Are you an interior design fanatic, planning a trip to Lima, Peru but having no clue where to stay? Look no more, I might have found the perfect place for you: Boutique hotel Villa Barranco!
Two of my biggest passions are travelling and interior design. When I travel I’m always looking for ways to combine both. My recent trip to Peru was no exception.
- Where did I stay?
I stayed at Boutique hotel Villa Barranco. I came across this hotel after (painful) hours browsing the Internet in search of the perfect boutique hotel. But how rewarding this quest was! Villa Barranco was my home away from home. I loved it so much I decided to whip up a guide to share my secret with you.
Located in the boho/artsy district of Barranco, the “Villa Italiana-style” building (one of Lima’s typical architectural styles) that houses Villa Barranco was originally built in the 1920s as a summer residence for a wealthy Lima family. The current owner – Patricio, who also owns Peruvian-based boutique hotel brand Ananay – acquired it in 2015 and decided to convert it into a hotel.
- Why stay in this hotel?
When Patricio had Villa Barranco in mind, he wanted to create a place that felt more like a home than a hotel. And it’s exactly the feeling I got as soon as I pulled in! It felt more like arriving at a friend’s summer house.
What gives this homey, intimate feeling to the hotel is not only its size (it has only 9 rooms) but mainly its interior decor. Every single corner is tastefully decorated, with a mix of quirky vintage objects, local handicraft and plush fabrics.
The entire hotel has a very peaceful vibe, amplified by the lush exotic garden surrounding the house.
As for the bedrooms, they all are decorated in different colour palettes and have either a garden view or an ocean view. I loved my “room with a view”! I had my own little private terrace where I could unwind contemplating the sea after a full day of exploring Lima.
And if you don’t have your own terrace, they’ve an elegant tropical-inspired rooftop bar. There you can sip your cocktail watching the sunset, leaning against banana leaves printed cushions.
The only minor critic I have is about isolation. Although the original house was fully renovated, they kept all the original fixtures such as the windows and shutters. As you can imagine, these are not made for colder weather or loud exterior noise, making it sometimes a bit difficult to fall asleep or feel warm.
- In a nutshell: the perfect oasis
A little oasis tucked away from Lima’s hustle and bustle, Villa Barranco is the perfect launchpad for museum browsing and restaurant hopping in Barranco. Plus, their staff is extremely helpful & service-oriented (the second night I stayed there I was still super jet-lagged and didn’t have the energy to go out for dinner, so the reception manager ordered an Uber Eats meal using his personal account as I didn’t have the app).
And I’ve an exclusive news for you: Patricio has bought the twin villa next to Villa Barranco (who was built by the same original owners) to restore it and increase the numbers of rooms available. The updated version of the hotel is planned for 2020.
So, if you end up staying there on your next trip to Lima, let me know your impressions! And if you need further recommendations or if you’ve questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch either here on my blog or on my Instagram.