Posts Tagged ‘Orient-Express’
After a lengthy absence from writing my blog, I am back. Thanks to all my friends and family who have told me they miss reading my blog posts and that they find them interesting. It’s nice to hear positive feedback.
Now, on to today’s post. I recently had the very good fortune to win a contest here in Peru. Many of you have probably heard of Groupon and may have even used it in your own cities. I have been using Groupon for a while here in Lima and have gotten some great deals on restaurant meals, massages and even a Brazilian hair straightening treatment. A few months ago I entered the “Verano Groupon” contest on-line (verano means summer in Spanish) and then promptly forgot about it until I received a phone call one day from someone saying they were calling from Groupon and that I had won a prize. I was at first skeptical as there are a lot of scams in Peru, but after I did a little bit of investigation it turned out to be legit. So I went down to the Groupon offices here in Lima to collect my prize… an all expenses-paid, luxury weekend for two in Lima. Given that I already live in Lima it wasn’t as if I had won a luxury vacation to some exotic destination, but it did include 2 nights at the best hotel in town, meals at some of the finest restaurants, a private city tour, entry to 2 discotheques and a personal photographer to accompany us during all the planned outings. Needless to say, I was very excited.
Last weekend we enjoyed our prize. It started by getting picked up at home, which is only about 8 blocks from the hotel, and being driven to the Miraflores Park Hotel. This is the best hotel in Lima and is part of the prestigious Orient-Express hotel chain. From the moment I arrived it was very obvious why this is a 5-star hotel. The facilities are lovely and the service is outstanding. I often complain that it is hard to get good customer service in Lima, but I guess if you are willing to pay enough you can find it.
Apart from its luxury and good service, one of the most outstanding features of the Miraflores Park Hotel is its location. As the name implies, it is located in the Miraflores district of Lima beside a park located on the Malecón de la Reserva. The views from the 11th floor, where the pool and buffet breakfast are located, are fantastic on a clear day. It’s a shame that Miraflores is often engulfed in a heavy fog or mist; however, we were lucky enough to catch a few rays of sunshine lounging by the pool during our stay.
One of the things I liked most about the hotel was the lobby. It is very large, with an extremely high ceiling and when you enter you are greeting by the most pleasant scent. The Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde cocktail bar, found in the lobby, is very quaint. If you want to enjoy a drink or just relax in a more spacious environment, there is a lovely seating area in the lobby which is richly decorated with books and interesting pieces of art.
I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in such a luxurious hotel. However, given the exorbitant prices of the rooms, I don’t think I’ll be staying at the Miraflores Park Hotel again anytime soon, as much as I would love to be able to.
Next time I’ll talk about the 3 restaurants we visited: La Rosa Nautica, Brujas de Cachiche and Junius.