Despite its distinction as Lima's most atmospheric neighborhood, the seaside district of Barranco lacked a luxury hotel—that is, until Hotel B came along in 2013. Boho-chic Barranco is home to top art galleries and grand, century-old mansions once used as an escape from downtown for the wealthy. In a 1914 Belle Époque mansion originally designed for the Garcia Bedoya family by French architect Claude Sahut (who also designed the Presidential Palace), the renovated property preserves many of the original features like the open balconies and teatinas, or raised skylights. A team of sculptors from the Fine Arts Academy helped preserve the Italian marble. It doesn’t feel like a museum by any means though, with new additions like a vertical garden in an interior courtyard and a roof deck. The hotel is involved with Barranco’s art community and is neighbor to the city’s premier contemporary gallery, Lucia del Puente. Hotel B’s own collection dabbles in everything from Peruvian pop art to sculptures. Art is displayed in the guest rooms, hallways, and restaurant.
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The Peruvian capital’s most charming and overlooked barrio, Barranco is Lima at its best, and Hotel B is on the most attractive street, a few steps from an excellent ocean view and a short walk from the historic Puente de los Suspiros. Art travelers will appreciate the proximity to MATE, the museum and cultural center of famed Lima-born fashion photographer Mario Testino. For Peruvian comfort grub and a chilcano, swing by LA 73, named after the bus line that passes this corner bistro. Those looking for a unique souvenir can make a stop at Dédalo Arte a few doors down from the hotel. The shop sells a collection of clothing, jewelry, and housewares from independent designers.
Need to Know
Rooms: 17 rooms (all suites); from $315. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The main bar and restaurant, simply called the Dining Room, is operated by renowned local chef Oscar Velarde. Stylish and modern, the restaurant looks out onto the street and involves Peruvian and Mediterranean flavors in dishes like charcoal-grilled octopus or crostini with avocado and anchovies. Pisco-based cocktails, South American wines, and Peruvian craft beers can be had at the bar. El Lonche, a high society tea service that is a legacy of English influence during the 19th century, is served on the patio and elsewhere on the ground floor. The included breakfast is held in an explorer’s club–style library. Spa and gym details: While there isn’t a spa or fitness center, the hotel has plans to add a terrace pool and a set of stationary bikes with ocean views.
Who it’s for: It’s a perfect base for anyone in the art world or the traveler who wishes to soak in the city’s culture rather than focusing on the big attractions. Our favorite rooms: Each of Hotel B’s 17 suites has a unique layout. The second-floor Atelier rooms, with 16-foot ceilings and balconies overlooking Saenz Peña Boulevard, are especially charming. Explore the area: The hotel staff includes an art concierge, who can arrange private showings at local galleries.