Inside the house, nearly every inch of the towering walls are filled with the artist’s paintings. Bold strokes of saffron, red, and cobalt depict peacocks, pastorals, and the subway stations and bridges of New York City, where Delfín lived for several years. The artist’s touch is elsewhere, too. He designed the enormous wrought-iron wood-burning stove in the lounge, the pieces on a chessboard, and lighting fixtures shaped like hands holding orbs aloft. Hotel experience aside, the house is a tribute to Delfín’s creativity.
Guests can tour Delfín’s current studio, where Pacific light filters through stained glass windows onto paintings the colors of parrot feathers, making the room feel like the inside of a jewelry box. When Delfín was younger, he worked there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, pausing for lunch and a nap on the couch.
Lillian Delfín grew up in the house when it was a hub for the other artistsand creatives who inhabited the lively Barranco district. “Every day we met writers, poets, musicians, photographers, artists from different mediums,” she said. “It was like going to a liberal arts school.” Even when there weren’t musicians in the house, Lillian remembers the sounds of jazz, often Louis Armstrong, drifting from the studio where Delfín painted. Following that tradition today, you can usually hear jazz music playing in the lounge.