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O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #14 of 330 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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“A great stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

Yes it might be cumbersome and annoying at first not to be able to pay by credit card but we were informed upfront. As we didn't just come for the beach we found the location perfect to go and see all area's from Rio. Around 15 minutes down to busses and the metro. In the evening it's better to take a taxi anyways so no bothering walking up. We got good advise and tips.
Breakfast was absolutely great. Clean towels every day. Rio isn't cheap so take that into account. This is a charming place to stay with a family like atmosphere. All in all we enjoyed our stay.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marina S
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BBOVeleiro, Owner at O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thanks for your review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We are always confused when people complain about us NOT accepting credit cards. It is written up on our site, in our offer emails - and again in the confirmation emails we send out. We would have thought that if it was an issue to pay by card - guests simply wouldn't book with us - not book and then complain about it later? It seems many people don't read and also don't have any idea of how much the banks charge with commission fees, credit card reader rental fees, bank account fees (besides the overhead and delays in receiving payments) etc. All this extra charge has to be included somehow in the nightly room charges guests pay. We prefer to keep prices lower and accept cash only...

Also as you indicated: we feel it is important that guests are aware of where they will be staying when they make their choice to share our home with us. If you are looking for purely a "Rio beach experience" you will probably be happier at one of the big hotels across the street from Copacabana or Ipanema beaches. If however, your aim is to see a broad range of the city and the main tourist attractions and are looking for somewhere comfortable, secure, friendly and in a "homelike atmosphere" - we welcome you to experiment our hospitality on your stay here in Rio - we think you will be happy with your choice.

Again in our opinion: value and rooms should be compared to what other places IN Rio offer with the same level of quality and services - not to what you might be able to find in other cities. Rio IS currently expensive - to live in and to visit.

Hope we'll see you back again one of these days! Best regards, Rob and Richard
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

First of all the pros for this B & B. It is high up in the hills behind Botafoga which is a safe residential and leafy area. This is Rob, Richard and Patricia's home and they let out rooms on the patio level. It is very nicely decorated and the garden is a haven to sit in after a day of exploring. There is a small pool for cooling off, an area with chairs and tables where you can have a drink or bring back something to eat. The breakfasts were extremely good with two different fruit smoothies, fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt, ham, cheese, bread and cake as well as tea/coffee. Our room although small had a queen size bed and the linen and towels were changed each day. There was a hand basin the room and a mirror in the room because the bathroom was outside. We had airconditioning and a ceiling fan.

The cons for us were that as soon as we arrived the upfront payment was demanded before we were shown our rooms. This was the only time in our 10 weeks in South America where this happened. We thought perhaps this might be because people had left without paying, however you cannot exit the property without the owners activating the gate. We had chosen the mid price room and as such were aware that the bathroom was just outside the door to our room. We presumed therefore that both doors would have been within the building, whereas you actually had to walk out onto the terrace and into the bathroom which wasn't very private. We are not particularly large people but this was an extremely small bathroom with barely enough room to dry oneself.

The location was generally quiet except that on 5 out of the 6 mornings we were there we were subjected to incoming low planes starting from about 6a.m. The walk to the bottom of the hill and the start of the Botafoga shops is a good hike and there are just under 200 steps in addition to the steep and uneven sections of road. You can catch a taxi back up which will cost between $4-5.It is then about another three blocks to the road where the bus stops are. There is a good supermarket in that area but nothing very exciting in the way of restaurants.

We felt that although this B & B gets glowing reports, for us it lacked the personal touch and warmth that we had been so lucky to experience in most of the others that we had visited. We left early one morning 7.30 (much earlier at other B &Bs) the difference here being that we were told that we would not be able to get anything for breakfast as breakfast was not until 8 whereas we had been fortunate to have other hosts who were willing to provide an early breakfast (up to 5 a.m.)

I guess this place wasn't for us!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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BBOVeleiro, Owner at O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 25, 2013
Dear 2 Biscuits,

Thank you for your review and the encouragement to continue to offer our home and our hospitality, something which not everyone appreciates, to visitors to Rio. We are pleased that you found our decoration appealing and our gardens inviting! As we have a total area of over 16,000 square feet of land (over half of which is undeveloped and offers large trees, remnants of Atlantic forest which attract local fauna), we have a very large garden area and plenty of deck space near the small pool for guests to enjoy.

We are also proud that you found our breakfasts extremely good and going so far as to list part of the large variety of items we offer daily, as we try to make this the special meal of the day. This is offered free of charge from 8am to 10am. Most important for us though, is that guests recognize that they are coming to stay at our home - we live here and have our own daily routine! As we receive a variety of different people throughout the year and have our own daily schedules, it is not easy for us to adapt our breakfast hours and work hours of our staff, considering food preparation time, etc., to meet the individual requirements of each guest who stays with us. As breakfast is offered as a courtesy, we reserve the right to serve it between the times explained.

Our Mid Price room is a standard sized bedroom for a Brazilian home, 130 square feet. Most accommodation options in Brazil offer smaller double beds, this room is equipped with a quality pillow top, queen size box spring mattress, which takes up more of the room but likewise offers more sleep comfort. Air conditioning is state of the art, allergy free "split" type with the compressor outside the room for silence. The bathroom just outside the entrance of the Mid Price room was explained at time of booking. There are even photos on TripAdvisor showing the location of the bathroom door - 30cm from the room door - there is a patio in front of the room but you literally go out one door and into the bathroom! It is small, (22 square feet) but sufficient for most guests choosing this more economic room. Those requiring more space are recommended to reserve our larger En Suite room (bathroom inside the room) with 277 square feet!

Guests receive the information clearly explained prior to booking about how, (in cash) and when, (on-arrival), payment for accommodation and transfer services should be made, as well as check-in and check-out hours, breakfast times etc. We expect that those booking with us, would be in accordance with these conditions before confirming their decision to stay with us. As such, it is a big surprise to us (when a very few guests) complain exactly about this type of issue?! With relation to payment, it is not because we have to keep people from leaving. Of course we control the gate lock for security, as this is our private home - we have no curfew times but we cannot have people just entering and leaving our home without our knowledge!

Normally at places that accept credit cards, a guest's payment has already been secured at the time of booking (whether the guest knows it or not!) simply by providing their card information. We require the payment for the room on arrival as too many guests have left payment to the last minute only to find that their bank blocked their card for ATM withdrawals, or that their daily limit was exceeded and this then becomes a problem for us to resolve!

As you pointed out, our location is generally quiet as we do not suffer from most of the common city noises. But as most people are aware, Rio de Janeiro is hosting many major international events (Confederation and World Cup Football, visit of the Pope Francisco in the Jornada Mundial da Juventude, the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games etc.) and business is booming. There is a price for this progress. At the moment city construction, airport renovations, changed flight paths, etc. have led to a greater amount of air traffic over the entire south zone, which unfortunately can be heard just about anywhere and much WORSE in Santa Teresa, where most of the other B&Bs are found!

As described in many places (reviews, magazine articles, guide books, web site, TripAdvisor etc.), we live on a bucolic, winding, cobble stoned road, dating to the 1830's and the time of the "Brazilian Empire". It winds because it was made for horse drawn carriages - as such it is not possible to be steep! (Princess Isabel traveled down this road to her husband's home, Conde d'Eu, just below us.) The stairs provide a shortcut by which one can reach the flat area of Botafogo neighborhood below us in an easy 10 minute, scenic walk - which many guests find to be a highlight! One cannot expect cobble stones placed by slaves over 180 years ago, to be perfectly leveled, but this does not present any difficulty whatsoever to regular car traffic or the majority of our guests walking! A few tourists choose B&Bs in Santa Teresa due to the number of them located there and the advertising, but they are all up a much steeper hill and the style of the streets is the same!

About the restaurants: there are over 20 restaurants within a 20min walk from the house and many more just a few minutes further on. Some very simple and "local" and others more sophisticated! It seems you did not notice them. We are happy to make recommendations for guests who ask for our suggestions but try not to be imposing on those who maintain a more "private profile" during their stay, not sharing too much conversation with us. There are also a number of good local pubs, award winning cinemas and a major shopping mall with it's own restaurants and food court on the terrace level close by!

With respect to your opinion regarding personal touch and warmth, we believe it is exactly these points that our intention is to offer all of our guests, that has kept us one of the top B&Bs in Rio over the years, with many guests returning more than 3 times, others recommending us to their family and friends etc.

We are sorry that our home was not for you!

Best regards, Richard
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

You won't find this place on a stroll through Rio! Tucked up in the hills behind Botafogo, a residential district between the old city and Copacabana, O Veleiro hides behind a large wall on a road that winds up the hill through a series of hairpin bends that seem to delight the taxi drivers.

But the wall hides an unexpected oasis in Rio. It's quite a large, beautiful house with a number of rooms on a couple of levels; those high up must get a lovely view down into the Botafogo valley, though they were all closed when we visited, much to our disappointment - I had hoped for a view and had spent time emailing Rob and Richard to try to decide on which room would best meet that need, and was a bit disappointed there were no windows and no views from our room.

The lower rooms look out onto a lovely garden, with lots of tropical plants, a great bar area and a tiny pool for those really hot and muggy days. Our room was very, very small and simple, with air conditioning and ceiling fans (the latter proving sufficient most of the time, and necessary as there was only a french door for ventilation). Right next to the room was a tiny shared toilet/bathroom. Outside our room were hammocks, which we discovered the disadvantage of on the day we left when a large English family with young kids occupied them, and were quite noisy and intrusive. We were very glad we were leaving… You hope that only other quiet people like you choose B&Bs but it's not always the case!

As one would hope in a B&B, the breakfasts are excellent, putting on display the tropical fruits of the area. And the guys who run the place, Rob and Richard, are friendly, low key and knowledgeable, offering sensible advice on everything from what to see to how to stay safe.

Botafogo is a residential area, so it is pretty safe, but also a bit unexciting, with a limited range of restaurants (we found three, one open only for lunch and one looking like the mass-market pizza joints we avoid at home). The restaurant right at the bottom of the hill before the road climbs to the B&B was good, but we should have done some Spanish preparation before we went as we didn’t unfortunately recognise much on the menu and no-one spoke English. The B&B is a 15 minute walk up the hill from the nearest train station, if you don't feel like taking a cab; there are lots and lots of steps, but you are rewarded with some great views and the opportunity to glimpse the yards and houses of the local people. And it's a great way to work off a decent meal.

Taking advantage of the car pick-up service from the airport provided by the B&B is definitely worthwhile as the place is off the beaten track. The driver assigned to us performed over and above the call of duty by waiting four hours, till 1am, for us to arrive on our flight from Montevideo. Our experience of TAM Airlines was one that we wouldn't want to repeat!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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BBOVeleiro, Owner at O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear KM,

Tthankyou for your glowing review of our Bed and Breakfast! We are very happy to have made our home here in this most unique and truly "hidden away" location in the south zone or "zona sul" of Rio (as the touristic part of the city is referred to).

We are just a 7 minute drive to Copacabana (outside of rush hour) or a 12 minute walk to the local bus stop and 10 minutes on the bus. Here one leaves the hustle and bustle and endless hotels and apartment towers that line the beach behind, to encounter remnants of surviving Atlantic Forest visited by wild parrots, toucans, small monkeys and other local wild life. The area offers views up to the Tijuca National Park, the Christ Statue, Guanabara Bay and the Sugar Loaf and down on to the valley of Botafogo below us.

We and most of our guests, find the winding cobble stoned road (dating to the 1830's, and built for horse drawn carriages to take nobles to the clinic at the bottom of our hill in the time when Brazil was ruled by the Emperor Dom Pedro I), to be a delight and not a hindrance - when one discovers what awaits you above!

We are the only B&B in Rio within a 30min walk of the 2 main tourist attractions in the city: the "Trem do Corcovado" - which takes you up to the Christ Statue, and the "Bondinho do Pão de Açucar" or gondola to the Sugar Loaf! Or a 20 min walk to the Botafogo metro station and you can be just about anywhere in minutes: Copacabana or Ipanema Beach in from 3-10 minutes, the historic city center (museums, old churches and art galleries) in 10 minutes, the entertainment district of LAPA, even the Maracana Football stadium in 20min!

Many tourists choose B&Bs in Santa Teresa due to the number of them located there and the advertising, but they all up a much steeper hill and are ALL far from the beaches and main attractions - generally a taxi is required to get around at all times and it can be difficult to find one willing to go back there at night!

We have 1500 square meters of property (16,000 sq feet), over half of which is undeveloped and forested, and that offers plenty of open space, decks and garden area including a small (unheated) dipping pool for the hot days, a small open but covered bar and even a separate indoor lounge area with plenty of windows for our guests to enjoy the surrounding scenery even on a rainy day! That besides the common areas of our main home - dining room, living room with large screen TV (DVD and over 200 channels including international), office/internet area upstairs, and covered areas with hammocks both upstairs and on the garden level.

Most of our guests really only use the rooms for sleeping, as the rest of the house is open to them to! But our apologies in the confusion helping you select the room that would have best met your needs: our Ensuite room is the largest: 25 sq meters (or 270 sq ft) and offers colonial paned windows which open onto the garden. It also offers the most amenities: king or queen pillow top box spring beds, LCD TV/DVD, mini bar fridge, air con etc. (This is the same size room as offered in an Executive suite on Copacabana Beach in one of the most famous hotels - only 4x cheaper!).

You selected our most basic standard room referred to as our "Mid-priced room" (which quite frankly has never been compared to a "bure" (?!) or Fijian bungalow?!) It offers 10 sq meters or 110 sq feet -including the small private bathroom just outside the room door - yes, it was just for your room -who were you sharing it with? It was fitted with a queen, pillow top box spring bed 1.6x2m which probably helped make the room seem smaller(?), a washbasin in the room, night tables and a place to hang clothes. It does have a floor to ceiling colonial paned window (behind the curtain beside the door) and there are 2 screened windows one in each of the old fashioned French doors which guests normally leave open for ventilation. The 2 upstairs rooms are part of our private area of the house.

Be aware that most accommodations in Brazil still use smaller double beds - 1.30x1.90m (and foam mattresses!), and bedrooms in family homes are generally not larger than our standard room. Please remember - a Bed and Breakfast in Brazil is necessarily by law, a residential home - and you were staying with us in our home!

Normally we do not accept families with young children that might upset the tranquility we try to offer our regular guests - as you noticed they were arriving at the time you were due to check out and were going to occupy all the rooms including yours - perhaps you saw one of them enter the bathroom after your check out? This is not considered "sharing" a bathroom.

As you described, we try to make breakfast a highlite of the day - with a selection of fresh Brazilian tropical fruits (in-season), endless fresh brewed Brazilian coffee (plus herbal and breakfast teas and chocolate!), cereals, cheeses, coldcuts, home-made juices, jams and spreads and fresh baked cakes (eggs on order and pancakes or waffles on special days!). We also grow our own bananas (3 species), mangos (2 species), papayas, guavas and avacados on property!

There are actually over 15 restaurants within a 20min walk from the house and many more just a few minutes further on. But you are correct, in general don't expect staff in Rio at ANY of the restaurants (and in general in Brazil) to speak English! Bring along a portuguese phrase-book to be sure. But this should not be considered an obstacle to visiting the country, because people are very open and go out of their way to be receptive to tourists and try to help in any way possible.

Note that a short taxi ride will even take you to the Gastronomic zone of Botafogo (about 3km from the house) famous for its restaurant fare! During the day time there are also several attractions worth visiting in Botafogo: the "Museu do Indio", the "São João Batista Cemetery" (something along the lines of the famous one everyone visits in Buenos Aires), a fabulous new Art museum well worth visiting called "Casa Daros", the "Casa de Rui Barbosa", the community or "Favela of Santa Marta", and several smaller, specialized museums, besides a wealth of cinemas, neighbourhood bars and 2 large shopping malls!

Regarding the separate transportation service we can arrange for guests from the airport: we recommend it as it makes it very convenient - a driver/guide greets you as you come out of the baggage claim area and whisks you directly to the house without you having to worry about figuring things out on arrival. However, we ask guests PLEASE to advise us immediately if your flight is delayed by PHONE as normally, the driver will NOT wait 4 hours for a delayed flight at the airport (especially without incurring an extra charge to cover his time and airport parking!).

It was great to meet you folks and we hope we will see you back again one day and this time you may select our larger En-Suite room with its added amenities and windows that open onto the gardens!

Best regards, Rob and Richard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

I stayed at O Veleiro with my partner at the beginning of April 2013. I'm just past my 50th and he's the right side of that number. My hostelling days are long gone but still being a traveller at heart I don't feel comfortable in large impersonal hotels. I much prefer smaller and more homely hotels or B&Bs. That is what attracted me to this place when I happened on it on the internet. It's located in Botafogo, not your usual tourist haunt in Rio - there are no souvenir shops or multi-language menus, but this made it more enjoyable as there is no one to hassle you, it was fun working out the menus in Portuguese and the staff in bars and restaurants were more genuinely welcoming and not jaded by tourism. It also felt a safe area to walk around by day or night. O Veleiro is located up a hill from Botafogo which gives you a bit of a climb if you are walking but the compensations are the views and being in a quiet residential area surrounded by the forest above the city. We were welcomed by Rob, Richard and Patricia and were given a full introdrodution to this wonderful house, the inside of which is very tastefully decorated while the patio outside has many corners where you can sit and relax in the very well-maintained gardens or slumber in a hammock. Our room was a lovely en-suite which opened out on the patio. It is such a relaxing place. Our hosts hit the perfect balance in looking after us by being there when we wanted them and providing just the right amount of information but without being too overbearing (as some B&B owners can be). Breakfast was quite a feast with a choice of fresh fruits, fresh fruit drinks, cereals, bread with jams, cheeses and meats, cakes, teas or coffees. Enough to keep you going all day. Breakfast was taken at a communal table where all the guests sat. I wouldn't normally be too keen on this in a hotel, but at O Veleiro we had some pleasant and interesting conversations with like-minded travellers. Walking to and from the B&B during the day or night did not cause any conern while security at O Veleiro was excellent - it was a relief being able to leave the passports in our room. After reading the website and the reviews I was expecting something special but the reality was even better.
Would I stay here again? Definitely
Is it the right place for you? That depends entirely on what you are looking for in a visit to Rio. Read the information on the O Veleiro website - it is refreshingly honest and tells you exactly what it is and what it isn't. If this then sounds like your kind of place, you will not be dissappointed.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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BBOVeleiro, Owner at O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Dear Gareth!

We really appreciate you taking your time out to write about your stay with us, as it highlights some of the key points we like to focus on for potential guests! We like to always remind people that you will be sharing our home with us and not a Boutique Hotel. A space we have tried to make as comfortable, attractive and non-imposing as possible - for those looking for a clean, safe, relaxing place to stay in Rio. We are close to the key tourist attractions (30 min walk or 5 min by taxi), but just outside the hustle and bustle of Rio - one of the most vibrant, non-stop cities in the world!

We expect most guests to be enjoying being "out and about" in Rio, or our common areas of the property (gardens, pool deck area, 2 large "salas", hammocks etc.), more than they will be spending in their rooms. But in our larger, En-Suite room in which you stayed, we have provided LCD TV and a DVD player for those who may want to catch the news or watch a film before bed. And we do have quite a collection of famous Brazilian themed movies (and others) for those interested in mixing a bit of culture with their stay. Of course there is free hi speed WiFi throughout...

Just over 50 myself (although I prefer the number 30), I enjoyed staying at hostels when I was younger for the possibility of meeting with other guests, sharing travel tips and sometimes hooking up with fellow travellers for a few days. But gone are the days where I want to share a bunk bed with 6-12 other guests and a locker for my things, or a tiny box of a room with shared bathroom as most hostels offer for couples as an alternative. So, as a Bed and Breakfast, we offer only private rooms, comfortable beds (pillow top, box spring mattresses) and security where you can leave your personal belongings in your room without worry.

We attract a mix of guests of different nationalities and "walks of life" from around the world. We have had even assistants of "heads of state" and Secretaries to the Royal family stay with us, and ages range from 20 to 85 - but all of our guests share one passion: a love of travel, a desire to explore new places, cultures and peoples. For us one of the joys of running the B&B is the guests we meet day to day and the sharing of experiences with them!

Like you said, Botafogo is not a touristic neighborhood, but does offer a few interesting attractions well worth visiting and most of all, it offers a true "carioca" experience, untainted by hoards of tourists! Whether you visit one of the local restaurants, or neighborhood bars, or just take a stroll through the streets - you will see a part of every day life here in Rio. An added plus for those staying with us up on the hill, is that you will feel almost like you have left the city for a small piece of the countryside, with cooler temperatures in the heat of summer, shaded areas from the tall trees on the property and a cooling breeze from the ocean that comes over the hills in front of Copacabana (just next door to us!). Add to that, views from our surrounding area of the Tijuca National Park, the Christ Statue towering above all, the Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf below us and the green mountain sides in front of Copacabana - and the rest of Botafogo neighborhood at our feet - and most guests are pleased they have made a good decision of where to stay!

If you don't like hills, or walking, or having to take a stroll to get to a restaurant, you should steer away from our place (or any B&B in Santa Teresa as well, for that matter - as hills there are steeper and you are farther from the beach and attractions) and look for a hotel in front of the beach - however, there, other than the beach you will have to take a taxi or public transport to get anywhere else!

As for Breakfast, I used to travel extensively for work and always hated sitting at a table in a restaurant alone, where I felt like everyone else was watching me eat! The idea of seating folks together at the table was just for that. To break the ice and encourage guests to talk to each other - and it works! Many lasting friendships have been formed over our Breakfast table and many guests plan their time in Rio based on travel tips shared over the morning meal - it makes it fun - and there is plenty of fresh brewed Brazilian coffee! For couples that prefer privacy - we do offer a smaller table in front of the balcony away from the main table!

Hope to see you guys again here in Rio one day soon! In the meantime, we'd love to find an opportunity to visit Wales!

Big hugs from Rob and Richard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed at O Veleiro after ten days' travelling in Argentina and Paraguay. We could not have wished for a more wonderful end to our holiday.

We stayed three nights between Tuesday and Friday April 2nd and 5th 2013. Rob and Richard arranged a pick-up form the airport (as well as a return to our homeward flight) for a reasonable fee. This made things very easy and added to the relaxing experience of being in Rio.

The approach to O Veliro is an experice. The taxi took us up a charming winding, cobled road, rising slowly out of Botafogo with the stunning view of the Suger Loaf behind us and glimpses of the Cristo Redentor to be seen through the lush vegitation.

The O Veliro guest house is a stunning property. It takes its place on a steep slope, ranged along the hill-side with terrace gardens full of tropical fruit trees, hamocks, a small pool, a charming bar and friendly tortoise which welcomed us to his domain on the terrace in front of the bar!

Rob, Richard and Patricia are excellent hosts. We were made to feel that we were being welcomed to their own home. If you prefer large, imperosnal hotels then this is not the place for you! However, Rob and Richard understand exactly how much attention to give each individual guest. They can be completely unobtrusive, if that is what you prefer, but one of them, or Patricia, is alway around if you need anything.

We spent the fist afternoon lazing in the hamocks and were revived with complimentary caipirinhas from Patricia.

All four rooms open out in to the gardens, rather then being in the house. This added so much to their charm and their privacy. Our room was spotlessly clean and very comfortable The room and en-suite bathroom was cleaned every day, the bed made and fresh towels provided.

We had breakfast upstairs, in the dining room. There was plenty of fresh fruit, fruit salads and juices - all from the fruit trees in the garden. There was also as much excellent coffee and tea as we could drink; several types of bread, cakes, cheses, cold meats and jam. There was a toaster on the servery if we'd prefered toast.

The house is a ten minute walk from Botafogo and another ten minute walk from the metro and the Botafogo beach. There are a couple of flights of stairs which cut through the long, meandering loops in the lane up to O Veliro. We found them fun as well as being convenient. This may not suit everyone but there are plenty of taxis down in Botafogo which can whisk you up in less than five minutes.

Our stay at O Veliro completely made our South American holiday. We do not enjoy impersonnal up-scale hotels at all. If you feel the same and wish to have an unique stay, with very likeable people in a stunning location the this is the place for you. Book now!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013

During our stay in Rio, we wanted to spend part of our time away from the tourist scene. O Veleiro B&B definitely fits the bill. Located up in the hills in Botafogo, this place is an oasis in the middle of Rio. It is a little more work to come and go from here as a base, but it was nice to come back to such a peaceful retreat. We just had to do a little more walking and rely more on taxis to get around. If you want a place where everything is a block or two away, this might not be the location for you.

Rob and Richard were wonderful hosts, always willing to offer suggestions and tips for Rio. Communication was efficient as we booked our stay through email. We chose to stay in a downstairs room with air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom, though we found that we did not really need the air during our stay. We enjoyed listening to the rain as we slept at night, but the flip side was we needed a little more insect repellant (which was graciously provided by the owners). We did have trouble getting consistent hot water in our shower, but it would usually come back after a minute or so. Breakfast was delicious, consisting of breads, meats, cheeses, fresh juice, fresh fruit, and eggs. Snacks and beverages are offered in the room for a small additional charge.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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BBOVeleiro, Owner at O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 17, 2013
Thanks for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us in our home, which is as you mentioned is located just outside of the traditional "tourist scene"! The tourist hotels are mainly located along the beach front of Copacabana, although tourism has grown in the recent years in the Santa Teresa neighborhood as well... but both areas require a taxi ride to reach the main tourist points - whereas from our home this can be done on foot or a short walk and then bus or metro for others.

Even a newspaper reporter some years back, doing a Real Estate special on our "hidden" little neighborhood up an old cobble-stoned road in Botafogo - so close (just a 7 min taxi ride from the beaches) - referred to this location as "An Oasis at the Crossroads"!!"

His story referred to the fact that in one direction from the house you can reach the rest of Botafogo, Copacabana, Urca and the Sugar Loaf in minutes by car, taxi, public transport or on foot! And in the other direction you can be in Cosme Velho (where the Christ Statue train is located), Laranjeiras, Catete or Flamengo neighborhoods in an equally short time! And the area offers spectacular views and a "country side" like charm, with its winding forested road.

Staircases on either road provide short-cuts so it is not necessary to follow the switch backs and the road the whole way up or down and the journey to the flat from the house can be done comfortably in about 10 minutes walk. Otherwise, a taxi from Botafogo metro station costs just under US$5 and takes less than 5 minutes! Like yourselves, we and the majority of our guests, feel it is definitely worth the small extra effort!

Just a note: all 3 of our rooms offer air conditioning, the difference is in the size of the room and the amenities. The larger En Suite room offering capacity for up to 4 guests (queen or king bed and optionally one or two single beds), mini bar fridge, LCD TV and DVD etc.

Hot water is provided by an on-demand gas water heater so it never runs out but, if one turns on too much cold water it can shut down and take a few seconds before it reaches the room again!

As you mentioned, we offer a full breakfast - free! - included daily from 8am to 10am in the morning following your stay and include many fresh fruits when in season (bananas, papayas, mangos, guavas) from our own garden!

Hope to see you back again one of these days!

Best regards, Rob and Richard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Before our first visit to Brazil we sought advice on where to stay in Rio and rather than a lively beach hotel, we chose O Veleiro B&B. We could not have chosen better. We were immediately impressed by the efficient manner in which our emails were answered, the airport transfers operated like clockwork and two days Rio sight seeing were organised with Rob, who showed us many really interesting places, several not often visited by tourists. The B&B is an oasis in the heart of the city, with a lovely garden rich in wildlife and views to the Statue. The local restaurant is a mere 15 minute walk away down the secluded valley and the area is safe.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: O Veleiro Bed and Breakfast
Address: Rua Mundo Novo 1440 | Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22251-020, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Botafogo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 330 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Described by several guests as a "Hidden Gem in an Oasis of Green", O Veleiro was the first Bed & Breakfast to open it's doors in Rio de Janeiro! Our location, carefully chosen on 15,000 sq ft of land, in a safe residential area, is the only B&B within walking distance (30 min) of both the Christ Statue train and the Sugar Loaf Cable cars. Also just 7min from Copacabana and the beaches by taxi (can also be reached by public transport bus or metro). The surrounding area offers magnificent views and remnants of Atlantic Forest, while a variety of flora and fauna can be found and wild parrots, toucans and small monkeys visit us daily! We are also pleased to be able to offer our own "home grown" fruits (seasonally), Papayas, Mangoes, Guavas and Bananas in our hearty complimentary breakfast, served from 8-10am each morning. Besides a variety of fresh tropical fruits and homemade juices, Brazilian coffee, assortment of herbal and black teas, hot and cold chocolate, assorted cereals, cold cuts, cheeses, homemade preserves, jams and jellies, cakes and eggs cooked to order, depending on the day we offer waffles, tapioca, pastries, and other specialty items!Our spacious, 4 story, heritage style, family home Bed and Breakfast (Cama e Café or “Hospedagem Domiciliar” - the correct term used to describe this type of accommodation in Brazil), is located on a quiet, cobble stoned road about 1.5 km up a picturesque hillside, which opened the way for horse drawn carriages to the south zone of Rio de Janeiro from the Centro in the early 1830’s. We offer 3 ample, comfortable, private rooms and a friendly, low-key atmosphere. Fresh quality cotton linens and towels and daily house keeping are provided. Our En-suite rooms also offer flat screen LCD TVs with DVD player, a mini bar fridge, and individual air conditioning.Besides our guest rooms, the main areas of our home and gardens are open to our guests including 2 large “salas” – one inside the main house with a wide screen TV and international cable, sports and movie channels and another quieter “sala” near the pool - sometimes used for massage services provided by one of our local masseuses - we also have a small pool and an open bar area on the pool deck. We make sandwiches and mixed drinks – including the famous “caipirinha” – Brazil’s national drink, on request, complimenting the contents of our self-service mini bar fridges. Free hi-speed internet is available throughout the house and gardens and a guest computer is available for a small charge for those without their own internet device. We offer a wealth of helpful, personal knowledge in English, Spanish or Portuguese, to point you in the right direction, and assist you in organizing your stay within your time limitations to make sure you don’t miss any important sights. One of your hosts is also a registered guide with the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and we offer private tours, walks and hikes around the city and into the nearby mountains for those guests interested. please inquire. ... more   less 
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