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Rua Murtinho Nobre 35 Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-050 Brazil
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#5 of 380 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
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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.
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Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Executive lounge access
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Non-smoking hotel
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English, French, Italian, Portuguese


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Dream117668 wrote a review Jan 2020
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Started our trip to Brazil with a stay in this beautiful historic house in Santa Theresa. Guido and Chico were hospitable and very helpful. The room is spacious and has a balcony that overlooks Suger Loaf Mountain. Breakfast is freshly prepared and is served on the verandah overlooking the well kept gardens. The area is authentically old Rio and oozes charm and character with several good local bars and restaurants with live music. It is within walking distance of the city centre.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: All rooms are good - but try for the balcony room - waking up with a view of Suger Loaf Mountain...
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CraigandMolly wrote a review Nov 2019
Seattle, Washington845 contributions23 helpful votes
Beautiful home in Santa Teresa’s center. Hosts Francisco, Guido and Bianca the dog were delightfully warm and accommodating. Loved our 4 night stay and would recommend it highly.. As first-time visitors, we had many questions, for which we received good advice.
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Date of stay: November 2019
mudra1 wrote a review May 2019
Sydney35 contributions8 helpful votes
We spent 3 nights in Rio split between a 3 nights visit to Iguazu. This B&B is situated in the historic and lively Santa Teresa area. Lots of interesting little shops and local restaurants short walk nearby. Cute tram line still operates here is interesting to see. Our hosts Guido, Francisco and their dog Bianca arranged all our requirements including transfers and a great private day tour of the city. Generous and yummy breakfast provided in lush tropical garden, as well as the Sugar Loaf Room with a balcony with views to Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay are the highlights. Reasonably priced and beautifully appointed, Guesthouse Bianca is well worth considering for your stay in Rio.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Choose Sugar Loaf Room with a balcony with views to Sugar Loaf and Guanabara Bay
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Nicola L wrote a review Jan 2019
Rome, Italy109 contributions78 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed at Guesthouse Bianca last November, we just had a great time. The house is beautiful and the guests are just delicious in their kindness and discretion and availability. Also the location is perfect as it allows to stay in a peaceful house in the middle of a beautiful garden and at the same time be able to walk from the heart of Santa Teresa to downtown or Lapa. Should we ever return to Rio we will definitely want to spend a few days again in Guesthouse Bianca. Thanks!
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We stayed at the Mango tree room and loved it
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Dr Path wrote a review May 2018
Clarkston, Michigan51 contributions13 helpful votes
I stayed 6 days while visiting Rio de Janeiro. It has everything a traveler would want and more. Having traveled through most continents, this extremely charming B&B stands out. It is the home of a wonderful, highly accomplished, well educated Brazilian who speaks impeccable English. It is located in Santa Teresa which is peaceful, safe and within a 10-15 minute walk from bustling Lapa. The decor is extremely high end, elegant and includes an extensive art collection. It is a small fraction of the cost of a mediocre hotel. Well served by Über. I traveled to Copacabana Beach daily (20-30 minute ride ~ $8-10 USD). Looking forward to returning soon !
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Contact Guido, the owner
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BrazilState of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroZona Sul (South Zone) / Santa Teresa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Guesthouse Bianca
Which popular attractions are close to Guesthouse Bianca?
Nearby attractions include Lapa e Arte (0.2 miles), Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruínas (0.07 miles), and Escadaria Selarón (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Guesthouse Bianca?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Guesthouse Bianca?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Guesthouse Bianca?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Guesthouse Bianca?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cazota Bar, Gohan Restaurante Natural E Sushi Bar, and Os Ximenes.
Is Guesthouse Bianca located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Rio de Janeiro.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Guesthouse Bianca?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Guesthouse Bianca?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (3.5 miles), São Luis Fortress (4.4 miles), and Forte de Copacabana (4.8 miles).