I'll admit to feeling overwhelmed taking the taxi in Rio from the airport to Guesthouse Bianca. It looked like a city of chaos. After making our way up to Santa Teresa and meeting Guido and his two big friendly dogs, my anxiety calmed. Our accommodations were clean and spacious (with unbelievable bathrooms!!) and a lovely view of the city. Guido provided lots of information on finding our way around town and how to manage the city transportation system. I'd definitely recommend doing breakfast at the local corner store rather than the park - same menu but the fresh squeezed juice is incomparable. The only drawback is that it's a bit removed from the nightlife of Rio. Although Santa Teresa provided numerous shops and cafes, we didn't get to enjoy as much of the music scene as we had hoped.
- Also Known As:
- Guesthouse Bianca Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Guesthouse Bianca Hotel
- Guesthouse Bianca Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
- 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, and coconut trees, bromeliads, orchids and other tropical ferns, 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 snacks 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 cachaça on the terrace. ... more less