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Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery

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#4 of 294 hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Travelers' Choice 2019 Winner
Certificate of Excellence
The Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery is placed in a historic coffee farm from 1850, in the heart of the Santa Teresa neighborhood. The hotel has a unique personality and a high quality restaurant and bar, it is an urban refuge, a boutique hotel with only 44 apartments and suites, 2 meeting rooms allocating up to 120 people, space and advisory for weddings and social events, pool lounge area, and spa services. The location of the hotel is also a high point, it is close to downtown and to the most important tourist spots: Christ The Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana and Ipanema beach, Gloria’s Marina, Tomorrow Museum, Tijuca Forest, Flamengo Park, MAR and MAM Museum, AquaRio, the new harbor Porto Maravilha, and it is located less than ten minutes away from the shuttle airport.
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Breakfast Available
Business Center with Internet Access
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Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-260 Brazil
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Santos Dumont Airport2 mi
Internacional Airport8 mi
Glória15 min
Catete16 min
Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.
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I'm writing this while still at the hotel for a weekend escape. Bottomline is: the hotel is excellent. The food, drinks and bar management is very disappointing, often terrible. Let's start with the hotel. Location is great, far from the beaches but close to several interesting spots. There are tons of nice restaurants at walking distance and the domestic airport is 10min away. Rooms are spacious and clean, with great amenities. Everything looks and feels 5 stars right away from the reception. Service is also consistently excellent. An unexpected shift is found as soon as you walk to the pool bar, the "descasados" bar or terese restaurant, though. Here's different deal. The bars were "leased" to third parties both days we were at the hotel. First day we had to stand a Polo perfume launch at the pool bar that was expected to end by 3pm, but lasted up to 7pm with noisy people walking around taking Instagram pictures nonstop while we tried to relax. The pool bar menu is very limited and the wine list is laughable, only with ridiculously cheap options sold at a high premium. The wine supplier is "Grand Cru" but only the cheapest of options are available. There's an expensive fee of 120BRL for bringing your own wine (which I strongly advise anyway). The breakfast at the Terèse restaurant is very good and is available up to noon, which was very convenient. We also had dinner at Terèse and ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. RUN AWAY FROM THE WINE PAIRING!! I can't emphasize enough how bad and sub-standard the wines were. A total disaster. The food was good, though, but not excellent. The menu consisted of one amuse bouche, 3 starters, 1 entree and dessert. From amuse bouche to the entree, the main elements of the plates were nicely cooked (shrimp, corn sweet, octopus, ravioli and entrecote), technically well prepared, but sidings were consistently over-spicy and often not a good match. The dessert was surprisingly very good. Room service is awful. There are only 5 options of hot meals: hamburger, ham and cheese sandwich, omelets, penne with tomato and basil, and steak with fries. I've never seen such a limited room service menu in a hotel of this category. On the second night, there was a typical June party at the bar, to which the guests were invited. This was again a third-party event that was open to the external public upon an entry fee. Again, this led to a completely different atmosphere than what the hotel offers its guests. While the hotel is a perfect spot to relax, the party was a teenage neo-rich instagrammers mecca. There was loud music and yelling teenagers up to midnight right below our window, while I'm typing this review. While everything else in the hotel was excellent from the start, the third-party events were a true and unexpected anticlimax. I hope the hotel management reviews its leasing policy and the food/drink offers. The hotel itself is a gem and an awesome place for a couple escape to relax. But the downsides are way too relevant to ignore, especially with the pricetag that is charged at this hotel.
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If you like Santa Teresa , you will taste its essence in this awesome place ! people are very friendly , brekfast is definitely unique , view from the swimming pool is stunning ,and you are in the middle of a wonderful district , for visit or .....revisit !
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Beautiful property...loved the location in artsy Santa Teresa. The staff/ helpful and friendly and the restaurant was the BEST . The 5 course wine pairing dinner with local products was a treat. We had a lovely room with a terrace facing the garden.....
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Response from MGalleryMama, Gerente geral at Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear barbara, thank you for sharing your kind feedback. I am so glad to hear that you found our location in the artsy Santa Teresa great and that our staff was so friendly and helpful. This is certainly the level of service we strive to maintain! Thank you again for your visit and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to Santa Teresa Mgallery very soon. Juan
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We are a family of 4 (with 2 boys aged 11), who stayed in Santa Teresa Hotel in April 2019. Its a beautiful and stylish hotel. Very boutique and modern feel, with fantastic display of historical artifacts. service was exemplary - staff went out of their way to help, including arranging last minute Maracana tickets. Great location in Santa Teresa. Excellent breakfasts - probably the best we have had in all of Brazil during our travels. All in all, faultless. Highly recommended to stay here :-)
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Response from MGalleryMama, Gerente geral at Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery
Responded Apr 25, 2019
Dear Jo F, Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of Santa Teresa MGallery. We are absolutely delighted to be considered as your favourite breakfast in Brazil. The fact that you feel as "faultless", affirms that we have met our goal in welcoming you as part of our family. We eagerly anticipate the next opportunity to welcome you home. Warm regards, Juan + 55 21 985010893
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What a surprise my wife and I had. This place was amazing, quite, colorful, great food, and best of all--all the employees/staff were very friendly and helpful. Only a short drive by taxi to the beach or anyother place in and around Rio. If you are looking for a quite place to rest after a long day this is the place.
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Response from MGalleryMama, Gerente geral at Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery
Responded Apr 16, 2019
Dear client, Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend the Santa Teresa MGallery Hotel We are delighted to learn that our team was able to enhance your visit. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant Térèze. Looking forward to another visit soon. Juan juan.sander@accor.com
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