The owners of Hotel B had a very particular woman in mind when they conceptualized Lima’s first luxury boutique property: she’s discerning, sophisticated, edgy, and a bit spoiled. The result? One of Peru’s sexiest hotels that will appeal to everyone from art enthusiasts and history buffs to in-the-know trendsetters.
Over 100 years ago, what is now Hotel B was the summer retreat for President Augusto Leguía. The creative team behind the property conceptualized a fictional Peruvian young woman when breathing new life into the UNESCO World Heritage site, originally designed by French architect Claude Sahut in 1914. Her essence permeates Hotel B, giving the property a strong sense of character. After a major transformation, the mansion still has the feel of a distinguished Roaring 20’s retreat, but with an edge.
Lima’s first luxury boutique hotel is a result of years of painstakingly detailed restoration that has been thrown into this formerly abandoned mansion. Peruvian heritage and culture permeate the space, but the house has been reintroduced with a cool twist. Set in the heart of Barranco, Hotel B is surrounded by buzzing bars, trendy restaurants, posh galleries, and Peruvian heritage—a bohemian rhapsody of sorts. There’s even a renowned art house, Lucia de la Puente Gallery, next door, and Hotel B has its own secret door to get in.
Hotel B is buzzworthy. In its first year, they are a Relais & Chateaux property, not surprising considering names like interior designer Jordi Puig, restaurateur Oscar Velarde, art collector Susana de la Puente, and hotelier Ignacio Masias are behind the project. Over the course of the last 100 years, the mansion was owned by just two families and extremely well-maintained. Original details such as marble terraces, intricate door handles, ornate façade, and sky-high ceilings give the property a sense of time and place, while modern touches like a three story contemporary building with additional rooms, chic bathrooms, heated plunge pool, vertical garden, and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Pacific (perfect for cocktails) ups the ante for luxury travelers.
Peru’s most popular new property features 17 rooms and suites, each with its own vibe, and a signature restaurant by Oscar Velarde, one of the region’s most sought-after restaurateurs. The bar acts as a more low-key dining option—a place to people watch, drink good wine, and gather with friends. It’s open to guests and the public. Just blocks from the Pacific coastline, guests often take a stroll through the neighborhood, and art enthusiasts almost always choose to have a private viewing of the hotel’s own art collection of Peruvian and Latin art—a nice bonus for hotel guests.
The property came onto the luxury hotel scene at just the right time. Lima is now on the map for their thriving arts, fashion and culinary scenes. We’ve noticed that travelers aren’t just trying to pass through as quickly as possible, but prefer to spend an extra day or two (or three!) in Lima to experience the art galleries and sexy restaurants that they’ve heard about through in-the-know friends and glossy magazines. Hotel B offers Absolute Travelers a luxury boutique hotel in Lima—an idyllic spot to rejuvenate tired legs after climbing Machu Picchu or hit the Latin scene.
If you would like to incorporate Hotel B into your next luxury trip in Peru, please get in touch, and we can discuss designing a custom luxury tour of Peru for you. Explore our Peru journeys here, and stay tuned for a report from Absolute’s Robyn Mark after she visits Peru and stays in Hotel B this fall!