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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 #13 of 241 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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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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Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I can't give enough praise to the two ladies who work at the front desk of this hotel. The service was above and beyond anything I could have asked for. They both spoke perfect English and went out of their way to be helpful. The other employees were equally helpful, though didn't speak English. The house is beautiful, large, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Mamaruisa is a little treasure in bustling Rio. The comfortable and welcoming rooms, the superb living room with its unique view on Rio and the relaxing dining area and swimming pool are matched only by the impeccable service and availability of Jean-Michel and his team! There's no question - this is THE place to stay in Rio!

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charlottesville, virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I travel the world for my business and must communicate my wonder and delight at having found this hidden gem in Rio. Ensconced in the quiet but hip neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with a commanding view of Sugarloaf, Mama Ruisa offers the traveler a quiet and beautiful oasis from the bustle of Rio life. The owner and proprietor Jean Michel... More

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Stroud, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed just 2 nights at the wonderful Mama Ruisa in April 2014. We had a junior suite with a lovely view of the city, breakfast on our balcony was a real treat. Jean Michael was a super host and the all the staff very attentive. We had a very relaxing morning by the pool with a light lunch (great... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We spent 4 nights at Mama Ruisa in March 2014. Our experience was simply wonderful. First of all, the people working there are outstanding and helpfull, from calling taxis for us to going out at the street to let the taxi know where we wanted to go. They would suggest ways for us to go to attractions, bars, etc. Always... More

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Milan, Italy
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We stayed at the first 2 nights of our holiday in Rio at Mama Ruisa. It's really a quiet and nice old house, beautifully furbished with just 8 rooms and a very large living room. Nothing to do with a modern anonymous hotel. Breakfast was excellent and served on our private small terrace, which we found wonderful. Our room was... More

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Mama Ruisa is a lovely small hotel in the interesting historic area of Santa Teresa. Great location for wandering around high above the Rio coastline. Good bars and restaurants within a few minutes walking. Easy taxi ride down to the beaches and other Rio highlights. The hotel is beautifully furnished and has a good sized pool surrounded by lovely plants... 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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