Gran Hotel El Golf Trujillo

, Trujillo, Peru
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Gran Hotel El Golf Trujillo

5 star
Los Cocoteros 500, Urb. El Golf - Trujillo - 1 - Peru Hotel Website | | (044) 28-2515
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1/10
Recommended - but NOT five star!
Submitted by: Jack in 16/01/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
Gran Hotel El Golf (GHEG) is located in a quiet higher class residential area of "Greater Trujillo" (3rd largerst city of Peru - 100 km North of Lima) and that area is called "El Golf". Hence the name of the hotel. However, the hotel has no golf course.

The current owner, a Lima businessman, purchased GHEG and revamped it a few years ago. The property is walled and has 4 main buildings, including 3 two-story hotel-room buildings and 1 main building with the huge restaurant, lobby, etc.

The hotel may have about 60 rooms total. The rooms are clean and comfortable but calling them 5 star is a stretch.

Most of the year, the hotel has a very low occupancy rate with only a few visiting business people. During Peruvian national holidays, particularly during their Summer, it can get busy over the weekend with Peruvian couples and families coming in from Lima. The attraction is the pool (and kiddies pool too) at the center of the property surrounded by plush, lush grounds (immaculate grass lawns and flower beds with a few palm trees).

This is a place to find great peace and quiet not too far from the crowded busy downtown area.

The facility lends itself very well for large weddings and business events... VOILA, that's how it makes it money. The hotel can have up to 1,000 people visiting its facilities and the kitchen can feed 500 to 600 without too much of a problem.

The cuisine is OK with a fairly basic menu... Again, this is NOT the 5 star hotel it claims to be, not even when you compare it with 5 star hotels in the capital of Peru (Lima). Looking for a romantic dinner? The restaurant lacks intimacy (too lit up) and most dishes are bland, prepared with less than top quality ingredients.

The Lima based owner of the hotel is NOT known as a solid businessman. His personnel policies are somewhat shady (he prefers to find loopholes in the law to leave people less than 12 months under contract, rather than putting them on the payroll). In a country where minimum wages are US $145 per month (up to 50 hours per week!), it is deplorable that tips you write down on estaurant charges to your room do NOT end up with yoru waiter but in the (apparently greedy) owner's pocket. By all means, do tip, but do it in CASH, directly to the waiter or waitress! No wonder that this hotel has had several law-suits (and some pending) from ex-employees and that the government has tried to clamp down on their employment practices.

My bottom price observation: Do NOT pay the US $105 to $120 rate they ask. Paying $70 as a tourist for a room (including breakfast) is generous, and just about the rate for this place. Insist on that price when you call them for a reservations (I know people who pay less and that includes breakfast!). As a tourist with a non-Peruvian passport you are exhonorated of paying ANY TAXES!

The personnel of the hotel, including its staff are friendly and to their best to make you feel at home. The hotel has wireless internet for your laptop (free of charge) and even a small "business center" where you can use the hotel's computers and printers.

NOT a bad place at all. Some of its interior architecture is nearly spectacular (e.g. the lobby is nice and the huge, almost always empty bar looks phenominal). But don't expect luxoury or top level comfort for North American or European standards, and if you like a romantic dinner, go and have one at one of the few the finer restaurants downtown. A taxiride of $2.00 (less than 7 soles) gets you there!

Yes, we can recommend your stay as one of the best alternatives in town. Another good alternative is the Libertador hotel. It offers better service, has better facilities, but it is located in noisy down-town Trujillo, a city worth visiting (tons of colonial buildings and many huge pre-Inca remnants that are extremely interesting!!).
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  • Address: Los Cocoteros 500, Urb. El Golf - Trujillo - 1 - Peru
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