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“Short sojourn..super place!”
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Guesthouse Bianca
Ranked #20 of 334 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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38 reviews
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“Short sojourn..super place!”
Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

I chose to stay my last nite in Rio in the St. Teresa neighborhood, as an alternative to the beach. Glad I did. A great ending to my 2 week trip.
The house and gardens are lovely and well maintained. All previous posts marveling at Guido's hospitality are absolutely true. Over breakfast he served his guests and filled us with information. Discovering my plan for the day or really lack of one. He pulled out maps and pointed out the not to miss sites. Guests were coming and going and he managed to attend to all personally. A nice touch was the soft music always on light jazz or soft Brazilian. When returning could always hear it from the street. An inviting way to know you're "home"
I stayed in the Mango room. Not quite what I had imagined. Rather utilitarian. But just look at the window wall with shutter views of the street and stain glass upper windows. Don't think much can be done, needs of guests require all the furniture. Also, thought there might be a minibar, like hotels. Small fridge in hall..empty. To have that lovely terrace and gardens and not be able to sit and enjoy with wine or beer, just doesn't seem right. Maybe I missed the local liquor store.
My complaints are small compared to Guido's big welcome. Highly recommend.

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Stayed for a couple of nights with Guido recently. The guesthouse is a beautiful colonial house which is set high on a hill with an amazing view of the Sugarloaf. It felt like a haven of calm. Decent restaurants were a 10 minute stroll away. Breakfasts were delicious. The room was spotless, although the rather old plumbing meant the shower was a bit weak. The main attraction was Guido himself - a really kind, considerate and helpful host who went out of his way to help us. Thanks!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

My friend and I stayed at Guesthouse Bianca in Oct 2013 and we would recommend it to everyone that wants a comfortable, clean and happy stay in a delightful guesthouse. Along with Guido the host, there are 2 dogs and a lovely cat. The house is tranquil, secure and has character - it's way more fun than a standard hotel.

Santa Teresa is quite a bohemian neighbourhood - a stone's throw and one seriously steep hill away from the Selaron Staircase, Lapa and several bars.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Above the city, a stroll up cobble streets from Gloria metro station, you find Bianca's Guesthouse. Guido, it's host, will welcome you warmly in a colonial setting amidst marble floors and antique furniture surrounded by a picturesque garden. Enjoy the mornings with a sumptuous breakfast and let the day end with a glass of wine on the veranda of the house. Guido will answer every question that you might have and will try to make your stay the most comfortable. Enjoy Brazilian cuisine close to the guest house in Santa Teresa. Don't miss the tiled stairs when wandering down to Centro exploring the busy city center with its remnants of the city's past.

Room Tip: Enjoyed the sugar loaf room with its deck overlooking the city.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

A room with a beautiful view, a hammock, peace and quiet and a great breakfast is what made Bianca a place I would recommend above any other hotel in Rio.
Guido has a calmness about him that puts one right at ease and Santa Teresa is a suburb I could easily move to.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We visited Guesthouse Bianca as part of our honeymoon trip to Brazil over 3 weeks. We loved staying here and did so on two separate occasions during the three weeks. The house is amazing and Guido is brilliant, relaxed and helpful. We felt we were at home staying with a friend and I would wholeheartedly recommend staying here!

A must stay in Rio. The area is great lots of bars restaurants and beautiful views. We never once fell under any sort of threat. One big plus were the other guests, very nice chats at breakfast! PS breakfast is excellant!

I will be recommending a stay here to people for a very long time!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Rio was my first stop on a 3 month round the world trip and I could not have asked for a better place to start at than Guesthouse Bianca. I spent 5 nights here and Guido could not have been more welcoming or accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. The highlight for me was the great breakfast sitting out on the verandah of this grand property. The room was comfortable and spacious with a lovely view to Sugarloaf Mountain and was quickly made up each day.
Guido proved to be an interesting and relaxed host whose knowledge of Rio made my stay much more enjoyable. He runs a great business and I will happily spread the word.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Guesthouse Bianca
Address: 35 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 334 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guesthouse Bianca is one of the only places in all of Rio de Janeiro from which you can enjoy a true bohemian neighborhood, the chic beaches of the south, the bustling city center, the infamous viewpoints, and the non stop nightlife - all from the luxury of a private home surrounded by a tropical garden. The newly renovated home was built in 1932 and is located on a quiet residential street in the heart of Santa Teresa, considered by many to be the most charming cultural and historical neighborhood in all of Rio. Guests are only a 5 minute walk to countless restaurants, bars, shops, bus and tram stops, and just a 10 minute walk to Rio's ever expanding metro system. The three rooms are exquisitely appointed and furnished, two of which boast stunning views of the Bay of Guanabara and Sugar Loaf. The private guest entrance is through the lush garden, where you can find mango, coconut and goiaba trees, bromeliads, orchids, not to mention countless tropical birds and the occasional monkey. All of the rooms have elegant private bathrooms, inlaid hardwood floors, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and free wireless Internet. On the ground floor, guests have their own dining room and a self-catering kitchenette where they are welcome to prepare light meals and drinks. Guesthouse Bianca's gracious host, Guido, is a native Cariocan and has lived in Rio all his life. He speaks English, French and Italian and is always available to give tips on Rio, or join guests for a homemade piece of cake or a cachaca on the terrace. ... more   less 
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