HOTEL B - Lima, Peru
HOTEL B - Lima, Peru
"Hotel B is a place for explorers to immerse themselves in the culture of the city. The architecture reflects the spirit of Peru's centennial. Noted French architect Claude Sahut was originally commissioned to design it as a summer retreat for the Garcia Bedoya family. It was completed in 1914 and had imported Italian marble and exotic woods, an ornate facade, high ceilings, open balconies and expansive terraces.
Hotel B was restored and reconstructed by a team of sculptors from the Fine Arts Academy and carpenters under the supervision of an Italian master woodworker. They worked to preserve the original structure while introducing a three story annex to the property to make it more modern. It now offers three different room types: Atelier, Aposento and Alcoba. It also has a unique collection of art, which is linked to the Lucia de la Puente Gallery. You can enjoy private viewings, special events and a vital connection to Lima's emerging art scene. " hotelb.pe
WHAT WE LOVE
We visited here in December, 2015.
The Belle Époque style. The details of the original architecture (brilliant white façade, carved dark wood paneling, elegant railings and intricate marble tiles) are perfectly preserved and very glamorous. It’s like taking a trip back to the 1920s.
The skylights. We haven’t seen skylights like these before! They were very delicate and add an incredible sense of airiness to the architecture. From what we understand they are designed locally and are called "teatinas".
Afternoon tea. From 4-6pm daily. The presentation was exquisite, and it’s in a super cozy room (the library) where you feel comfortable chatting with other guests or reading a book.
The art. Hotel B’s modern art (we called it Peruvian pop art) keeps the atmosphere casual and current. We would often grab a pisco sour at the bar and wander the common spaces to look at the collection. It was really fabulous. So was the Lucia de la Puente Gallery right next door.
The location. Barranco is a fantastic, quaint, artistic neighborhood to explore on foot. Plus it’s an easy walk to the sea and the Museo Mario Testino (MATE).
AWARDS + PRESS
Claude Sahut received the French Legion de Honour award, 1931.
The INC (Peru’s Historic Building Society) considers the renovation of Hotel B a new standard for historic restoration in Lima and beyond.
Silver Hexagon Prize, XVI Peruvian Architecture Biennial, 2014
Leading Project - Heritage, Conservation & Recycling category, XIX Pan American Architecture Biennial, 2014
Conde Nast Traveler's 18th Annual Hot List of Best New Hotels in the World, 2014
Robb Report Magazine, Top 100 Hotels, 2015