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
Parking on site
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Restored and modernized Belle Epoque mansion turned boutique hotel in Lima’s thriving arts district
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.