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With Lima's hotel scene dominated by large chains, it's nice to see an independent hotel that stands out. The NM near Parque El Olivar opened in 2002 and has been attracting steady return visitors, drawn by the design-hotel feel without the over-the-top price. Guests enter through a stark white lobby adorned with avant-garde furniture and sculptures from Peruvian artists. Muted tones and tufted headboards define the smallish rooms. (Those who tend towards claustrophobia should opt for one of the suites). The ground floor Atrium Café, with its ornate tiles, and house Restaurant 300, which packs a nouveau-Victorian vibe, add loads of character.