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“Pleasant accommodation in a nice neighbourhood” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Beleza

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Casa Beleza
Ranked #2 of 330 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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“Pleasant accommodation in a nice neighbourhood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

This is a pleasant enough place in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood. It is not central, but that was one of our reasons for choosing here. That said, it is easy enough to get to the main tourist areas - a bus from a nearby street gets you down the hillside and to a tube station, and taxis are always a reasonably priced option. For those who don't speak Portuguese, the owners provide you with a handy piece of paper which gives directions to the taxi drivers, and using this we never had any problems getting a lift back in the evening.

The area is nice, and in many respects it feels a world away from crowded Rio de Janeiro. Jungle-like vines have crept their way across telegraph poles and lines, and monkeys put in regular appearances. We felt perfectly safe walking around, even after dark. And within a ten minute stroll there are a wide range of bars and eateries, with something to suit different pockets and tastes.

Our room was comfortable and tastefully done. We were at the top of a spiral staircase, but the friendly staff had no problem getting our cases up there. For us it was fine, but if you are slightly unsteady on your pins or have problems getting about, there are a number of steps to go up and down.

If you are looking for a peaceful place in a quiet but not too remote area of bustling Rio, then this may well be the place for you.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

A lovely, comfortable and relaxing pousada with fabulous hosts in a great neighbourhood. Breakfast was gorgeous (the extra mango was highly appreciated!) and fun to be able to watch the marmosets in the surrounding trees whilst eating. Sadly I only had one night in the beautiful bungalow at Casa Beleza but next time I will make sure I stay for longer! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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casabeleza, Owner at Casa Beleza, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
We await your return to Rio, and yes you must stay longer next time! I know your parents enjoyed their stay, perhaps you can all return together! Thanks so much for your generous review,

Beijos from Rio,
Bindu
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Boadilla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

If you want to see Rio from a "real" perspective not from the artificial bubble of a five-star hotel, go to Casa Beleza. You'll be greeted by a nice family with two lovely children but at the same time, you'll have everything you need, from a swimming pool to air-con in the rooms, a more than generous "café da manhá" (breakfast) and the company of some unexpected friends like little monkies, Bob the dog (adorable) and a couple of turtles. Santa Teresa is also worth to know. Little restaurants (try "Cafecito" or the less sophisticated "Bar do Mineiro", live music in the evenings, calm, peaceful environment,... it's hard to beleive you are right in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Casa Beleza is right in the middle of it all. We will come back, definitely.

Room Tip: If you want total privacy, choose the bungalow. It is upstairs but it's worth the effort.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Beautiful pousada in quiet street of St.Theresa. Bindu is the perfect hostess and always ready for a chat and tips for visiting. Her house is amazing with large attractive rooms.
Delicious breakfast in tropical garden by the pool . Location is so peaceful after the bustle of Rio.
Lots of good restaurants within walking distance. Hope to Côme back.

Room Tip: Each room has its own charm and individuality. We stayed in 2 différent rooms and loved both of them...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank henrietta m
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I highly recommend staying at this beautiful inn while in Rio. The friendly staff, breathtaking gardens and the surrounding neighbourhood of Santa Teresa make this the perfect home away from home.

We appreciated the helpful and organized staff and the laid back atmosphere. There is nothing pretentious about this place nor the family and staff that run it. The rooms allow for privacy and are equipped with everything you need.

If you come home late and it's dark, don't worry! Bob the dog will guide you to your room. You can even hang out and feed the turtles- Cecil and Emmy Lou. Cecil especially likes mango rinds.

Venture out into the streets of Santa Teresa or into the core of Rio and get advice and tips about the places to see and eat from Bindu and her husband Antoine.

Seeing Rio was a dream and staying at Casa Beleza was like laying on the clouds.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Laura M
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2012

I travelled to Brazil with my husband and our seven month old child. Our stay at Casa Beleza was fabulous. Santa Teresa was our favourite area in Rio and our hosts were so hospitable. I would highly recommend Casa Beleza to anyone!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MtlTraveller_12
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casabeleza, Owner at Casa Beleza, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
It was a pleasure to host your group here, and please tell your husband and his friend that if they ever want to open a Daddy Day Care here, they would be most welcome!!

Thanks so much for your review, I'm really so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and I hope you will come back soon!

Beijos
Bindu and Antoine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

We just got back from a week in Rio, we were so spoiled with our stay at Casa Beleza! From the moment we entered their beautiful property we felt so happy! I have absolutely no complaints and hope I get to go back in the future. Thank you so much Bindu, Antoine and your amazing staff!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jasons1976
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Additional Information about Casa Beleza

Property: Casa Beleza
Address: Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo 311, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-270, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 330 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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Casa Beleza Hotel Rio De Janeiro
Casa Beleza Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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