Castelinho38 is a divinely appointed guest house in the safe, beautiful and lively neighborhood of Santa Teresa, in Rio. I stayed there as a solo female traveler and felt very confident walking from the Castelinho at night to all of the great nightspots along the neighbourhood's main artery, where you can hear wonderful live and informal samba, chorinho, and bossanova sessions. The owners and staff at Castelinho will take excellent care of you and see to your every need. There, you can grab a beer from the honour bar, sit back in a hammock, listen to the groovy sounds they have playing, and behold the gloriousness of Guanabara Bay, the intoxicating scents of all the surrounding flora, and the pleasant (and never overly loud) pulsating sounds of the best city on Earth!
My partner and I chose this hotel because of its location in Santa Teresa, the bohemian neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. It's a lovely property with clean and well sized rooms, beautiful public spaces inside and out and a breathtaking view from our room and from the pool. The owners were happy to suggest places to eat and enjoy the Brazilian night life and gave us all the advice we needed for exploring the city. Highly recommended!!
In March, we rented a fab house in Santa Teresa for my cousin's wedding. There were nine of us and it was awesome as there are verandas, gardens, hammocks, pool and lots of spaces to chill out in, so you're not cramped up in a hotel room like in Copacabana. We even hung out there a couple of nights, trying to make 'capirinhas' from starfruit that fell from the trees in the garden and having a midnight swim in the pool. Another highlight was a restaurant nearby called Aprazivel where we ate up in a treehouse! Santa Teresa is an awesome place to stay regardless - you´re close to the beach but don't feel like just another tourist.
This hotel is just across the road from Copacabana beach near the Old Fort (worth a look). We were there in April 2006 and the hotel cost USD $60 a night B&B for the two of us. We had a sea view, very nice room with a large double bed, TV and mini bar and en-suite bathroom. The room was excellent, the staff really friendly and the buffet breakfast was superb. A real gem of a place and very reasonable.
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