When you travel to any large city abroad with kids, finding a great kid-friendly hotel takes work, particularly in a destination that isn’t heavily covered by family travel blogs and other kid-oriented travel resources, like Lima. We stopped in this massive city, home to almost nine million people, en route to Inquitos for our phenomenal adventure in the Amazon with Aqua Expeditions.
We had two excellent family-friendly hotel experiences in Lima. Our arrival accommodation criteria included finding something “hangoutable” as we had a full day to spend there, yet convenient given that we needed to return to the airport 24 hours after landing in Peru.
I asked the team at Aqua Expeditions for a recommendation and they suggested the Country Club Lima Hotel, located in the elegant, leafy residential neighborhood of San Isidro. Built in 1927 as a polo club, the grand entrance overlooks the Lima Golf Club and has easy access to many of Lima’s main tourist attractions.
One of the big perks for families is the onsite swimming pool. Although the pool is compact, it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a long flight or sightseeing. If families have more time to spend relaxing, they are able to access the playground and larger pool at the club adjacent to the hotel.
The five-star Country Club Lima Hotel has a total of 83 rooms, and 24 of them are suites with spacious living areas. Some rooms step out to private patios. Rooms are well-appointed with comfortable beds and refurbished bathrooms. All of the rooms have a unique piece of art on display.
This is one of the things I love about the Country Club Lima Hotel — it has a tangible sense of place and history. It’s not a generic hotel that could be in any city, but one that feels closely tied to Lima in its interior design. The hotel is home to two restaurants (kids’ menus are available), the popular Bar Inglés, and a lovely terrace. We didn’t have time for dinner here, but breakfast is wonderful with an extensive array of fresh, hot and cold selections. We did make time for our first official Pisco Sour at the bar; it was delightful and reputed to be the best in town.
Located adjacent to a few boutiques (silver, clothes, and handicraft), a Starbucks, and jogging/walking paths, guests don’t need to leave the property for entertainment. The hotel is a 10 to 15-minute drive from the neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco with upscale shopping, fantastic dining, and a stunning pathway that winds along the bluffs overlooking the ocean. The airport is about a 40-minute drive depending on traffic.
We also found the Concierge Desk at the Country Club Lima Hotel to be excellent and spot-on in their recommendations for our limited time to explore the city. They also sourced a wonderful (and reasonably priced) driver to take us around town for a quick tour.
One thing we discovered is that Lima overall offers compelling value for the quality of accommodations and food. The luxury rooms at Country Club Lima Hotel start at $269. If you’d like us to help you book a room at the Hotel Country Club Lima Hotel, click Check Availability on our family-friendly review of the property in the CB! Hotel Collection.
We had very different needs on our return trip from Iquitos as we arrive into the airport at 7p and then needed to head back to the airport for an early AM flight back to the US. Given the 12-hour abbreviated stay, it didn’t make sense to opt for a hotel with amenities we wouldn’t have an opportunity to use, so we decided to give the Liberator Lima a try.
Libertador is a well-known upscale hotel brand in Peru. The Lima property is a four-star business hotel with 54 rooms and limited leisure facilities, however, it’s right next door to the Country Club Lima Hotel and as I mentioned above, this location is very desirable.
Rooms at the Libetador Lima have typical business hotel decor; ours was spacious with comfortable beds and a decent bathroom. The Libertador Lima has four sets of connecting rooms that are perfect for families, as well as larger suites with kitchenette facilities. The service is very friendly; I had a situation requiring a bit of extra attention and and found the front desk to be very accommodating.
The bottom line is that if you don’t need a long list of onsite amenities in Lima, the Liberator is a good family-friendly option. Rates at the Libertador Lima start at $US 115 per night.
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Editor’s Note: Country Club Lima Hotel and the Libertador Lima hosted our visit so we could review it for our blog. As always, our opinions on Ciao Bambino our our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy except where noted.
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