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Hotel Santa Teresa Review, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  April 3, 2020 – 04:59 pm
Small boutique hotel from the south Devon coast | Favorite Places

8 / 10

The neighbourhood’s cobbled streets are a joy to explore on foot and the hotel is near the best of its bars and restaurants, but the location isn’t for everyone. While the return to service of the iconic bonde tram will help link the hills to downtown without the need for taxis, Ipanema is a 30-minute drive (considerably more in traffic). Santa remains an essential experience for visitors looking to explore a less sandy side of Rio.

Style & character

10 / 10

Found behind huge iron gates off the main road, this converted mansion, once part a former coffee plantation, is deceptively large, its rustic features preserved and shot through with a dash of contemporary Brazilian style. Palm trees pepper the lush, green gardens and arc over the pool and surrounding deck area to conjure up a genuine tropical paradise.

Service & facilities

With a steady stream of stars like Alicia Keys, Robert Plant and Amy Winehouse having used the hotel as their hideaway, the staff are well versed in the finer points of dealing with guests' unique requirements, and the multilingual receptionists are charming, cheerful and well-informed. Beyond the main house, the pool is a good size and includes a soothing sun terrace for a daily Vitamin D hit, the spa is sumptuous and the restaurant’s offerings scrumptious.

  • Bar
  • Fitness centre
  • Laundry
  • Parking
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wi-Fi


9 / 10

In keeping with the overall feel of the hotel, all rooms are casually elegant, the muted tones and reclaimed wooden furniture, including rustic four-poster beds in some rooms, creating a cosy feel. The small, garden-front balconies are remarkably private, even on the ground floor, and bathrooms are sleek and contemporary, some featuring tubs, others huge showers.

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Food & drink

The hotel's Térèze restaurant has collected a raft of awards for its Franco-Brazilian fusions, drawing customers up the hill from all over the city. In the arches under the hotel lies Bar dos Descasados, the dimly lit (waiters are armed with torches to read the menu) lounge bar that is home to an impressive array of cocktails deploying local seasonal fruits, açaí and coconut water to fine effect.


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