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“Best views in Rio...” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa 579
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Rua Dr. Julio Otoni 579 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-400, Brazil (Santa Teresa)   |  
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Ranked #29 of 250 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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“Best views in Rio...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

The terrace on the top floor is the HIGHLIGHT of the place offering the BEST views in Rio de Janeiro - the bay, Pao de Azucar & el Corcovado. You will also hear the AVE MARIA before morning mass at the -catholic church- down the hill, as well as the birds chirping in the morning mist.

Excellent service and helpful staff. Good and fresh breakfast including baked goods and juices. Very colorful decoration providing a welcoming feeling (no frills). Stayed in a private, spacious and comfortable room with a private bath, however, the bed was a bit hard. It is the place you need if you want to write, read or just collect your thoughts. One great feature is the refrigerator for guests to keep goodies or left overs.

Make sure you have the name of the streets to provide to taxi drivers, it is a bit difficult to find at night.

Teresa and the staff were most helpful in every aspect. Felt welcomed and safe at Casa 579.

Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2009

It was my first time to Rio and so I didn't know anything about the city and good places to go to. I found Casa 579 on the internet and it had great reviews, so I decided to go there. Away from the loud tourists in Copacobana this is and oasis of quiteness and it offers the best views over Rio, I doubt if there are other Pousadas who can match that.
The owner Teresa was very helpfull and friendly, she organised a cab for me at the airport which brought me there.
The Casa has a great comunal area, the best roof terras, is clean and not to expensive. There are busses every 10 minutes who will drop you of in Lapa (the place for outside parties) or at the metro station.

I had a great time and would recommend this place to anyone!

Thanks Teresa, Steven

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2009

Booked in for two nights and ended up staying seven - Casa 579 is that kind of place. We had beds in the cheaper shared room - only eight beds in a huge room - but it´s nothing like a normal hostel dormitory - very comfortable and quiet and secure.
And everyone gets to enjoy the amazing views and really excellent breakfasts. Some people suggested the location might be a bit out of the way but we found it excellent - very easy to get into Lapa or onto the metro with very frequent minibus and kombi services. Brilliant restaurant up the road, Gauchos, serving vast cheap meals. And Santa Teresa´s main shopping area is great, lovely bars and restaurants. Make sure you walk five minutes back up the road from here to see Gituleo who makes amazing figures out of recycled materials - he´s a gem.
And we really enjoyed a trip to two local favelas which gave a much better understanding of this part of Rio life.
If you´re not there for Carnaval make sure you go to the samba rehearsals on Saturday night - Teresa will tell you how and arrange a taxi etc. The staff here were all great in helping us get around and get the most out of Rio from walking to Cristo to football at Maracana. A really different place to stay and highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2009

Stayed there 2 nights (only...!) in a private room which was realy afordable for Rio and what i got...
The location looks a bit far from the action but then it's realy not hard to get there either by bus or combi...good combination to get to the beaches was the combi + metro...
Plus once you've seen Ipanema and Copacabana, the real cool genuine stuff is definitly around santa teresa (the district where the hostel is) and Lapa (the other district realy near)... In fact some of the coolest night action was like 2 minutes by taxi from the hostel at a place called casa rosa...good variety of music, live or dj, mostly brazilian crowd but totally tourist friendly...
The breakfast at the hotel was good, fruits, cakes, bread, excellent juices, good coffee....plus just sitting on the patio one morning i saw like 10 monkeys laughing at dogs down the trees barking like crazy!
The view is totally amazing (pan do azucar and corcovado right there!) morning and night...
I did stay at another hostel in santa tereas (recommanded by lonely planet) and the difference was huge...vibe was so much better at casa 579, like felt way cleaner, rooms were actually so beautiful for the decoration, had a much better view, definitly quieter, private patio, etc! For the same price so casa was way better in my opinion....Smaller but you still get to meet cool traveler and staff....feels more like a private house with guests than a typical noisy hostel....
And truly people working at casa were all incredibly helpful, you ask where to go out, they know where to go as they actually know the place for real...really sweet people some of them from brazil other from abroad but they know brazilian culture and recommend authentic stuff...
Can't wait to go back to Rio and Brazil (such a huge country, i've been there only 3 weeks but plenty more to see)....
Cheers!
Nic

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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melbourne, australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

we stayed for three nights mid march and found it very good. Position right near the bonde and bus . We ate each night in the garage cantina very close by. The views are great and Teresa was very helpful with everything.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, Ca.
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2009

Went with a friend to spend a few days in Rio and found the accommodations and friendly service from Teressa and the staff really good! Our room was roomy, light, comfortable and clean and the breakfast was scrumptious! One morning at breakfast we saw 3 Toulcans fly by! The view is so lovely and serene and it was a pleasure to be in the common room and read, talk, or gaze out on the beautiful view. Totally recommend this place!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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karina52
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

Teresa is a wonderful hostess! She made arrangements to have our 2 night stay in Rio de Janeiro very informative and comfortable, from being met at the airport to arranging a city tour, and taxi to our cruise ship. The views from this B&B are fantastic, and definitely a good place to stay in Rio!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Dr. Julio Otoni 579 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-400, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 250 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa 579 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa 579 is a stylish boutique guesthouse located in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro. With excellent facilities and an amazing roof terrace with 180 degree views of Cristo Redentor, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay, it makes the perfect place to stay to avoid the soulless high rise hotels of Copacabana and Ipanema and see the “real” Rio. ... more   less 
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