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“Excellent hotel, lots of character, great staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Guesthouse Bianca
Rua Murtinho Nobre 35, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20.241-050, Brazil (Santa Teresa)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 250 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
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“Excellent hotel, lots of character, great staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Guesthouse Bianca was great. We arrived a day late due to airline problems. Guido was incredibly understanding and helpful. My husband's luggage arrived on a later flight due to another airline error, and Guido called the airline for us several times and was instrumental in helping get the luggage.

The guesthouse is beautiful. It looks exactly like the photos. The house is such an interesting place.

We felt very safe in the area and walked back from the metro at night without any issues. It's about a 10 minute walk to the metro, which we took to catch the vans to Cristo and then to Ipanema. There is a bank near the metro for withdrawing money as well as a few convenience stores/restaurants.

Advice on airport arrivals: Guido sent us the name of the taxi company to use to get from the airport to the guesthouse. There are two stands before you exit baggage claim/international arrivals...these are NOT the company he recommends (even if the girl at the stand insists that they are...). Exit the baggage claim area into the public area of the airport and on your right you will see the AeroTaxi stand. We gave the taxi driver the directions he sent us and had no problems getting to the Guesthouse.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed at the guesthouse with our family of four. The host was very helpful and we had a great time. The house itself has great charm and you really feel to be in a privileged location. The view out of the rooms are stunning. We would definitely come back.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our extended family of nine occupied all 4 rooms for our 2 night stay in Rio. The owner, Guido, who speaks English, was very friendly and helpful. The guesthouse is well located in the Santa Theresa area with close by restaurants and shopping. The furnishings and decor are exceptional. Santa Theresa is a lovely neighborhood- close enough to the beaches and "centro". All in all a very nice hideaway in the midst of a large city.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Better than an impersonal hotel, this place has charm and very hospitable hosts. Breakfast was lovely and plentiful. You are in a local neighbourhood so yes there are restaurants close by but don't expect to have all the mod cons or shopping centres. This is either a place to rest up before or after your travelling or set in for a longer stay where you have time to locate what the neighbourhood has on offer. If you want to be close to the action this is probably not for you. Luckily we did not, so had a lovely stay. Just remember to confirm all arrangements just prior to arriving eg transfer from airport as this is not a hotel with automated booking systems.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed at Guesthouse Bianca in November for 2 nights at the start of our Brazil trip and two further nights at the end. The guesthouse is a lovely colonial house in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood with good restaurants and bars within walking distance. We had a fabulous stay in the sugar loaf room with stunning views over Rio towards Sugar Loaf mountain. Breakfast was excellent and Guido was a brilliant host - very friendly and helpful with nothing being too much trouble.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

By far the best place we stayed during our 5 week trip to parts of Argentina and Brazil- and certainty not the most expensive.

It's hard to pin point what is so great about this place but the house- an amazing 1930's mansion which has been impeccably restored by the host- comes to mind. Beautifully furnished with rooms that make you feel great every time you enter. Not surprising that a Spanish ambassador lived their once.

Another reason is the owner, Guido. A gentle and charming man who somehow does not give any impression of being a businessman running accommodation but rather a refined man who had spare rooms in his beautiful house and decided to get guests in to pass the time. He is generous to a fault. He laundered a large pile of our clothes (for no cost) and went to the pharmacy on our last day because I was feeling terrible (worst hangover I can remember) and had a flight to catch.

Special mention of the breakfast on the veranda.

Why anyone would stay in overpriced accommodation on the beach I don't know.

We also did not catch one taxi during the day (we hate to) and the walk up the hill was fine although not for the elderly or unfit. Other guests sometimes got taxis. The neighborhood is lovely with some amazing houses and close to Lapa to go out at night. 5/10 minutes walk to metro which takes you everywhere.

Highly recommended.

Room Tip: We got to see the sugar loaf room and use the balcony when the guest moved out and it was free (AMAZ...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This is absolutely one of the best places to stay while visiting Rio! Despite all its natural beauty and friendly people, Rio de Janeiro can be exhausting!!! By the end of a day at the beach in Ipanema, nothing better than coming back to Guido's comfortable house at historic Santa Teresa. I am a frequent traveler to Brazil and my stay at his guest house was the best time ever in Rio! Everything is perfect at Bianca Guest House--from the tastefully furnished rooms to the gardens and trees sorrounding them as well as from the many gorgeous views of the city to the peaceful nights away from loud crowds. I am definitively making this my destination in Rio. Thanks to Guido and his wonderful staff for a great vacation!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Rua Murtinho Nobre 35, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20.241-050, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 250 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
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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