(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?