What We Love
- European antiques hand-picked from markets in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels that decorate all rooms
- 360-degree Rio views from the property’s roof
- The dramatic 20-foot front door
- Each of the suites here is named for a famous George
What To Know
- For an escape from the scorching Rio heat, take a dip in the property’s 50-foot pool
- The villa was conceptualized by local architect Wladimir Alves de Souza, who also designed the private estate of Sao Paulo’s former mayor
- It’s located on the edge of Mata Atlantica, a protected forest
- The Seu George suite opens up onto a terrace
- Free WiFi
Art-filled Modernist villa overlooking lofty Santa Teresa, with a built-in recording studio and swish mid-century décor
As the midpoint between Rio’s cacophonous city center and bustling beaches, Chez Georges’ precious location in Santa Teresa provides the best of both worlds—with a little extra privacy to boot. With no formal reception area, guests can discreetly access the house through a glass-paneled elevator, which promises sweeping views of the surrounding hills. Tech entrepreneur Pierre Bident Moldeva and musician Olivier Verwilghen (the couple responsible for this secluded haven) are bonafide globetrotters and you’ll find their peripatetic keepsakes scattered all over the airy Brazilian Brutalist property, from azulejo mosaics and bamboo sheets to Thai textiles to Murano opaline lamps. If you spot 50s and 70s furniture, chances are it was handpicked straight from the atelier of Ricardo Fasanello, a revered local designer. Made up of a single seven-suite villa and a separate two-bedroom studio, Chez Georges is ideal for a jet-setting rock band (did we mention the sound-proof recording studio, nestled underneath the pool?), though a family would be just as comfortable—the property sleeps fourteen—relaxing across this 10,000 square-foot tropical retreat.
In the Area
As Rio de Janeiro’s bohemian hub, Santa Teresa is an art lover and epicure’s playground. Accessible via streetcar, or bonde, its hills and green spaces lend a sense of serenity, rare in this otherwise frenetic seaside metropolis. Murals and mosaics, perfect for an impromptu art walk, bring a pop of whimsy. Street-side Afro-Brazilian drum performances and carnivals are common across its cobblestoned streets. For cachaça with a view, dine at Aprazivel, where chef-owner Ana Castilho steers the scenic thatched-roof restaurant with her two sons. Amazonian fare, like river fish stew and slow-roasted pork ribs, are the highlight of the menu at Espirito Santa, housed in a restored mansion.
How to Get There
My favorite hotel experience I’ve ever had and I’ve stayed at lovely properties around the world. My friend and I were traveling together in Brazil. We loved Chez Georges so much that we booked another stay before we left the first time for when we came back to Rio for 2 nights before flying home. It feels like you are at home in the most beautifully curated and decorated villa EVER! The attention to every detail- from the beautiful breakfasts with gorgeous linen napkins & china to the lovely Brazilian soaps in the shower. The hosts were absolutely lovely and so helpful. Rita, the daytime host gave us many wonderful recommendations on things to see and restaurants to go to. I would plan another trip to Rio just to stay at Chez George!
Loved our stay at Chez Georges so much we came back for a second stay on the same trip! Exceptionally gorgeous interiors and architecture, relaxed atmosphere, it really just feels like you are staying in a friend’s fabulous private villa. Rita is a wonderful hostess and the service generally was casual and top notch at the same time. We hope to be back again. Love that all the suites are named after famous George’s! We stayed in the George Harrison suite which is a beautiful design.
We had an amazing time at Chez George. The Design Hotel is absolutely beautiful and we were so happy to stay in such an architectural masterpiece for 4 nights. Thanks to the wonderful staff that made every single wish possible, we had an unforgettable time at Chez Georges. We will never forget the view and the beautiful pool! Moreover, the Santa Teresa district is great with all the fancy and delicious restaurants nearby!