Up to now if you wanted to go out for some nightlife in Lima, you headed to Barranco. If you wanted to spend the night in a really nice room, you went to Miraflores or San Isidro.
Now you can hit the galleries, hit the chic clubs, and sleep in Barranco too, thanks to the recent opening of B Arts Boutique Hotel.
This one has been a long time in the making because of the restoration required, to the point where the press release reruns in magazines missed the opening date by a good half a year. It opened just as one of our correspondents was hitting the capital, however, so this is probably the first place you’ll see a review from a travel writer who has actually slept there.
As the name would suggest, this is an art hotel, filled with works from local artists and impeccably designed to please the creative class types who put aesthetics at the top of their list. It’s refined and confident rather than loud and flashy though, the bar pictured at the top being the most colorful spot in the hotel. Both the exterior and interior walls are white throughout and the design emphasizes the 1914 Belle Epoque style rather than detracting from it.
Like many small urban boutique hotels—this one has 17 rooms—there’s not all that much to do in the hotel itself besides wine and dine in style. And enjoy a complimentary Peruvian high teal. The appeal for most guests of B Arts is what’s outside the doors. This is a moneyed neighborhood of embassies, art galleries, and sleek cocktail lounges, with plenty of other good restaurants if you’re staying for more than a night. As part of your stay, you’ll likely get an invite to some local art opening or other event.
White on white rooms come in several configurations in two buildings, but historic doesn’t mean out of touch here. Complimentary Wi-Fi and local phone calls accompanying HD flat TVS and iPod docking stations.
See our full review and more photos of B Arts Boutique Hotel in the Barranco coastal neighborhood of Lima, a bit south of Miraflores.