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Maria Santa Teresa
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Reviewed March 5, 2010

My wife found Um Meia Tres on the internet and spotted that it was British owned, which was comforting. We booked it and stayed for a night at the beginning of our holiday and again for the last 5 nights. It was obvious from our first meeting that Bill and Sue really enjoy meeting their guests (not all British) and go out of their way to advise and help in any way they can. Being a family run guest house with only about 5 rooms don't expect minibars and a full English breakfast. What you can expect is more like a private house party with the ideal 'mine hosts' in attendance serving you a cool beer in the evening and a pot of fresh coffee on the varandah in the morning. The bar in the spacious lounge (free internet access at all times) doubles as a breakfast buffet - fruit, rolls, ham cheese, yogurt, jam etc.- and an honour bar at other times. The rooms are clean, simple, air conditioned and you can get BBC World on TV if you need to say in touch. A couple of rooms have large balconies (not terribly private) and we were lucky enough to feed visiting monkeys early one morning. The view of Rio and beyond is wonderful. En-suites are modern and the towels and bed linen are changed frequently. (Essential in hot weather but not always done in our experience elsewhere). The hillside pool above the house is not huge but is very relaxing after a walk up from the local bars and restaurants. We felt safe walking around St Teresa and Bill is always happy to book a cab (not expensive) for guests to go further afield and in the evening. He will also book a local multilingual guide, Delores, for a simply wonderful tour around Rio in her open-topped Bugre (beach buggy). The tour lasts from between 3 hours and a full day and Delores is so enthusiatic and well-informed that you wished it was longer (and the day we did it we were caught in a tropical downpour; but it was all part of the fun!). We wouldn't hesitate in recommending Um Meia Tres unreservedly and we're looking forward to sampling Sue's kindness and Bill's British sense of humour again soon .

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank andygBucks
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We booked five nights here as part of a holiday to South America,this was our first stop! The accommodation is lovely,Santa Teresa is a great old region with amazing views across Rio.Sue and Bill are such fantastic hosts and we much appreciated all their tips and advice on travel and sights.The place has a relaxed feel,excellent breakfasts and clean well managed rooms.You could not wish for more. There are numerous bars and restaurants within five to fifteen minutes walks,we were here for the carnival so enjoyed the additional party atmosphere that was also present in Santa Teresa.We had taxis from the accommodation (arranged by Bill) to all the major sights (Taxi rides are so incredibly cheap in Brazil) but also enjoyed the Tram ('The Bonde'), Metro and Bus rides,All in all we would have no hesitation in recommending this accommodation .Thank you Sue and Bill for a wonderful stay

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2010

I have just returned from my first trip to Rio and cannot wait to recommend Um Meia Tres to those of you contemplating a trip of a lifetime.. Located in the picturesque hills overlooking Rio with a wealth of convenience, unique features, clean lines and comfort, Um Meia Tres is a perfect place to stay.. After a long plane journey, it was so comforting to receive such a warm welcome; we were made to feel like 'one of the family' throughout our stay and the proprietors, Bill & Sue were very, very helpful, giving lots of advice & handy tips; even arranging cabs or flights etc. I really enjoyed my stay and cannot wait to return - do not hesitate to book to stay here; you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank kiki1982
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

We spend 5 nights at UM MEIA TRES at FEB.
We came to the hotel with our 9 months baby.
I can't describe how amazing was Bill and Sue (the owners) to us.
They were so lovely to us and the baby. They helped us with all the issues aroud the baby- boiling water and so.
In the first morning bill set with us about an hour with a city map and helped us to know what to see and do.
And every morning Bill also told us about what is going to be spicell in doring the day- like local street party or music show.
We slpet in the first room (also Bill idea- because this room was big with large bath and was very covivinet for the baby).
The breakfast was everything we need- fresh bread rool, ham and cheese and very good selective of fresh fruits and yugort.

I belive this hotel is very worth to stay with mainly because Bill and Sue- you don't find hostelrs like this every day.

Thank you Bill and Sue for wonderful time with you :-)

Reut, Nir and Alon.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Thank niro12
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Reviewed February 20, 2010

Stayed for three nights in January which was just right. This is a very comfy b+b, with well-equipped rooms, good bathrooms, and an extremely friendly atmosphere. Don't expect luxury, it is only a b+b, but everything works and Bill and Sue have done their best to provide a very comfortable place to stay. There's a laptop in the lounge for guests, as well as WiFi available, so if you're glued to your computer (as I was!) you'll have no problems. Breakfast is good, with an interesting range of options including yoghurts, great bread and sweet breads and cakes (very Brazilian).

There are four rooms (I think) with terraces which adjoin each other (so no privacy) on the first floor and the view is just amazing, right over the city and out to sea. it was very pleasant to sit out there before bed and just look at the lights over the city.

Also, we'd definitely recommend St Tereza as a place to stay - we thought the areas round Copacabana and Ipaneama were soul-less. St Tereza is just the next district to Lapa, and that's where you'll find some fantastic restaurants with live Samba music, all overflowing with brazilians (not tourists). Even if you know nothing about samba, this is an experience not to be missed.

Another recommendation - Columbo's. It's a very posh tea-room, with stunning decor and great cakes!

Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
Thank Jan46
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