The hip artistic neighborhood on the sea coast of Lima has a second boutique hotel worth considering now: Casa Republica Barranco.
Lima is a bit of a strange city when it comes to luxury lodging. There’s not much of it anywhere near the airport or the historic center. Most of the luxury hotels of all kinds are in San Isidro, Miraflores, and now emerging Barranco.
We reviewed the first luxury boutique hotel here that kicked things off many years ago: Hotel B, part of the Relais and Chateaux organization of food-centric small hotels with good service. It has taken a while for any contenders to come along in the same area, so we’re happy to see this new entry to give Lima visitors a reason to stick around.
Eight rooms, the reception area, and a reading lounge are in a renovated 1920s mansion with a central staircase and skylight. Across a courtyard is an annex building with another 14 rooms. We strongly advise sailing right past the lowest-priced options when booking if you’re a couple. The smallest rooms here are best for singles who aren’t traveling with several suitcases. The best options are the junior suites in the original building if you want historic character, or the suites in the new building that have the same feel but are new construction.
Many original elements of the 1920s mansion were retained during the renovation, including an enormous light fixture that still hangs over the entrance hall. The metal light fixture is surprisingly modern in design, as is the art that now fills the hotel. The hotel’s collection was curated by a group of young Peruvian artists called Art Plaza and the pieces include paintings, sketches, and works in fabric that were chosen as a reflection of Lima’s personality. Some also hang in the library lounge, where you can settle in with a book.
There’s a roof deck area with a bar also where you can relax if the weather is nice and get a view. It would be a nice spot for a pisco sour at sunset. Eventually there will be a private dining room for 10 here as well.
For lunch and dinner you’ll have to explore the fine restaurants in Barranco, of which there are plenty. Breakfast is served in the courtyard area of Casa Republica though and is included in the rates.
See our detailed review of Casa Republica Hotel Barranco in Lima, Peru.
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