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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

Very good hotel!
agatarobi

We stay in the hotel 8 night, it’s was great experience. Beautiful place, very green, very clean, with long swimming pool, bar and restaurant in the same area. Breakfast were amazing, with big variety of dishes (the best Detox juice, Santa Teresa eggs, and cakes!). We appreciated the service especially from Aroldo and Alex. They always had a good advice what to choose and explaining us the typical food and ingredients.

Great location and nice rooms
PatrickH781

Nice hotel tucked away in Santa Theresa. Great views over the city from the pool bar terrace. Breakfast was excellent and the serving staff very friendly. Very close to a stop for the tram that runs down in to the city centre.

Gorgeous hotel
PlaneSpeaking

Fabulous hotel up in the hills overlooking Rio. Delicious breakfasts (thanks Alex for looking after us). The pool area is amazing with panoramic views across the city. Attentive and helpful reception staff.