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Indagare reviews Atemporal, a quaint boutique hotel in Lima, that appeals to value-conscious clients looking for privacy and a residential experience.
Bedroom at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, Lima, Peru

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Not quite as grand as the Miraflores Park, the Casa Andina Private Collection is contemporary and cutting-edge. The seventeen-story property, formerly the Miraflores César, is the Casa Andina flagship and has a distinctly younger, more modern sophistication than the city’s other top hotels. Set in the heart of Miraflores, around the corner from the legendary Astrid & Gastón restaurant, it is seen by many residents as a shining symbol of Peru’s promise. Because the five-star César, once a major gathering place, was shuttered for years, the Casa Andina represents rebirth and ingenuity. Contemporary Peruvian art hangs in the lobby, where young businessmen lounge on the couches texting on their iphones. Another seating area may be taken over by ladies meeting for a drink after shopping or touring. The trendy coffee bar Sama invites locals and guests alike to stay awhile, with its racks of magazines and books and free Internet. The piano from the César still holds pride of place in the bar area. An attractive restaurant draws an after-work crowd, and in the back of the lobby is a small outpost of the stylish Indigo shop.

In its youthful and not overly grand design, the hotel will remind U.S. visitors more of a W than a Four Seasons. The 148 guest rooms have a few Peruvian touches, like alpaca blankets and books on the Andes, but the furniture and bathrooms are pretty standard—comfortable rather than memorable. Although it lacks the ocean views of the Miraflores Park, the Casa Andina is within walking distance of the legendary Astrid & Gastón restaurant and the antiques market. It also has covered heated pool, a hit with families traveling in the winter months.

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Casa Republica

Casa Republica, a 1920s Republican mansion in the heart of bohemian Barranco in Lima, is an ideal hotel for travelers seeking a good value option.
suite at Country Club Hotel Lima, Lima, Peru

Country Club Hotel Lima

The building that today houses the Country Club Lima Hotel was first built in the 1920s, formerly visited by the British Aristocracy and the likes of Hemingway and Faulkner as well as numerous Peruvian literaries. The hotel has the ambiance of an old-world country club, and many Limeños use it as such, having Sunday lunch in its dining room or garden patio and holding weddings on its manicured grounds. Located in the upscale residential neighborhood of San Isidro directly across from the Lima Golf Club, the rambling Spanish colonial building with its surrounding lawns and gardens evokes the grander days of the city’s past, when the elite gave white-glove tea dances and a handful of families held sway. In fact, many of their descendants still come here regularly to dine.

The extravagant lobby with beautiful wooden ceilings, sleek marble floors and intricate Spanish tile accents was named the second most beautiful hotel lobby by Architectural Digest. A renovation in 2017 left this lobby untouched but resulted in the upgrade of the property's 83 rooms which now have murals by Peruvian artist Gihan Tubbeh, which joins hundreds of beautiful paintings on loan from the Pedro de Osma Museum, each of which includes a small museum plaque with the piece's title. The rooms are spread in various buildings which date to 1927 and are large, comfortable and decorated with heavy colonial-style furniture. In fact, the hotel has been declared a national monument. Imagine a less glamorous version of Fisher Island in Miami or the Beverly Hills Hotel in L.A. There are multiple dining options on site, including Stained Glass, a romantic setting for tea looking out over the garden and Perroquet, serving expertly crafted Peruvian and International cuisine in the large dining room and on the outdoor patio. There is also a small gallery of shops including a Kolke and a Starbucks.

Interiors at Hotel B, Lima, Peru

Hotel B

A grand Belle Epoque mansion that was built in the 1920s as a summer retreat for a wealthy Peruvian family has been transformed into one of Lima’s most stylish boutique hotels. Hotel B, part of the Relais & Chateaux collection, is located in the heart of the city’s arts district, Barranco, and merges the flamboyant architectural details of the original building (an ornate façade, carved columns, high ceilings, Italian marble) with a multi-million-dollar collection of contemporary art for a fabulous blend of old and new that is decidedly Peruvian. The family behind the restoration owns many of the country’s top lodges (Inkaterra Pueblo among them) so they are familiar with the desires of high-end travelers and every amenity such as Wifi, towel warmers and iPod docking stations have been worked into the seventeen suites. But they have also hired an art concierge to host artists’ talks and make introductions or arrange studio visits. While there is no gym or spa, there are stationary bikes for guest use. Celebrated Peruvian chef, Oscar Velarde, of La Gloria and Ciccolini masterminded the menu to highlight national specialties and regional bounty. The public rooms, from the restaurant and bar to the library and salon, have a deeply personal design aesthetic so they feel like rooms in a stylish friend’s residence, which creates the special house-party atmosphere. Some rooms are in the historic building and only accessible by stairs, while others in a contemporary wing can be reached by elevator, so it’s best to discuss your needs with our bookings team to reserve the right one for you.

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Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel

The Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, is set atop a cliff with views of the Pacific and the fashionable Miraflores neighborhood.

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Bar at NM Lima Hotel, Lima, Peru

NM Lima Hotel

A very stylish friend told me about this boutique property. She found the Country Club Lima too large and faux colonial but wanted to be in San Isidro and near Miraflores. The 68-room NM has a sleek, modern design that could be summed up as Milan meets Miami, with an all-white lobby, an attractive courtyard restaurant and a trendy bar and restaurant. My friend, who was there for a wedding, stayed a full week. She found the rooms simple but comfortable and has since referred others who want a pied-à-terre with good service in a prime location for a very reasonable price. NM is very near El Olivar park, which is a great spot for running if you don’t want to stick to the gym.

Lounge at  Second Home, Lima, Peru

Second Home

For those who want to feel like the invited guest of an artsy Lima friend, Second Home is the place to stay. Formerly the abode of a well-known Peruvian sculptor, Victor Delfin, this five-room hideaway retains the atmosphere of a private residence even though it now welcomes guests from around the world. The two-story Tudor structure overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and the rooms— with their long white curtains, polished wood floors and beamed ceilings—have a beach-house quality. Although rooms do have TVs, they are not state-of-the-art, but more like what you would expect in a bed-and-breakfast, and the only phone is at the front desk. Located in the city’s arts district, Second Home is close to galleries and trendy restaurants, which may be why visiting artists and writers flock here. In fact, Delfin still works in a studio on the property, and interested guests can take a tour. The two best rooms, 2 and 3, have ocean views, and 3 has a terrace, as well.

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Villa Barranco

Located in a restored 1920s home in the trendy Barranco neighborhood, Villa Barranco feels like staying at a friend’s home. Read Indagare's review.

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