Peru’s capital, while not the most appealing of cities, does offer stately colonial architecture, fascinating museums of Peru’s empirical; history and world-class dining.
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Stays in this gorgeous Republican-era millionaire’s mansion in Barranco – Lima’s most fashionable neighbourhood – give a taste of the city’s modish high life in intimate boutique hotel comfort.
The house looks like the kind of place the Great Gatsby would have rented out as his holiday home in Peru. The brilliant-white neoclassical shuttered facade belongs to the French Riviera.
Rooms inside are clean and contemporary – with whites offset with strong blocks of colour, heavy drape curtains, marble bathrooms and big abstract art and mirrors on the walls. Book one of the high-ceilinged period rooms in the old house rather than the garden-facing rooms in the modern annexe.
The hotel serves great Pisco sours – a precursor to a night out in the great restaurants and bars beyond the door.
The hotel sits in the heart of Barranco, on a tranquil, leafy street lined with stately houses.
The shady gardens and benches of Malecon Saenz Peña park are right opposite the front door; cliffs perched over the Pacific Ocean are 50 metres from the lobby – with dreamy palm-trees and sunset-over-the-ocean views.
Lima’s best restaurants and bars lie within a fifteen-minute cab ride.
The Pacific is a stroll from the hotel, and while Lima’s beaches are nothing to get excited about, there are great palm trees and sunset-over-the-ocean views from the Mirador Saenz Peña lookout, a block away.
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