Last year Chimu Adventures opened their stylish boutique hotel Casa Republica in Lima, Peru. The Latin America travel experts poured $5 million into transforming a magnificent 1916 mansion (which was once a beach retreat of a wealthy Lima family) into what is perhaps the coolest accommodation in the city.

Now, the hotel has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the Special Prize Interior at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile last week.

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This is a huge architectural accolade for the newly opened property in the buzzing Barranco district of Peru’s capital and one that Chimu Adventures, are delighted with.

“We have worked hard to create a property which is true to Lima’s heritage whilst still being affordable for the average traveller. We sought feedback from our previous clients on the hotel plans,”  Chimu co-founder Chad Carey said.

This award is a fantastic reflection of all the great work that has been done by our outstanding team: Interior Designer Gianfranco Loli, Hotel Manager Rafael Parra and Peru Based Directors, Juan Jose and Nicolas Macciocca.”

 Chimu co-founder Chad Carey.

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Chimu’s co-founders Chad Carey and Greg Carter along with their local business partners and New Zealand partner Rachel Williams of Viva Expeditions took on the property after seeing an 100% increase in visitor numbers to Peru over the past ten years combined with the lack of good quality, non-chain accommodation in Lima.

They appointed Peruvian Interior Designer, Gianfranco Loli to restore the property because he was a “fresh Peruvian designer” with “good knowledge of the Barranco ‘vibe’ – its current art scene as well as its traditions.”

This was key to capturing the character of the hotel,” Chad said.

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Prior to the restoration process, Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, met Chimu’s founders at the property in 2016 and was given a tour of their latest collaborative venture.

Casa Republica is based in the heart of the Barranco community and is reminiscent in style of the glory days of Peru’s Republican era but with all the amenities of a modern hotel.


Chad Carey (R), with Malcolm Turnbull, Australian PM and Greg Carter (Co-foubder Chimu (Far left)

The Prix Versailles recognition will should bolster Casa Republica’s already popular reputation among guests.

Organised with the International Union of Architects and UNESCO, the award aims to highlight the intersection between creation, art and economics.

On 15 May 2018 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Casa Republica and the other winners will compete in the Prix Versailles World Final which is judged by renowned architects and designers.

READ: PM Turnbull checks out Chimu Adventures hotel in Peru

READ: Chimu Adventures to open $5m boutique hotel in Lima

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