After everything I had heard about Peru, I was sure going there meant that I'd be robbed, beaten, drugged and stabbed - and that's before the plane had landed. Writing this a couple of days later, I can confirm that I am un-robbed, un-beaten, un-drugged and un-stabbed.
What I did experience was this wonderful little hotel near the edge of Miraflores. It is not a luxury hotel, but you get a nice, clean room, a very nice bathroom with warm water, and some good sleep - and all of that without paying luxury hotel rates. The hotel manager sometimes arrange little gatherings in the reception area of the hotel - we had a little pre-New Year's Party get-together on New Year's Eve.