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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 531 Reviews
A clash of two worlds: beware
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm writing this while still at the hotel for a weekend escape.

Bottomline is: the hotel is excellent. The food, drinks and bar management is very disappointing, often terrible.

Let's start with the hotel. Location is great, far from the beaches but close to several interesting spots. There are tons of nice restaurants at walking distance and the domestic airport is 10min away.

Rooms are spacious and clean, with great amenities. Everything looks and feels 5 stars right away from the reception. Service is also consistently excellent.

An unexpected shift is found as soon as you walk to the pool bar, the "descasados" bar or terese restaurant, though. Here's different deal.

The bars were "leased" to third parties both days we were at the hotel. First day we had to stand a Polo perfume launch at the pool bar that was expected to end by 3pm, but lasted up to 7pm with noisy people walking around taking Instagram pictures nonstop while we tried to relax.

The pool bar menu is very limited and the wine list is laughable, only with ridiculously cheap options sold at a high premium. The wine supplier is "Grand Cru" but only the cheapest of options are available. There's an expensive fee of 120BRL for bringing your own wine (which I strongly advise anyway).

The breakfast at the Terèse restaurant is very good and is available up to noon, which was very convenient.

We also had dinner at Terèse and ordered the tasting menu with wine pairing. RUN AWAY FROM THE WINE PAIRING!! I can't emphasize enough how bad and sub-standard the wines were. A total disaster. The food was good, though, but not excellent. The menu consisted of one amuse bouche, 3 starters, 1 entree and dessert. From amuse bouche to the entree, the main elements of the plates were nicely cooked (shrimp, corn sweet, octopus, ravioli and entrecote), technically well prepared, but sidings were consistently over-spicy and often not a good match. The dessert was surprisingly very good.

Room service is awful. There are only 5 options of hot meals: hamburger, ham and cheese sandwich, omelets, penne with tomato and basil, and steak with fries. I've never seen such a limited room service menu in a hotel of this category.

On the second night, there was a typical June party at the bar, to which the guests were invited. This was again a third-party event that was open to the external public upon an entry fee. Again, this led to a completely different atmosphere than what the hotel offers its guests. While the hotel is a perfect spot to relax, the party was a teenage neo-rich instagrammers mecca. There was loud music and yelling teenagers up to midnight right below our window, while I'm typing this review. While everything else in the hotel was excellent from the start, the third-party events were a true and unexpected anticlimax.

I hope the hotel management reviews its leasing policy and the food/drink offers. The hotel itself is a gem and an awesome place for a couple escape to relax. But the downsides are way too relevant to ignore, especially with the pricetag that is charged at this hotel.

lovely villa above Rio !
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like Santa Teresa , you will taste its essence in this awesome place ! people are very friendly , brekfast is definitely unique , view from the swimming pool is stunning ,and you are in the middle of a wonderful district , for visit or .....revisit !

Fabulous hotel
Reviewed 1 month ago

Beautiful property...loved the location in artsy Santa Teresa. The staff/ helpful and friendly and the restaurant was the BEST . The 5 course wine pairing dinner with local products was a treat. We had a lovely room with a terrace facing the garden.....

Beautiful and stylish hotel
Reviewed 2 months ago

We are a family of 4 (with 2 boys aged 11), who stayed in Santa Teresa Hotel in April 2019. Its a beautiful and stylish hotel. Very boutique and modern feel, with fantastic display of historical artifacts. service was exemplary - staff went out of their way to help, including arranging last minute Maracana tickets. Great location in Santa Teresa. Excellent breakfasts - probably the best we have had in all of Brazil during our travels. All in all, faultless.
Highly recommended to stay here :-)

A Hidden Jewel in Rio
Reviewed 2 months ago

What a surprise my wife and I had. This place was amazing, quite, colorful, great food, and best of all--all the employees/staff were very friendly and helpful. Only a short drive by taxi to the beach or anyother place in and around Rio. If you are looking for a quite place to rest after a long day this is the place.