The cool seaside suburb of Barranco is where Lima’s bohemians come to play, mostly thanks to a smattering of hip cafés, bars, museums, and restaurants. And as the neighborhood rapidly becomes more popular with the international crowd, a string of stylish boutique hotels have popped up to meet demand. Here are the best.
The epitome of a chic boutique, Hotel B is jam-packed full of enough quirky artwork and contemporary décor to make an aspiring Instagrammer weep with joy. Be sure to return to this beautifully-restored, whitewashed colonial mansion in the afternoon for high tea, a refined community event where guests share the city’s best scones and pisco-infused cocktails. As the first boutique to open its doors in Lima, very few would doubt that it’s the best.
Another excellent option for the well-heeled traveler, this elegant upmarket boutique hotel is characterized by its spacious and airy rooms with high ceilings and ornate French windows. Featuring a mix of retro and funky contemporary design, Villa Barranco is among the most sophisticated lodgings in the neighborhood.
Situated just minutes from Barranco’s best restaurants and bars, this colonial-era hotel is popular for its old world charm and convenient location. The service is pretty great too, with staff going out of their way to greet their guests by name and at times bending over backward to ensure everything is at it should be.
Families or traveling groups would do well to check in to Casa Fanning, a well-appointed apartment hotel with outstanding customer service. All 13 condos are exceptionally stylish and spacious, meaning the whole entourage will have plenty of room to kick back and relax. Most include a kitchen for those who prefer to self-cater.
Featuring just five guestrooms, this immaculate boutique B&B is a hit in Barranco for its sizable swimming pool with an attractive water fountain, plus a charming outdoor balcony area boasting uninterrupted ocean views. Inside, its beautiful whitewashed walls and vibrant works of art are enough to charm even the most discerning traveler.
Featuring bright and cheerful décor throughout, this attractive two-star boutique offers superb value for money. Staff are helpful, and the complimentary daily breakfast is filling and delicious. Furnishing varies widely between rooms, so try to get a sneak peek before committing to stay if possible.
Another excellent budget boutique, the warm and friendly Casa Nuestra is like a home away from home for the personalized service its owners provide. Each of the eight guest rooms and common areas are awash with vibrant colors and a tantalizing blend of pop, modern, and indigenous artwork. Better yet, their free and filling breakfast—including pancakes—is the perfect way to start the day.