With every trip to Peru, this country continues to conjure inspiration and excitement. Every time I leave, it never seems like the next visit will be too far away. Adding to that sentiment, I am always thrilled to pick a hotel for the stay. For me, it adds so much to the experience. When making a decision about where to stay in Lima, I stumbled across an article by jetsetter.com on the 8 Best Hotels in Lima, Peru. What a great springboard for my search this turned out to be! I focused my energy towards the suggestions from this article. Based upon this, I narrowed down the search to Country Club Lima Hotel, Atemporal, and Hotel B. I made the decision to stay at Atemporal based upon cost and also amenities offered. For our one night stay, the cost was $250 in January. This does not include taxes and fees. At the end of the trip, I also gave them a small tip for their great hospitality and distinctive service.
Ahead of time, we arranged with the hotel a transfer from the airport. It was pricier than what we read for the cost of a cab at 40 SOL. In the end, it turned out to be a fantastic decision. The driver was waiting for us immediately when we exited the baggage area and there was no hassle of trying to get a cab or Uber. Lima is very spread out, and it was a rather long drive from the airport to hotel at approximately 40 minutes. There was also a fair amount of traffic on this particular Saturday morning.
Atemporal Miraflores Mansion
We arrived at the nine room “hotelito” around 8:15am. It is a beautiful, Tudor style mansion in the Miraflores area of Lima. Prior to our stay, they indicated to us that they would likely have a room available upon arrival. As promised, we were able to get into the room right away. This was amazing after our overnight flight. The decor was fantastic. The room was small but perfect for our needs. There were two robes available, which I always enjoy. The TV allows you to watch Netflix if you so choose. The shower and bathroom facilities were exceptional, and they provided great bath products. In the room, there is a helpful guide that includes recommendations for sights, restaurants, etc. It was nice to flip through to make sure I wasn’t missing out on any nearby sights.
Amenities: The amenities at Atemporal were a standout for me. They do provide a complimentary breakfast in the morning. There is also a “happy hour” welcome drink in the evening from 5:30-7:30. They provide one wine/beer complimentary and any additional after that would be at a cost. Upstairs they have a refrigerator stocked with water and juice. I enjoyed grabbing a bottled water in the evening or before we set out sightseeing for the day. One of the things I enjoyed the most was the complimentary Wi-Fi and mobile hotspot they provided. Having this was incredible! We were able to iMessage and utilize google maps to navigate, not to mention, look up information on the go. On other international trips, this has been a challenge. Finally, they did have a house car available to drive guests to neighboring destinations. It is subject to availability, and you cannot reserve it ahead of time. We utilized it for a ride to dinner. There are also bicycles available to guests as well. Their website includes the full amenities list at http://atemporal.pe.
Overall, I felt the stay at Atemporal was a fantastic decision. The experience was unique and more personal because of the small size. The staff was very accommodating and allowed us to store our luggage all day after check out. Our flight did not leave until 1am. In addition, they allowed us to take a Wi-Fi hotspot with us all day even after we checked out. The house car was able to drive us to dinner the evening we were leaving. All of these little things along with the early check in really made the stay special. With the small size, you felt the above and beyond efforts to make the trip pleasant and memorable. I would, without hesitation, stay at the Atemporal hotel again.