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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Guesthouse Bianca Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Guesthouse Bianca Rio De Janeiro, Brazil