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“Stylish Boutique Rio retreat”
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Casa Mosquito
Ranked #26 of 338 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 25, 2012

Personal service & perfect rooms. Very stylish in all areas of this small boutique hotel. The view out to sugarloaf isnt as awesome as shown on the website (assume the photos were taken from a bedroom higher up in the house) but the terrace is still lovely to sit on and drink in the surroundings. We quite liked the 10min cobbled street walk down to Ipanema centre but the walk back up the hill was a bit of a challenge after a few too many caparinhias but not biggie. Long story short we'd definitely stay at CM again

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

We found "Casa Mosquito" in the website (http://www.atmospherehotels.pt/), when we were looking for a nice, but not expensive hotel to stay three days in Rio. For sure, this was the best price/quality solution.
Casa Mosquito is a "boutique hotel", located in a restores period hillhouse, 500metrs from Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, right in the middle of then, in a very calm place, even though it's very close to a favela we never felt unsafe.
The atmosphere is great, the service people very friendly and you really fell like if you're at home.
We highly recommend a dinner made by the Chef Aly Oliveira....prepare yourself for a wonderful flavours experience.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Its got to be said that Rio certainly has it's work cut out for it. 2014 and 2016 are fast approaching and this city truly lacks for great (or even good) hotels. Thank god there is some hope. Casa Mosquito opened last fall to quick international attention (that's how bad the hotels here are) with a notice in Monocle Magazine no less. I'm so glad to have discovered this intimate yet stylish (owner run and managed) little escape located on a hill adjacent to Ipanema (its a 10 minute walk to the beach) and the only neighbourhood where you need to stay in Rio.

The owners have done a great job with turning what was a run down old mansion into a chic little Franco/Brasilian retreat with wonderful views from the lobby (and from 2 of the 4 rooms). The rooms are compact as befits a boutique however the beds are firm and the shower is always hot - exactly what you need after a tough day on the beach and checking out Ipanema.

Should you not wish to leave the hotel they do offer room service as well as a set lunch (55R) by their resident chef and which was indeed one of the better meals I had in Rio.

Is it perfect? Well this being Brazil of course there are some issues - the workmanship in some places is a little shoddy and the breakfast (not included, 35R) is poor quality/value (go to the juice bars for a powerful Acai smoothie instead) however the Casa Mosquito is about as perfect as can be in Rio. Also needs to be said that the current assistant manager Lydia is a hoot.

Currently Casa Mosquito is, in my opinion, the ONLY place to stay in Rio. I hope other hoteliers take notice and force Rio to up its hotel game. A sexy city deserves sexy hotels. Wake UP! ;-)

2 Important Caveats:
1. this hotel is located on a steep hill so a fair amount of climbing is required, both from the city as well as from the entrance of the hotel itself. This is not a place to stay for anyone with any mobility issues
2. is located in a residential area and next to a church you will hear a lot of local noises in your room including but not limited to: church bells, dogs barking and roosters crowing at 5am when you are returning to your room after a night of clubbing. To me that's part of the charm but consider yourself warned.

Room Tip: request a seaview room
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Does the heart good to find places like Casa Mosquito. Only recently opened, this beautifully restored hillside home has four units. My husband and I stayed in the front room with a nice view over the town below and the sea in the distance. Benjamin was very helpful in making recommendations about where to go and what to see. The hotel chef, Aly, is a fantastic chef and charming raconteur. We ate at the hotel the first night and the meal was so delicious and the service so charming we didn't eat elsewhere during our four night stay. I've stayed elsewhere in LeBlon and Barra and found most accommodations wretched, damp, and noisy. This hotel is an amazing find. You will not be dissapointed. This is one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had.

The hotel is very much part of the neighborhood and as such you hear the neighborhood dogs and a rooster, but for me this just added to the charm of the place.

We took a day trip to Petropolis with a guide recommended by the hotel, Marco Bransford. Marco was charming and extremely knowledgeable and Petropolis was very beautiful, supplemented by lunch at a beautiful pousada.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

I came across Casa Mosquito by pure coincidence, having booked already myself into one of the usual main hotels in Rio. After speaking to them i changed my reservation and stayed there for 4 nights. It was a great experience as it is exactly what I need when travelling, also on a business trip. Stylish house, great service, attention to details, very intersting area, relaxing athmosphere, great food....and enough space to relax in peace if you want.
The owners and the staff is very friendly and try to accomodate all your needs.
I will be definitely staying there again!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Je sais quoi! When in Rio, stay here! Short walk to Ipanema beach, fantastic view on the city at night, design with 100% TLC and a very personal stay. Delicious breakfast, great for meeting people and loving hosts.

Room Tip: Sea view room with small balcony and open bathroom.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you would like to stay near Copacabana and Ipenema - (easy walking distance) and want a truly relaxing stay then Casa Mosquito is for you. The rooms are adequate but not sumptous and lure you to the common areas which you share with the other guests. The evening meals are Michelin star quality at a very fair price for the quality. Guests with disabilities should be aware that there are stairs going up to the property and 1 flight of stairs to the rooms. The location of the property is in a residential area with a church and auto garage nearby - the property is extremely quiet at nite and has magnificent views. Our stay was most memorable due to the personal service we received throughout our stay. My wife and I plan to return.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Mosquito

Address: Rua Saint Roman 222, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22071-060, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Ipanema
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #26 of 338 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $279 - $347 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Mosquito 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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