Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hotel Santa Teresa

Rates from (ex tax)$211.08

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 (BRL762.30), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Tropical design den

Setting

Bohemian borough

A former coffee plantation in Rio’s bohemian artist outpost, Hotel Santa Teresa is a luxury retreat that easily entices those-in-the-know to its perch high above the boisterous beach scene below. And the spacious, art-accented suites, destination restaurant, and sexy pool make it hard to tear yourself away from your slice of Tropicana in the treetops. 

Smith Extra

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A bottle of sparkling wine for stays of one to three nights, or a bottle of Champagne for stays of four nights or more

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

43, all suites.

Check–Out

12noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $210.19 (BRL660), excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.

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 (BRL762.30), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates are room only.

Also

Be sure to book an appointment at La Spa and surrender to a shea butter candle massage or energizing Açaí treatment.

At the hotel

Tropical gardens, pool, spa, concierge, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, free bottled water, Havaianas flip flops, and Vrai bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Maximise the panoramic views from your elevated Santa Teresa locale in any of the first floor suites. For unabashed, all-out decadent luxe, the sprawling Loft Suite with its wrap-around porch and views on par with famed tourist attractions is worth the splurge.

Poolside

Consider yourself warned: slide into one of the oversized sun beds framing the unheated outdoor pool trimmed with tropical flora and you might not make it to all the places on your to-see list. Especially following a few rounds from the Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar.

Packing tips

Forget the flip-flops; you’ll find a pair of Havaianas – the signature footwear of laid-back Brazilians – in your room.

Also

Smoking is only allowed in designated outdoor areas.

Pet‐friendly

Small dogs are welcome to stay with you for no extra charge. See more pet-friendly hotels in Rio de Janeiro.

Children

Welcome. Extra beds and cots are free and can be added to all rooms. Babysitting is available for US$18 an hour and must be arranged six hours in advance.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Request one of the handful of tables set at the terrace edge so you can gaze out over the gently rolling hills and romantic city lights twinkling below.

Dress Code

The restaurant attracts a well-heeled and well-travelled set of locals and tourists alike, so dress the cosmopolitan part.

Hotel restaurant

Electric-green fronds and pre-historic palms wave in the breeze just beyond the wall of windows at Térèze, giving the impressing that you’ve been whisked away to a secret treehouse. French-trained head chef Phillipe Moulin is no stranger to Michelin-starred kitchens, and deftly blends his experience with classic French cuisine and local Brazilian specialties to turn out innovative global dishes. There is also a wine cellar with over 200 selections to pair with your grilled tenderloin with a Brazilian pepper sauce or local corn-fed crispy piglet.  

Hotel bar

During the day, sink to one of the relaxed poolside booths in the shade of the black and white-striped awning and order a champagne cocktail from the Veuve Clicquot bar. After a day spent poolside or out around town, the best spot to watch the sun dip below the canopy of trees is from a cosy love seat in the sultry, red-hued Bar Dos Descadados, with a caipirinha in hand, of course.  

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am, lunch is available from 12:30pm to 3pm and dinner is served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Room service

Room service is available round-the-clock with a menu of salads – goat cheese or hearty lobster – and sandwiches – like a grilled chicken club on rustic bread.

Location

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Address
Hotel Santa Teresa
Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 660
20241260
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Planes

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

Automobiles

Valet parking is free at the hotel, however, driving around Rio de Janeiro can be more hassle than it’s worth. The surrounding neighbourhood is best explored on foot and the city centre can be reached via taxi or bus.

Worth getting out of bed for

Hotel Santa Teresa is perfectly placed for dropping by the galleries and small cafes in the heart of this bohemian hub. Stroll the grounds and the art-packed floors of the Museu Chácara do Céu. This former private home-turned museum has three floorsoverflowing with Brazilian, Asian and European art. Afterwards, stroll through Ruins Park next door and climb up the shell of a once-opulent mansion for panoramic views of the city and some lovely photo ops.

If you happen to be visiting the first Saturday of the month, take a spin through the Antiquities Fair on Lap’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 Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) are not to be missed. Chug up the mountain in a 100-year-old electric rail car through dense jungle to the impressvie 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 recognizable attraction that's been featured in several films, including Moonraker.

 

Local restaurants

Join the locals at Bar do Mineiro (R. Paschoal Carlos Magno 99) for lunch or a casual dinner. Settle in at this lively insider spot for a comforting bowl of feijoada, a traditional Brazilian stew of beans, smoked pork, rice and greens and pastelzinho de feijão, bean empanadas. Set up a flight of stairs beneath a canopy of trees, Rustico (R. Paschoal Carlos Magno, 121) is a mellow, open-air café where you can seek shade and an ice-cold chopp de garrafa beer, wood-fired pizza or creative salad of leafy greens, brie and grilled pineapple. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

It was late and dark as we navigated the cobbled streets of Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Teresa neighbourhood in search of our hotel. Exuberantly large tropical leaves reflected against the walls surrounding once-grand mansions, and the train tracks of the now-defunct bonde (tram) shone beneath the dim streetlights. We passed a few men sipping Bhrama beers outside a cafe and children playing soccer in the street.  

Our unintended – yet pleasant – tour of this mellow enclave ended when we turned down a narrow street and discovered a little metallic sign… oh, and a daunting number of stairs leading up to Hotel Santa Teresa. 

Climbing the first flight, we were greeted by a pair of large carved wood donkeys that marked the entrance to Térèze, the hotel’s well-known restaurant. Cariocas (locals) were waiting on line to sip caipirinhas and samba the night away at Bar Dos Descasados, one of Rio’s coolest drinks den and truly one of the best places on earth to post up for a romantic sunset.

A few more steps up and we reached the lobby in the large hacienda. This inviting room was lit with glowing lanterns that revealed high ceilings and exposed stone and brick walls adorned with the most incredible collection of hand-carved wood donkeys, crocodiles and armadillos, traditionally made in Minas Gerais. 

Once inside our Deluxe Room, we were immediately drawn to the terrace where we spied the city twinkling in the distance to the right, and a favela (where many of the staff live) to our left. We kicked off our shoes and slid right into the white Havaianas waiting for us which, we noticed, matched perfectly with the room’s decor. Shades of coconut and white dominate this serene and stylish room, and we could hardly wait to fall into the four-poster canopy bed piled high with plump pillows.

Built on a converted coffee plantation, the hotel’s style is classic Rio – a nod to the past with modern accents and a refined, handmade flair. Geometric tiles and bricks salvaged from the original buildings make an appearance throughout, recycled tin basins have been fashioned into lamps and reclaimed wood beams add texture. Theatrical splashes of crimson and dimmed lighting add a sense of contemporary drama, too.

In the same spirit of the West Village in New York City or Montmartre in Paris, Santa Teresa is a relaxed bohemian neighbourhood, and the hotel is a perfect spot for experiencing the laid-back hacienda lifestyle. The hotel’s footprint is small, but the pool, restaurant and bar feel entirely separate from one another, giving the sense that you could be here for days without ever feeling the need to venture elsewhere. On Sunday afternoon we discovered that the city-gazing swimming pool and Jacuzzi is the place where cariocas meet over a glass of champagne (at the Veuve Clicquot bar) to compare their suntans.

 A break from the mesmerizing splash of blue is worth it only for a visit Le Spa, a few steps from the tile-trimmed pool. I slipped away for Le Spa’s signature massage, which combined therapuetic techniques – shiatsu, Swedish, and all sorts of stretching – with soothing tropical-based oils and potions.

Another reason to never leave the hotel is because Térèze is simply one of the best restaurants in Rio.  Head chef Phillipe Moulin blends his knowledge of French cuisine with the indigenous flavours and spices of Brazil, and plots the day’s menu based on what he finds in the markets and his mood.

Well, chef Moulin must have been having a fantastic day, because we experienced one of the best meals I’ve had in recent memory. His opening act was a fresh buffalo burrata salad with black olive tapenade and asparagus chips, followed by a cold fish risotto topped and vegetarian gnocchi with pesto and cashew nuts.

We knew to save room for the dessert which is made in house everyday. Choosing wisely, we ordered cupuacu fruit ice cream paired with melting chocolate cake, and we had to try the half-bitter chocolate mousse glazed with passion fruit and cashew nougatine.

So happy were we up in our hilltop hacienda, that we never stepped foot down those stairs nor off the tropical grounds until we absolutely had to go. It was a very reluctant tchau that we bid our neo-colonial home-from-home beneath the ancient swaying palms, but not to worry, we left with a carved armadillo to keep us company until our next trip to Hotel Santa Teresa.

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 Hotel Santa Teresa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything! This is a serious great hotel. Big, clean, comfortable rooms. Fantastic pool at the perfect temp. Lovely and helpful staff. Wonderful locations and good food and drinks. We ate at a nearby restaurant called Aprazivel which was really good.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk into central Rio - especially when it's hot. But it's a great area within itself and it's very easy to catch the tram or a cab to Copa/Ipanema etc.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jan 2017

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