Peru - Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel
by, 06-17-2014 at 10:26 AM (589 Views)
We recently returned from one trip that's been on my Bucket List for years - Peru & Machu Picchu.
After cobbling together 3 Luxury Link packages along with a booking made elsewhere for the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, we were all set. The Sanctuary Lodge was the more challenging one to reserve, so we worked the other hotel dates around the available dates for the Sanctuary Lodge. Once my SIL learned about our trip, she and her SO jumped on the bandwagon, and she was able to book the Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, along with the same Luxury Link packages for the Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel in Lima, the Belmond Palacios Nazarenas in Cusco, and the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley. With the help of the one of the experienced Luxury Link concierges, she was able to easily coordinate her reservation dates to match our dates.
First up? Lima and the recently renovated & reopened Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel with its lovely location in Miraflores and a quick walk to some of the best shopping at Larcomar, a large, modern multilevel shopping center along the seawalk. Our packages included Junior Suite rooms; ours was on the 4th floor and my SIL's was on the 7th floor. The packages offered a junior suite - city or ocean view - and while we had hoped for an ocean view room, no such luck. YMMV. We were exhausted when we arrived as our flight had been delayed causing us to arrive at the hotel at 1:30am. The hotel was fabulous in many ways but there were two minor service hiccups during our stay and the first one was upon our arrival. Much to our surprise there was quite a long check-in line in the lobby at that late hour and it seemed to be a slow moving process. It took an hour before we were able to complete the checkin process and make it up to our room. But such a nice room!
The other minor hiccup was our second and final night concerning taxi service arranged through the hotel for our dinner at the La Rosa Nautica restaurant. Upon completion of our dinner, the hotel advised us to have the restaurant call the hotel for a car to come get us. They hotel said it would be safer for us to use their car service (both ways) rather than to hire an unknown local taxi. However, the Miraflores car never came and after waiting for 20-30 minutes, we asked the restaurant to call the Miraflores back. The staff at the from desk was surprised and apologetic. While waiting for the Miraflores car, there were several independent taxis we could have taken but did not because we were waiting on the Miraflores arranged car. It was getting late and by the time we called back, we told them we would take a local taxi, rather than to wait for them to investigate and get a car there. In the end, it worked out fine by taking a local independent taxi.
The location of the hotel is perfect. Right on the cliffs above the ocean, nice upscale neighborhood, walking distance to shops, restaurants and entertainment. And the room was great - large & roomy with a full size sofa, very comfortable beds, and the best room temperature controls - I like to be able to sleep in a cool room. You know the saying…..happy wife, happy life! Oh, one other thing that became a funny theme as we continued our travels throughout Peru - the bed had a top sheet! Wonderful, and very fine linen quality too. Not to get too off topic, but why do so many hotels use a thick comforter on top of the the bed with no top sheet? Not too temperature adaptable!
The junior suite included in our package was huge! And so was the bathroom. The hotel had been shut down for a few months for updates. As the staff explained to me, it was more of a refresh rather than renovation. I had not visited the Miraflores prior to the refresh so I can't compare the differences. The bathtub was one of the larger tubs I've seen in a hotel - not a jacuzzi tub, but a giant round "roman" tub and the room had its own sauna. Everything else in the bathroom looked new and I wonder if some of those fixtures were part of the refresh.
Our two night Luxury Link package included breakfast and massages, but since we had so little time in Lima - really only one full day, we did not spend the time to get massages. Instead on our one full day in Lima, we did a city tour to get an overview and see the highlights. The included breakfast buffet was excellent in a delightful setting with wonderful views over the Miraflores Park and the ocean, right next to the 11th floor rooftop pool, with eggs and omelets cooked to order.
Before our trip to Peru, we watched the weather forecasts like hawks - and the forecasts looked horrible, predicting much rain every day in all four of our Peru locations. Much to our surprise and delight, those weather forecasts were so wrong. We encountered rain at only one of four locations - at Machu Picchu. And during our Lima city tour we were surprised to learn that Lima is very dry and rarely ever gets rain!
Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel - http://www.luxurylink.com/5star/hote...tout=&guests=2