We stayed here for the first 3 nights of our 2 week stay in Brazil. We arrived quite late on our first night and was a bit sceptical about the area but had a walk down to the bars and restaurants on our second night and much preferred the area to Copacabana and Ipanema which feels a bit dated.
The pool was very nice and a popular hangout spot - the cocktails were really good too, but the most expensive we had in Brazil by far. The food was also very good around the pool, especially if you're after something other than typical Brazilian fare. The onion rings were the best I've ever had. We did also have dinner in the restaurant one night which was the best meal we had for our entire stay. Breakfast is also very good but not included and too expensive for what it is. Staff overall were friendly and helpful.
The rooms are quite basic comparing it to other hotels in the same price range (and less) that we have stayed in in other countries, but it seems that it's standard in Brazil. One negative is that our bathroom was really in a dire condition (room 23) and needs to refurbished - the water floods everywhere when you have a shower and has gone under the tiles so when you step on them they move with a squidgy sound of the water below. I would also never take a bath in the condition that the bath was in.
Finally, we stayed over a weekend and there was quite a lot of noise as the hotel is a popular spot for events, we had to use earplugs on our second night to try and drown out the music from a wedding which went on until the early hours. So if you're looking for a quiet stay maybe not the first choice.
Overall, it's difficult to give it a 4 out of 5 as I really do feel it's very overpriced for what you get.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Santa Teresa, new 5 star boutique hotel spa and the only Relais & Chateaux of the city, is a former colonial ranch located in the heart of the historic district of Rio de Janeiro. The Hotel features the best views of the city, the harbor and the famous bay of Rio. Decoration tropical ethic design was inspired by the African Indigenous roots of the North and East of Brazil, by the great times of coffee and sugarcane. The burnt cement, the lime stones, the golden slates, the tropical woods and the banana tree fibers are being mixed with the contemporary design of artists Sergio Rodrigues, Zemog or Oficina de Agosto. In the hotel's tropical gardens, the 25-meter long polish green slate swimming pool offers unique panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro. With a natural yet luxurious and unique environment, the Spa features beauty and corporal relaxation treatments of the Amazonian brand of Natura. For the gastronomes, the restaurant Térèze, with an industrial wood, linen and steel design is frequented by the high society of Cariocas and offers the best of French cuisine with a Brazilian flair, created by our Chef Damien Montecer. Hotel is close to all attractions such as Christ redeemer Corcovado, Lapa Nightlife, Sugar Loaf, historic center, museums and famous beach of Copacabana. Not to be missed! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais And Chateaux
- Santa Teresa Hotel
- Hotel Santa Teresa - Relais & Chateaux Rio De Janeiro, Brazil