If you are looking for somewhere to stay so that you can visit Rio, this should definitely be near the top of your list.
We stayed here for two nights and then spent a couple of nights over in Niteroi, we had planned to spend our last night in Barra with some "couch surfers" but we liked Casa Beleza so much that we decided to have an extra nights stay here :)
We visited the Ipanema & Copacabana beaches and unless you really want to stay right next to a beach because it's famous ( remember these are city beaches... so not really that amazing! ) we would definitely recommend staying in Casa Beleza instead.
It's a lovely house with a great garden with little monkeys living in the trees that we managed to feed one day which was great, you won't find that in a 4* tower block hotel ;-)
One must if you stay here is to have a ride on the little yellow trams, it's quite an experience!
There are a hand full of nice restaurants within 5 minutes walk from Casa Beleza where we ate each evening. There are security guards on most of the streets, which makes you feel the area must have it's share of problems, but it also gives you a sense of feeling more secure than walking around the main city areas at night.
Finally... I must to forget to mention the breakfast which was excellent.. thank you all, and I am sure you will see us again :)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Casa Beleza Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Casa Beleza Rio De Janeiro, Brazil