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What We Love

  • Rio’s only Relais & Châteaux property
  • Design scheme reflects the city’s multicultural roots
  • Location in a romantic bohemian neighborhood
  • More than 200 species of plant and wildlife on-site
  • Spectacular views of Rio from practically every point of the property
  • The lavish breakfast buffet has a spread of five exotic tropical fruits (extra charge)

What To Know

  • About a 15-minute drive from Copacabana Beach and a 15-to-20-minute drive from Ipanema
  • Be prepared for some uphill walking — the whole neighborhood is poised on an incline
  • Bar dos Descasados closes at 11:30 p.m. — early by this city’s standards
  • Although the hotel is well guarded, nearby favelas pose some safety issues; don’t carry valuables when walking around
  • The menu at on-site Térèze restaurant is heavily influenced by French cuisine; head into town for more local fare

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

The history of Brazil is a multicultural one, and the Santa Teresa Hotel is proud to display it. In the lobby of this former coffee plantation, a Tupi-Guarani headdress hangs on the wall below a display of Catholic rosary beads, a nod to Brazil’s varied past.

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It seems fitting that such a design-conscious hotel would be in an emerging cultural hub. The burgeoning arts scene has made the Santa Teresa neighborhood — once the stomping grounds of the upper class — an up-and-comer (though it’s not quite there yet) with faded colonial facades, museums and impromptu festas spilling out onto the cobblestone streets. Across an iconic arched bridge, a tram will take you out to the clubs at Lapa for nights of dancing.

It’s easy to get caught up in the joie de vivre of Rio. When you’ve had enough sambaing and cachaça shots and doing as the cariocas (locals) do, unwind at Le Spa with a locally inspired treatment and then slip onto a day-lounger draped under a wild linen canopy.

A must-visit before you leave the hotel is Bar dos Descasados named after a boarding house for singles that once stood on the site. Today it’s one of the most romantic bars in the area, and with good reason. Under slick stone arches, the svelte and tan sip strawberry and chili pepper caipirinhas, taking in the sprawling views of Rio to the soulful rhythms of Afro-Brazilian tunes.

How to Get There

Santa Teresa Hotel RJ MGallery by Sofitel
Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660
Rio de Janeiro, 20241-260 Brazil

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 473 Reviews
Excellent restaurant, lovely character boutique hotel
Reviewed 22 hours ago

I stayed two nights in a deluxe room with balcony at the end of my trip to Brazil. The room had lovely character / boutique feel. The toilet / bathroom doors were a bit strange & flimsy & didn’t provide enough of a barrier between the toilet & the room. We had a spacious balcony with an amazing view & we could even see Christ the redeemer when it was clear!

The hotel restaurant is amazing! We had the 5 course tasting menu which was very reasonably priced. Gorgeous food. Much better than aprazivel which in my opinion was overrated with poor service. We enjoyed caipirinhas in the bar.

The pool area is nice & relaxing with a great view. Service wasn’t great though & there were no extras offered eg no complementary water by the pool, which was a shame.

I love the hotel decor & the wooden animals which are dotted around the hotel. I wish they offered them for sale because I would have bought one!

Service was a little hit & miss. The lady who checked us in was excellent & really went out of her way to help us. We then dealt with a gentleman who wasn’t very helpful giving us inconsistent info about check out & not being very helpful explaining the local area - I don’t think his English was great & he may have been new. Breakfast service was a little slow.

The local area around the hotel felt very safe. We walked down the hill to armazem São Thiago which is a lovely little spot for lunch!

Overall a great base for relaxing & exploring Santa Teresa. I’ve stayed at a few Mgallery hotels & never been disappointed!

Superb hotel in great location, just a notch overpriced
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All is great in this Sofitel, nested in the beautiful Santa Teresa area of Rio.
Gardens are well maintained, pool is quite long and the view from the terrace is gorgeous. Pool bar proposes tasty cocktails (with and without alcohol of course).
The hotel itself is awesome, rooms are spacious. There are wooden sculptures here and there and nice paintings.
The breakfast is just perfect with many fruits, juices, eggs in various forms, home made cakes changing every day and attentive staff
The bar opposite breakfast area is also beautiful with same wonderful view.

The staff is perfect as well, attentive with special thanks to Marina and her colleagues at reception and also the person dealing with breakfast who made the effort to remember our tastes. The hotel staff is always here to help (booking scooters, restaurants and more).
I really recommend this hotel and the nice walks in surrounding streets (and don't hesitate to go for a run!).

There are two downsides in my opinion:

1a- The room price is too high considering competition in Rio; there are other hotels with very good staff, pool and quietness that are about 5x less expensive. I am not saying that this Sofitel should divide its prices by 5, but maybe reduce those by, say, 20% to reduce the gap.

2a- Another point is the intense use by MGallery Sofitel of small plastic bottles of 310ml ... make it 500ml to decrease a bit plastic consumption, or, better consider using reusable glass bottles and maybe one day producing your own filtered water (with our without gas).

2b- Same principle could apply to soaps in bathroom by avoiding hotel soaps in very small containers - some hotels of all categories have chosen more planet friendly solutions (good quality soap in dispensers for example, as some Relais et Chateaux in France are doing).

I must admit that not many hotels are at my desired levels but I do believe that this is the future and Sofitel could run point on those two dimensions.

Thank you all for this stay. We had a very nice time.

A surprising stay.
Reviewed 1 month ago

Surprising in that we had booked and confirmed at the Mama Luisa hotel nearby, but on arrival to check in were extremely rudely told that we had been bounced and booked into the Santa Theresa. We were not amused by the appalling behaviour of the manager at Mama Luisa, but the reception at Santa Theresa coped well with our unhappiness, for which we owe them a big thank you!
It's a charming smallish hotel, with pleasant well equipped and styled rooms. Once we'd checked in and had time to overcome our annoyance, we had dinner in the hotel restaurant where we had a delightful view over the city, which complemented a very good dinner. After a good night's sleep we started to regret that we were going to depart that day for Buzios, only having spent one day in Rio.
So thank you Hotel Santa Theresa for restoring our faith in the professionalism of most hoteliers and shame on you Hotel Mama Luisa for your behaviour which by comparison with Santa Theresa was a disgrace.

Fantastic short stay
Reviewed 1 month ago

I wanted to personally thank you for a wonderful stay-I loved the hotel & the breakfast was one of the best I have had at a hotel, the setting, the choice & the service were perfect.
I hope that I may return one day for a longer personal holiday.

Santa Teresa- A very special part of Rio!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Following a month of travels in Bolivia & Brazil, we were so so happy to find this lovely refuge in the hills of Santa Teresa The hotel is small, intimate, and special. The staff went overboard to help us get reservations, room service, etc. And best of all, gave us a very late checkout time for our evening flight to USA
Oh..and bar & pool & garden, sweet spot to relax. Restaurant is fabulous and breakfast is perfect. Why stay in a big hotel? This is just what we love.