The Best Address in Lima, Peru
By Madelyn Miller
In each country, there is one location or address that
seems to work for everyone. In Lima, I found it to be the Hotel Melia Lima.
Melia Lima is located in the ideal location in the
center of the city business and commercial centre, near the Jorge Chavez
Inter-national Airport and the historical center of Lima, declared as a
World heritage site by UNESCO. It is ideal for vacationers and business
travelers visiting Peru’s capital city.
The Melia Lima is located only 20 minutes from the
Jorge Chavez International Airport, in the heart of Lima, Peru. It is within
minutes of the financial business district, museums, arts complexes,
restaurants, shopping and entertainment. The historic city center of Lima
itself is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Western
I loved that I could walk in the garden outside the
restaurant and that only a few blocks away was a supermarket where I could
pick up gourmet souvenirs like the tea and spices I brought back for
friends. This was my last stop on a two week trip to Peru and it was a
perfect place to settle back and reflect on the culture and the people I had
And I actually met some new friends at the buffet
breakfast, two teachers who were at a conference at the hotel and enjoying
the property as much as I was. We chatted over the buffet elaborate
breakfast that also included custom made eggs delivered to the table. And I
saw them again at what I consider tea but is called “Ice Time” at the Hotel
Melia Lima, an extraordinary buffet of sandwiches, salads and enough
desserts to overwhelm even a compulsive sweet tooth. The buffet from 5pm to
8pm includes beverages and is a bargain at 29.
And the kitchen never rests. Each day there is a
different buffet of Spanish, Italian, seafood and etc. for 50. And if you
are still hungry, there is always 24 hour room service.
When you check in, you are given a certificate for a
Pisco sour, the national drink of Peru. And here’s a tip—if you look for the
meal flyers in the lobby, they have another coupon for a pisco sour. This is
important, because drinking pisco sours can be habit forming.
The 188-room Melia Lima features 29 luxurious junior
suites and one Presidential suite. All rooms include air conditioning,
direct dial telephone, minibar, satellite color television, safes, daily
newspaper and rooms specially equipped for the physically handicapped.
The hotel also features the exclusive Royal Service
floors, offering a variety of preferential privileges such as private
lounge, butler service, concierge, breakfast, evening cocktails, and other
The hotel security is exceptional and was almost too
good for me. You need to use your key card to get the elevator to go to your
floor. I had trouble the first few times I tried to use the card in the
elevator (my hands were filled with packages from all the bargains I found
every time I walked out onto a street in Lima) and as soon as the staff
noticed that, they seemed to always be there with a master key to send my
elevator up. Talk about service.
Business facilities include two large meeting rooms and
a professional business center. All facilities are equipped with fax/modem
connections and direct dial telephone services, equipped for meetings,
congresses, conventions and incentives. A call to the front and a wizard was
in my room to connect my laptop to the internet. But even if you need to use
the business center, prices were very reasonable.
When it is time to relax and unwind, Melia Lima will
indulge you with a variety of options, including an outdoor swimming pool.
The hotel is very popular with brides and couples
celebrating their anniversary. A special package includes a junior suite
with Jacuzzi, welcome cocktail, a bottle of champagne and canapés, breakfast
in bed and airport transportation
But most of all, I will remember how welcome everyone
in the hotel made me feel. On the back of a business card one staff member
gave me was handwritten the note, “we look forward to your next visit:”
So do I.
Av. Salaverry 2599
Distrito San Isidro, Lima/PERU
Phone: 011 511 441-9100 or 441-9300
Fax: 011 (511) 441-9400
U.S. Reservations: 1-800-33-Melia
General Manager, Benjamin Perez Palacio
Director of Sales, Carmen Escudero
Peru is located on the central Western part of South
America, immediately below the equator, the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Its
climate should be tropical; however, the cold waters of the Humboldt current
and the Andes Mountain Range, make Peru a country of incredible contrasts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Spanish and Quechua are the official languages in Peru.
It is possible to communicate in English with people who provide tourist
The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol.
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