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“HEAVEN IN RIO!!!!!”

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Casa Cool Beans B&B
Ranked #1 of 340 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We just checked out this morning and I'm already missing Casa Cool Beans (CCB). This place really is like heaven in Rio. We stayed 4 nights with Lance and David and I cannot say enough great things. They are so helpful and friendly. They really want to make sure you have a great stay at CCB and a wonderful time in Rio. They are even better than a five star hotel with their concierge service the way they help call a taxis, give directions and tips, help book tours, and even cook a first class breakfast. In addition, Santa Teresa is a very sweet community. My husband and I felt very safe walking the streets both at night and during the day. If you have any concerns Lance will give you a complete run down of what areas are safe and which are not in Rio. We stayed in the 1st floor bedroom that has a loft. It was very comfortable and impeccably clean!!!!!! The sheets and towel were both wonderfully soft, fresh, and clean.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Casa Coolbeans is a great place to stay, particularly for first time visitors to Rio. It is located in the lovely, arty hillside suburb of Santa Theresa, which is located just up from Lapa, the main suburb for Salsa fans. The main downside of staying in Santa Theresa (at least until the tram is up and running again) is the need to use cabs to get around town - one unscrupulous cab driver took us the 'long way round' back to Casa Coolbeans, meaning the final tarrif was double what it should have been.

The Casa Coolbeans team are fantastically helpful, taking all the time you need to plan your trip to Rio, as well as providing advice about how to get around. They were also very helpful in other ways eg helping me get a yellow fever vaccination and providing an adaptor in the room for the new Brazilian power points (but you still need to bring your own - it adapts new to old Brazilian power points).

Why not 5 out of 5? Just to be a bit different :) Also, I'm sure there must be some improvement somewhere they could make? I'm just not sure what it could be!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Kylie F
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Reviewed September 12, 2012 via mobile


Rio is an intoxicating place, a heady brew of sights, sounds, dangers and exhilarating experiences. Selecting a place to stay is absolutely key to getting the  most out of your stay there, especially for first time visitors. Our criteria were simple - visit the beaches but not stay in the madness (because we come from a country that already has a strong beach culture), experience the old, original  and cool Rio , have a space to savor Rio in relative calm after sorties across town, enjoy hospitality that would make our stay an even better one (especially since we were there for 7 days) AND be reasonably safe. So, we chose Santa Teresa as the standout area to stay (lovely old buildings, intriguing streetscapes, cool bars, vibrant locals and safe streets).  We then had the amazing fortune to land a room at Casa Coolbeans (CCB). This place is absolutely perfect. It is the top Trip Adviser  rated Guesthouse in Rio, and richly deserved.  It spills over 3+ levels in an old house that has been converted into a small hotel. Each room has a separate entrance and ours was very spacious with wooden floors, shuttered windows, cool artwork and a modern well appointed bathroom including the novelty of facewashers (some fly wire on the bathroom louvres might be an idea guys). The AC and wifi work really well, and we even braved the lovely pool even though the water was a tad chilly. Breakfasts are simple but fresh and fulsome, with cooked to order eggs if you want. It is easy to get into the city by walking down to the Metro at Gloria and then getting the 014 bus or a taxi back. But the thing that really sets CCB apart are the owners and staff. Lance and David (owners) are cool dudes and go out of their way to make your stay as though you are part of the CCB family. We loved the Lance 'stare' as we discussed our daily travel plans and got that knowing advice that we might want to do stuff another way round! We arrived on my birthday, and the guys had a chilled bottle of sparkling rose in the room fridge for a toast. You kinda know when stuff like that happens that you are onto something special.  Sergio (manager) and all the staff at CCB get a huge thank you for great service, customer care and a truly welcoming approach. Lance and David - you guys are brilliant at what you do and if we could rate CCB at 6 out of 5 we would! So everyone, if your recipe for visiting Rio is like ours then make a bee line for CCB. If you are truly lucky enough to get a room there then ENJOY and truly savor Rio.  We really hope that Mousee the CCB doggie makes a full recovery from recent surgery, we were sorry that we missed him.  Frankly, we were really reluctant to leave, but that is the tyranny of travel!


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1  Thank Goldrichie
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

There ought to be a rating better than excellent and standing higher than Number 1 for what Lance, David, Sergio and the staff of Casa Cool Beans provide their guests.

My wife, son and I booked three nights based on the recommendation of friends who had visited Rio and stayed at CCB numerous times. Our friend's praise was high, but our experience was even better than we expected. From our first inquiry about availability to our departure they could not do enough for us. Room 1 where we stayed was large (with a loft for the second bed), clean and comfortable. The location in Santa Teresa, and the décor inside and out are outstanding. The breakfast is fresh and good. And Mousse is one handsome dog.

I have never bothered to post a review before for anywhere I have stayed and I could go on and on, but the point is – I do not believe that you will find a better place to stay when visiting Rio de Janeiro. Stop reading reviews and make the decision to book Casa Cool Beans now!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Sileraw
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

What a Delight…
Casa Cool Bean is truly a place that gives you great
pleasure and enjoyment.

The morning wake-up at Casa Cool Bean was always,
easy like Sunday morning. The bright East sun,
entered the carefully decorated room with earth
tone colors, (when the shutters were open)
creating a crisp delight of serenity.

The breakfast meal continued with a melody of
enjoyment. Thanks to David, Lance and Staff,
every morning, a different fresh juices and fruit
was served that compliment the Brazilian culture.
The attention to detail was a constant, always
colorful flowers on the table and around the Pousada.

The viewing of the humming bird and yellow bird,
by the decorated garden area was such a great
pleasure and joy.

You could always count on suggestion from Lance and David.
One-on-one guide to the varies events, sightseeing and
must see events. One of our many highlight was visiting
the Samba School at Salgueiro. Thanks, to David and Lance.

The location of Casa Cool Bean allowed visiting the
Bistro, another delightful experience, nightly.

Casa Cool Bean was delightful from the beginning
until the last minute as David and Lance walk
us to the cab to say goodbye and you must come
back to visit us again at Casa Cool Bean.

I am planning to visit again soon.

Room Tip: I did get a chances to visit other rooms, but I would stay in the same room, Unit #4
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Sharon L
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

If you are ever in Rio, Casa Cool Beans is THE place to stay. Quite honestly the most wonderful B&B I've ever stayed in. Lance, David, Sergio and the rest of the staff are exceptionally wonderful, friendly and helpful people. Lance and David can't do enough for you, from booking taxis to helping plan your day. Every recommendation they gave was fantastic and absolutely spot on. Breakfast is fabulous, the rooms are comfortable, the location is super convenient. All in all, it's not hard to see why they're number one. Thank you all so much!

PS - I can't say this enough. Truly the best customer service we've ever experienced across any B&B/hotel/hostel in any country that we've ever stayed at!

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1  Thank marionjd
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

I had the fortunate opportunity to stay at Casa Cool Beans for 2 seperate weekends in August. From the greetings at the door upon arrival to the goodbyes at departure, the personalized treatment that guests recieve is fantastic. 9This can't be found at those huge hotels on the beach!) Lance, David and Sergio were always available if you had questions about anything. They made a point of sitting down with every guest in the morning, during that fantastic breakfast, asking what plans they have for the day and if they needed any help with transportation, guide information, and recommendations on places to eat in all of Rio and beyond. Although the trolley isn't working now, it is very easy to either walk to other areas close by (steep hills), take the bus, or get a taxi at Bar Gomes.
You won't regret staying here!

Room Tip: All the rooms have their uniqueness, but I really love room number 9.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank sumier
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Address: Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo 136, 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:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 340 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range: $50 - $109 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Cool Beans B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Cool Beans B&B-Santa Teresa! Beautiful B&B in the central district of artsy Santa Teresa. Each room with A/C, ceiling fans, free WiFi, frigobars, safes, hair dryer and en-suite bathroom. Swimming pool with sun terrace & complimentary use of pool towels. Just minutes walk to the Bonde, bars, restaurants & shops of hip Santa Teresa; metro and tourist attractions. THE most central location in Santa Teresa! Offering one of the best deals in Rio de Janeiro! ... more   less 
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