Hotel San Antonio Abad
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel San Antonio Abad Lima
This was a great place to stay, not because the rooms were anything special, but becuase the owner was SO helpful! She bought bus tickets for us, called various restaurants trying to get us a reservation, gave excellent directions, booked tours, and basically went out of our way to make sure we enjoyed our time in Lima. Thanks so much- we had a great stay!
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This hotel is clean and tidy, and the staff speak some English. They looked after us well, as did all our accomodation places in Peru.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel San Antonio Abad Lima
We stayed at this hotel on three separate occasions during our trip to Peru. The first time we had a clean basic twin room (room 10) which was fine for two nights whilst we saw Lima. We then stayed for one night in an immaculate twin room (4) during a break in our travels. This room was better having a refurbished bathroom that looked brand new. Our last stop was again a one night stayover between destinations. This time we had a triple room (11) which although clean showed areas of tiredness in the bathroom.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly with good levels of English spoken throughout. Overally we didn't have a bad experience in the three times that we stayed there. From early morning until lunch time every day they clean the place from top to bottom, keeping it immaculate.
The breakfast was included in our rate and consisted of cereal, bread rolls, fruit juice, coffee and eggs (scrambled or fried)
If you want somewhere clean in Lima then this place is in a safe part of town - Miraflores (very important) - you can't go far wrong.
Es un edificio viejo y hermoso, con un patio bonito, muy limpio y cómodo. El personal fue extremadamente servicial y simpático. La ubicación te permite caminar al centro de Miraflores en 10-15 minutos. El desayuno estaba bueno, con el mejor café. Nos sentimos muy cómodos allí, y lo recomiendo sumamente. El hotel tiene una agencia de viajes donde puedes reservar todos tus tours, y el precio es estupendo. Paul Saroli nos ayudó con todas nuestras reservaciones de viajes, y todo lo organizó perfectamente.
Habitaciones limpias, personal servicial
El hotel San Antonio Abad es un hotel excelente para hospedarse mientras estés en Lima, Perú. Queda en Miraflores, el lugar más seguro para hospedarse, y cerca de todas las atracciones principales. Las habitaciones son limpias, y refrescan las toallas y las sábanas cada día. Hay una caja fuerte gratis en cada habitación, y proveen servicio gratis de Internet 24 horas al día. El bufé de desayuno estuvo maravilloso. Te organizarán tours privados más baratos que los tours que ofrecen en la ciudad, ¡además estarás en un vehículo con aire acondicionado con sólo tus amigos! También te recogerán, y te dejarán en el aeropuerto. ¡Realmente disfrutamos de nuestra estancia allí!
Beautiful old building, nice patio, very clean and comfortable. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Location allows walking to the center of Miraflores in 10-15 min. Good breakfast, best coffee. We felt very comfortable there and highly recommend it. Hotel has travel agency where you can book all your tours and the price is great. Paul Saroli helped us with all our travel reservations and everything was perfectly organized.
Functional, but sub-par for the neighborhood
I booked the San Antonio Abad because of the free airport pick-up service. Had I known that many guesthouses in Lima are also happy to arrange this, I would've chosen to stay somewhere else, such as the Hostal El Patio.
I've traveled all over Peru, and I have to say that this place doesn't measure up. The rooms truly are dark and dingy. My TV remote also didn't work, the towels were torn and the sheet was thin to the point of disappearing. I'm not usually one to complain, but it was really pretty depressing for my first night in Lima. The street noise and also ambient noise within the hotel were extremely loud. The staff seemed put out by small requests, although the airport taxi driver was very friendly and helpful.
Finally, the hotel is not in a good location. It's a 20-minute walk from the main strip in Miraflores, and walking back at night is a bit of a dicey proposition. There's nothing in the immediate vicinity besides a youth hostel and an Internet cafe where you can make international phone calls. Otherwise, you're out of luck.
Well, the coffee was good, that's the only positive thing I have to say. The room was dirty, dark, very noisy (both from the street and interior of hotel. There was enough hot water for one 5 minute shower, the TV remote didn't work and the TV picture was practically unviewable. One member of the staff was unbelievably rude. The manager DID agree to move us to another room but I didn't see that much of an improvement. We found another hotel after the first night.
Clean rooms, helpful staff
San Antonio Abad hotel is an excellent hotel to stay at when visiting Lima Peru. It is located in Miraflores, which is the safest place to stay and it is close to all the major attractions. The rooms are clean, the towels and linens are fresh each day. There is a free safe deposit box in each room and they provide internet service 24 hours a day. The buffet breakfast was wonderful and they will also arrange for private tours for you that are cheaper than taking the city tours, plus you are in an air conditioned vehicle with just your friends! They will also pick you up and drop you off at the airport. We really enjoyed staying there!
US$49/night/double included airport pick-up, cable tv & buffet breakfast.
The rooms were carpeted & a good size (large compared most in Peru). The beds were comfortable & good water pressure in the shower (full bathroom - although a bit small). The room was on the 3rd floor so had vaulted ceilings and a little balcony facing the street. There was a bit of street noise but none from within the hotel - other places were noisy from the other guests, hallway, etc. The buffet breakfast was hearty with eggs cooked to order, fruit (3 types), breads, cereal, juice (2 types) and hot beverages from an espresso machine (excellent hot chocolate).
Good for the Price
San Antonio is old but a good place to be in Lima. If you are going to Lima you should stay in the Miraflores district - it's the only area of Lima that is relatively safe and developed for tourists. Hotel San Antonio is in Miraflores, although about a half mile from the waterfront where all the major international hotels and casinos are located. You can walk safely in Miraflores during the day.
Its rooms are old but adequate, and everything is very clean. They clean the rooms every day. There is a good breakfast offered gratis every morning downstairs. Cable TV in the rooms.
The best reason to stay at Hotel San Antonio is the staff. 24-hour front desk and usually at least one concierge there to help you flag safe cabs and give you the right directions.
If you make a reservation try to get a room that does not face the street. Streets in Lima are terribly noisy, as about 75% of cars are cabs, and cabs look for fares by honking at anyone on the sidewalk. Hence, there is lots of honking outside at all times.
The price at San Antonio is $55 a night, which is substantially less than other new/big hotels in Lima. As a low-price hotel, this is a good deal. It's safe, clean, and friendly. If you need quiet and new stuff, however, you probably should not stay there.