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Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby katebruder » Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:08 pm

I am spending my first Christmas in Peru this year and was looking for some ideas for the evening of the 24th. I know that Christmas Eve is the big celebration night and was wondering if there would be anything going on around town to celebrate?

My boyfriend and I are planning on celebrating the evening together before heading to Chaclacayo see some friends on the 25th. We can cook & stay in on Christmas Eve, but I was wondering if there were any special restaurants that will be open in the evening or events going on?

Thanks and Merry Christmas!


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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby chi chi » Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:02 pm

Most restaurants will be closed and the ones that open increase their prices.
Most Peruvians celebrate christmas at home.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby alexPeru » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:29 pm

I know the Marriott hotel is having a Christmas Eve buffet.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby chi chi » Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:23 pm

alexPeru wrote:I know the Marriott hotel is having a Christmas Eve buffet.


Be prepared to max out your credit card in this joint.

Nice place with good food but unfortunately you must be loaded.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby alexPeru » Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:30 pm

Max out your credit card? It certainly isn't cheap, but no need to exaggerate.

I believe it's a little over S/.100 per person for the Christmas buffet, and it includes all you can eat, all you can drink for both Pisco Sour and Sparkling wine...
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby chi chi » Thu Dec 22, 2011 4:19 pm

alexPeru wrote:Max out your credit card? It certainly isn't cheap, but no need to exaggerate.

I believe it's a little over S/.100 per person for the Christmas buffet


Good for the staff at the Marriot because all that nice food will be shifted to the staff canteen as nobody will show up to pay 100 soles. Their hard working staff deserves it.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby calygirl » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:35 pm

I doubt they would be having this every year if no one showed up. Having said that however, I've been to their lunch buffet before and was not impressed, would not go back. Too overpriced. I saw alot of business types and some tourists, not many locals. Not sure who goes to the Christmas eve buffets...
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby alexPeru » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:58 pm

You crack me up Euroman... last year it was packed, as I'm sure it will be today too...

I do agree with it not being very impressive. Their breakfast on the other hand is very good...
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby chi chi » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:13 pm

calygirl wrote:I doubt they would be having this every year if no one showed up. Having said that however, I've been to their lunch buffet before and was not impressed, would not go back. Too overpriced. I saw alot of business types and some tourists, not many locals. Not sure who goes to the Christmas eve buffets...


Iguess some of the people go there because 'it's a place to be seen'. I was used to work at the Hilton and saw the same. We had a lot of regular customers who always sat at the window of the lobby. They sat there the whole day and only bought 1 coffee or soda.(without giving a tip to the staff of course) And all day they were trying to get eyecontact with the people passing by on the street.

When I worked as a flight attendant, I stayed many times at places like the Marriot, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn and hotel food is generally not that impressive and overpriced. There are exceptions however but they are rare.
In Germany, I stayed a lot at the Steigenberger and Dorint hotels and their food is excellent.

Most of the buffet food is prepared the day before because of the large quantity and reheated the day after. A lot of the taste and freshness is lost. And often buffet is mostly put on the buffet in a bain marie and become watery and isn't served hot enough.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby americorps » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:02 pm

I am very familiar with Marriott food service and I encourage you to go if you want a traditional taste of Christmas. Their food is good quality and their service nice and for about $35 you get a really special treat.

Chi's chi's observations are not actually based on anything truthful.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby alexPeru » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:05 pm

Agreed! And it's all you can drink pisco sour and bubbly!
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby chi chi » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:43 pm

americorps wrote:I am very familiar with Marriott food service and I encourage you to go if you want a traditional taste of Christmas. Their food is good quality and their service nice and for about $35 you get a really special treat.

Chi's chi's observations are not actually based on anything truthful.


I stayed in Marriot hotels 100's of nights and found the food mas o menos. It wasn't bad but not excellent either. Only the Marriot at Heatrow airport in London was an exception.
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Re: Christmas Eve Ideas?

Postby chi chi » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:59 pm

alexPeru wrote:I know the Marriott hotel is having a Christmas Eve buffet.



The OP is going to Chaclacayo so the Marriot is too far away.

Chaclacayo seems to be nice.

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