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
I'll get the bad news out of the way first. The location is absolutely stunning - but that is a curse as well as a blessing. Casa Marques is up a long winding road, high into Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa was once the preserve of the rich, in the forested hills looking down on Rio. The beautiful houses are still there, some of them converted into boutique hotels (like this one), but some of the spaces in between have been taken over by the less wealthy, and these favelas give Santa Teresa a distinctly 'edgy' feel - to the extent that some taxi drivers refuse to come up the hill. If this is a problem, the hotel has the details for a local taxi co-op who will happily collect you from elsewhere in the city (Santaxi, +55 (21) 25021111). Once you have arrived, the news is all good. the hotel is built around a beautiful (1920's/30's?) house - lots of space and light, with a terrace and small infinity pool on the top floor. the views are to-die-for, with the Corcovado (with the iconic Christ statue) to one side, and the city straight ahead. Our room was large and airy, with the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in. Breakfast was fine (cold-cuts, fruit, and omelettes cooked to order) and the staff were friendly and helpful. If you don't fancy venturing out in the evening, they can order take-away food to be delivered. My wife gave me full marks for this one!
We were catered to and the staff was super informative had an amazing experience here. The view from our room was stunning! They made food for us to eat in our room and had food delivered to us! Thank you!
My friend and I spent a week in Rio; half the time on Ipanema beach and half the time at this amazing hotel. If you want a different scene from the beach I HIGHLY recommend coming here to see Santa Teresa. It felt safer and much more comfortable in Santa Teresa than near the beaches.
The hotel itself is in an old colonial house - and it truly feels like a home with only a handful of guest rooms. There's a gorgeous infinity pool with a view of the Christo and Rio below. The style was a mix of eclectic and mid century modern which was super trendy but warm. The room was huge and even had blue tooth speakers. The food was some of the best in Rio - get the plate of the day every day! Sophia made killer drinks. Paolo was the nicest man ever and even helped us order in food so we could watch Game of Thrones.
The only drawback is the hotel is not walkable at all... in fact uber drivers can barely find it. But it's still 20-30 minutes from Rio and 10 minutes from Santa Teresa, so not bad.
We will definitely be back!
The property is located in the mountains and offers a fantastic view. With a short walk from the hotel, we have access to the public transport. The property is managed by the owners themselves and supported by friendly staff - very supportive folks.
Neat rooms and good hosts.
Our taxi had a hard time finding the hotel. Apparently the hotel’s address number (which is up on the hill) is the same number as the building on the main road and we almost got kicked out from the cab on the main road. Luckily few locals saved our life. I think if there is the hotel sign on the main road or even bigger sign at the gate would be very helpful. It’s not close to key sights but the view make it worth staying. Our room is nice also. Though the service is not up to professional hotel, but staffs are nice and very helpful. If you really miss your fur friend back home like me, two dogs here will help make you smile. They are super friendly.