The Gran Hotel Bolivar, located on Lima’s gorgeous Plaza San Martín, was very grand when it opened in the 1920s and was the social center of Peru’s capital. It faded and was even closed for a number of years, but it reopened with a bit less luster, to be sure, but with that enviable location, affordable prices and what I’m told are some of the city’s best Pisco Sours in the bar. The lobby is sparsely furnished these days, but the leaded glass dome is in place, recalling the original grandeur. I didn’t stay there. I didn’t see any rooms. But I did wander around the main floor and think how fortunate it is that this landmark hotel has been preserved and is welcoming guests.
Nightly rates start at S/. 230 for a single room and S/. 256 for a double. Currently the exchange rate is roughly 3 soles to the dollar. Jr. de la Uníon, Lima, Peru. Contact (511) 619-7170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.