Be sure as to why you are staying here. You should stay here for the view - it is beyond comparison. We had a room on the second floor above the pool. We overlooked Sugar Mountain and could see Christ The Redeemer. The view was breathtaking. We negotiated a lower rate by emailing the hotel directly. It is "under renovation" but it appears to have been this way for quite awhile. The vision is there, but the effort to get it done appears to be lacking. Do not stay here for the service ( the receptionist did not speak English, we asked for a card for the hotel to give a taxi driver - they did not have one, I finally used google translate to ask the teenage receptionist for water when we checked in). It is difficult to get to a restaurant if you are not used to walking. We walked almost 2 miles downhill and ate at an OK bar for dinner - thankfully we could find a taxi in the busy square and point uphill until we got back to our hotel. YOU MUST book their driver to pick you up at the airport. I have no clue how a taxi could find this place. We booked this same driver - using google translate - for the afternoon we arrived to drive us around. His name was Juvenal. When he wanted to speak to us he would call his daughter to translate. He took us for a lunch at a small restaurant, drive us to Corcovado - explained the best way to get to the top - take the vans with sign language, waited for us to return and dropped us back at Rio 180. We were gone over 4 hours and he charged $50 USD for the both of us. What service! Also - beware you will have a hard time getting taxi service to pick you up at the hotel. We pre-booked Juvenal to take us the airport and he was waiting for us early. The other guest had that was going to the regional airport had been waiting for over an hour for the taxi they called for him and was risking missing his flight. We told him to ask Juvenal to drop him off on the way to our airport and he agreed. We hope he made his flight! This place is worth a one night stay for the view. Do not use it as a base - use it for the view and travel smart. Book your transport ahead, know what you are getting and enjoy the view!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Rio, in the historic and bohemian town of Santa Teresa, The Villa is an 11-room boutique hotel with a hilltop position and a million dollar view! From the hotels main terrace, guests can take in the sweeping vista over the Guanabara Bay and the green hills of Santa Teresa, while enjoying the view of world famous art deco statue Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. The hotel is only 15 minutes away from the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, the samba clubs of Lapa and the Sambodromo stadium. Described by those in the know as the South American Montmartre and one of Rio's hidden gems, Santa Teresa is packed with local artists, galleries, cafes and some of Rio's best small restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rio 180
- The Villa Rio De Janeiro, Brazil