Best Areas to Stay in Lima, Peru

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Where to stay in Lima – A guide to the Peruvian capital

Lima is not only the capital of Peru, it is also known as the gastronomic capital of South America.

This South American metropolis is located on the central coast of Peru, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the most visited destinations in Latin America.

Its Old Town (Centro Histórico) is well preserved, with colonial-style palaces, cathedrals, archaeological centers, art galleries, museums and typical restaurants.

The climate in Lima is fresh and pleasant, its proximity to the sea makes it humid. It rarely rains in Lima. The best seasons to travel to Lima are summer and spring.

Although there is a metro line, the Peruvian capital lacks good mass transport links between most tourist areas. The districts far from the center are connected by metropolitan public transport (buses) and the historic center can be explored on foot.

Lima’s best hotels hotels are located in the affluent neighborhoods of the city, such as Miraflores, San Isidro and Barranco. To find where to stay in Lima, you should consider the location, the transportation and of course the safety of each neighborhood.

This is a guide with the best areas to stay in Lima, Peru.

The best areas to stay in Lima

Our recommended area: Miraflores

Miraflores is a very touristy area and our recommended area to stay in Lima.

This neighborhood is bordered by neighborhoods such as San Isidro, Surquillo, Barranco, and the Pacific Ocean.

Miraflores is considered the modern area of the Peruvian capital. It boasts an urban atmosphere with well-preserved parks and green areas, embankments, and beaches.

Miraflores is popular for being the center of entertainment and leisure in Lima. Here, you can enjoy the dynamic atmosphere of the boardwalk, observe amazing views of the Green Coast and the Lima beaches, or go shopping in the commercial area.

The metropolitan bus system has three important stations in the district: 28 de Julio station, Benavides station, and Ricardo Palma station connect Miraflores to other corners of the city.

Lima’s prestigious and fashionable hotels are located in Miraflores, therefore it is an expensive area to stay in Lima.

Where to stay in Lima - Miraflores

Where to stay in Lima – Miraflores

Accommodation in Miraflores - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Miraflores – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Lima:

  • Malls and shopping centers
  • Best shopping areas
  • Best area for nightlife in Lima
  • Luxury hotels
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Costa Verde

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

La Casa del Viajero

Casa del Viajero is located in Lima and has a garden. It is about 1 km from Larcomar and is close to Huaca Pucllana. The National Museum is 5 km away.

from US$50
Budget

Hotel Esperanza

This property is set in a modern building, 10 km from Larcomar Shopping Center. It offers comfortable rooms and free Wi-Fi. The rooms at Hotel Esperanza are equipped with cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower.

from US$34
Luxurious

Luxury Inkari Hotel

Located in the Miraflores district, Luxury Inkari Hotel offers an indoor pool, spa, wellness center, rooms with free Wi-Fi in Lima and free daily breakfast.

from US$104
 

 

 

San Isidro

San Isidro and Miraflores, make up the commercial and exclusive side of Lima.

San Isidro is located right next to Miraflores and near districts such as Lince, La Victoria, and Jesús María.

This district is very green, thanks to the variety of green areas and parks, it gathers the most important social, convention and educational centers of the city.

The Metropolitan bus grid has stations in Aramburú, Javier Prado Este and Paseo de la República avenues to connect with the rest of the city.

San Isidro is a well-to-do neighborhood and a safe area to stay in Lima.

Despite being a bourgeois neighborhood and having several exclusive accommodations, San Isidro also offers some cheaper hotel options.

Best areas to stay in Lima - San Isidro

Best areas to stay in Lima – San Isidro

Accommodation in San Isidro - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in San Isidro – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Lima:

  • Parks and green areas
  • Great shopping
  • Commercial environment
  • Great for business travelers
  • Exclusive restaurants
  • Very safe area to stay in Lima

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Bed and Breakfast Loft en Olivar de San Isidro

The Loft Bed and Breakfast in Olivar de San Isidro offers accommodation in Lima, in the picturesque neighborhood of El Olivar Park. Free WiFi access is available and a free daily breakfast is served.

from US$69
Budget

Ocean Hotel

Located in the luxurious San Isidro district of Lima, Ocean Hotel is just 3 km from Larcomar Shopping Center and offers free WiFi and parking. This hotel has a bar and a terrace overlooking the garden.

from US$38
Luxurious

Swissotel Lima

The Swissôtel Lima is a 5 star hotel and is located in the heart of San Isidro, the financial and residential district of Lima. It is close to Huaca Huallamarca and only 11.2 km from Jorge Chávez International Airport.

from US$204
 

 

 

Old Town (Centro Histórico)

The Historical Center is the oldest area in Lima, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and located in the districts of Lima and Rímac.

The historic area of the city stands out for its squares, colonial balconies, convents such as San Francisco and other relevant monuments. The Plaza Mayor concentrates a dynamic atmosphere.

In the historic center, public transport is the best option to move around; however, it is not so necessary since all attractions remain within walking distance for the most part.

As a rule of thumb, Centro Histórico is the area where most budget hotels are located.

Centro Histórico is by no means the safest area to stay in Lima, so caution is advised.

Recommended area to stay in Lima - Centro Histórico

Recommended area to stay in Lima – Centro Histórico

Accommodation in Centro Histórico - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Centro Histórico – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Lima:

  • World Heritage
  • Budget hotels
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Heart of the city
  • Easy to walk around
  • San Francisco Convent

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hostal Plaza Mayor

Hostal Plaza Mayor offers free WiFi and free parking. The property is just 10 meters from Lima’s Plaza Mayor. Guests receive a welcome drink upon arrival.

from US$53
Budget

La Quinta de Amat

La Quinta de Amat is located in Lima, in the district of the historic center of Lima. The establishment has a 24-hour reception and restaurant. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

from US$30
Luxurious

Apartamento 5 estrellas

Apartamento 5 estrellas in Centro Histórico offers accommodation with free WiFi in the center of Lima, just 30 meters from the Government Palace and 50 meters from the main square. It has a hot tub.

from US$90
 

 

 

Barranco

The district of Barranco is located near Miraflores, between Santiago de Surco and Chorrillos, it is one of the smallest in the city.

Barranco is famous for its nightlife, varied cuisine, and alternative environment, which is why it is popular with young people, hipsters, hippies, and everyone in-between.

It is an ideal area to walk, have a drink and go to the beach, but to go to the Centro Histórico you will likely have to take a taxi.

The bus stations abound in the neighborhood, they are located near the stadiums of the district, on av. San Martín and on Plaza Las Flores.

It has become one of the favorite neighborhoods to stay in Lima, especially for young people.

Staying in Barranco is quite safe, cheap and close to the most popular bars in Lima.

Where to stay in Lima, Peru - Barranco

Where to stay in Lima, Peru – Barranco

Accommodation in Barranco - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Barranco – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Lima:

  • Great nightlife
  • Alternative atmosphere
  • Safe area to stay in Lima

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Villa di Ana

Villa Di Ana offers accommodation in Lima. The Larcomar shopping center is 2 km away. Free WiFi is available in the entire property. All units include a dining area, a seating area with cable TV and a kitchenette with an oven and a microwave.

from US$50
Budget

Lima Wari Hotel Boutique

Lima Wari Hotel Boutique is located in the Barranco district of Lima, just 1.5 km from Larcomar shopping center in Miraflores. This renovated house of the early twentieth century has free WiFi.

from US$34
Luxurious

Casa de Leeuw

Casa de Leeuw offers accommodation in Barranco, 500 meters from Bridge of Sighs. In addition, it is very cozy and has free Wi-Fi. The rooms at the Leeuw House have a private bathroom and a balcony. The larger ones include a kitchen and a seating area.

from US$120
 

 

 

Santiago de Surco

Santiago de Surco is located at the southern end of the city, close to the Miraflores, San Isidro, and Surquillo neighborhoods.

It is a neighborhood with a quiet atmosphere, perhaps because it is a bit away from the urban center of Lima. Its parks, hills, and squares provide moments of recreation.

Many traditional festivals are held in the Plaza de la Amistad and Plaza Mayor.

Line 1 of the city’s metro has three stations within the district, strategically located on Santiago de Surco, Andrés Tinoco and Aviación avenues.

Santiago de Surco is the residential area of the city and one of the safest areas to stay in Lima.

The area offers a familiar atmosphere, it is affordable, convenient and close to the entertainment areas.

Best area to stay in Lima - Santiago de Surco

Best area to stay in Lima – Santiago de Surco

Accommodation in Santiago de Surco - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Santiago de Surco – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Lima:

  • Quiet area
  • Different type of hotels
  • Connected by metro

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hilton Garden Inn Lima Surco

Featuring free WiFi, Hilton Garden Inn Lima Surco, Peru is located in Lima, 3.2 km from Museum of the Nation. The property was built in 2016 and is less than 5 km from Larcomar. It is in the district of Santiago de Surco.

from US$100
Budget

Lima Mini Aparts

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Lima Mini Aparts is located in Lima, 3.8 km from Museum of the Nation. Larcomar is 7 km away. Free WiFi is available in all areas and private parking is available. Some units have a dining area and / or terrace.

from US$40
Luxurious

Panoramic View

Polo Apart Hotel & Suites offers a restaurant and accommodation in Lima. The property features free WiFi access and is 500 meters from the Surco Business Center. The rooms at El Polo Apart Hotel & Suites have air conditioning, TV, private bathroom and minibar.

from US$150
 

 

 

San Miguel

San Miguel is located west of downtown Lima, next to the Pacific Ocean and bordered by the city’s largest and best-known avenues.

This district of Lima has several public transport stops.

The district is a commercial area and a good alternative to go shopping.

Avenida La Marina, Universitaria, and Elmer Faucett are quite lively, and they connect downtown Lima with the metropolitan area.

In San Miguel, accommodation is usually of a lower category compared to the city center or the wealthy districts of Lima, it has lots of budget hotels.

It is advisable to use public transport or taxi to get around San Miguel because it is not the safest place to stay in Lima.

Where to stay in Lima - San Miguel

Where to stay in Lima – San Miguel

Accommodation in San Miguel - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in San Miguel – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Ocean View Apartment

Ocean View Beautiful New Aparment is an apartment located in Lima, with an outdoor pool open all year. The unit is 8 km from San Martín Square. Free WiFi is available.

from US$60
Budget

Malu House

Malu House for travelers and backpackers is located in Lima, 6 km from San Martín Square and 7 km from Las Nazarenas Church. It offers free bikes and free Wi-Fi. Among the various facilities there is a terrace and a shared lounge.

from US$20
Luxurious

Panoramic View

Panoramic view Lima and sea offers accommodation with a seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center, barbecue area and free Wi-Fi in Lima, just 8 km from San Martin Square. The property overlooks the sea and the pool.

from US$115
 

 

 

Callao

Callao is a port city in Peru, west of Lima, near the historic center.

Officially it is not part of Lima but it is quite close to the Peruvian capital.

This province is famous for the Maritime Port and the Jorge Chávez International Airport that it shares with Lima.

El Callao has its own historic center, with pieces and monuments representative of colonial Peru.

The neighborhoods in Callao are quite unsafe, it is convenient to travel by car or taxi.

You can look for accommodation near the metropolitan area of Lima or in La Punta area, where you can find the best hotels in this district.

Top districts to stay in Lima - Callao

Top districts to stay in Lima – Callao

Accommodation in Callao - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Callao – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Lima:

  • Near Jorge Chávez Airport
  • Colonial atmosphere
  • Streets with charm

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Seamen’s Club

Seamen’s Club is located in Lima’s Callao district, 13 km from Las Nazarenas Church and San Martín Square. The accommodation has a restaurant. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and some have views of the sea or the garden.

from US$50
Budget

Transit Home Bed And Breakfast

The Transit Home Bed And Breakfast is located in Lima. All rooms have a shared bathroom with a shower. Transit Home Bed And Breakfast offers free WiFi. TV is also provided. The property provides a free shuttle service.

from US$24
Luxurious

Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport

This 4-star hotel is located just 20 meters from Lima’s Jorge Chávez International Airport. It houses the Express spa. The Costa del Sol hotel chain has hotels in the 7 most important cities of Peru.

from US$115
 

 

 

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