A half-block from coastal clifftop green space Parque Antonio Raimondi, this quaint and affordable bed-and-breakfast is perfectly located to take in the finer parts of Miraflores. Casa Bella, which has blossomed into a mini chain of small boutique properties around Lima, is set in a decades-old, three-level house, a concept that is becoming a thing of the past in this increasingly high-rise neighborhood. Many of the neighbors now are glass-and-steel towers, while fine dining restaurants and contemporary shopping malls—most having opened in the last few years—are just a short walk or taxi ride away. Still, the little house maintains its foothold here, refusing to be pushed aside and bought out.
With the unaltered layout of the original floor plan, the rooms are uniquely shaped and decorated. Some have wood floors, some have carpeting. All feature the same modern perks that any chain hotel will have, such as cable TV and Wi-Fi, but the personal attention, with little extras like DVDs borrowed from the personal collection of the owners or the B&B’s own airport transfer service, make all the difference here.
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The Miraflores malecón—the grassy promenade that borders the neighborhood’s coastal cliffs, across the street from the Casa Bella Miraflores B&B—is one of the highest-priced residential areas in the city. Just a few steps from the B&B is Parque Antonio Raimondi, a large green space overlooking the Pacific, which adjoins a series of parks that extend to the upscale Larcomar shopping center. Restaurants like the cebicheria La Preferida are a short walk away. Down below are Playas Waikiki and Makaha, two great surfing spots, as well as the touristy yet still worthwhile classic seafood restaurant La Rosa Nautica, which is set in a Victorian house on a dock in the middle of the ocean.
Need to Know
Rooms: 11 rooms, 1 suite; from $65. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: While there is no on-site restaurant, with advance notice the hotel will prepare family-cooked Peruvian meals for lunch and dinner, like lomo saltado (stir-fried beef and potatoes) or Papa a la Huancaina (potatoes in a spicy cheese sauce). A continental breakfast is served each morning and included in the rates. Spa and gym details:Neither is offered.
Who's it for: Independent travelers who prefer experience over amenities and name brands. Our favorite rooms: The Deluxe Condo Suite has a full kitchen and separate living and dining areas, perfect for a full family or group of friends. Explore the area: Despite not having workout facilities, the hotel is conveniently located virtually across the street from Parque Antonio Raimondi, a large green space with spectacular ocean views.