My new bride and I stayed in Rio for 2.5 weeks for our honeymoon; an unforgettable, wonderful experience. The city is so rich with culture, music and they really are warmest, friendliest people we've met. The absolute highlight of our stay was Casa Beleza, in which we stayed for most of the 2 weeks, in a couple of different rooms. We enjoyed it so much that we changed our plans, staying in Rio as opposed to travelling more widely. We just didn't want to leave!
Casa Beleza is - at the risk of cliché - a home from home. The buildings are made up of an elegant, colonially-styled main house, a lovely swimming pool set in tropical gardens, and an outbuilding set high behind. Located in bohemian Santa Teresa - the best of Rio, in my opinion - Casa Beleza provides a breathtaking view of Rio from the hillside. The gardens are a regular spot for beautiful wildlife; whilst we were there, we had the pleasure of seeing parrots, lovely little monkeys (which we fed small pieces of banana from our hands - they were very friendly), the house tortoise and, of course, Bob the house dog. Bob has a lovely temperament and a good enough bark to ward off any unwelcome visitors - not that there were any.
The hosts at Casa Beleza are incredibly kind, welcoming and great fun. Breakfast is a very good time of day; think fresh pancakes, omelettes, excellent fruit, ham, cheese, croissants, toast, coffee and tea, juice... fabulous. For later in the day, there's a fridge full of soft drinks and beer, and if you're lucky Bindu will make you an excellent Caipirinha (which - on it's own - is reason enough to visit Rio!).
We can't recommend Casa Beleza highly enough. There's no better place to stay, and no better city to be in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our B&B is in an exotic mansion in the heart of Santa Teresa, Rio's historic and cultural district. Guests have to share the tropical gardens with the 3 turtles, butterflies and small monkeys! We are close to all the city's main attractions and the district of Lapa with Rio's best music and nightlife. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Beleza Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Casa Beleza Rio De Janeiro, Brazil