Hotel Santa Teresa Rio MGallery by Sofitel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At a Glance

  • One of Rio's most stunning boutique hotels with bags of character and beautiful decor

  • Lovely outdoor pool and gardens with views out across Rio's rooftops towards Guanabara Bay

  • Located in the up and coming Portuguese colonial heart of the city, an interesting area to stroll around and explore the historic charms

  • Really funky bar and enjoy innovative Brazilian cuisine at the Tereze

  • Plenty of authentic restaurants within easy reach such as the open air Aprazivel, which has lovely views over the city

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Rio de Janeiro is a year round destination. Spring (September - October) is one of the nicest times to visit Rio, before the humidity sets in. Rio's forests and gardens are lush and beautiful to see at this time. Summer vacation begins in mid-December and lasts until February. During this time the beaches are packed with Cariocas working on their tans. This can also be the rainiest time of year in Rio. The heavy heat starts around October and will reach 40 degrees Celsius on a sunny day. Winter vacation happens in July and, although the days can stay hot, the evenings in Rio get relatively chilly dropping to 15 degrees Celsius. The winds and dampness can make this feel colder. Summers are best for diving while the winter months (June - August) are the best for surfers. Carnaval is held every year, 7 weeks before Easter Sunday. During this period, and often the weeks leading up to it, Rio is at its liveliest. It is also a time when prices skyrocket and crowds can become unbearable.

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Insider's View

The views are worth the price alone. Just stroll through the beautiful gardens filled with gnarled trees, monkeys and hummingbirds, to have Rio at your feet.

We really recommend trying the 'Santa Teresa Eggs' at Térèze Restaurant in the hotel at breakfast. The sauce is made from local Brazilian coffee and the dish is absolutely delicious.

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Santa Teresa Rio MGallery by Sofitel or take a look at our itineraries to Rio de Janeiro

Description

Hotel Santa Teresa Rio MGallery by Sofitel is a gorgeous boutique hotel with picturesque views over Rio's most up and coming quarter. Beautiful, individual rooms are complemented by a lovely outdoor pool and one of the best restaurants in the city.

Hotel Santa Teresa Rio, an old colonial fazenda located right in the heart of historic Santa Teresa district, is a member of the new MGallery brand by Sofitel and is wonderful addition to the hotel scene in Rio. Occupying a listed nineteenth-century mansion perched high over Guanabara Bay, the Santa Teresa evokes a by-gone Brazil from the golden age of coffee and cocoa plantations.

The rooms and suites at Hotel Santa Teresa Rio are spacious, individually decorated and showcase the various regions of Brazil in their décor, from tropical linens to Portuguese ceramic tiles, and indigenous arts and crafts. Most rooms have balconies with views to die for over Guanabara Bay, the Organ Mountains or Corcovado, and there are tranquil gardens where hummingbirds, toucans and monkeys feast on the fruits and flowers.

A delightful pool area with sun-loungers is the perfect spot to relax and there is also a first class spa featuring Ofuro baths, Hammam saunas and beauty treatments using the eco-Amazonian brand Natura. The gourmet restaurant, run by French chef Damien Montecer, offers a fusion of cuisines from around the world and has become renowned across Rio. Nearby are wonderfully eclectic restaurants, bars and ateliers where you will gain an insight into the bohemian Rio.

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Accommodation

Hotel Santa Teresa Rio MGallery by Sofitel boasts 44 exquisite guest rooms and suites of between 30-120m2. There is a distinct tropical theme throughout which is complimented by the artwork of Brazilian interior designers to give a luxurious and chic feel. Many of the rooms have stunning views of the city and Guanabara Bay.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Hotel Santa Teresa Rio. Babysitting can be arranged on request and a special children's menu is available in the restaurant. Some connecting rooms are available.

Facilities

Hotel Santa Teresa Rio has an outdoor swimming pool with loungers, set amongst lovely gardens. Other facilities include a bar, a fabulous restaurant, a spa and Jacuzzi.

Tereze restaurant, which overlooks the treetops and colonial houses, serves delicious regional dishes which can be complimented by a choice of 200 wines.

Activities

The Hotel Santa Teresa is a great base for exploring the wonderful city of Rio, one of the highlights of any trip to Brazil. A variety of excursions can be arranged, to the famous Corcovado monument, Sugar Loaf, the Tijuca forest and the bohemian quarter of Santa Teresa.

Reviews

4

Jenny Culverwell (Staff)

I love the unique character of the hotel, it is steeped in history. The floors are made of reclaimed wood, the rugs from coconut and the tiles lining the archways in the Bar dos Descasados are Portuguese framing original brickwork which dates back to when the bar represented the property's slave quarters. Although the Bar dos Descasados can look a little tired in the daytime, at night it comes alive with little twinkling lights and candles creating a warm and romantic atmosphere. The views from the entrance to the bar and the swimming pool are jaw-dropping and the sunsets are well worth observing.

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(Press)

Along a sequence of streets leading up to the historic hillside town of Santa Teresa, a series of gritty neighborhoods are crossed before coming to this hillside sanctuary that in recent years has become one of the hottest barrios in Rio. Inspired by the colonial estates that harvested coffee and cocoa, this former plantation with its white stucco facade and terracotta roof has been reconceived with a dazzling interior of reclaimed wood floors and two story atrium staircase alongside period stone walls illuminated in candlelit lanterns.

While walking to the beach won’t be an option, a grassy resort area overlooks the city of Rio with rectangular black-bottom pool surrounded in teak cabanas and staff oozing South American sex appeal in between rounds of caipirinhas and mojitos. In between laps, an in-house spa soothes with hammam, sauna and series of baths. In-house gourmet eatery Tereze, led by a former-Gordon Ramsey and Alain Ducasse chef, is located in an adjacent space in a hand painted Matisse-inspired dining room with solid-wood club chairs and indoor-outdoor architecture that’s one of Rio’s great hotel eateries.

Along a sequence of streets leading up to the historic hillside town of Santa Teresa, a series of gritty neighborhoods are crossed before coming to this hillside sanctuary that in recent years has become one of the hottest barrios in Rio. Inspired by the colonial estates that harvested coffee and cocoa, this former plantation with its white stucco facade and terracotta roof has been reconceived with a dazzling interior of reclaimed wood floors and two story atrium staircase alongside period stone walls illuminated in candlelit lanterns.

While walking to the beach won’t be an option, a grassy resort area overlooks the city of Rio with rectangular black-bottom pool surrounded in teak cabanas and staff oozing South American sex appeal in between rounds of caipirinhas and mojitos. In between laps, an in-house spa soothes with hammam, sauna and series of baths. In-house gourmet eatery Tereze, led by a former-Gordon Ramsey and Alain Ducasse chef, is located in an adjacent space in a hand painted Matisse-inspired dining room with solid-wood club chairs and indoor-outdoor architecture that’s one of Rio’s great hotel eateries.

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(Press)

Creeper-covered mansions, verdant gardens and unparalleled views of the city draw local artists and svelte Europeans to quaint Santa Teresa, Rio's bohemian-chic hilltop 'village'. Three years ago, French-born Francois Delort bought a near-derelict colonial mansion here and has now transformed it into one of Rio's most elegant hotels. A magisterial lobby of pink-washed stone, full of Brazilian art, leads to 44 ample rooms, each artfully decorated with a sparse, masculine hand that favours tropical woods, silk drapes and shutters. Chef Damien Montecer brings a Gallic touch to African, Asian and Mediterranean recipes in the rustic, candlelit restaurant. The colonnaded bar is lit by Marrakech-style lamps that glow faintly in the steamy Rio night; patrons sip on Caipirinhas, listening to the beat of 1970s Brazilian film music. Guests can observe the colorful street life through the rustic screens that shade the spa, or gaze from the 25-meter pool towards the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado.

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Mark Beken (Staff)

High up in the hills of cobbled, bohemian Santa Teresa, this eponymous hotel is a haven of charm and tranquility. I adored the astonishing views that sweep down over Guanabara Bay, and the feel of a rather funky plantation house. For a real wow, consider splurging on the Loft Suite, possibly the loveliest room in Rio with its gantry feel, stupendous views, a bathroom to die for, beautiful objets d'art, and a telescope for gazing at the night skies. The restaurant has become a much sought-after destination, and although this is emphatically not a place to experience Rio's beach life, the cultural scene is very much alive in Santa Teresa and if you want to experience some very cool Brazilian ensembles jamming in an atmospheric bar, or shop for interesting art pieces and antiques, then a stay here is amply rewarding.

Experiences

  • Cook with a local in Rio

    Uncover the secrets to Brazil's diverse and distinctive cuisine in this hands-on cookery class, learning how to prepare the perfect caipirinha, along with various other typical Brazilian dishes. Finish with an all important tasting session.

  • Hiking Sugar Loaf Mountain

    Take in one of Rio's most iconic sights from an alternative perspective, enjoying a challenging hike with some climbing thrown in, up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. No experience necessary; your experienced guide will assist you with the climbing.

  • Rio Art Galleries and Shopping

    The art scene in Rio de Janeiro is bursting at the seams, discover why this city has been labelled Brazil's cultural capital. Explore famous art galleries followed by some world class shopping!

  • Rio by Bike

    Experience the fabulous city of Rio de Janeiro in a unique and exciting way with your very own private guide – on a bicycle! Make plenty of stops along the way and pass many of the city's key landmarks, traveling alongside those iconic beaches.

  • Rio Carnival

    Experience the biggest party of the year at Rio de Janeiro's infamous Carnival, a weekend of Samba beats, energetic dancing and dazzling costumes. Samba schools spend all year preparing for the main event so this really is a remarkable spectacle.

  • Rio southern beaches and SUP

    Rio is famous for its spectacular beaches so why not stray further afield to the quieter, southern part of the city where you can explore some of the more secluded spots, a popular choice amongst the local surfing community.

  • Yoga at the Botanical Gardens

    For the ultimate way to relax your body and mind, enjoy a yoga class in the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, the perfect backdrop for some soothing stretching and a lovely place to escape the hustle and bustle of Copacabana Beach.

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Location & directions

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Located on rue Almirante Alexandrino in the Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro. Hotel Santa Teresa is close to the business district and a short drive from Sugarloaf mountain, Tijuca Forest, and Ipanema beach, the location has the rare skill of serving work and pleasure trips.

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