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Looking for fabulous? Stay at Second Home Peru!
My husband and I stayed 4 nights at Second Home Peru and it definitely lives up to all the wonderful TripAdvisor reviews. Having an opportunity to speak with Lilian, the owner, and learn about the journey that has brought her back to Peru from the states as well as discovering her fathers amazing artwork were definitely very special highlights of our trip to Peru. The renovated home and the grounds are beautiful. And, Victor Delfin's artwork graces each and every corner of the property. If you stay in Lima, you must stay at Second Home.
Thank you Lilian for your kindness and hospitatlity. We will be back!
-Allison and Travis Cooke
San Francisco, CA
A Quiet Treasure that's Safe!
Second Home Peru is a quiet treasure. As we drove down the dark streets coming to a guard station, we worried that we had made a wrong decision about this place. Even coming into the foyer and going to our rooms, the museum-camp lodge atmosphere threw us a little. But come morning, we discovered we were nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean and in the home of a very famous sculpture/painter, Victor Delfin, who graciously meet with us in the morning.
Second Home Peru is a gem. Friendly staff and unique surroundings, you are in for a real treat. We lucked out and got a room facing the ocean, so we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the surf.
Safe, clean and unique, this little hideaway is perfect for couples.
What a find!
We really enjoyed our night at the Delfin house - Second Home Peru. The room was minimal but comfortable, with a beautiful bath and another small bathroom with a good shower. The views from the room were stunning - overlooking the ocean - and I loved the sound of the waves! There is art all over the house and garden so it really does feel like a museum. The area is great too - very safe to walk around during the day and night and only a short taxi ride to Miraflores. We would definitely stay here again. (the only disappointing thing is that we didn't get to meet the dog we had read so much about!!).
An amazing place on the cliffs of the Pacific
When arriving at Second Home Peru the atmosphere & posistive energy immediately takes you on a stroll through this beautiful Tudor house, gardens & teracces with the Pacicfic on the background.
Every other second you'll see another beautiful painting or creative sculpture made by the great Peruvian artist & human rights activist, Senior Victor Delfin.
His daughter Lilian, does a great job, she's a beautiful & lovely lady who's allways around telling funny stories & who'll will do anything to help you.
For all those who had the luck to stay there before, Humberto, the cute dog, decided 3 months ago to go on a lonely trip, God knows where, he came back on the same morning as I arrived... another delight.
SHP, is defintely a must when travelling through Peru.
I feel privilaged to have stayed there & there's absolutely nothing that can match.
Quiet Retreat in Lima
We recently returned from two weeks in Peru. Our first stop was Lima, where we stayed for two nights at Second Home Peru. This was possibly the most interesting place we have stayed in our travels. The owner, Lillian, is the daughter of Peruvian artist Victor Delfin and the hotel is in the family's old home. Situated on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the house is spectacular inside and out, with its magnificent location more than equaled by the many works of art adorning the rooms and common areas and the sculptures placed throughout the yard. (It’s worth noting that parents might not find some of the works appropriate for children.)
We arrived late at night after a long flight, and greatly appreciated the soft bed and falling asleep to the sound of the waves against the shore. Our room was clean and tidy. The blankets were more than ample to ward off Lima’s chilly damp nights. The bathroom was clean and the shower had plenty of hot water.
The hotel is conveniently located near the main square in Barranco, which is fairly quiet compared with Miraflores though a short taxi ride removed from most Lima attractions. There are several excellent restaurants nearby (Lillian will give you a list recommended by her and her guests). She sat with us our first morning and recommended a route for exploring the city. Her advice was tremendously helpful and encouraging for first-time visitors.
We found this property thanks to Trip Advisor and its nearly uniformly excellent reviews, which we found to be spot on. One review below alleges that money was taken from them at the hotel. Lillian addressed those allegations to our satisfaction. The hotel provides a safe for passports, money, etc.
Second Home Peru is a fantastic place to begin or end a trip to Peru. It doesn’t have the amenities of a large hotel, but for unique lodging and friendly help, this place would be tough to beat.
This is THE place in Lima
I am a frequent travelor and have stayed at exquisite hotels all over the world. From the BVLGARI Hotel in Milan to the Four Seasons in Costa Rica, so my expectations are high and I am not easily impressed when it comes to luxury lodging. That being said, this is not the spot for you if you are looking for conceierge service, or want to be waited on hand and foot. This is a B&B, NOT a boutique hotel. What you will get at Second Home is a BEAUTIFUL colonial estate on a cliff, over looking the ocean, in what both locals and tourists will tell you is the quaintest neighborhood in Lima. You will get a modern, tastefully decorated room, filled with art and top quality bed linens. A terraced property where you can sip wine poolside. A chance to stay in a museum, brimming with incredible art AND, an experience you can not capture at a large hotel. If you plan to stay here, do your research beforhand. Figure out where you want to eat, what you want to see and how you want to do it. Then use Second Home as your launch pad. It's a very COOL spot. Trust me.
Safe spot, great view and birds to be seen
We stayed at Second Home for a total of three nights in two spells during August 2006. The place is quite incredible - a B&B in an art gallery, essentially. The rooms were beautiful and well proportioned - the two we stayed in had Pacific Ocean views which satiated my appetite for watching the passing avifauna - Pelicans, gulls, boobies, terns all passed/fished offshore and the omnipresent Black Vultures soared overhead. The gardens held Amazilia Hummingbirds in the early morning and evening.
The place is in a secure part of the Lima suburb of Barranco - a quiet place and not as busy or touristy as Miraflores. The pick up drivers were very nice - we actually booked one for a day's birding trip to the south of Lima visiting the marshes (Pantanos de Villa), the ruins at Pachacamac and the fishing village of Pucusana where we easily hired a boat very cheaply to take us to see the seabird nesting cliffs.
The propriator, Lillian knows all the good restaurants in the vicinity and likes to have a chat in the morning! I'd recommend this place to anyone visiting Lima though it is 45 minutes from the airport for those just wanting an overnight stop before heading to Cuzco, etc. I feel we made new friends in Lima.
A cross between staying with a friend and sleeping in an art museum
Loved our 3 night stay at this B&B style hotel in Barranco, just past Miraflores. Comfortable, homey atmosphere surrounded by incredible paintings and sculpture. The house felt quite secure: There is a guard at the top of the short street then you enter through a locked gate into a courtyard filled with art. There is someone at the office 24 hours. A safe is available at the office where your valuables are placed in a separate locked bag and you take the key. Lillian is the only one with access to the safe. She lives on the property so can be reached easily. Our room (#5) was spacious and clean with 2 double beds, an enclosed porch and a bath with sunken tub/shower combo. Plenty of hot water. Great wood trim. No ocean few from this room but great views from the multi-terraced gardens. 5 min walk takes you to the heart of Barranco where you find a street fair atmosphere, restaurants, and clubs. I can’t imagine staying anywhere else in Lima.
Let them arrange airport pickup, particularly if you come in late. It is so good to have someone waiting for you so you can zip past the crowds and on your way. The driver, Fermin, is great! We hired him for most of the next day to run errands and sight-see. Very efficient and a safe alternative to hailing a cab on the street.
A Little Peace of Heaven
6 night stay was truely enjoyable... almost didn't want to leave!
An eclectic mix of art, architecture and interior design all combined into a "magical" ambiance. Include the excellent service from Lillian, Charo and Javiar made for a wonderful stay.
I booked my trip late and unfortunately had to "room bounce" but actually turned out to be a blessing. I'd call room # 5 the "Party" room with it's double beds, sun room and sunken bath-tub. Room # 6 was the ultra quiet room for the "Late-Night" visitor. I also stayed a night in Room # 2 with the fantastic ocean view and antique bath tub room. And then.... there was the "Hammock" out on the balcony. I even managed to spend a night sleeping in the hammock.
If you are looking for laid-back accomodations in the Barranco... this is the place!
Loved the hotel - It was beautiful, individual and restful. Lillian gave us loads of useful advice on where to eat, drink and party. Ask for room 2 which has a room just devoted to the bath.