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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 409 Reviews
A Perfect Rio Oasis
Reviewed 3 days ago

The hotel is blissfully away from the big scary beaches and offers a cool and stylish oasis amid the chaos and color of Rio. We stayed several nights curing Carnevale before going on a cruise south on Oceana. We were picked up at the airport by private arrangement with the hotel and then used the same driver several more times. We loved our garden room with a lovely veranda and simple furnishings, the spectacular pool as it is very hot in March, lunch on the lawn abs breakfast and dinner in the first-rate restaurant. Rio is teaming with people and celebrations at Carnevale which is invigorating and catching. But to return to this hotel is then a soothing welcome gift. It is also reasonably priced for a luxury boutique hotel. Thank you.

Chic and chilled, wonderful views and delicious breakfast
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Teresa is a tranquil escape from crazy, wonderful Rio. Literally an oasis of calm, perched high in the hills with beautiful views whether with the luscious breakfast (and WHAT a breakfast - thank you Davi, Aroldo, Luiz and Alex - could have sat there all day!) or with a Caipi with the sunset. We had a gorgeous room, cool and high-ceilinged, with shady terrace and lovely touches. The pool is small and possibly at weekends could do with extra sun loungers on the sunny side in the afternoon, though the seating is all fantastically comfortable. Thank you Juan for kindly inviting our daughter, who was living in Rio a few months, to join us for a day by the pool, she loved it there. Without exception the staff were friendly and thus the ambience relaxed and relaxing. Yes, it's an inexpensive Uber ride out from the main drag (NB make it really clear which side of the hotel you're waiting at, we had a couple of confusing pick-ups), but there's nowhere downtown with the same feel, so it's worth it. Many thanks all.

Total Beauty and Tranquility
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Santa Teresa Rio for our anniversary a few years ago. I am still talking about it! The hotel is immaculate, and staff are top notch, the food and wine are incredible! I loved our spa treatments, and lounging at the bar. Its in a fun artsy town which we loved as well. I'll be back.

Uber cool hotel in brilliant atmospheric neibourhood
Reviewed 1 month ago

A perfect blend of designer chic ambiance and authentic unpretentious friendly service in Rio's coolest neighbourhood urban hot hotels don't come any better than this.Excellent restaurant, pool and rooms and a plethora of walking distance bars, cafes and restaurants highly reccommended

Perfect romantic hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

Perfect romantic hotel in an old colonial mansion with large and comfortable rooms in a charming area of Rio de Janeiro. Extra-large bed that allows all love games. Restaurant Terese with delighting and creative dishes.... going back soon!