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After a long wait and many delays, this 1914 Belle Époque mansion, originally designed as a seaside retreat for the Garcia Bedoya family by French architect Claude Sahut, redefined Lima's hotel scene when it opened in 2013. Part of the luxe Relais & Châteaux hotel group, Hotel B, as it is sometimes called, is the property that many always dreamed Lima could have. The hotel looks back at its historic past in the ornate façade, open balconies, and raised skylights called teatinas. At the same time, there's an eye towards the future in vertical gardens, a roof deck, and ample modern technology. A Peruvian-Mediterranean restaurant, headed by famed local chef Oscar Velarde, sits on the art-filled ground floor. Guests take their included afternoon tea with finger foods here. Each room is unique, as the original layout was maintained where possible, with original artwork from contemporary Peruvian photographers and painters. Each night at turn-down, pillows are topped with a poem and something sweet. The hotel is near the neighborhood's hottest galleries, including the attached Galeria Lucia del Puente, Lima's most renowned contemporary art gallery. The hotel's art concierge can provide special access and private showings for guests.