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
- 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
I had a great stay for 3 nights at Hotel B during a visit to Peru. The renovated old building has lots of charm, an amazing modern art collection, nicely designed rooms, very good amenities and excellent staff, who were professional, helpful, friendly and genuinely interested in making the stay as pleasant as possible.
Breakfast options were excellent (buffet breakfast with a la carte options, all included), and the bar was very popular with locals.
All in all a very nice hotel with a twist.
We had the workshop to make cocktails with Axel de bartender. It was a great and fun experience. Shake well is key for a good Pisco Sour. The little food served with our own made cocktails were superb. Really highly creative. Absolute recommend it
Not that our hotel isn't great, but we love old buildings with modern art and lots of old quirky items. Hotel B is part of Relais et Chateau (which we didn't know beforehand and were certainly not disappointed). Lunch was perfect. Thai beef. Light. Which is what we needed after all of the crazy delicious food everywhere in Peru. The food is sublime. Love this hotel and space.
Beautiful old mansion which has been turned into a hotel in a lovely part of Lima. Rooms are generous and thoughtfully decorated. Staff offer you a tour of the home and give up a short history of the property. Breakfast is delicious and the staff exceptionally friendly and helpful. Room service menu okay
We stayed in the Hotel B for three nights in early June; and I can say without hesitation that it was on of the best hotels we have ever experienced (and my husband and I travel a great deal). It was classy, immaculate, interesting, off the beaten path, and charming.
I would especially like call out two member of this wonderful staff. Frist Ronald,the head waiter in the breakfast dining room, was attentive, professional, quick to talk about the culture of Lima and Peru; and prepared a special herbal tea for me every morning. What a great way to start a day of touring! Also Miguel who was on duty at the front desk when we arrived at an unresonably late hour and when we departed at an unreasonably eary hour. He was helpful, efficient, and kind. Kudos to the entire staff.
If you have the opportunity to visit Lime, stay in the Hotel B. You won't be dissapointed!