Previously the home of Peruvian sculptor Victor Delfin, who still keeps a studio and gallery on-site, Second Home Peru is the guesthouse everyone would want to know about (but doesn’t). The beautifully maintained Tudor mansion is one of the first boutique hotels to open in Lima, though being hidden away in a residential section of the Barranco arts district, few realize it is there. Its neighborhood location is ideal—a few blocks from the lively plaza and from a cobblestone walkway down to the beach, the Bajada de los Baños, that is lined with restaurants. The highlight, however, is the ocean view, as the house is set near the edge of Lima’s coastal cliffs, and several rooms have balconies that look right over the water. The vistas are better from here than from the often-gray skies of the more posh hotels in Miraflores up the coast, and guests can enjoy them from the small outdoor pool, gardens, and shared terraces as well. The eclectic décor includes wood floors, Louis XV–style claw-footed bathtubs, and a small contemporary art collection that lines the halls and stairways. The family-run property isn’t flashy or ultra modern by any means, though flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi come standard.
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While most major attractions are in Miraflores or the city center, Barranco is more refined and less touristy, though you won’t be lacking for shops, restaurants, or sights. For an interactive experience, try the Choco Museo’s two-hour chocolate-making workshop, which demonstrates the entire bean-to-bar process. For dinner, there’s Isolina, a two-level criollo taberna, a restaurant and bar in a renovated old home with hearty Afro-Peruvian dishes and craft beer. There’s also the MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo), which displays only works dating from 1950 onward, like chicha pop art and photo exhibitions.
Need to Know
Rooms: 8 rooms; from $115. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: While the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant of its own, it does offer a complimentary breakfast. Spa and gym details: Neither is available.
Who's it for: Independent travelers who are looking for a more intimate experience than the chain hotels offer, and yet still desire quality. Our favorite rooms: The three Mirador rooms, which each have a small balcony with what might be the best ocean view of any hotel in Lima, are tops here. Among them, the larger Mirador 3 that adds a hammock is the one to grab. Local secret: Make arrangements to visit the studio of resident artist Victor Delfin, inside the hotel.