Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Casa Mosquito

Rates from (ex tax)$282.19

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (BRL890.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

French beijo

Setting

Inviting Ipanema enclave

Casa Mosquito hotel, a restored colonial mansion in the hills of Rio de Janeiro, invites you to make yourself at home. At least that’s the goal at this Brazilian escape with two French hosts and a familiar feel. The nine rooms, each individually styled, are named for a diverse group of local icons (musicians, writers and even a drag performer in the bunch). Some rooms have Victorian bath tubs, others have tropical wall prints in unexpected shades like periwinkle and magenta – all have access to the rooftop pool with stunning views of Copacabana and Ipanema. 

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Cocktail at the pool bar

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

9, all suites.

Check–Out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm; both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $282.19 (BRL890).

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (BRL890.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a generous Continental breakfast of eggs, ham, bacon, assorted breads, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, coffee and tea.

Also

If you're peckish following a day of sightseeing or sun-basking, refuel with free snacks – juice, sodas, nuts, Toblerone bars, crisps – from the minibar.

At the hotel

Swimming pool, laundry, WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar stocked with Nespresso coffee machine, Granado bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Vinicius de Moraes suite may not be part of the hotel’s main house (it’s located in the Carioca Terrace annexe near the pool), but it doesn’t miss out on any old-world Ipanema charm. There’s a freestanding Victorian bath tub, plus stand-out wallpaper in bold splashes of yellow and blue. Also, the annex location means more space – this is one of the largest rooms at Casa Mosquito.

Poolside

Bronze high above the swarming beach crowds below and recline beside the heated outdoor infinity-edged pool that's dramatically set on the rooftop.

Packing tips

Leave the bulky beach towels at home: the hotel has beach kits for you to borrow.

Also

You’ll need to be fit enough to take the stairs: the hotel is reached from street-level via a flight of steep steps. There is no spa, but on-call massage therapists and manicurists will transform your suite into a candle-lit relaxation haven.

Children

Really more of a sophisticated hideout for grown-ups, but teenagers 14 and older are welcome.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Request a sundowner cocktail on your private terrace or balcony so you can soak up the iconic Rio views.

Dress Code

Take a tropical cue from the locals and add a splash of print here and a shock of vibrant colour, there. Also, barely-there-swimwear – for those who dare.

Hotel restaurant

There isn’t a proper restaurant, but the bountiful breakfast spread – eggs, ham, fresh tropical fruits, yoghurt – is beautifully presented every morning on the terrace.

Hotel bar

The casual rooftop pool bar has a selection of beer, wine and your hosts will be quick to mix up a round of caipirinhas, of course.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8am–11am.

Location

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Address
Casa Mosquito
Rua Saint Roman, 222 - Ipanema
Rio de Janiero
22071-060
Rio de Janiero
Brazil

Planes

Galeão–Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) services most international flights and is 19km, or 40 minutes away from the hotel.

Automobiles

There is street parking available near the hotel, however, driving in Rio is not for the faint of heart. Walking, hailing a taxi or the subway (a seven-minute walk from the hotel) are all reliable ways to explore the city.

Worth getting out of bed for

Grab your beach tote and enjoy the 10-minute saunter through a sleepy residential enclave that drops you directly onto one of the world’s most famous stretches of sand: Ipanema Beach. Head in one direction and grab your spot on the upscale Leblon Beach, or make your way around the point at Copacabana to surf-spot Praia do Arpoador. Chairs and umbrellas are available to rent at every major post along the beach. Be sure to stop off and mingle with the locals at one of the simple boardwalk beach bars serving ice-cold beer and fresh coconut juice.  

If you happen to be visiting the first Saturday of the month, take a spin through the Antiquities Fair on Lapa’s Rua do Lavradio (10am–7pm). City-long blocks of vendors sell everything from furniture to little souvenirs and there’s live music and people of all ages dancing in the streets. The sidewalk cafes are brimming with Brazilians sipping caipirinhas, chatting and people watching.

The star attractions in the clouds – Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) and Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) – are not to be missed. Chug up the mountain in a 100-year-old electric rail car through dense jungle to the impressive stone statue of Jesus Christ, which is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the city's most recognizable icon. For more breathtaking views, ride the cable car between the two granite and quartz humps of Sugarloaf Mountain, another recognisable attraction that's been featured in several films, including Moonraker.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Rio de Janeiro and unpacked their Havaianas flip-flops and colourful canga beach wrap, a full account of their urban luxury urban break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Casa Mosquito in Rio de Janeiro…

It’s impossible to overlook the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro: the wide-as-the-world wingspan of Christ the Redeemer, the Dois Irmãos (two brothers) mountains in mid-Waltz and those infamous stretches of sand (and the teeny bikinis spied there). However, the real Rio is found just as much in the small details, too: laid-back corner cafes, the vibrant graffiti splashed across a favela wall and colonial mansions tucked away in the neighbourhoods clinging to the hillside.

Casa Mosquito, a vintage-chic boutique hotel set above Ipanema beach, is one delicious detail that feels like an insider’s-only find. Welcoming French hosts, nine one-of-a-kind rooms and one of the city’s best rooftop perches (just for guests) for a caipirinha and a swim. It will be hard to keep your Instagram-excitement contained, but this might be one secret too good to share...

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Mosquito’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The beautifully restored period property and stunning rooftop terrace with pool overlooking Ipanema. The best upscale restaurants can be found in Leblon, which is around 10-15 minutes walk away from the hotel. A good spot close by however, is Bar Astor right on Ipanema Beach.

Don’t expect

To be in amongst the action as the hotel is a 10 minute walk from the nearest shop or restaurant.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Dec 2016

We loved

Breakfast was lovely and the hotel was beautifully styled. Fantastic location, wonderful views. Close to Ipanema beech and walking or underground distance to everywhere in Rio.

Don’t expect

It lacked the luxuries that you might expect for the price (it was difficult to get new towels, extra coffee for the room never came, and tours were not booked for us )

Rating

Stayed on 28 Apr 2016

We loved

The rooftop pools, the views, the rooms and the hospitality. It was all good!

Rating

Stayed on 5 Jan 2016

We loved

The amazing room, the stunning views and the friendly staff.

Don’t expect

A room service menu. There is however, an in house chef that is willing to cook meals. Upon request you can choose from what is on offer on the day.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Dec 2015

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