In recent years, Lima has developed into one of South America’s most alluring capital cities with a booming arts scene and offering perhaps the most exciting gastronomy on the continent.
With some fabulous luxury hotels to choose from, it’s no longer a ‘Get me through here as quickly as possible!’ kind of city, and we’d recommend spending at least two nights here at the beginning of your exploration of the country. It’s well worth having a break after your long international flight, and the museums and colonial heart of Lima offer the perfect introduction for your discovery of Peru’s fascinating history.
The bohemian district of Barranco has always been celebrated as a creative hotspot within the capital, housing an exciting array of independent art galleries and small open-studios on almost every street. It’s also home to my favourite boutique shops in the city, offering high-quality, unique products; a far cry from the touristy souvenir shops you find in most parts of the city. What I love most about this district is that after ambling from gallery to gallery, you have an eye-watering choice of restaurants and cafes to choose from, where chefs are competing against each other to offer the most inspired menus. Your taste-buds are in for a serious punch, and the people-watching is excellent!
Hotel B opened up in Barranco a few years ago and is still my favourite small boutique hotel in Lima. It’s basically an art-gallery in itself, with walls completely covered in beautiful and intriguing works from local Peruvian artists, showcasing the artistic flair engrained in Peruvian culture and it is attached to the wonderful Lucia de la Puente gallery, which is a must-visit.
Hotel B offers a luxurious experience and remains fabulously low-key - I’d liken it to staying in a private townhouse with butler service.
The building is architecturally stunning, a beautiful belle-époque mansion that was lovingly restored and designed to hark back to the opulence of a bygone era. There’s an impressive amount of marble, dark woods and stunning artwork, which give the hotel its ultra-chic ambience.
Guests are treated like old friends here and receive a very personalised service, with all the bells and whistles of a Relais & Chateaux operation, such as unpacking service, ironing service, bath-running service etc.
Tea-time at Hotel B is a fabulous affair of delightful treats and a buzzing atmosphere. I just love all the small details here add even more to the experience, such as learning to make the classic Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour, on the hotel rooftop at sunset. You’re guaranteed a wonderful and relaxing stay and I couldn’t recommend Hotel B more highly.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...