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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 505 Reviews
Annivarsary week in Rio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

MGallery by Sofitel is particularly suited to couples holidaying in Rio and seeking to leave behind the busy beachfront properties and instead immerse in idyllic and scenic charms of Santa Teresa.
The real delight factor for us at the MGallery were #1 The People and #2 The food.

Juan Sanders, the Manager, sets a very high standard and welcoming tone - which is consistently followed by his team on the front desk (Notably => Nathalie, Larissa) and the restaurant (Notably => Alex, Luis, Aldobo).

Nice breakfast as well as dinner settings. We did not visit the bar or the pool-side lounge and instead largely focussed on the Tereze restaurant during our 6 night stay.

Probably not what it used to be...needs some investment and attention
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After an amazing stay at Copacabana Palace we were looking forward to seeing Rio from a different vantage and being in the hills. We had heard a lot about this hotel over the years and when it was a Relais Chateaux property.

Pros
- beautiful views, loads of character
- restaurant decor is gorgeous and lobby is pretty and boutique
- breakfasts are delicious and well thought out with unusual delicacies and lovely views

Cons
- how they can categorize our junior suite as such is beyond me...our room was as small as a NYC hotel room. We are in Rio. There is zero ‘suite’ in this room in terms of space or quality
- rooms need updating - light fixtures and bathrooms not luxurious at all or what the hotel is probably trying to represent - spend some on rooms management, invest a little...
- pool food is shockingly bad. If you would like to taste the chewiest toughest burger you have ever had in your life, come here folks...and remove your dentures beforehand. In addition how on earth they can serve a ‘fruit salad’ with just types of melon and a little pineapple/strawberry when we are in a country well known for its gorgeous fruits is outrageous...are we in a mediocre airline lounge? a US Starbucks?
- breakfasts are delicious and well thought out with unusual delicacies and lovely views

Cons
- how they can categorize our junior suite as such is beyond me...our room was as small as a NYC hotel room. We are in Rio. There is zero ‘suite’ in this room in terms of space or quality
- rooms need updating - light fixtures and bathrooms not luxurious at all or what the hotel is probably trying to represent - spend some on rooms management, invest a little...
- pool food is shockingly bad. If you would like to taste the chewiest toughest burger you have ever had in your life, come here folks...and remove your dentures beforehand. In addition how on earth they can serve a ‘fruit salad’ with just types of melon and a little pineapple/strawberry when we are in a country well known for its gorgeous fruits is outrageous...are we in a mediocre airline lounge? a US Starbucks?

Fantastic hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all what makes this hotel is the staff.

From check in to pool bar and restaurant they were very good and could certainly teach most Brazilian hotels a thing or two about customer service.

The guy who works at the pool bar most days was incredibly helpful and always had a smile on his face.

The staff at reception were excellent and couldn’t do more to cater to your every need and went out of their way to make you feel at home and to offer advice if need be.

The guys who worked in the restaurant quickly worked out that I like a cappuccino and had this ready for me once I had helped myself to the buffet.

The hotel itself is very nice and the location is away from the beach in the Santa Teresa area of Rio. If I have a criticism , which doesn’t in any way diminish the enjoyment of my stay , was that the chairs by the pool bar are uncomfortable and could be improved.

This is a great hotel with brilliant staff and I will stay here when I return to Rio later in the year

Best Alternative to Staying in Copacabana or Ipanema
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was warned against going to Rio de Janeiro by several Brazilian friends, but realized I couldn't spend a month in Brazil without visiting this beautiful town. So as a compromise with my concerned friends, I chose to stay in Santa Teresa, an area about 20 minutes from legendary Copacabana. Sofitel Santa Teresa will always be my recommendation to any one who visits Rio.

To say the hotel is beautiful is an understatement. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, both at night and day. There's a Michelin-rated restaurant on the grounds, where I had delicious, complimentary breakfast each day of my trip as well as a lovely dinner my first night. The location is ideal for a walking tour of the Santa Teresa area.

I loved my room but for three problems, which I hope management will work to resolve for future guests. These problems in no way diminish the property nor my recommendation of it.

The first problem -- my window didn't fully close. So at night, I was visited by mosquitoes who feasted on my body. I'm the type that mosquitoes love -- in a room with 100 people and all the mosquitoes will come directly to me.

The second problem -- the room, regardless of high low I set the air conditioning, never got really cold. Fully opening the window would have left me at a worse mercy of the mosquitoes. I requested the air conditioning be addressed, and regardless of what was done, the problem was never fixed.

The last problem, which is a common complaint I have about many hotels, is the lack of electrical outlets in the room.

I was moved from one room to another at the beginning of my stay because of an issue in the room. Prior to the move from my first room, I had to move a giant mirror out of the way to find the only free electrical outlet in the room not in the bathroom.

In the replacement room, there wasn't a single available outlet. I had to unplug a lamp to get an outlet. For future guests, the hotel would be best served having extension outlets available to guests.

These are minor complaints compared to the complete joy I had staying here. Highly recommend this hotel.

Grab a drink by the pool, enjoy the view!
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stopped here for a couple of drinks and a break from exploring the Santa Teresa neighborhood. The patio by the pool was a nice shaded and serene place to take a break from the hot sun. The drinks were fantastic, and the view of the city was breathtaking. We were tempted to try the Michelin Star rated restaurant, but weren’t hungry. Would definitely stay here if we come back to Rio!