Casa Marques Santa Teresa
What We Love
- A new all-suites hideaway boasting sweeping vistas of Guanabara Bay – includes breakfastTaking in the works by Rio street artists, plus the views from the bay to Christ the Redeemer
- Exploring the nearby sights, like the Escadaria Selarón stairway – and taking the tram downhill
- Lounging on an armchair in the kitchen’s seating area, after a tapioca breakfast
- Enjoying a nap in your airy, contemporary accommodation, with its own phenomenal vistas
What To Know
- Driving in Rio is tricky and there's no onsite parking at the hotel – opt for airport-to-door chauffeur service
- Located in Santa Teresa, one of Rio's most bohemian neighborhoods
- Hit the rooftop infinity pool for views of Guanabara Bay and the Christ the Redeemer statue
Country or city? At Rio de Janeiro’s all-suite Casa Marques Santa Teresa, you can get a little (OK, a lot) of both, with some sweeping vistas of Guanabara Bay thrown into the mix. The low-key, high-style oasis, boasting one of the top rankings of any Rio inn on TripAdvisor, is inspired by the aesthetics of modern urban life, showcasing artworks by local graphic designers and street artists (including Carioca icon Toz). But you’re not exactly in the thriving Centro – although the sunshine-yellow local tram will bring you toward the famous downtown. Rather, you’re high above all the action, in the hills of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood.??
Nowhere is this more apparent than the panoramic rooftop pool deck, where those spectacular bay views are on display, as are views of the Christ the Redeemer statue. You can do your ogling from one of the loungers, in the shade of an umbrella at the cocktail bar or in the infinity pool. Also find computers at pool level, for looking up local recommendations; downstairs is the airy kitchen and lounge, where tea-and-tapioca breakfasts and light lunch and dinner bites are served, among mid-century armchairs and pendant lights. Make yourself at home – it may boast dazzling scenery, artwork and boutique amenities, but this Brazilian casa is definitely meant to be sua casa.
Your suite’s design echoes the hotel’s, emphasizing contemporary lines and a minimalist palette of whites and off-whites. Behold original artwork and a beautiful rug, produced by a Brazilian artisan. Standard suites measure 215 square feet and boast panoramic vistas of Guanabara Bay through large glass windows. At 269 square feet, Deluxe suites are slightly larger and, like the Standard suites, overlook the bay. The incredibly spacious Master suites, which measure in at 538 square feet, offer some of the best views in the entire city, which you can take in from the private balcony. Their bathroom includes the addition of a bathtub.
The kitchen is a stylish, laid-back place to enjoy a breakfast of tapioca and refreshing Brazilian iced tea. Set in the main mansion, it features an inviting, light-filled seating area – think more bright whites and pops of jade and fuchsia – and also opens for later meals. The menu emphasizes light bites: salads, broths, sandwiches, and the like. For a strong drink or just a side of scenery, head to the panoramic rooftop bar.
From the soccer to the samba, Rio is a truly dazzling city – and a sprawling one, too. You’ll be high in the hills of Santa Teresa, far from the action-packed Centro, but with views over all the most famous natural landmarks: the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay. In addition to enjoying the lookouts, you might consider visiting the famous Escadaria Selarón staircase or visit the park of the ruins of Laurinda Santos Lobo. And when you do want to head downhill and downtown, drive or take a ride in the sunshine-yellow Santa Teresa tram.
How to Get There
For a hotel at this price level these guys have a long way to go.
While the views over beautiful Rio are spectacular and the hotel has all the amenities to make this a truly great experience for guests, there seemed to be a distinct lack of care for service and attention to detail.
We stayed over the holiday period between Christmas and New Year and booked our stay as a treat. It turned out on arrival there was no food (other than ifood - the Brazilian equivalent of uber eats/ Deliveroo). Hard to order there if you’re not familiar with local restaurants. On new year’s day, we missed breakfast, and didn’t really have any other options to find something to eat. We had to ask for plates and napkins at meals, the breakfast options were fairly limited for a hotel in this price bracket and there was no possibility of eating on the terrace outside (although the staff seemed to have made the most of that view for their own NY eve dinner on the terrace while the guests were relegated to the downstairs breakfast area for dinner). The bar staff by the pool were often away from their posts so we had to look for them around the hotel to be able to order something to drink, or to get pool towels. The New Years dinner was advertised as something special (and the price was quite special too!) but was poorly presented, poorly managed and poorly cooked.
While the staff in general were good natured and helpful there seemed to be a distinct lack of management in charge of the place. Given the price bracket and what you get at similar hotels in Santa Teresa, I’m minded to take my money elsewhere.
Charming, well located hotel. Staff was extremely attentive and helpful. Rooms are beautiful, well maintained and, in the case of the larger rooms, very spacious. Pool area is gorgeous, with comfortable chaises -- though the pool itself is somewhat small. Food is very good, with a generous, delicious breakfast included and an excellent a la carte menu at the pool. And, then finally there are the simply spectacular views--both from the pool deck and most rooms--of Rio, the bay, Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer. A truly special place to stay for our truly special trip.
The hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels I´ve ever visited. Modern but charming architecture paired with relaxing atmosphere. Whole hotel is clean and service is very good. View over the city is amazing.downsite - if you wish - is that it´s rather difficult to find. but i guess that´s the (low) price for this view... :)
Some guests say the location is very far from the tourist attractions and very hard to find. Yes, some are far away. Taxi drivers are getting lost and some do not even want to take you. That's how it is. First time it's hard to get there. After that, things are simplified. From there you can call a local taxi company that knows where the location is or you can even call an Uber. Staff are very kind and always help with directions to drivers. But it's worthwhile doing this. Location, landscape, tranquility, everything is wonderful. We woke up early in the morning and saw the sunrise in the middle of an urban jungle, with the birds delighting with their morning trills.
Everything is very intimate, tastefully decorated and the staff make you feel like at home. Especially Paolo from the reception, who spent a lot of time with us, explaining where to go and what to see. We also got the room with the best view in the entire hotel: Room No. 11. I think it's the only one with a small balcony. We stayed in more hotels in Rio and this was the last one. As a last retreat... And it was spectacular! Photos say everything ...
Everything was perfect, most incredible view of Rio. The view for the room is crazy and everything in the hotel is perfect (staff, food, confort...) . Don't be afraid by the distance from the center ... u can't find a point of view like it in Copa or an other part of the city !