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The Villa
Ranked #156 of 281 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Beirut, Lebanon
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“charming hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

Santa theresa is a great place to stay, as they say: it's the mont martre of rio.. excellent breakfast, very welcoming staff, and big rooms, not mention the comfortable beds...

we stayed there for 10 days, it was really hard to leave this place...

Room Tip: suites are the best! for a very reasonable price..
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Filippo_Bulgarini, Gerente at The Villa, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review of Rio180° Boutique Hotel.

Your feedback is very important for us,
and is a great satisfaction for the whole staff, and for me.

We hope to have you here again, to enjoy your stay.

Best Regards,

Filippo Bulgarini d'Elci
Operations Manager - Rio180° Boutique Hotel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

Small intimate, off the beaten track, boutique hotels are not for everyone. I found Rio 180 on line. I have stayed in other boutique hotels in the past, some VERY expensive, all like Rio 180, in some of the most beautiful places on earth. I like the intimate personalized feeling you get. Not many rooms, all with a unique name, relaxing, cozy, enchanting, beautiful views, and friendly staff always there to help or give you all the piece and quite you may be looking for. Rio 180 is not at the five start level yet in some of its details but for the price it’s a GREAT FIND. If you are comparing apple to apples and $ to $, it will be a very big challenge to find that unique intimate boutique hotel feeling with stunning views down over Rio and up to the heavens with Christo looking over you. Seriously, this was the best value by far over the three hotels I stayed at during my visit to Rio this February 2013.
I had the opportunity to talk with the owner, who offered to transport me to my next location as there was a shortage of cab access during the Carnival period. I would be very confident that this worldly gentleman, focused on the guest experience and on continuous improvement, will get Rio 180 to the five star level. In the meantime, enjoy a great experience with iconic views at a very affordable price.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Filippo_Bulgarini, Gerente at The Villa, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review of Rio180° Boutique Hotel.

Your feedback is very important for us,
and is a great satisfaction for the whole staff, and for me.

We hope to have you here again, to enjoy your stay.

Best Regards,

Filippo Bulgarini d'Elci
Operations Manager - Rio180° Boutique Hotel
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

keep this location a secret, it is one for the "in crowd" only. Brazil's only true Boutique hotel in the strictest sense. European management, English speaking and extremely helpful staff, great food, better views, close to everything. wonderful simply wonderful.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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Filippo_Bulgarini, Gerente at The Villa, responded to this review, 21 February 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review of Rio180° Boutique Hotel.

Your feedback is very important for us,
and is a great satisfaction for the whole staff, and for me.

We hope to have you here again, to enjoy your stay.

Best Regards,

Filippo Bulgarini d'Elci
Operations Manager - Rio180° Boutique Hotel
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Mijas, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

Dont listen to bad reviews, they are out of date anyway, the staff are friendly, the new owner, Jean, speaks perfect english and can't do enough to help. When one of us was not very well he offered to get medicines from the pharmacy or anything we needed. The views haven't changed, they are still breathtaking with Sugar Loaf mountain as the backdrop to the pool and breakfast area and Corcovado to one side. I'm not sure why previous guests mention remoteness, to get down to the metro and bars and restaurants just stand outside the hotel, every few minutes along comes a minibus which takes you down for RS2.75. Taxis also pass by frequently. To get back just go to the church end of the square near Largo de Machado metro and look for a minibus with "Silvestre" in the windscreen, they run every 15 mins or so depending on demand. If you need anything or want information just ask the hotel staff, they know the area and have plenty of advice. Enquire about airport pick-up and drop-off when you book, if they can the hotel will probably do it for you., they are that helpful. I haven't added any photos because the hotels entry shows it all.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Filippo_Bulgarini, Gerente at The Villa, responded to this review, 11 February 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review of Rio180° Boutique Hotel.

Your feedback is very important for us,
and is a great satisfaction for the whole staff, and for me.

We hope to have you here again, to enjoy your stay.

Best Regards,

Filippo Bulgarini d'Elci
Operations Manager - Rio180° Boutique Hotel
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2012

Well, the view is great and the rooms are also excellent. Pool is cool. However, you are well outside the city and also outside Santa Teresa, so you definitely need a taxi (which from the beach or center can take some time depending on the traffic). Breakfast is rather poor. English is spoken (depending on who is at the reception).

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

I definitely have mixed feelings about this place. First, the location is quite stunning. The hotel is located in the hills of Santa Teresa, which means every room of the hotel has an incredible view - but really, really breathtaking - of the bay, the statute of Christ and more. You can tell that the place once upon the time has been beautiful. The design is careful and exotic and has a potential to be a truly boutique hotel. However, the place hasn't been kept up or renovated for a very long time so in practice it is really a mess. First, the website is very misleading - the hotel is really not as nice as the pictures and words on the website. There is no restaurant and no food wahtsoever except the breakfast, which is offered on a roof terrace with an unbelievable view. Our room was large but it hasn't been painted for ages and as much as it had a design potential at the closer look looked cheap. The room smelled, sheets were damp, Jacuzzi did not work, hot water almost never worked. Each time we had to call a front desk before we wanted to take the shower for them to fix it, which was very annoying. There was a very nice pool on a terrace with an awesome view so we have enjoyed that very much, but there were no umbrellas for instance, which was annoying. In conclusion this could be a truly amazing place but it just isn't because it requires still a lot of work to get it to a decent level.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Barcelona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

Recently came back from a short work holiday down in the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro.I was attending in behalf of my company the international congress of Latin American travel agencies. Since we book so late I had no choice but to stay in Rio 180 hotel which is located in the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa. I was a little bit afraid ( to be honest ) as i didn't know what to expect seeing so many bad reviews. I got to say that I was pleasantly surprise by the place. They even gave me an upgrade to the best room "Carnaval " which has a balcony were you see the Christ, just perfect for a romantic dinner. The breakfast is amazing as you get to eat outside their restaurant terrance which overlooks the bay. The view is just absolutely stunning to say the least. The staff was always friendly and spoke perfect English. Near by the hotel you can enjoy food from all over Brazil in the cool district of largo de guimaraes consider the cultural heart of Rio. If you are looking for a quite, intimate and relaxing experience i got to say you have to give Rio 180 hotel a chance. Great getaway for couples.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled on business
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Property: The Villa
Address: Rua Doutor Julio Otoni 254, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-400, Brazil (Formerly Rio 180º Suites & Cuisine)
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#58 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Villa 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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