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“A gem in Rio” 5 of 5 stars
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Rua Aprazivel 163 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241, Brazil (Santa Teresa)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 242 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Sarasota, Florida
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“A gem in Rio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I cannot say enough about this B&B. The locations is great, up on a high hill with panoramic views. Breakfast was great, fresh fruit and anything else you might want. The hosts very helpful for recommendations of where to go, where to eat, etc. Rio is a stunning city although a bit pricey but it has lots to offer!!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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  • Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We were guests of Um Meia Tres for one week in July 2012. Our hosts, Bill and Sue Moore were gracious, friendly, and accommodating. It was our first visit to Rio, and they provided us with an excellent introduction to this exciting and storied city. A few highlights of our stay:

The neighbourhood -- Um Meia Tres is situated in Santa Teresa, which provides a great view of much of the city, as well as wonderful restaurants, shops and winding, hilly, cobblestone streets. We were in Rio for a conference, which was located in a hotel on Copacabana. The conference site was easily accessible on a daily basis from Um Meia Tres, at half the price of the conference hotel.

Our hosts -- Bill and Sue are originally from London, relocating to Rio about 5 years ago. They provided us with a friendly introduction to the city, as well as a really good breakfast on the terrace -- complete with fresh baking delivered every morning. It was such a nice atmosphere. We met other guests from around the world, chatted, and fed the marmosets, who greatly enjoyed the bananas that Bill and Sue had set aside for them.

The accommodations -- Our room had a generous terrace, a very comfortable bed, a large bathroom with a shower and plenty of hot water. We were very impressed by this combination of good company, and having a nice private space to unwind after the conference.

The bottom line: Um Meia Tres is a great place to stay in a wonderful city!
Terry and Rillah Carson

Room Tip: The hotel is situated on a hillside -- all of the rooms have great views over the city.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed at Um Meia Tres for nine days. We read about it here on Trip Advisor and in other places and felt like we knew the place before we even got there. Bill and Sue were excellent hosts, with lots of tips for places and things that were not to be missed. Their pousada felt like home after the first day. In fact, by being located in Santa Teresa and staying here, we felt were able to experience Rio in a way that we wouldn't by staying at a mainstream hotel. We got a real feel for the place and its people, and its flora and fauna! Being located adjacent to the rain forest, there were daily visits by a family of marmosets and all kinds of interesting birds. Breakfasts were a tasty mix of very fresh tropical fruits and baked goods. Everything was laid back and relaxed.

We would certainly recommend Um Meia Tres to our friends, and will likely stay there again if we are lucky enough to travel to Rio in the future.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stayed at the Um Meia Tres with our children and can only confirm all those positive reviews and give an excellent voting to this outstanding B&B and their owners.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Pure class and magical

My girl friend and i stayed at Uma Meia Tres for two nights in July 2012. The reason why we chose to stay there was we had read such nice things about the area of santa teresa, and this hotel. So we had so much expectation before we arrived. Well i can honestly now say from experience that it really is special, and Bill and Sue who run the hotel are so helpful and nice. They provided us with all the information we needed to make the most of our stay in rio, and the breakfast they make is so fresh and nice . This hotel is partly sourouned by a tropical rain forest and is set up on a high hill at the top of santa teresa. We were given a room with a terrace and view of the bay, and when sue showed us to our room we were speechless. It was night time and the view over the bay of rio with thousands of lights twinkling in the distance was magical.

WOW what a speacial place, and how romantic.

Thank you so much Bill and sue, we cant wait to return.

Jamie and Ivonnie

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

This was a great place to stay, on the hillside of Santa Teresa district yet convenient enough (with Bill's excellent directions) to find the sights of downtown Rio.
The room was very comfortable with a fantastic view over the city from the lovely terrace area outside our room. Our Brazilian wildlife holiday started right here with humming birds and marmosets right in the garden.
Bill and Sue were really welcoming and informative and helped to make our very short break in Rio very worthwhile. Thanks to them both.
Kathy & David Talbot

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Have just stayed with my partner at 163 for 4 nights and loved the place so much I had to write my first Trip Advisor review after years of lurking!

Bill & Sue are wonderful hosts and lovely people. The place felt like home and every room had wonderful, relaxing details. So many highlights I could write about it all day: different fresh breads for breakfast everyday, the relaxing music, feeding the little monkeys (!!!), the pool in the fabulous garden with the forest behind you... and that view! The views from the room and terrace were fantastic, you can see so many of Rio landmarks, city center, across the bay etc. We spent so much time looking at the view, day and night, it was so relaxing.

Location in Santa Teresa is great: supermarket, shops, bars and restaurants within 10 minutes walk downhill. Once we got our bearings it was easy to get around. It has a very artistic feel to it and some of the bars were filled with young hipsters it even felt like East London sometimes. We walked down to Lapa and city center in 20-25 mins, but took taxis back up sometimes as the walk back can be a bit steep and I am not very adventurous with walking, but either way it is very easy to get to/from and around!

I am from Rio myself but after years abroad I have felt this pousada to be the perfect place to explore the city, hang out with the locals, drool at the views and relax. The beach is only a few metro stops or a bus/taxi ride away.

Thank you Bill & Sue once again for the amazing hospitality and sharing your place in Rio with us! We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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 Aprazivel 163 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 242 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located high in Santa Teresa, Um Meia Tres is small and friendly with all the facilities of a modern hotel. Beautifully appointed en suite rooms, all with A/C, ceiling fans, free Wi-Fi, international cable TV, and in-room safe. A large salon with bar, flat screen TV and outdoor dining area and pool forms the central focus of the hotel where refreshments can be enjoyed 24 hours a day. ... more   less 
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Um Meia Tres Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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