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Castelinho38
Ranked #43 of 338 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 7, 2010

After carefully combing through the reviews for different guest houses in Rio, I stumbled across Castelinho38, which is located in the very safe, beautiful, and lively hilltop neighborhood of Santa Teresa. After five glorious days at the Castelinho -- with its excellent staff and facilities, sweeping views of Santa Teresa and the Baía de Guanabara, intoxicating flora, sumptuous breakfasts (oh, for another delicious avocado shake!), and joyous environs -- I am already hatching a plan for returning there with my family as soon as we can manage.

Santa Teresa is, by far, the best place to be in Rio. There, you mingle with locals and feel much less like a tourist and more like a Carioca. Great nightlife, with plenty of live samba and chorinho and bars that spill out into the street, abound in Santa Teresa -- all of it just a few minutes' walk from the Castelinho (as a solo female traveller, I felt very safe walking to and from Santa Teresa's main street after dark). And yet, the Castelinho itself remains a wonderfully tranquil haven from all the activity just below. In fact, there, you have a wonderfully expansive terrace, complete with soothing bossa nova sounds, hammocks, and a well stocked honor bar, where you can spend the evening 'in' while absorbing some fantastic nighttime Rio ambiance.

I had the tremendous good fortune of being upgraded to the Castelinho's Bamboo room, and later the deluxe Mangueira suite. Both of which were extremely chic and decorated in the utmost of taste and comfort. Nice beds, pillows, and linens. All the provisions, really, of a 4 or 5 star hotel, and then some!

Did I mention the avocado shake?

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

Stunning place to stay in Rio. From the moment we arrived to the second we left we were made to feel incredibly welcome and looked after. Sebastian and Marco and all the staff are fabulous hosts as special mention to Jazz and Samba!

Castelinho 38 is a welcome oasis of tranquility away from the bustling nature of Rio and after a day in the City it was great to come back to a place so homly and relaxed. It is very easy to get into the City, the tram was a delightful if rickety journey and Santa Teresa is a great district to stay in, peaceful and safe with many delightful arts and craft stores.

Loved it.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

Brasil's big urbanised cities can be test for the traveller.
Castelinho 38 in Rio's Santa Teresa is a great alternative to the high rise hotels of the city and beaches.
The sensitively renovated old house retains a strong sense of it's grand past while being artfully represented to the traveller looking for something different in accommodation.
Owners Marco and Stefano and their team take time to help guests feel at home.
The house is well located at the heart of Santa Teresa a few minutes walk to the Bonde- the famous tram which will carry visitors down the hillside to the Rio centre and the metro which now links all the way to Ipanema.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

I totally recommend this B&B! The neighborhood is great and well located to tour around the city and to go to the great restaurants and bars of Lapa district. It's far form the best beaches (Ipanema) but the cabs are not expensive at all.
The view from the balcony is breathtaking, the home made breakfast is delicious and the staff is so nice and easy going. Unfortunatly I only spent one night in Rio, but I would gladly stay there longer.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

We arrived in Rio from a cruise when it was described as ''the hottest place on the planet''.The warm welcome from the proprietors Marco and Stephan and the charming Reception Staff from the outset indicated that this was ''a special place''.The Mansion & its lovely tropical garden,lovingly restored by the owners, is as gorgeous as described by others in their reviews.The panoramic view from the large terrace over Santa Teresa and Rio is truly stunning but more important are the human qualities I experienced from this dedicated team who do their utmost to make every guests stay a memorable one.
Soon after arrival I started feeling very unwell with symptoms of heatstroke as temperatures soared to 42+ Over the following days the owners were constantly enquiring about my condition--sent one of the staff to buy a thermometer and another to pick coconuts from the garden as the milk is a local remedy for nausea---not services you would find in a 5 star hotel !! The overall experience felt more like staying with extended family than in a guest house--from the ''can-do'' attitude of all the staff to the scrumptious freshly baked cakes and fresh fruit juices for breakfast. Finally the piece de resistance--despite Carnaval tickets being as rare as dragon's teeth ,Marco & Stephan managed to obtain tickets for the Sambodrome for us and one of the staff even made cushions from a pillow to take with us.Thus a truly spectacular end to our holiday and happy memories of Rio and the lovely warm people at Castelinho.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2010

This is a lovely place to stay as long as you will never need tea or coffee before 8am. In spite of the kitchen staff starting at 6am, no amount of begging will get you boiled water before 8am. Quite often you will have a car picking you up at 8am and if you are like 90% of the world and need a kick start the moment you wake up, this can be deal breaker.

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

We came to this hotel following 4 nights in luxury hotels in Sao Paulo and Iguacu on the recommendation of an agent in London. It has nine very comfortable rooms and a reception area that doubles as an art gallery. The view from the terrace is fabulous. Our room had a high ceiling with a bedroom area constructed over the bathroom and small reception space. The accommodation is simple but it is more than made up for by the service. Staff are amazingly informed and willing to help. There's a friendly sense of an open-house with other visitors - the drinks are available on an' honesty basis' - you just put what you take in the book and it gets added to the bill. There are plenty of guide books around and free internet access.

Some people don't like the Santa Teresa area because it has a poor reputation in terms of crime but it is a fascinating place with great places to eat and have coffee. To get to the Cento there's a tram over the viaduct which is an experience in itself.

Not a place for people looking for corporate hotels in Copacabana but it's great for people looking for a lovely 'home from home' which is clean and friendly in what is surely an up-and-coming neighbourhood. We loved it.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua Triunfo 38 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-320, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
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Ranked #43 of 338 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $69 - $92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Castelinho38 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castelinho38 is a real castle in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro's bohemian neighborhood. With its friendly atmosphere and huge space, the castle is ideal for couples, families and groups. Each room has its own personality and is equipped with queen-size beds, hot shower and fans. Our exotic breakfast is served in a beautiful terrace with view of the centre of Rio. Our friendly staff is always available for travel advice and tips for day & night life. ... more   less 
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