores. It was difficult to hail a taxi on Costarnera street, but the doorman just helped us call one since we didn't have a cell phone.

    June 2014
  • As the host is living out of the country we had no real interaction with him once the reservation was made. He called the day we checked in to see if we had arrived and if everything was as promised. He was extremely easy to work with and we encountered absolutely no problems. The apartment looked just as the photos indicated. The size and condition was as he had indicated. The view was beautiful. There are no areas in Lima that are assessable without going through some tough looking neighborhoods, this one seems to be within a little closer proximity to those areas than I would have liked. Walking at night would have been a little less than comfortable.

    The reception was very involved, knew that we would be there and eager to help. Our flight didn't arrive until after 2:00 in the morning and the reception was still up and waiting for our arrival. That was extremely reassuring.

    The apartment is modern and we had no problems with hot water or with any of the appliances. We enjoyed our stay and we would stay at this property again.

    June 2014
  • The apartment was great! It looked great, right on the ocean. Manuel stopped by to check on us and was very helpful.

    May 2014
  • Great stay! The place is exactly as the pictures shown. Felt safe the entire time we were there. It was also pretty easy to get taxis and is in a good location. Manuel also responded quickly if I had any questions. Also the internet worked well.

    May 2014
  • Manuel was very accommodating, I arrived earlier than the rest of my party and he was very helpful in making sure that we had everything that we needed for our short stay in Lima. Pictures are very accurate. Rooms were comfortable, showers warm. He asks that you leave a tip for the person who comes and cleans. I met her on my way in and she was super nice and ended up showing me around town. Overall, great stay.

    April 2014
  • ¡Increíble! Manuel es un anfitrión muy atento, considerado, amable y paciente. Su departamento es impresionante, mejor aún que se ve en las fotos con una vista espectacular en unos atardeceres asombrosos y la posibilidad de ver los delfines jugando en el mar desde el balcón.
    El apto cuenta con suficiente espacio para todos y cada cuarto tiene una vista bonita con buena ventilación. Todo está muy comodo y moderno, la presión de la agua sale perfecto y bien caliente, la cocina es amplia y muy bien equipada, no hace falta de nada en ningún lado.
    Nosotros vivíamos aquí por seis semanas cuando veníamos por primera vez a Peru y no podía haber imaginado mejor situación o lugar. Después de conocer a San Miguel y el malecón que está justo a la salida del edificio, ¡casi no hay necesidad entrar a Lima! Todo se encuentra fácil dentro de unas cuadras, restaurantes, mercados, tiendas con todo y taxis. El internet en el departamento funciona perfecta y el cable tiene caneles en inglés, español y portugués. Los porteros acá son muy atentos y te pueden dar buenas sugerencias sobre todo asunto que te interesaría.
    ¡Mil y mil gracias, Manuel, Norma, Juan, Javier, Jose y Maria! ¡Los agradecemos la perfecta visita que teníamos a su linda cuidad! ¡Con todo corazón recomiendo este bonito refugio para toda ocasión!

    March 2014
  • I can sum our stay here up in one word: INCREDIBLE! Manuel is the consummate host, patient, kind, easily accessible, responds quickly, called several times to check on us, speaks perfect English and is extremely understanding. Unlike many ads on AirBnB, his apartment is even better and more spacious than it looks in the photos. Everything is modern and in perfect order, each room has a view and is light and airy, the water pressure is great with wonderfully hot showers. We stayed here for over a month and I never lost the thrill of walking into our "own" place and standing on the balcony to look out across the ocean at a spectacular sunset. The boardwalk is right out the door, perfect for early morning runs and, while we were there, a pod of dolphins could be seen almost daily, cruising up and down the coast just offshore. The kitchen is huge and very well equipped, coffee maker and panini maker were put to great use, and having three bathrooms with a large group was a huge time saver getting everybody out the door to visit the center. The doorman, Juan, is very helpful, caring and considerate as well as very knowledgeable. Make sure you ask him what the taxi fair should be to your destination before you head out. That way you can negotiate the cab drivers down when they try to overcharge you for being a foreigner. Norma, the housekeeper, is a sweetheart and just a phone call away. There are groceries, affordable laundry mat, a good restaurant, "Mesa Marina" that sells awesome ceviche with great service, taxis to the center and parks all within a few blocks, easily walking distance. You can´t beat this location. Honestly, if you were going to get your own place in Lima, this is the one you would stare up at from the street and wish it was still available to buy! Even if you never go downtown, you will have an amazing peruvian experience right from this condo. If you are just stopping by on your way to Cusco and you have a couple extra days, you won´t regret spending them here. Hopefully Manuel´s place will be available the next time we are in Lima because it will always be our first choice!

    March 2014
  • The apartment was awesome. I really enjoyed the time spent there.

    PROS: If you need to contact Manuel, do it through (website hidden), otherwise, you need to call him long-distance. He was nice enough to call us the first morning to make sure we made it. Another nice thing he did was to allow us to arrive a little early and leave later, when our flight was cancelled.
    It was a very large apartment on the 10th floor with a lovely panoramic view of the ocean. I just stayed with my husband and we slept in a different room every night! It was quiet because it was away from the swarm of traffic.
    Doorman was really friendly. The recommended taxi company always arrived within 15 minutes, but we easily flagged down a taxi out front when we didn't have time to wait.
    There's a police station about 100 feet away, so there was no fear for safety.
    We were close to the airport and the Incan Markets, where we bought souvenirs. We were able to walk to the Plaza San Miguel in 15-20 minutes, but rarely made it because there was too many delicious eateries on the way.
    Anytime we needed water, it was a 5 minute walk to a bodega.
    On the last night we even used the blender to make pisco sours!

    CON: We literally had no cons. However, I'll make note of the doorman's recommendation to not walk to the plaza because it wasn't a safe area. But, we walked around every day and never had any issues whatsoever. Just be aware of your surroundings, and you'll be fine.

    Make sure you get the complete address to give to the taxi driver.
    Enjoy the apartment and Peru! Best food ever!!!

    December 2013
  • Nos gustó mucho el depto de Manuel. Es muy amplio y tiene una vista espectacular. Manuel siempre fue muy atento con nosotros. El depto está ubicado muy cerca del aeropuerto, lo que es una ventaja para aquellos que viajan temprano al día siguiente. Muy cerca hay una plaza llamada San Miguel y en los alrededores comimos un ceviche delicioso.

    September 2013
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Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru; Miami Dade College; Fordham University; Gainesville State College; Universidade Federal do Ceará; Universtiy of Georgia
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I am a born-and-raised-in-Peru Peruvian American. I live in Columbus, GA and I have family in Peru. My aunt Ana lives in the next building over, actually. I have a passion for traveling and meeting different cultures and practice new languages. My dream is to work for the foreign service.... Anywhere! I am truly blessed with this beautiful apartment, and I happy to share it with you all. I am from Callao, which is very close to San Miguel (next district over). It is a sensational place to rest, and a privileged one too! Lima can be engulfing, but having this oasis where to rest, and treat guests and just be "away" from it all, is a priceless luxury. Oh! Not to mention I get to see the sun descending into the ocean, coloring the sky and the clouds, bidding farewell to the day and setting the most excellent introduction to the night, rather often I have traveled rather extensively, South America, Central america, North America, Europe and the Middle East. Of all these places, in America I must remark: La Antigua Guatemala (gorgeous place with its volcano and so lush); Valparaiso (where I am returning shortly), the hill and the colorful houses facing the Pacific, mixes with the most handsome people ever, a true jewel. Rio de Janeiro; even before landing you know you're down for something spectacular. The geography of the city is unique, the ever presence of the Corcovado Christ so high up in the mountain (yeah that high), and the resemblance to Lima (safe people are much more expressive and voloptuous -if that's even possible), make this a fascinating place to be; the sexiest people, ever. New York, well it is the indisputable captial of the World and there are countless reasons to it. Lima is of course my favorite city, but I am biased, naturally. I like the food, the ocean, I like the fact that it is a big city and I can find almost anything I want. But what I like the most about Lima is metaphysic. It is more noticeable when I am alone, walking in the drizzle or looking out the window; it is the feeling of being home, where I belong. It manifest itself when talking to a stranger: the lady who tends a store in a random corner; the cool taxi driver relating his flirtations and conquests with women; or the old lady selling religious stuff outside church. For the untrained eye, Lima can be an unattractive, even ugly place. To me Lima just fits.
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