“History meets modern comfort” should be the slogan of boutique hotels in Lima. Preserved colonial buildings, giant mansions, and Spanish-style houses are the standard for Lima’s boutique hotels. Their picturesque colonial exteriors are complemented by remarkable and luxuriously comfortable interiors. Here’s a look at the best boutique hotels in Lima, Peru.
If the artsy, bohemian neighborhood of Barranco could create its own grand mansion, this is the sort of building it would choose: romantic interiors and decorations that date back to the early 1920s with large-scale art strategically placed to wow you and stop you right in your tracks. Built in 1912 and designed by the French architect Claude Sahut, Hotel B was the first boutique hotel in Lima and remains the standard for all other hotels.
This hotel has only four rooms, which ensures personalized attention from the hotel staff. Each room is distinct with its own feel and character, so selecting your room when you reserve is a huge decision. The boutique hotel was built in the early 1900s by the Italian architect Lidio Mongilardi and was later declared an historic monument by the Peruvian government. When you stay at Quinta Miraflores Hotel, you’re staying in history.
The republican house was built in the 1920s, and the owners have kept the building true to its roots. The villa has spacious, high-ceiling rooms with French windows. Note that not all rooms have a personal garden, and some have private terraces. Once you’ve had a thorough tour of the building, head to the the rooftop terrace for some drinks and a view of the sunset as it descends over the Barranco. Villa Barranco’s proximity to everything in Barranco adds a special value to this boutique hotel.
Hotel de Autor is a creation unto itself: it’s not a boutique hotel nor is it an apartment. You could call it a boutique house or a classy Airbnb. The hotel has two locations, both of which are in Miraflores and are incredible. From the outside, they look like giant, white mansions (which they kind of are). The inside is tastefully decorated, similar to other boutique hotels, but here you have the entire place all to yourself. The location is great, right in the heart of Miraflores, making you feel like you’ve just moved to Peru.
Second Home was once the home of the Peruvian sculptor, Victor Delfin, and it maintains the same artistic feel to it. If you need some creative inspiration, take a walk through the garden, a dip in the pool, check out the view of the ocean, or maybe just wander around the eight-bedroom house. The inside is a calming white with wood interior, which provides a nice respite of peace from Lima’s traffic and cars. All in all, there’s no location better than this, and the grounds are immaculate.