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3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   132 Rua Santa Cristina, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-250, Brazil (Santa Teresa)
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Ranked #11 of 245 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 4 nights in Rio and after searching for endless hours looking at bland beachside hotel after another we finally found Mama Ruisa. It is a beautiful colonial building located in the Santa Terrsa hillside. The entire staff were absolutely amazing our entire stay and could not do enough to help us - always very friendly and keen to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Rio for a wedding in Santa Teresa and ended up staying at Mama Ruisa for longer than initially planned: 1) location is perfect, 10 min away from the tube station and right by the main street with nice coffees, shops and Lapa nearby, 2) my room had a balcony from where I could see the sea/bay, spacious,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed in the Cocteau room,a spacious double with great bathroom and walkin wardrobe,ate a delicious breakfast served on our private balcony.This a a beautifully run,smart and stylish boutique B&B with a lovely little garden and nice,if smallish,size pool.highly recommended for couples.staff were attentive and helpful.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is such a beautiful hotel. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Rio in the hills of Santa Teresa, it feels like a home, not a hotel.The hotel is beautifully decorated. The staff is very helpful and the breakfast on the terrace is yummy (the French owner found the most amazing bread in town)!! Speaking of Jean Michel,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

lovely house with beautiful views over Rio. The breakfast on the terrace was fantastic (best bread I had in Brazil). The house was very tastefully decorated - I would have loved to take a few pieces with me! We had the Josephine Baker room which was very spacious with nice views. The walls are fairly thin so you hear the... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is always a great pleasure to stay in this beautiful property in the heart of Santa Teresa, enhanced by a careful restoration. I remember pleasant moments of tranquility and relaxation, even in the middle of the carnival. Friendly staff.

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If you are going to this gorgeous little boutique in Santa Theresa. Less of a hotel than an exquisite secret club you are granted access to. The colonial splendors of the hotel are only surpassed by the graciousness of the staff. You can't get to the end of all the languages they know or the things that they are willing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is an amazing place to stay. Santa Theresa is a cool, hillside spot away from the beach but it's definitely worth spending some time here if you can and Mama Ruisa is a great converted villa with super chilled vibe, great taste in decor and one of, if not the, best breakfasts I've had. We looked forward to it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A beautiful turn-of-the-century villa on a small side street in the middle of Santa Teresa. The villa exudes charm and style. There is an lavish common living room which overlooks the pool and lush garden. Rooms are furnished exceptionally tastefully, and each room has its own theme. Suites have wooden parquet floors, high ceilings, and a large balcony with city... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Everything was ok until my check out when the owner of the hotel decided to pack my luggage while me and my family was out. My husband paid half of a daily rate for a late check and agreed when he did the booking that he would leave by 4:30-5PM but by 4PM Mr. Jean decided enter in our room... More

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Address: 132 Rua Santa Cristina, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-250, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Mama Ruisa 3*
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