Gran Hotel Bolivar

Gran Hotel Bolivar

Jr de la Union 958 Plaza San Martin, Lima 15001 Peru
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#101 of 280 hotels in Lima
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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3.7 of 5 bubbles
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If you’re looking for a historic hotel in Lima, look no further than Gran Hotel Bolivar.

Close to some of Lima's most popular landmarks, such as Circuito Magico del Agua (1.3 mi) and Casa de Aliaga (1.4 mi), Gran Hotel Bolivar is a great destination for tourists.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge, and you can go online as Gran Hotel Bolivar offers guests free wifi. Guests are also welcome to enjoy free breakfast, located on site. For travellers arriving by car, there is paid private parking available nearby.

Lima has plenty of Mexican restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like La Cocina de Caro, Chili's, and Radio Burguer, which are serving up some great dishes.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular military museums such as Museo del Ejercito Contemporaneo Chavin de Huantar.

The staff at Gran Hotel Bolivar looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Paid private parking nearby
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Currency exchange
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Cable / satellite TV
Bidet
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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City view
Landmark view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Quirky Hotels
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Jr de la Union 958 Plaza San Martin, Lima 15001 Peru
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Stella K wrote a review Sept 2023
5 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I love the Bolivar, have stayed there twice. It's a bit tired in places but that's ok, part of the charm of staying in an old hotel. I found all the staff lovely and helpful and the room was clean, the Chamberlain did an excellent job.
The breakfast was not very exciting. Coffee, juice and eggs, fried boiled or scrambled. A slice of cheese and a slice of cheap reconstituted ham came with the eggs. This is called an American breakfast. They could do better.
If staying on a Friday or Saturday beware that music from street, shouting and cars honking go on all night. The hotel windows are single glazed and ear plugs are a must.
The Bolivar is a charming hotel, I always aim to stay there when in Lima.
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Gets very noisy particularly at the weekend. There may be quiet rooms but I have never stayed in...
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ITRT wrote a review Mar 2024
Virginia44,714 contributions998 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
(This review is based on a visit to the lobby area of the hotel, We did not stay in the hotel.)
During our visit to Lima, we made a brief stop at the Gran Hotel Bolivar. Opened in 1924, it was the place to see and be seen in Lima. Dignitaries, authors, rock starts, and other prominent people including Charles de Gaulle, President Nixon, Emperor Akihito, Orson Welles, and John Wayne.
When you walk into the lobby, your eyes are immediately drawn to the stained-glass dome. It is magnificent. A classic Model T Ford on display will capture your attention as it serves as a reminder of Lima’s heyday. The Model T began a new era of mobility for its citizens. You won’t regret stopping here if your travels bring you to Lima.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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kmiami wrote a review May 2006
Miami, Florida61 contributions36 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Gran Hotel Bolivar is still a Grand old hotel albeit a bit
worn and now down to only a 3 rating (short on amenities, so
bring your own shampoo, etc.) but beautiful if you like antiques
and historical sites. The restaurant was nice and service good.
Our room was clean but a little warm because A/C did not mean cool,
just air. The water went off twice, but worked most of the time and
the hot water was hot.
The location was great just as we had heard...just 3-4 blocks from the
Presidential Palace and a Cathedral with catacombs as well as the
oldest library we have ever seen!
The streets along the way were lined with shops and restaurants
and if you go, take a look at the tops of the buildings housing
those shops and restaurants, the architecture is quite beautiful.

If a taxi is needed they're very reasonable and the drivers are
friendly and helpful (if you speak spanish). One drove us to
the Port of Callao and nearby small town of Barranco where he
got out of the taxi and walked us down to a picturesque lane
that led to a look out cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Another, took us to Miraflores where we got off at Larcomar
(a tourist spot) where we had a nice buffet lunch at Mango's
out on the edge overlooking the ocean. An hour or so into
the meal the fog rolled in and completely engulfed everything
below us (including a lovely restaurant that was situated out
IN the ocean)!

We travelled by plane (TACA) to Cusco on modern planes which
the airline claimed to be state of the art. The service was
fine for the short 1 hour flight, contrary to what we heard
prior.

Then a clean and comfortable train (Peru Rail) took us from
Cusco to Machu Picchu, they even served us a snack meal, as
good as what you get on airplanes these days! Of course
the scenery was fantastic! At the base of Machu Picchu we
changed to a shiny new Mercedes bus to enjoy the rest of
the ride up to Machu Picchu. The transportation quite new
for a seemingly poor country.

The 'piste de resistance'...Machu Picchu, simply breathtaking
and luckily the weather could not have been better.
After a few hours of climbing in the high altitude, we finished
the day with a relaxing lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant
and unfortunately, managed to find some rather lovely desserts
to top it off.

happy travels,
kwbb
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Date of stay: April 2006
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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GrandTour17520495691 wrote a review Apr 2024
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for the location and historical aspect. We paid a lot extra for a large suite so we could have AC. First night there was no AC in the living room. Not so bad as we slept in the bedroom. The problem occurred when we found out we had a major emergency at home and had to leave. I understand charging us for the first one as their policy is 48 hrs. But the second night they would not refund because I called at 5 PM on Sat. (So paid for Sunday) but the said check in for Monday was 3 PM so I was 2 hours late in calling. I hope they never have a horrible tragedy happen and have to leave a planned 6 week vacation! NO HEART!
The hotel is worth walking through for the history a a very good Pisco sour, but it is just too old to be representing itself as anything grand. Staff was very pleasant although very UNDERSTAFFED. Management is horrible.
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Date of stay: February 2024
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Very noisy on the plaza!
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freddysg wrote a review Dec 2023
Singapore, Singapore504 contributions191 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to Gran Hotel Bolivar for its famous pisco sour and it did not disappoint. We ordered two different flavors. Both were really good. They were much stronger than the cocktails I'm used to.

The view of the streets from the bar was very good too.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Quest25972 wrote a review Apr 2005
3 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here Sept 2004 and absolutely loved it. It is a large, grand, stylish, old hotel bedecked with marble and chandeliers where I could imagine wonderful black tie parties and masked balls happening in times gone by. It's quite surreal and had a very shiny, restored, old fashioned car in a corner of the huge vestible (a black mark 1 ford, or something like like that), and a stylish 1920's type of elevator. The place is spotlessly clean, very well maintained, with very nice staff, and the place is clearly loved. My room was fab, with shiny wood block floors, comfy tasteful furnishings, and a gorgeous old bathroom with lovely white enamel bath & original art deco tiles. The food and cocktails were marvellous, and I can't recommend this place highly enough. Although please don't go if you are one of those rich, moaning, never happy, seen-it-all people, who are never satisfied - this place is far too nice for you. It's quirky, with charm, and atmosphere - and deserves to be savoured and appreciated!
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Date of stay: September 2004
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Curious9926 wrote a review Mar 2006
Las Vegas2 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of this hotel is good, right downtown, but the rest is well under accepted standards. There is no shampoo in the bathrooms, the included breakfast is basically bread and butter with coffee and we had to change rooms because of hot water issues. At the very end, they overcharged us. When we confronted the staff the next day, they acknowledged the error but refused to refund the money, offering us a credit for a subsequent stay. When we asked to talk to the manager, we were told she only shows up sometimes and does not have a fixed schedule. A very bad experience overall.
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Date of stay: March 2006
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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VailGal wrote a review Nov 2005
Tucson, Arizona136 contributions108 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is a tired grande dame. The hotel itself, structure and all, is truly beautiful; I'd compare it to the Brown Palace in Denver. Unfortunately, the economics of Peru have caught up with it.

The details are amazing, from hand-cast door knobs to the gorgeous stained glass ceiling, but updates, well, are limited. I was there with my father (75) and son (8), and the room was more than adequate - three twin beds in an enormous room. The bathroom was adequate, though modern conveniences not there. Service was fine; room was clean.

That part of town is unique - right on a large plaza, with lots of "local color" around. I felt very safe, so, if you want old, beautiful, but by no means luxurious, this hotel is good for you. We paid $55 U.S. for one night there, showing up at their door at midnight.
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Date of stay: November 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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b_architect wrote a review Nov 2012
Wroclaw247 contributions266 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel was splendid during its golden times and this still can be seen. I loved the atmosphere of twenties and I can recommend the hotel to the people that are interested of history and architecture. With fantastic skylight in the lobby, original Ford T in front of the reception, beautiful old elevator and the radios in the rooms, 80 years old but still working! The coffee for breakfast was delicious and the staff very kind. Our room was really spacious and we enjoyed our stay. I totally realize that if all the restauration works were already done, the price would mu much higher and I probably could't afford it.
The area of Plaza San Martin is beautiful and safe, with lots of guards and police. We didn't have any problems and the location is just great, you are around the monuments of colonial architecture, within the short walking distance to all the best places in Lima: Plaza de Armas, cathedral, San Francisco Convent etc. Also there are plenty of shops and safe money exchange offices!
The only thing the hotel could easily improve without costs is to wash the carpets and window curtains because even though the room was clean, that things would spoil the impression!
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Date of stay: November 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you want to rest well ask for the room with windows to patio. These are a bit more modest and...
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IanWriter wrote a review Jun 2012
New York City, New York145 contributions268 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the "grande dame" of the hotels in Lima -- a magnificent 6 story structure prominently located on the main square, with a fine rotunda in the lobby and the kind of large, high-ceilinged rooms that went out of fashion many decades ago. Once upon a time the Bolivar would have been the number 1 choice for travelers, but it has a rather low ranking on TripAdvisor, and for good reason. It is long, long overdue for a major renovation. In the normal course of events this would already have happened -- an international chain like Sofitel would have bought it and converted it into a luxurious property commanding premium rates. But unfortunately the center of Lima has suffered urban decay as the fashionable hotels, clubs, shops, and restaurants have migrated to the pleasant suburb of Miraflores. No doubt one day there will be an urban renewal, the down-at-heel city center will be spruced up, and then the Bolivar -- if it is still standing -- will be returned to its former glory. But not yet.

Meanwhile what you get is a fine old hotel with out-of-date bathrooms and a generally frayed atmosphere. The staff are helpful and evidently very proud of their institution. The restaurant is quite good, though mostly deserted, perhaps because it seems a bit gloomy and dated compared with the livelier eateries outside. Occupancy seems to be low, and I got the impression that the rooms on the upper floors are rarely if ever used. A consequence is that rates are quite cheap, so this in an economical place to stay in Lima. A couple of days should be quite long enough for a tourist in this city anyway. Peru may be the most interesting country in South America, but its capital is neither lovely nor fascinating, and the pall of grey cloud that hangs over the city most days of the year doesn't help.

If you want a splendid piece of history at a bargain price and don't mind antiquated plumbing, this would be a good choice. If you want modern comforts without the history, check out the hotels in Miraflores instead.
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Date of stay: April 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Answer from fredhardman
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions42 helpful votes
The area where Gran Bolivar is located is reasonable but it does get a little dangerous the further you go from the square.Miraflores is more of seaside location but you need to take care there as well.
Answer from fredhardman
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions42 helpful votes
Yes they do.
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Toronto, Canada
US $10 to $20 depending on taxi service
Answer from Donald D
San Francisco, California204 contributions61 helpful votes
Hi Linda. As long as you settle your bill early in the day I think it is fine. There is always someone at the front desk though you may have to bang on the bell to get someone's attention. I arrived early for my room 10 AM. They made me wait until 2 PM before giving me a room, which was of very low quality. It faced the center ventilator courtyard that made a loud motorized noise. They did not give a higher quality room until 5 PM facing the streets, which had incredibly loud street noise. Even my trusty earplugs could not muffle the noise.
Dorene_13 asked a question May 2015
Los Angeles, California7 contributions9 helpful votes
How far is the airport from town?
Answer from Arturo W
Temuco, Chile137 contributions65 helpful votes
is about 40 mins trip, and about 17 miles away from downtown
GrandTour17520495691 wrote a tip Apr 2024
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very noisy on the plaza!"
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Stella K wrote a tip Sept 2023
5 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Gets very noisy particularly at the weekend. There may be quiet rooms but I have never stayed in one. I just take ear plugs."
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perusol2015 wrote a tip Oct 2019
North Sydney, Australia5 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just try to get a room with a balcony"
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ivynz2016 wrote a tip Nov 2018
Greater Wellington, New Zealand30 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We only stayed there once, so can speak about our 2nd floor room only. It is big and quiet and it was consierge's choice for us."
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Taite T wrote a tip Jul 2018
7 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Go to Mira Flores."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gran Hotel Bolivar
Which popular attractions are close to Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Nearby attractions include Iglesia y Convento La Merced (0.4 km), Plaza San Martin (0.07 km), and Museo de Minerales Andres del Castillo (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Top room amenities include a bidet, blackout curtains, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Yes, paid private parking nearby, street parking, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Estadio F.C. Restaurant, La Muralla Restaurante, and Casa Tambo Restaurant.
Does Gran Hotel Bolivar have airport transportation?
Yes, Gran Hotel Bolivar offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Gran Hotel Bolivar offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gran Hotel Bolivar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Gran Hotel Bolivar?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Casa de Aliaga (2.2 km), Basilica y Monasterio de Santo Domingo (0.8 km), and Huaca Pucllana (6.7 km).
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