Sáenz Peña 204, Barranco, Lima, Peru
The neighborhood of Barranco is rapidly becoming the center of the contemporary art gallery scene in the Peruvian capital. Now there is a hotel in the quarter that rivals some of its counterparts in Miraflores and San Isidro.
The green, leafy streets and boulevards of the more sedate neighborhoods in Barranco are home to embassy residences, as well as the leading art galleries in all of Peru. One of the finer colonial buildings in the quarter has now been transformed into the B Arts Boutique Hotel, a welcome addition to the hotel landscape in the ever more cosmopolitan city of Lima.
Hotel B is the result of a creative collaboration between trendsetters from the worlds of tourism and art. The owners of the unique Titilaka resort and the famed Lucia de la Puente Gallery joined forces to restore a beautiful, century–old, alabaster Belle Époque mansion and convert it into a luxury boutique hotel. The expansive lobby is decorated with wonderful pieces from the gallery showroom.
While the high ceilings and sweeping staircase create a stately feeling, there is an atmosphere of intimacy that comes from the small number of rooms: only 10 in the main house — known as the Manor Wing — plus an additional seven in a tasteful annex that complements the central building. The superior Atelier rooms are all located in the Manor Wing, along with the two other types of guest room; the Contemporary Wing contains Chamber and Studio rooms.
All guest rooms, regardless of size or location, come with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, free local phone calls, buffet breakfast, sitting area, minibar containing free snacks and (non-alcoholic) beverages, plasma TV with HD channels and iPod docking station. Atelier rooms come with either a foyer or private terrace, king–size bed, desk, and separate showers and baths. Chamber rooms contain king beds, tables, and possibly a separate bathtub; while smaller studio rooms are equipped with queen–size beds.
Other touches of class that extend to all rooms and guests include special, invitation–only events at participating neighborhood galleries and refreshments at tea time. No tacky "Do Not Disturb" signs here; simply drape the elegant silk black tie hanging in the vintage armoire over the doorknob to signal your desire to be left alone.
Given the care and detail that has gone into the building's restoration, it is no surprise that the owners have gone to similar pains in sourcing Hotel B's restaurant. The bistro–style restaurant is under the auspices of La Gloria, one of Lima's finest restaurants. It is open all day for meals, coffee, or "Lonche," Peru's equivalent of high tea, often featuring fresh fruit and traditional pastries; in addition to breakfast, lonche is also complimentary for hotel guests. The Relais and Chateaux affiliation is another sign of culinary quality.
The restaurant has a well–stocked bar and extensive wine list, plus there is a separate bar off the lobby where guests can relax and admire more works of art. The bar also boasts a patio, for pleasant al fresco dining. Moreover, an attractive park with a magnificent ocean view is just two blocks from the hotel, down a street lined with antique stores, gift shops and galleries.
While Borranco was formerly the place travelers staying in Miraflores would nip over to for nightlife and the arts, Hotel B Arts makes the neighborhood a place where luxury travelers can stay put for the night instead.
Web Address: Hotel B Arts Boutique
Total Number of Rooms: 17
Published rates: $450 to $700 BB
Review by Buzzy Gordon, photos courtesy of B Hotel.