This place is gorgeous and in a great location for people not needing to be in the crazy beach zones.
Heads up on location:
located in Santa Teresa, although on a street many cab drivers don't know (always bring a map with you and directions back to the house). Santa Teresa is nice and quaint, a beautiful hill top cobble stone neighborhood. Lots of music playing at a variety of restaurants. But what is even better is how close you are to Lapa!! That is where the music scene is, and its only a 3 min cab ride down the hill!! Lapa has a crazy street party scene on the weekends with the music clubs packed. We saw some great samba/jazz/bossa/pop/ etc. If you like live music this can't be missed. Just ask the hosts and they can lead you in whatever direction you want to go.
Distance to beaches and other tourist sites are not that far, and with a few people it is worth just pitching in for a cab ride.
So if you want to be near music this is a good place. If you want to be near younger more euro style dance clubs (generally not live music) than this place isn't the best for you.
beautiful place and big!! the two room place is big enough to fit 10, well not really, but it is big. I guess we just thought it was going to be two rooms with a connected door and a shared bathroom, but this place had a private hall and breakfast table. All very nice, but definitely on the expensive side.
The hosts are very attentive! If you want to really be left alone on your visit, this might not be the place for you. They really want to help you have an enjoyable stay and so guests seem to get a lot of attention. I guess that is up to the guest on whether that is a positive or negative. At times it seemed great, very helpful, and other times when we were tired it seemed slightly annoying.
We felt very safe, and the hosts will give you the low down on the best way to have fun and not be worried when you go out.
Breakfast was great, promptly served whenever you please. You'll probably see some monkeys in the trees, pretty cool to see as they are not much afraid of people. Oh i probably forgot to mention, English is spoken at the house! Very important for us. Just a heads up for those who don't speak Portuguese, because it can be tough to decipher. And generally if you are an English speaker, i would recommend trying Portuguese and then fall back to English when trying to communicate with people. Spanish seems much more foreign to Brazilians.
if want to be near the music (and need help finding it) this place is great! I'm not sure how other pension type places are priced in Santa Teresa, but i would suspect that this is probably on the high end. So if you want to splurge in Rio, do it here and ensure you get the real music nightlife experience in an off the beaten path kind of place. Also, i would recommend making sure you are here on at least one weekend. Lapa isn't to be missed on Sat night.
A honest review from a fellow traveler.
- 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