The best hotels are timeless, so we’re really quite taken with Atemporal, a classic casa to call home in Lima’s Miraflores barrio. The nine-room hotelito is within walking distance of the cevicherias that kicked off the Peruvian capital’s raw-fish revolution, and is modelled to look like a very big house in the country. The Anglophile owner has trotted around the globe, returning with contemporary and antique pieces to bedeck his homey manor with. With a handy house car, staff who’ll make the restaurant reservations so you don’t have to and cosy, comforting interiors, you won’t care what time or day it is.
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Pisco tasting experience, plus an early check-in and late check-out (when available)
Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. But flexible by two-hours, subject to availability. Beyond two-hours, there is charge of 50 per cent of the daily rate.
Double rooms from £245.21 ($299), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 18% per booking on check-out and an additional service charge of $10.00 per booking on check-out.
Rates usually include an a la carte breakfast in the main dining room, terrace or garden.
If you want to check out a four-kilometre radius in style, hop in the hotel’s Mini Clubman and have the chauffeur show you the sights.
The hotel closes for a few days at the end of January.
At the hotel
Bicycles to borrow, a welcome (or welcome back) drink, board games, a 24-hour coffee station, free WiFi throughout, free coffee and tea in the library. In rooms: smart TV with Netflix, bottled water, free international phone calls, organic bath products and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
Each room has an elegant mix of local art and antiques but gringos really not feeling homesick for Blighty should probably avoid the room that has Big Ben splashed over its walls, and go for something with a more Peruvian flavour instead.
While there's no spa, the hotel partners with a number of local health facilities and can arrange everything from off-site spa trips and gym appointments, to personal training sessions in the hotel's garden.
If you’ve got ceviche all down your favourite top, don’t panic: the hotel’s same-day laundry service will have it back to you in no time.
The hotel is unfortunately not easily accessible for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome, but the hotel is best suited to teens and up. Rooms can have twin beds on request, and there are board games and bicycles to borrow.
Go for a seat in the garden and have the local hummingbirds join you for breakfast.
This really is your mini Lima home from home: come down in your slippers if you like.
Breakfast is served on the terrace and garden, in the sitting room or upstairs at a small communal table. Expect several courses of cheese, charcuterie, fruit, granola, pastries and eggs. A little afternoon tea spread of cakes, biscuits, fruit and juice is laid out to welcome you home.
There’s an honesty bar in the sitting room with a selection of liquors, wine, soft drinks and snacks to help yourself to.
Breakfast hours are 7am to 10am.
A small menu is available to order from 24 hours a day.
Atemporal is in the Miraflores barrio of spread-out Peruvian capital Lima, to the south of the city and within a few blocks of the coast.
Lima’s Jorge Chávez Airport is closest: the drive should take just under an hour. Hotel transfers cost US$35 each way.
You’ll be in the heart of the well-heeled Miraflores barrio – the drive to Lima’s Plaza de Armas should take half an hour. There’s no secured parking at the hotel, but a security guard is manning the front 24/7. Hire cars are readily available at the airport; whether you fancy taking on this sprawling city is another issue.
Worth getting out of bed for
Miraflores is one of Lima’s buzziest barrios, a well-heeled residential district that’s also home to some of the city’s best bars, nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques. Hop on one of the hotel bicycles to explore your new ’hood, line up one of the board games or help yourself to a self-muddled pisco sour at the honesty bar, before heading out into sprawling Lima’s other districts.There’s an archaeological site on your doorstep in Miraflores: the pre-Columbian clay and adobe ceremonial site of Huana Pucllana dates all the way back to 400BC. Tour the city’s finest collection of modern art with a whizz around its Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, aka MAC Lima. Lima is one of South America’s culinary hotspots and it won’t take you long to see why; the hotel has a handy map to guide you to the most esteemed establishments, so grab it and get grazing. If you’ve toured Latin America before, you’ll know no city is complete without a Plaza de Armas, and Lima is no different; check out its version in the centre, half an hour by car from Atemporal.
For artfully arranged bowls of superfoods like chia and açaí, head to Raw Café on Calle Independencia in Miraflores, one of three outposts of the pure-health haven in the barrio. For sandwiches you can barely get your mouth around, try La Lucha Sangucheria, branches of which are beloved from Bogotá to Santiago. Hipsters will feel at home at Mercado 28, where street-food fans can convene over poke and pizza. And if you’re here for the raw fish only, head to La Mar and work your way through the extensive ceviche, tiradito and sashimi menu. For a taste of Nikkei cuisine at the place that does it best, it’s got to be Miraflores’ Maido – one of the world’s 50 best restaurants (you’re probably going to need a booking).
Its gin selection may get all of the attention, but the rest of the drinks on offer at Barra 55 in the Barranco barrio are pretty potent, too.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Peru and tried out their new ceviche recipes, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Atemporal in Lima…
The owner of Atemporal is so keen for his hotelito to be an instant classic that he’s bestowed a name that means ‘existing without relation to time’. He also has a thing for the British countryside and styled his townhouse on an English manor, but with added antiques and modern artworks sourced from all over Peru and beyond. Lima is huge, so make your home in the Miraflores barrio to tackle it one cevicheria at a time – the capital can claim nine of the 50 best restaurants in Latin America, including the top two. The house has a chauffeur ready to drop you off and fetch you, personal stylists and shopping guides on hand, and even someone to come jogging with you if you’re into that sort of thing. There’s an honesty bar, cakes and snacks laid out for afternoon tea (we told you they were Anglophiles), and free tea and coffee in the library. They may not want to play ball with the Gregorian calendar, but we reckon you’ll have the time of your life (but you don’t owe it all to us).