I'm in Lima a lot for business, and had been waiting for this place to open for many years as Lima has been quite sterile in terms of interesting boutique hotels compared to other Latin American cities.
This is really the first and only luxury boutique hotel in Lima, and they have set the bar very high. I stayed twice on either end of a trip to Ecuador, in Atelier Suite 220 and 222 which are both in the old colonial portion of the building which I preferred.
The guest services manager (Lesly) and front desk staff (Judith) were very proactive before each of my arrivals asking if I needed any assistance. They arranged taxi services for me and I like the fact that they gave me options of booking local taxi companies they trusted or executive car services. This was a welcome relief to the other 5 star chain hotels in Lima who seem to be in cahoots with certain taxis that charge you a fortune so they provide kickbacks to the drivers. Not here, they just wanted my stay to be perfect.
The art is really amazing in every room and on every wall of the public areas - certainly thought provoking sort of art that might not be for everyone that is easily offended.
The service was excellent, everyone from the doorman to the bell hops to the restaurant staff went out of their way and I was really made to feel like I was a privileged guest of their home rather than just another overnight guest. The hotel has only 17 rooms so the personalized service matches the intimacy of the property.
I have to say that the restaurant, El Comedor, in the hotel was one of my favorite things. Unlike most hotel restaurants where you find international guests all staring into an Ipad screen and avoiding contact with one another, the restaurant at night was full of locals and international hotel guests, all socializing and being taken care of by the staff like it was some neighborhood gathering spot - which it is. The food was top notch, really good value for money, and almost felt like comfort food. El Comedor is certainly my new hang out spot in Lima.
The library, or "biblioteca", where breakfast and tea time is served is one of the most inviting and cozy rooms I've ever been in. Just the sort of place you want to lounge out in with a good book and while away the afternoon.
Note that each of the rooms at this hotel is different, I look forward to trying all of them!
Thank you Hotel B for pulling off such an incredible work of restoration on the building, being out front in pushing the lodging options into Barranco which is my favorite part of Lima, and for assembling such a charming and dedicated staff. You should be proud of yourselves and I look forward to my next visit.
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