Santa Mariaa 190, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
Housed in a grand 1940s converted mansion, Atemporal is that unique combination of antique and modern luxury. Located in the chic district of Miraflores, this characterful home is open to guests who seek an ultra-stylish boutique hotel ambience fused with impeccable service.
As soon as you walk through the shaded garden punctuated by rows of trees, you can feel the history that surrounds this Tudor style mansion. Eclectic and elegant, its allure is evident from the steeply pitched gable roof facade to its tranquil residential location in one of Lima's upscale neighborhoods.
The same award-winning design team behind boutique lodges Titilaka and Hotel B bring a new concept to the table. With no flashy sign or conventional lobby, Atemporal is more of a lived-in home where every single detail has been carefully thought through; from the friendly staff's chic and cool uniform to the 24-hour on-site concierge service. For guests that are looking for a distinct and curated experience and want something different in their stay, this is an optimal option.
The impressive mansion has been revived with a modern and swanky twist whilst meticulously preserving most of its original features. While the high ceilings and authentic wooden floors transmit a sense of the manor's history, the modernist touches sit well with the contemporary flair.
Opened in August of 2016, the cozy townhouse hosts nine rooms distributed around the first and second floor. There are six intimate and efficient "LAB" rooms and three more spacious "LAB+" rooms. All are equipped with queen or king size beds wrapped in luxury linens, air conditioning and a fully connected smart TV. Some rooms overlook the main garden while the others offer an inviting view to the neighboring streets.
Each room has been designed to offer a fully tranquil escape, from windows that capture the glistening light to a sitting area with a comfortable armchair and a couch. Some eye-catching pieces, such as a vintage black phone and other art deco objects, add to the fresh graceful room design. Incorporated in the room are two small separate bathroom areas with sliding doors. One has a marble sink, stocked with towel warmers, robes and quality natural toiletries. The other with a shower.
As for the common spaces in the house, the cool lounge is more like a private living room where you can browse the collection of books or hang out at the honesty bar and serve yourself a drink. Local artworks and some period pieces hang from the walls. If you want a change of scenery you can head to the exteriors and enjoy the garden brightened up by the beams of sunlight or take the antique wooden stairway to the second floor for a relaxing moment at the home's library and tea area. To make the ritual of afternoon tea more pleasant, guests have an array of delicate infusions and tea blends accompanied by homemade chocolate chip cookies.
A simple help-yourself breakfast buffet is served in the central lounge where the highlight is definitely the traditional French pain au chocolat. Although the room service menu is available 24 hours a day and has a couple of vegan and gluten-free options, it could offer a wider ranging menu.
During your stay you'll sense the personal presence of the Maitre de Maison who is there to greet you with a generous hospitality. After all, what truly stands out in Atemporal is the personalized service and the friendly staff who are happy to arrange a yoga class or a personal trainer session for you. Room rates are inclusive of Wi-Fi, a mobile phone hotspot with 4G connection throughout the city, bicycles, and a Mini Cooper with a chauffeur to drive you to the nearby art galleries, shops, restaurants and close neighborhoods.
However, its close proximity to some of the best restaurants, shops and El Olivar Park makes it an extraordinary base to explore the city on foot and discover the new rising cosmopolitan side of the growing capital city, Lima.
Web Address: www.atemporal.pe
Total Number of Rooms: 9
Rates: $200 - $300
Review and photos by Susana Lay.