Mama Ruisa Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Elegant 19th century boutique guesthouse in a prime location above the Lapa district and overlooking Guanabara bay. Simple, but beautifully decorated rooms in white with splashes of delicate colours and balconies with stunning views. A really charming spot. ”

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“Just uphill from the Lapa district with its colourful nightlife, and overlooking Guanabara bay, sits Mama Ruisa, a splendid mansion, once a 19-century colonial aristocrat’s home. This newly opened boutique guesthouse in Santa Teresa has an exotic, Brazilian feel with modern French touches courtesy of charming owner Jean-Michel Ruis. With elegant wrought iron verandahs, tall wooden shutters and scattered memorabilia you may feel like you’re in a scene from Flying down to Rio while you breakfast against a backdrop of the Sugar Loaf mountain. The rooms are spacious, with mod cons and crisp French fabrics and there’s an outdoor pool and relaxing walled garden. Massage, manicure and pedicure are also on offer. It’s a 15-minute taxi ride to the famous beaches and an ideal base from which to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue.”

Written by  Alexander Duncan

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Mama Ruisa

"High ceilings, leafy balconies and enormous bathrooms combine to deliver an original hotel in the heart of Santa Teresa, where the rhythm of samba always drifts in the air."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

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Facilities

Cots available
Internet
Walking distance restaurants
Airport transfer
Bar
Family Suites
Shops
Massage
No restaurant
Breakfast included, lunch and dinner by arrangement.
Not suitable for disabled guests
No pets
Parking
Parking on site BRL 25 per day
Towelling robes
Air conditioning
Swimming Pool
Outdoor Pool.
Garden
Child friendly
Babysitting on request.
Sitting Room
Room service
Concierge
Satellite / Cable TV
Wifi
Free wifi

Activities

Museums
The nearby Chácara do Céu museum holds a small but good contemporary art collection.
Hotel Entertainment
Spend a day relaxing in the lovely garden, by the pool or being massaged in your room.
Sights nearby
Visit the Christ the Redeemer for epic city views.
Close to nightlife
Close to Lapa famed for its live samba music, wander down the streets and take your pick from the range of trendy bars.
Great walks
Explore the colourful cobbled streets of Santa Teresa with its authentic Brazilian restaurants and vibrant atmosphere.

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7 rooms from $187 per night

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Recommended for

City Style
A french chic hotel with light airy suites and fantastic views, set in a bohemian part of town close to Rio's hip nightlife.
Families
The laidbacked host and quiet setting makes this a great hideaway for families, with a pool and plenty of room to run around.

Activities

Hotel Entertainment
Spend a day relaxing in the lovely garden, by the pool or being massaged in your room.
Great walks
Explore the colourful cobbled streets of Santa Teresa with its authentic Brazilian restaurants and vibrant atmosphere.
Sights nearby
Visit the Christ the Redeemer for epic city views.
Close to nightlife
Close to Lapa famed for its live samba music, wander down the streets and take your pick from the range of trendy bars.
Museums
The nearby Chácara do Céu museum holds a small but good contemporary art collection.

Other highlights

Quiet
Family Suites
No restaurant
Breakfast included, lunch and dinner by arrangement.
Views
B+B
Boutique
Chic
Child friendly
Babysitting on request.
Intimate
Free wifi

Hotel size

7 rooms
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