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Grand Bolivar

3.5 out of 5.0

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Gran hotel Bolivar is an institution. It seems nothing has changed since the beginning of the 20th century. Rooms are huge, bathrooms are big with elements of early 20th century. Although everything is old it has an absolute charm and everything is working (including Wi-Fi). Breakfast is fine with eggs and bacon, bread basket and fresh juice. Not to be missed is pisco sour at the bar.

I am writing to post an official complaint against the Gran Hotel Bolivar. My wife and I are tourists who wandered innocently into the Gran Hotel Bolivar on Tuesday evening 07/05/19. We were looking for a taxi to Miraflores. Front desk receptionist Mr Victor was fantastic. He took initiative, used his personal mobile phone to find us a taxi to Miraflores via the Easy Taxi app. He got us a bid for 23 Soles. Unfortunately the Easy Taxi driver cancelled on us. During this time, the front entrance porter, Mr Carlos 'found' us a yellow taxi on the street. We were quoted 34 Soles. But were told by hotel staff that 30 Soles was an acceptable tariff. So we got into the yellow taxi, but noticed at the last moment the yellow taxi driver giving a 'kickback' of some coins back to Mr Carlos. This is what I am complaining about. Mr Carlos is a perfectly nice and friendly chap. However from our perspective, it almost seems like he (and thus the hotel, as he represents the hotel) is preying on innocent and vulnerable foreign visitors in their hour of need. Tourists in a foreign land, unable to fully speak the local Lingua Franca, in their hour of need, find themselves having to pay an artificially inflated fee, just to line the pockets of hotel staff in a rather shady and disreputable manner. I urge hotel management to take action. I am sure the Gran Hotel Bolivar is a superb hotel. But Mr Carlos' actions this evening directly question the integrity and thus values of the hotel and all the staff at the hotel. Thus I urge all fellow tourists to boycott and avoid the Gran Hotel Bolivar at all costs as I find their values and attitude to integrity and honesty leaves something to be desired. I do hope hotel management is able to impress on their staff the value of maintaining the trust of tourists and how hurtful it can be, breaking the trust of new visitors to the fantastic land that is Peru.

Brief tour of the first floor of this hotel. Interesting history, and beautiful architecture! The stained glass dome is stunning! Take a look if you have timer. It's worth it. There is an old Model Ford in the lobby. The elevators are a blast from the past.

The rates were reasonable, and this hotel was breath-takingly beautiful. My favorite in all of Peru. The internet was not strong in my room, however, the room was HUGE and gorgeous, and quiet, and I was more than happy to go to the beautiful lobby to teach my online classes, and the staff could not have been kinder, friendlier or more accommodating. I loved this hotel and would stay again anytime in Lima.

This is one of the anchor buildings on the main square and worth the visit to the bar and lounge if not staying here. Great employees, great views and great value. Employees were overly helpful to me and I would definitely consider staying here.

Stopped by the bar as part of our tour around Lima as there is so much history in this building, I guess we felt that we were going to be drinking Pisco Sours everywhere we went on our holiday we might as well try one where they were originally created. The entrance and reception area of the hotel is very pleasing to the eye and of a bygone era. I love 1920’s décor and could just imagine Hercule Poirot travelling through. However the drink was exceedingly high priced for Peruvian standards and we were told by local residents that the hotel was really are living off their previous reputation so wouldn’t plan on staying there. I guess it’s one of those bucket list places when in Lima if you have time.

The rates were so reasonable, we stayed in the Presidential Suite! So glad we did, we spent the entire evening out on our balcony, overlooking the beautifully manicured grounds of the square across the street. So much activity and entertainment to behold, people watching and tourist's antics! The history of the hotel is incredible, President Kennedy had been in this very same place!

Stayed here for one night, could do more! The hotel looks amazing and located right on the St Martin square in the heart of Lima. We just walked 5 minutes and entered tile-clad Lima's old town with reach in Spanish colonial architecture and palaces and cathedrals around each corner. So the location is simply superb. The hotel itself looks a bit like a palace - a grand building, pillars and marble floors, you might want a tour of its ground floor and multiple ballrooms. People were even taking pictures of the bathroom designs! Our room was on the 2nd floor, it was very spacious with high ceiling, walk0in wardrobe and a very large bathroom. The room did not have a TV, but we didn't need one with the central Lima just behind the door. The WiFi signal in the room was very weak most of the time, but it was OK in the lobby. The breakfast was nice. We also had a dinner at the restaurant and it was absolutely delicious, the service was very good too. The staff was extremely helpful and kind. We had a real problem with Expedia cancelling our e-tickets in one of our next flights and had to contact the airline on the phone to figure out what was going on. The consierge allowed us to use the hotel landline for free, he called the airline, explained our case in Spanish and arranged for us to talk with an English-speaking airline representative. Huge thanks! We also had a very good advice from the concierge on where to go and what to see within our short stay. The value for money was superb. All in all - if you want a nice and homely place in central Lima, Grand Bolivar hotel on St. Martin is the place to stay.

Stopped here as it was recommended as one of the best places for a pisco sour. Having been in the country club de Lima earlier was immediately disappointed. Very worn and tatty rather than old world charm. Sat on the outside terrace very little atmosphere ordered a cathedral pisco sour which was ok. At £12 certainly not cheap. Very underwhelming experience for a bar stepped in so much history.

Stopped here for a Pisco Sour during our tour of downtown Peru. It was a fun hotel to walk through - the lobby is very antiquated and beautiful with a large domed stained glass ceiling. Enjoyable for a cocktail!

Jirón de la Unión ,958 Lima Lima (region)

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima

Located in Lima Historic Center, Grand Bolivar is adjacent to Plaza San Martin and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like Plaza de Armas de Lima.


All 277 rooms feature phones.

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Onsite parking is offered for a fee.

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