We passed through Lima many times during our 18 months of travel in Peru. That means we spent a lot of nights in a lot of hotels in Lima. Check out our 5 favorite hotels in Lima so you can be sure you’re booking the right room for you in the city’s most compelling neighborhoods.Despite increasing competition, Hotel B, which opened in the artsy Barranco neighborhood of Lima in 2013, is still top of the heap. The converted Belle Epoque mansion is filled with art, decor bends toward quirky opulence, staff members are attentive, and food and drink are priorities (a sumptuous afternoon tea is included for guests). The 20-room hotel is one of just five Relais & Chateaux hotels in Peru (and the only one in Lima) and attention to cuisine is apparent even in the breakfast buffet. A destination in and of itself, guests of this contemporary hotel can book a range of exclusive activities including a culinary class, a cocktail crash course, and a guided tour of the hotel’s art collection.
There are nine rooms at the hip Atemporal boutique hotel in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima and there are also nine letters in the word temporal (which means temporary in English). So the playful owners, who excel at attention to detail, decided that each room key would come on a keychain featuring an oversized letter from the hotel’s name rendered in chic black velvet. And, yes, a hotel that drills down to that level of detail has the rest of the hospitality puzzle figured out too including eclectic decor (think chic grandma with a touch of John Waters), a great location near top restaurants and one of Lima’s urban archaeological sites), and playful but buttoned-up staff members. Generous touches include complimentary “welcome back” wine and beer in the evenings and free use of mobile hot spots so guests can stay connected while exploring the city.
Pass through the hand-crafted metal door and enter the sculpture-filled garden of the eight-room Second Home hotel in Lima’s Barranco neighborhood. The place feels like a country home (sweeping grounds, enormous trees, swimming pool) because that’s what it was. Built in 1911, the Tudor-style house was a summer home for rich city-dwellers who took a trolley to Barranco from the heart of the original city limits of Lima. Most recently, the house was the family home of Peruvian sculptor and painter Victor Delfin. He still lives on the property, his studio is on the grounds, and his art is everywhere giving this hotel a distinct museum-like quality. The main Tudor building has been turned into a hotel offering comfortable bohemian rooms but it’s worth the splurge for one of the spectacular ocean view rooms (numbers 1, 2, and 3) on the edge of the cliff-top property overlooking the Pacific.
The Lot Boutique Hotel is your hip home in the Miraflores neighborhood offering eight rooms that are all radically different in size and style. Nooks and crannies on two floors–including sitting areas, a garden, and a bar serving Peruvian wine, Peruvian craft beers, and pisco cocktails–invite lingering. And the whole package is just a few blocks from Lima’s oceanfront walkway.
Quinta Miraflores, in the Miraflores area of the city, occupies one of just three quinta-style buildings in Lima which is why the structure was designated a heritage site. A three-year renovation turned the former home of Peruvian poet Julio Ramon Ribeyro into an intimate hotel that’s more like a polished B&B. The three rooms, including one suite with a clawfoot tub, are decorated with a mix of antiques (including furnishings and tiles from the original house) and unexpected shots of color.
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