I definitely have mixed feelings about this place. First, the location is quite stunning. The hotel is located in the hills of Santa Teresa, which means every room of the hotel has an incredible view - but really, really breathtaking - of the bay, the statute of Christ and more. You can tell that the place once upon the time has been beautiful. The design is careful and exotic and has a potential to be a truly boutique hotel. However, the place hasn't been kept up or renovated for a very long time so in practice it is really a mess. First, the website is very misleading - the hotel is really not as nice as the pictures and words on the website. There is no restaurant and no food wahtsoever except the breakfast, which is offered on a roof terrace with an unbelievable view. Our room was large but it hasn't been painted for ages and as much as it had a design potential at the closer look looked cheap. The room smelled, sheets were damp, Jacuzzi did not work, hot water almost never worked. Each time we had to call a front desk before we wanted to take the shower for them to fix it, which was very annoying. There was a very nice pool on a terrace with an awesome view so we have enjoyed that very much, but there were no umbrellas for instance, which was annoying. In conclusion this could be a truly amazing place but it just isn't because it requires still a lot of work to get it to a decent level.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Rio, in the historic and bohemian town of Santa Teresa, The Villa is an 11-room boutique hotel with a hilltop position and a million dollar view! From the hotels main terrace, guests can take in the sweeping vista over the Guanabara Bay and the green hills of Santa Teresa, while enjoying the view of world famous art deco statue Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. The hotel is only 15 minutes away from the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the samba clubs of Lapa and the Sambodromo stadium. Described by those in the know as the South American Montmartre and one of Rio's hidden gems, Santa Teresa is packed with local artists, galleries, cafes and some of Rio's best small restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rio 180
- The Villa Rio De Janeiro, Brazil