- Upmarket, historic boutique hotel
- Grand yet welcoming feel
- Art gallery in the hotel, private rooftop lounge
- Near a host of local museums and attractions
Hotel B is a tranquil and elegant boutique hotel located in the trendy Barranco district of Lima. It’s set in a mansion house dating back to the early 1900s, once the summer beachside retreat of a wealthy family. An extensive restoration project repurposed the mansion as a hotel and added a new three-storey annex. While the building has long been appreciated for its many architectural merits, today it’s also known as one of Lima’s most worthwhile boutique hotels.
Rooms are grouped into three categories: Atelier, Aposento and Alcoba. In total, there are 17 spacious, air-conditioned rooms; some offer views of the central courtyard, whilst others have street views. Common to all rooms are facilities such as complimentary toiletries, a hot water bottle, a plasma TV, a minibar and a vintage armoire. All bathrooms feature a rain shower, whilst some offer a separate bathtub as well. Rooms are decorated in a pleasant and stylish manner; those in the original mansion building are slightly more historic, whilst those in the newer contemporary wing are somewhat more modern in feel.
The hotel’s public areas comprise the library, with doors opening out on to the courtyard, and the living room, which is an ideal meeting point and the hotel’s largest room. There’s also an enclosed patio where guests can eat, a lounge with daily newspapers, coffee and snacks provided, and the Sundowner Deck, a private rooftop lounge, where guests can enjoy drinks and lighter meals whilst taking in views of the Pacific Ocean. Decorated in an old-world style, the Dining Room is the hotel’s main restaurant and is open throughout the day, serving both Peruvian and Mediterranean small dishes and daily afternoon tea.
Hotel B's location is ideal for exploring the vibrant district of Barranco, known for its abundance of art galleries, museums and theatres and a thriving arts scene. Many musicians, artists and designers are attracted to its buzzing streets. Note that the hotel houses its own art collection and it’s also directly linked with the Lucia de la Puente Gallery which showcases a range of local, national and international artwork. The coast is just a short walk away, as are quite a few public parks.
Children of all ages are welcome. It’s recommended that families with children under 6 years of age book one of the downstairs rooms since the balconies in the upstairs rooms aren't particularly child friendly. Parents are reminded to keep children under adult supervision at all times.
Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.
Laura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018
We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!
Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:
Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.
I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.
The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.
The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.
We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.
The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.
The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.
Gwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018