We were booking a last minute weekend in Rio and knew we wanted to stay in Santa Teresa. We used the map view on Tripadvisor to locate options, and almost missed Quinta Rosa as it does not appear on the map view at all.
We were slightly suspicious as so many reviews of Quinta Rosa were from first time posters, but decided to go ahead and book, as there were few options with availability. Then we got nervous as our attempts to contact Quinta Rosa to make sure it would be OK to drop off our bags when we arrived in the morning failed. It turned out that the phone line was down, and the contact us form on the website wasn't working. Once we established contact, everything changed. We had a very fast email welcome note from Elena and relaxed.
When we arrived we were allowed into our room immediately, as it was empty (and we were allowed to check out late at the end, too). Out electrical adaptor was the wrong kind, and my laptop was playing up and couldn't see the wireless network. Elena produced an adaptor in seconds, and even brought her son in case I needed help with my laptop. Wireless was very good here, it was just my laptop that was the issue.
We had one of the two rooms that appear to have been built on top of the original building. Although they have no private balcony, they have floor to ceiling glass windows, with a great view of sugar loaf mountain. The balcony, which is shared with the other room, is accessed from the back of the room and also has great views. Our generous breakfast was served here each day.
The queen size bed was very comfortable, there was a kettle and fridge in the room, and the bathroom fittings were high quality.
The garden with a deck and lap pool is very green and triopical, although we spent our time exploring rather than lounging so didn't really make use of it.
Colleagues in Sao Paulo were concerned when I said we were staying in Santa Teresa as there are favelas very close by, but we felt very safe. The grounds are well protected, with locked gates. There was a night watchman outside, and it was only a (steep upwards) 3 or 4 minute walk to the centre of Santa Teresa, which has a reall buzz. We took sensible security precautions, but never felt uncomfortable in the area. I would definitely choose to stay both in this area and at Quinta Rosa again.
The transport in the area is good - you can walk up to the tram or bus, or down to the underground or bus in a few minutes, and there are plenty of taxis passing by if you have walked enough. Elena offered to organise a taxi to take us to the airport at only a little more than taking one from the street would have cost, and we took this option as we were leaving on Sunday evening when taxis are not as plentiful.
A great find for either a short or long stay. The apartments below our room looked to be well equipped for long-term living, and also has their own balconies rather than shared one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a pool overlooking the Sugar Loaf Mountain and featuring free Wi-Fi connection, Quinta Rosa Boutique is a 10-minute drive from the Santos Dumont Airport. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are 20 minutes away by car. A apartment for up to 4 people, located next to Lago dos Guimaraes( Center Santa Teresa) . 2 Bedrooms (one are en suite), with double bed in both of bedrooms (with possibility to make a twin beds), kitchen with stove, refrigerator and kitchen cabinets, living room with sofa and desk and TV LCD, air conditioning, wifi Free. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotwire and TripOnline SA so you can book your Quinta Rosa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Quinta Rosa Rio De Janeiro, Brazil