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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
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Overview

Your pick of suites at an artsy new Santa Teresa retreat built on the foundations of a colonial mansion

The Lowdown

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.

Suites

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.

Dining

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.

Location

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

Casa Marques Santa Teresa
Rua Almirante Alexandrino 3780
Rio De Janeiro, 20241-266 Brazil

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 171 Reviews
Best place in Rio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 !

Best boutique hotel in Santa Teresa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely hotel. Santa Teresa is old world charm reflected in the architecture. Lots has changes and then again you step back in time to cobblestone streets and trolley cars. Casa Marques is a mix of old world elegance with European details and a touch of modernity with clean and minimalist leanings. It works. The hotel sits high above Rio so the views are spectacular. You can see Cristo the redentor from the property. It’s a world away from the noise and hustle of Copacabana and Ipanema. Major plus is the staff and the simple but abundant cafe de amanhã. The roof top deck and pool offer the perfect retreat. Be reminded that Rio is a city within a jungle and as such properties are impacted by the heat, humidity, and rain. Moisture causes problems. My room needed to be repainted Some of this was due to moisture damage to the walls and some due to general wear and tear. However the overall condition of the room was acceptable. If you want to just pop out a get a this or that you’ll need to plan accordingly. It’s far from the popular beaches. If you need nightlife and beach this may bother your first choice. It’s a great boutique hotel. I will stay again and can offer a strong recommendation. It’s a gem of a property and an excellent value for the money.

A jewel of a place
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most wonderful views of Rio. Service was excellent, attentive and friendly. Small and very family like. We felt very at home, even had visits from monkeys at breakfast! Would definitely recommend.

A truly beautiful place to stay!
Reviewed 3 months ago

We couldn't have stayed in a lovelier place for a first night in Rio having just arrived long haul from the UK. The prearranged pickup from the airport worked and the hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful in a friendly way. There's a rooftop bar and infinity pool with views of Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer and Rio to gaze at........what's not to like??! Our room had everything you need and an amazing view. I would definitely stay here again, a most relaxing place to spend time 😀

Wonderful view...but really hard to get there...
Reviewed 3 months ago

The Hotel is charming, the view is breath taking , the staff is very kind and the bed is huge....but....it is very dificcult to reach the Hotel...,if You are thinking in rent a car....Just forget it....there are no signs and GPS and Waze can't help you up on the hills...and if You get lost you can put yourself in trouble
Even UBER and regular taxis may not accept take You there....
You have to use the local Taxis from Santa Tereza , they have local drivers skilled to climb those tiny streets up there