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
we had an amazing stay at hotel b to start our honeymoon! Lima was the first leg of our trip and it certainly got things off to the right foot. our room was very special and unique. extremely comfortable bedding as well. breakfast was special and intimate, entire hotel is a fun place to be, like staying in a museum. rooftop was beautiful as well! we found the location perfect for walking around, amazing restaurants and nearby conveniences (bank, grocery etc. 2 blocks away. staff was incredibly attentive as well! we had delicious cocktails in bar downstairs before taking Uber to nearby attractions/districts. the food was AMAZING in lima, from fast food to highest end.
We spent two nights at this stunning hotel after hiking and roughing it in the north of Peru. Vive la difference! From the moment we entered we felt the excitement of being in a special place. We were immediately offered a Pisco (or glass of bubbly) and shown to our very comfortable room. To be fully honest, I was a bit disappointed we did not get one of the rooms with a balcony; instead we had the somewhat awkward bathtub-in-the-room which we had no use for. I understand each room is a bit different, and although we were not in the historic part of the hotel but rather the newer wing, we enjoyed roaming the halls to look at all the fascinating art.
Service was uniformly excellent, from all the (equally stunning!) women at the front desk (Beatriz, the lovely one with blue glasses whose name sadly I forget...) and especially from the delightful Ana Cecilia who never tired of refilling our coffee cups and chatting over long, delicious breakfasts served charmingly on a long trestle table in the library to be taken in any one of a half-dozen spots inside or outside. We had just returned from being at altitude with reduced appetites and this was surely the place to have one's hunger re-emerge! The unique plated hot breakfast dishes, with quinoa, avocados, eggs and yummy sauces were simply perfect.
My one complaint - we could not cool our room down to a comfortable temperature. On the first night someone did come to check and indeed we had the thermometer set at its lowest but the room just never cooled down.
Not to end on a down note, since we were very happy at Hotel B - the location could not be better! It is in a quiet part of Baranco, near the sea, but literally just a ten minute stroll to the throbbing heart of the neighborhood. I used the hotel map with highlighted galleries and shops as my trusty guide and as a result found places to buy beautiful gifts to bring home that went beyond the usual tourist grade Peruvian souvenirs. Thank you for a lovely stay!
Situated a short walk from the coast
Comfort rooms with excellent beds and good bathroom
Elegant surroundings and old fashioned charm
Great bar and perfect lunch menu . Special mention for Alfredo who was very attentive
Breakfast 6.00 a.m. adequate however improves later
We stayed in the hotel for 4 days and wished we could stay longer. One of the most charming hotels I stayed in. Lovely room with a balcony overlooking a bougonvilia flowering boulevard. The breakfast was a feast to eye and stomach. The waiters were most helpful especially Ana Cecilia who was attentive and ready to fulfil every wish.
There were very interesting art works on the walls. And the staff were very nice and helpful.
If in Lima go and stay there.
We were greatly looking forward to our one-night stay at Hotel B. It looked absolutely lovely. Sadly, they got things wrong right from the start. Two weeks before we had emailed them to make a dinner reservation, and to tell them we were members of the Relais & Chateaux 5C Club. We received an immediate confirmation from them.
We checked in at 5pm and were given a nice welcome and a glass of champagne. They didn’t have our dinner reservation. Or anything else we had contacted them about. Never mind.
They gave us room 130 which was spacious and light. We liked it a lot. We unpacked a few things and got the room organised which took maybe 15 minutes. Then we went downstairs and left our key at the reception. The woman who checked us in now told us there was a big party with music right next to our room so she wanted us to change rooms. We were to be upgraded. Now, why on Earth didn’t we get upgraded on check-in and save all this nonsense? There were serious mis-management issues here. This farce took half an hour to resolve.
Our upgraded room, 230 I think, was dark, gloomy, and lacked a desk or a bath. It wasn’t nearly as good as our first room. The man who was assisting us said it had a balcony and that was what made it better. OK if you want to choke on the traffic fumes, I suppose. We declined this lousy room. So we got upgraded again, this time to 410 which was acceptable but still not as good as our first room. They said it was the best room in the house. Oh really?
Air conditioning in all three rooms we ‘inspected’ was seriously noisy so we ended up switching it off to get some sleep. Everything about our room seemed get in our way. There was a desk but no power sockets which were miles away on a wall and only European sockets. The claw bath had a sharp metal foot that was guaranteed to break a toe if you wanted the lavatory at night. To figure out the lighting system you needed to have a Nobel Prize for science. We needed assistance to operate the blackout blinds which went down but not up. Etc etc etc. Everywhere totally bonkers design ruled over practicality. The room was seriously annoying. It just kept getting in the way.
We did have dinner in their restaurant - a tiny, stuffy room with five tables and just six diners. You could also eat snacks at various other places which were basically just noisy bars with teeny-weeny tables. By this time the party was in full swing next to our original room. The rap/rock music in the bar beside the cramped restaurant was almost deafening. This was a seriously awful dining environment. The food was nothing special. I chose baby pig with quince and pear and what arrived on the plate was a frazzled piece of pork, a thick dark brown smear and an underripe poached pear. It looked like something you regret stepping into on the pavement. My wife had a fish curry which wasn’t really a curry at all and came with Chinese-style fried rice. Weird. We only had one course as we hated the room so much.
The next morning Hotel B was a far happier prospect. The noisy hip-hop scene had vanished. The hotel is a virtual art gallery and so oppressively chic is it that I expect many guests regard themselves as works of art. The downstairs areas were appealing, though, and the breakfast room was exceptionally pretty. Great coffee and lovely blueberry pancakes made up for the previous evening’s disaster, making this a two-star review rather than a total hatchet job.