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Summer in Peru - 2017

Lima - Peru

Dog inside Calama Airport

I had been in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile for a few days, then had to return to Calama to catch a flight back to Santiago, then another flight to Lima, Peru. It was a day of Airports and Aeroplanes.

Eventually I arrived at Lima Airport, a big, busy, noisy airport where immigration had trouble with my passport, I have no idea why. A man took over from the woman, punched some numbers in and I was through immigration without a problem. I bought a ticket for a safe and reliable taxi to take me to the Gran Hotel Bolivar, located on San Martin Square, Lima.

The taxi had a screen fitted in the back of the seat where I watched a preview on what to see and do in Peru - It was informative and had good photography.


Well, once we drove away from the airport, I found out just how busy Lima was, and just how impatient and reckless Peruvian drivers are! The road was marked as 3 lanes, but there were 5 lanes of traffic filling the 3 lanes with much pushing and shoving taking place, horns were blaring, arms were hanging out of windows, buses stopped in the middle of the road to let passengers off - WELCOME TO LIMA!

I was pleased when I eventually arrived at my Hotel and was inside away from the honking and noise. A quiet and peaceful Hotel interior with helpful staff who could speak English, and a lift to the upper floors was just what the Doctor ordered.

Gran Hotel Bolivar

Interior of the Gran Hotel Bolivar

Interior of the Gran Hotel Bolivar

Gran Hotel Bolivar Lift

After having a rest, I checked out this historic Hotel which in its heyday, was the most luxurious hotel in South America.

I loved the old lift, the chandeliers, the Model T Ford in reception, the antique furniture, lamp posts and so much more, the Hotel oozed elegance.

Model T Ford
Bottom of lamp post at Hotel Gran Bolivar

Many famous entertainers, politicians, country leaders, film stars and singers such as Orson Welles, Ava Gardner, John Wayne, the Rolling Stones and Ernest Hemingway to name a few, stayed at the Gran Hotel Bolivar.

Famous people

My room was enormous and filled with antique furniture that I liked, plus it was in the centre of the Hotel, so I had a good nights sleep every night.
Breakfast was in the Dining room where I enjoyed a cooked breakfast every morning along with a choice of rolls, juice, tea & coffee. I could have had more, but that was enough for me.

Gran Hotel Bolivar Dining room

I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would definitely stay here again.

Tomorrow, I begin exploring Lima

Posted by balhannahrise 03:39 Archived in Peru Tagged architecture taxi hotel transport

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What a beautiful hotel, wish I would have joined you on this tour :)

by regina1965

Wow! What a fantastic hotel! I'm jealous!

by irenevt

Regina, I wish you could have too :)

by balhannahrise

Irene -You can stay there too when you go to Lima. I usually don't stay at luxurious hotels like this, but I managed to get the good price of $210us for 3nights or $90 night Australian which was a really good price. My bit of luxury on this holiday.

by balhannahrise

That's certainly an excellent deal.

by irenevt

A very good deal indeed! You can't find a Premier Inn or Travel Lodge at that price which must be about £22!

by ExRanger49

Barbara, It was more expensive when I first looked for accommodation, then later on the price dropped. I couldn't believe the price for a Hotel like this!
Compared with the Premier Inn or Travelodge it would be a 10* Hotel.

by balhannahrise

Irene, I think I was so lucky to get this price. It sure was an excellent deal.

by balhannahrise

Great hotel at a very good price. Sometimes it helps to keep looking for a good price.

by Galaxy31

I usually look at prices on Booking.com, then come back later to see if there have been any price changes, often there has.

by balhannahrise

Lovely hotel Dee. Yes I use booking.com too.

by aussirose

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