We were delighted by our decision to stay at Guesthouse Bianca in preference to a chain hotel in Barra. As other visitors have observed the property is elegant and comfortable with great views across the city to the Sugarloaf Mountain. Our choice to move into the city was to be closer to the places we wanted to visit, and to have an experience of the real Rio, rather than a far-away suburb, and our expectations were fully met. The guesthouse is well located on a private road which leads to the Parco des Ruinas. It was about a 5-10 minute walk to the restaurants and bars in Santa Teresa, and not much further down a steep hill to the Metro at Gloria (which takes you out to Copacabana and Ipanama in about 20 minutes). Santa Teresa is a great place to stay, a little dilapidated, but still retaining its elegance of old and hosting an interesting and diverse collection of places to eat and drink, thus avoiding the need to be out and about at night in other parts of the city (not that we found Rio at all threatening). The best thing about Guesthouse Bianca is undoubtedly its owner, Guido. We found him to be a real gentlemen, always on hand to answer our numerous questions, very happy to make arrangements on our behalf and able to accommodate our need for some flexibility with genuine kindness, for which we are extremely grateful. A highlight of our days was breakfast at the cafe in the Park which was an oasis of calm overlooking the city and its stunning surroundings. Our stay in Rio met all of our expectations, it is a truly magnificent place, and the Guesthouse Bianca comes highly recommended as a place to stay. We can't wait to go back.
- 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