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“A pure delight!” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa da Carmen e do Fernando
Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 172 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-040, Brazil   |  
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Ranked #20 of 250 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Tucson,AZ
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A pure delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

This was my 2nd trip to Rio and I knew from the first time that I wanted to stay in Santa Theresa. It has a less touristy more Brazilian feel to it. And within Santa Theresa this place just has a really cool aura about it. Beautiful historic home with a great view of Centro and the bay. It has a great terrace for relaxing and sipping some wine while enjoying this view, especially at night when it is beautifully lit up.

The owners were friendly but I did not see them except in the mornings at breakfast. Vivianna runs the front desk and is a delight to talk to. She was very friendly, spoke flawless English, and was very helpful in booking trips (hang gliding) and recommending restaurants. She even called several wine shops for me checking for some specific South American vineyards I was looking for.

It is also a short 10 minute walk to the Gloria subway station which is on a direct line to Ipanema (one of the cleanest subways I have seen in 6 continents by the way). Be aware that it is a steep journey uphill from the subway station if you decide to walk back though. I can recommend this B&B with 100% confidence.

Room Tip: My room was directly under the stairs and was a good size, brightly decorated, with a big comfy bed...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

I was in Rio alone for a weekend and was looking for a reasonable place in Santa Teresa where I would meet other chill travelers in their late 20's-30's. I also wanted good recommendations since I prefer to follow my nose than buy guide books.

This place was perfect! Natalie, who runs the place, was so friendly and helpful recommending places to go and showing me how to get there on transit. The other travelers were fun as well. There was always a lively conversation over a great breakfast of strong coffee, fresh papaya, homemade pastries and yogurt, or by the pool at night and some of us ended up spending the day together. Lots of Brits, Germans and French when I was there. The view is spectacular and Carmen & Fernando are artists so the place is well decorated with great music playing all the time. Feels like home.

Fair warning, it's a bit of a hike up the hill and a short 10 minute walk to restaurants in Santa Teresa and Lapa. But it's worth it. I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

Lovely, homely, accommodating gem of a place in Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa itself is charming and we felt very safe. Great views from the terrace out to centro and the bay below. Room was fairly basic but cosy and clean, with french doors opening out to the terrace and plunge pool. Great breakfast. Above all, the staff/owners were excellent - accommodating, welcoming and extremely friendly.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago, Chile
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2011

It's an excellent place to stay, the staff is very friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. Furthermore is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Santa Teresa, where you can enjoy an intense cultural life at night when you return from the beach.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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90 reviews 90 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

Considering you are in Rio, this BB is not so expensive.
It's interesting if you want to stay around in Santa Teresa, but you will spend a lot of money in cabs (that are hard to find) to go to Copacabana or Ipanema.
The room is ok and also eh staff

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Broadstairs
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011 via mobile

This peaceful b&b, although close, was a world away from the hustle and bustle of Rio. Natalia greeted us and it felt as though I'd known her for ages as we had had lots of emails back and forth planning the trip. She had arranged the taxi for us from the airport, which went smoothly. 

We were introduced to Carmen and Fernando and they all made us feel completely at home. Fernando is an artist and the house is both quirky and beautiful (although you would never imagine from the outside). There is a small pool which we never got around to using but it looked nice and a large terrace with a small bar and fantastic views across the Lapa and the bay. The rooms were basic but this was in-keeping with the style of the stone house. We had a problem on our first morning with the bathroom flooding  (constant extreme rain for too long) but this was sorted immediately and a discount offered. 

I thought the breakfast was lovely - fruit salad, home made yogurt, cereals, juice, bread, cold meats, cheese, honey, various hot drinks and cake or biscuits. This changed slightly each day and Carmen encouraged us to eat as much as we wanted. She was always available to give advice on Rio and how to get the best from our trip. 

Santa Teresa is a quiet area up on the hill above Lapa and is interesting in itself. The Metro station (Gloria) is easy to walk to, the ceramic steps are within walking distance and there are restaurants nearby.  It felt relatively safe (for Rio) but you would use taxis at night (we were advised never to use any taxis without the company name written on the car). The house however was totally safe and a real sanctuary.

We really enjoyed our stay here and the staff were all so helpful, often one step ahead identifying what we wanted or needed. We (stupidly) left our passports in the room and after a phone call, Natalia and Carmen arranged for them to be brought to us at the station.  We had a real pleasant stay and if you want a home from home, I'm sure you will feel looked after.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

Our first stay in Brazil: it was a good one! We forgot we were so tired meeting the lovely lady of the house who makes you feel so welcome. Then we saw our room with the doors to a great terrace with a panoramic view of the city: at night all the city lights are dazzling!

Take the time to walk around and see all small and bigger decorations in and around this special house. It's is done with so good care and taste. The lady of the house is really sweet and willing to help you find your way in Rio. The first night she recommended a nice place close to the pousada in Santa Theresa. We loved it. We had a simple but very tasty pizza at this beautiful bohemian spot with live music and a small bookstore.

The other day she took the time to find out where there was a dancing evening. Meeting other travelers with the self help breakfast was really nice and relaxed. Perfect spot in a lovely neighborhood in Rio!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Hermenegildo de Barros, 172 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-040, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 250 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a bed & breakfast with a privileged location in Santa Teresa. Access is very easy by Metro Glory. Are only 10 minutes from walking out of the station . Or by coming Lapa and up the Taylor Street. Near the Cristo Redentor and Sugar Loaf. ... more   less 
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