Hotel B is surrounded by elegant mansions that hark back to Lima’s heyday in the early 20th century. The historic manor house was built in 1914 as a wealthy family’s second residence. Every corner of the two-story mansion feels intimate and personal. It opened as a hotel in 2013 after a two-year renovation. Most of the details date back to its earlier days. Then there’s the Surreal art throughout the hotel. The well-curated graphics, photographs and oil paintings are clearly meant to stop you in your tracks, like the massive painting of an orchestra hanging behind the bar. The whole place feels more like the mansion of a rich, eccentric art collector than an actual hotel. The hotel is in one of the fancier neighborhoods in Lima, Barranco, with its leafy streets and ornate architecture. It is also the artsy district: the romantic, bohemian pocket of the city.
A sprawling capital city, it’s an impressive urban contrast to most other sights in Peru. Head to Milaflores for a hip neighbourhood vibe, with arty markets and cafes. The central Plaza Mayor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you can learn about the country’s incredible history at the National Museum. For dinner? Pisco sours and some great ceviche.