What We Love
- Art concierge: get private showings at most art galleries in the neighborhood
- Stellar Peruvian-Mediterranean restaurant and bar headed by renowned local chef Oscar Velarde
- Original architectural details including raised skylights, Italian marble and open balconies
What To Know
- Bring earplugs: Streetside rooms catch some road noise
- You’ll spend some time in Lima’s horrendous traffic to reach other parts of the city
- Those neighborhood views will have to wait: The rooftop, including the pool, remains unfinished
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On one of Lima’s most historic streets, Hotel B is by far Lima’s hippest hotel. Designed by French architect Claude Sahut in 1914, it underwent a top-to-toe renovation that restored much of the original woodwork and layout, and added a modern three-story annex with a glass staircase and a vertical garden in an interior courtyard. The explorer’s club–style furniture mixes with the vast collection of contemporary sculptures, photographs of Andy Warhol and Peruvian pop art (on loan from Galeria Lucia del Puente, next door) that fills much of the common space and the guestrooms.
Bed and Bath
Each of the high-ceilinged rooms is unique in size and shape, though all have wood floors, beds with tufted headboards and their own small collection of original artwork. Bathrooms are more Old World, with off-white tiles and chrome-trimmed mirrors and faucets. Little extras, such as the necktie that serves as a Do Not Disturb sign and poems left on the pillow at turn-down, help make the experience memorable.
Chef Oscar Velarde, of renowned Lima restaurant La Gloria, is at the helm of the property’s streetside eatery. Done up in dark woods, with a long bar and small bistro tables, it offers primarily Peruvian-Mediterranean small plates, such as charcoal-grilled octopus and crostini with avocado and anchovies. Pair them with pints of Peruvian craft beer or South American wine by the glass. Aside from regular service, there’s also a lonche, a high society Peruvian teatime, included in the price of a stay.
In the Area
Art is at the center of the revival of this Lima ’hood, with famed fashion photographer Mario Testino’s MATE cultural center leading the way alongside nearby spots such as Galeria Lucia de la Puente, the city’s best-known contemporary art space, and Dédalo Arte, which has a vast collection of housewares, clothing and jewelry from a cooperative of independent designers. When in need of a recharge, stop by La Pescaderia for sustainable-minded ceviches and tiraditos, or Café Bisetti for Peruvian bean-to-cup coffees.
How to Get There
This is a smaller, boutique hotel in the very hip (artsy) Barranco district of Lima (just south of the more popular Miraflores district). It is a beautiful, old home converted into a very nice hotel walking distance from the water. My wife and I prefer these types of smaller, boutique hotels off the "beaten path" as opposed to those in the more touristy Miraflores area. The staff here was wonderful, even helping to take care of me when Lima, Peru food got the better of me. LoL The breakfast was always delicious, including an extensive buffet and made to order savory and/or sweets. The only non-positive (and I use those words as it is not really a negative) comment I could make is that the room we had, while very nice with a large bed and bathroom, was a bit small for the amount of furniture in it (you had to maneuver around things). So, if it were possible, I would actually give this hotel a rating of 4.5 (as opposed to a 4).
Nov. 6th, as our domestic flight from Arequipa to Lima was 2 hr delayed, we missed out connecting flight back to NY. Because of that, we arrived at the Lima International airport around midnight without plans.
We then recalled during the beginning of our trip we walked pass this Relais Chateau hotel in Barranco area in Lima, we thought that should make us feel better with this unexpected chaos. So, we called this hotel(Hotel B) but were told there’s no room available. We then immediately found their availabilities on Expedia, so we booked it.
Upon arrival, this older gentleman at reception (Nov 6th night shift) was rather unpleasant while receiving us. We tried to be polite as we did realize it’s late but we did not appreciate his attitude. He then proudly served us the “cuvée” at the reception however not long after, we just had 2 sips of this champagne, he rushed us to the room where a staff was still setting up the room with lots dust in the air as we could smell them... this older gentleman then said to us “this is what happened when you book at last minute”. We simply can’t believe what’s happening to us and that this is considered a Relais Chateau property?!.
Overall the food and serving staff were pleasant during our stay.
Since our next flight back to NYC was 2 nights after we missed our flight, we stayed the whole time at Hotel B and most meals were taken place at the hotel. The next day, we inquired the receptionist (Ms.B) and see if it’s possible to have a late check out as our flight not ‘til midnight the following day. We booked a private car through the hotel and also a dinner reservation at the hotel, and were told she will get back to us regarding the late check out. No follow up what so ever.
The next morning, we talked to another receptionist(Ms.S), it occurred to us no one was aware of our request. Ms.S then approach their GM without any info with our circumstances, we heard a by-the-book type answer. We did received a extra 3 hrs, were told that the hotel was fully booked. Again, after, we saw the availabilities on Expedia...
Later on, we saw Ms.B, we were honest about our findings, not only she did not acknowledge her not being following up but told us that whatever on Expedia was a different type of room then ours. As matter of fact, that was the room we booked at first place... another lie from the hotel.
Through the time we were sitting in the lobby waiting, it had been an awkward feeling. There’s no eye contact from the receptionists, there’s no hospitality shown from them either ... we still can’t believe this is related to Relais Chateau. A huge disappointment!!!
By the way, the common area in this hotel was contemporary and full of art which’s pretty cool, but our room was rather damp and had that smell of mold. Another downer.
We arrived on Friday October 18 late in the evening and were still able to have a bite to eat at the hotel Bar. The hotel is very well located and you can reach the shops and restaurants all in walking distance. The hotel is very nice and they offer every afternoon tea and snacks just like in England where they have high tea. Extremely comfortable beds and the rooms are very large.