So I've done my research and am completely unable to make up my mind on a place to stay at in Lima. I mostly lack a frame of reference; have never been to South America, so I don't know what to expect. So - looking for some personal recommendations:
I've been recommended to stay in the Miraflores area, and will go with that recommendation. But within that area: where to stay? We're looking for something clean and nice, at the high-end of "budget" or low-end of "midrange". (So $15-$25 p.p.p.n.) We don't care about "cable TV" in the rooms or anything silly like that, but what would be nice is a relaxing common lounge area (or breakfast patio, or sunny courtyard or whatever) that fellow travellers would hang out at.
The owners speaking English would be nice, too, though we should have enough Spanish knowledge between us to muddle through.
Also looking for recommendations with the same requirements (plus ideally a non-dodgy hot water supply, which I hear is not at all guaranteed outside of Lima) for Cuzco, Puno and Arequipa - though I figure that once we have a frame of reference from Lima, the Lonely Planet's recommendations will get us where we want to be.
I'd recommend the loki hostel opposite macdonalds in the centre of miraflores, massive hostel, very friendly with a big bar. (they also have one in cusco) a quick search on the web will find their site. Just remember the outside of the building is called inka haus or something and it isn't obviously 'loki hostel'
I would recommend you a nice place to stay. It is a bed&breakfast as you are looking for. The web is http://urpilodge.blogspot.com/ and the email
See Cusco thread mate.
I recommend the San Blas area without a shadow of doubt.
Going to Lima in 3 weeks ish so will read on with interest to replies. Have heard miraflore myself too.
Loki in La Paz was a bit rowdy and I like a party. Maybe I am getting too old.
I definitely rate miraflores over the old part of town it's a lot nicer and there's more to do - eating and visiting the huaca nearby
I think a nice hostel option will be Friend´s House located in Manco Capac street in Miraflores.The same owner has another has with clean and private bathrooms and the prices are only US$15.00 per person including breakfast.
Also the hostel in lony loacted few blocks from the Pacific Ocean and great restaurant around.
Have fun in Lima
I agree with Alsalis, the Loki sounds like what your looking for, hot water, clean rooms, english speaking staff, big comunal lounge/bar upstairs. One of my fav hostels in lima, bit pricey, but worth it.
Lex luthors house is a small, family atmosphere place, in a quiet area of miraflores which was pretty good too, don't remember exactly where it was now, found a brochure for it at an internet cafe, and stayed for a few weeks there.
Another good spot was recommended in the lonely planet, don't recall the name, its in the old part of town, 1/2 a block from the main plaza/presidential palace, 1 block from the catacombes, great location for touring the area. Hot showers, comfy beds, and was only $10 a night. We were there for a massive religous festval, heard fireworks, so went out to explore, and found the plaza packed with thousands of people wearing purple
I am in Miraflores at the moment and you would have to be insane not to stay at The Flying Dog. There are 4 of them and the nicest one is the one just down from McDonalds. It's the Hostel, not the backpackers or the b&b or the long stay. Exceptional hostel.
The top floor just opened 2 weeks ago. Clean, spacious, great kitchen, dining area, common area's.
Look it up.
You should consider contacting saexplorers.org they say that they will help you find a place to stay. they even have a club house there. If all else fails there's always the viaduct!!