(All photos courtesy of Hotel B)When it comes to summertime getaways, it's hard to beat the appeal of a Belle Epoque mansion—especially one as crisp and classically white as Hotel B. Located in the heart of Lima's bohemian Barranco neighborhood, among edgy art galleries and pastel colonial homes that pop against the azure hues of the nearby Pacific Ocean, the 17-room hotel feels like a welcome step back in time.
Peruvian architect David Mutal worked with designer Jordi Puig to update the 1914 building, which was conceived by the French architect Claude Sahut for a wealthy Limeño family. The result is a modern space with a subdued Jazz Age vibe: rich velvet appears on tufted chairs and upholstered headboards; raw finishes mark exposed beams and wide-plank wood floors; and sleek chrome and marble in bathrooms lend a refined note to the otherwise earthy, neutral palette in the guest rooms.
One detail that won't go unnoticed: the oil paintings and photographs by up-and-coming artists that grace the walls throughout the hotel. Curated by a co-owner who also runs the Lucía de la Puente gallery next door, the collection adds a surrealist element to the intimate period furnishings. I'd go so far as to book a room for the artwork alone. What about you?