Viewpoint from the Hotel Bolivar in Lima

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The Gran Hotel Bolivar is a three-star hotel located in the historic centre of Lima, opposite Plaza San Martin. There is a viewpoint from the Hotel Bolivar in Lima. It was the first large-scale modern hotel building to be built in Lima in order to accommodate guests at the celebrations of the first centenary of the Battle of Ayacucho in 1924.

GRAN HOTEL BOLIVAR (Lima, Perú): opiniones, comparación de precios

History

The Hotel Bolivar was part of a series of works to commemorate the Battle of Ayacucho in an attempt to modernise the city. Its construction was the initiative of the brothers Augusto N. Wiese Eslava and Fernando Wiese Eslava. They commissioned the work to the North American company Fred T. Ley. The hotel was built on a 4,000 square metre plot of land owned by the State and its design was entrusted to the Peruvian architect Rafael Marquina y Bueno. It was inaugurated on 6 December 1924 by the President of the Republic Augusto B. Leguía.

This work, like all the subsequent buildings that were constructed around the Plaza San Martín, was made with a reinforced concrete structure and loom masonry and wire mesh. It was built with a reinforced concrete structure and loom masonry and wire mesh.

In 1938, Marquina was commissioned to enlarge the Gran Hotel Bolívar from three to five floors in order to provide an additional 150 rooms. This enlargement, although it altered the scale of the building, was managed in a way that did not change the sense of the whole.

In 1961, Augusto N. Wiese sold the hotel to oil entrepreneur John Mecom for 1.8 million dollars.

The Bolivar Hotel was declared a national monument by Supreme Resolution 2900 of 28 December 1972.

The ground floor houses the El Bolivariano restaurant and a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain.

Currently

In 2016, the Tax Administration Service (SAT) announced that the Hotel Bolivar property would be auctioned off at public auction on 24 January 2017 due to a large debt owed by its administrators. According to the SAT, the company Huron Equities, the hotel's administrator, has not been able to pay a debt of S/. 500,000 in property taxes, which it has owed since 2009.

Architecture

The Bolívar Hotel building was one of the first buildings to be constructed around the Plaza San Martín and, therefore, created around it and conditioned the other buildings to its formal expression.

The volume of the building, because of its natural monumentality, acquires a presence of its own within the large ensemble of the square and the existing urban fabric, adapting itself to the scale and proportions of the surroundings.

Its symmetrical composition, the balance of its fronts and the homogeneity of its treatment are academic characteristics while its expression is Spanish Baroque. It forms part of the ensemble and scale of the buildings that would later surround the Plaza San Martín, which would have a unitary Neo-colonial language.

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