Sanata Teresa is a village inside a city. It's like being in a European cobblestoned haven of quiet and this majestic house looks don on the noise below.
When we arrived a TV show crew had taken over the house filming the final episode of Louco por Elas and the white house had been painted a pinkish colour. That, together with giant dogs lolling around and a pair of parrots in the palm tree outside gave it quite a Durrell-ian feel.
The decor in the house is Wallpaper magazine standard. Features include a stunner of a chandelier which some annex of Versaille is probably missing, white marble and many pretty stain glass windows. The parquet flooring was especially lovely.
The room was large, comfortable and the bathroom was tasteful with little touches like a jar of cotton wool. Breakfast is either help yourself to fruit and coffee of take a voucher for the cafe round the corner for a cheese roll, juice and coffee.
The village itself is high up above the Gloria area of Rio. There is not enough to distract in Santa Teresa for more than a day so be prepared to walk up and down hills or a never ending staircase or take taxis and occasional trams.
This is a different perspective on Rio life and one not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guesthouse Bianca is one of the only places in all of Rio de Janeiro from which you can enjoy a true bohemian neighborhood, the chic beaches of the south, the bustling city center, the infamous viewpoints, and the non stop nightlife - all from the luxury of a private home surrounded by a tropical garden. The newly renovated home was built in 1932 and is located on a quiet residential street in the heart of Santa Teresa, considered by many to be the most charming cultural and historical neighborhood in all of Rio. Guests are only a 5 minute walk to countless restaurants, bars, shops, bus and tram stops, and just a 10 minute walk to Rio's ever expanding metro system. The three rooms are exquisitely appointed and furnished, two of which boast stunning views of the Bay of Guanabara and Sugar Loaf. The private guest entrance is through the lush garden, where you can find mango, coconut and goiaba trees, bromeliads, orchids, not to mention countless tropical birds and the occasional monkey. All of the rooms have elegant private bathrooms, inlaid hardwood floors, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and free wireless Internet. On the ground floor, guests have their own dining room and a self-catering kitchenette where they are welcome to prepare light meals and drinks. Guesthouse Bianca's gracious host, Guido, is a native Cariocan and has lived in Rio all his life. He speaks English, French and Italian and is always available to give tips on Rio, or join guests for a homemade piece of cake or a cachaca on the terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Guesthouse Bianca Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Guesthouse Bianca Rio De Janeiro, Brazil