Casa Beleza is fantastic.
We chose the bungalow as the last spot on our 12 days through Brazil and had a great time.
On our first evening we walked down to Bar Du Gomez and quickly felt a bit like locals thanks to the kind welcome and good conversation of the friendly, mixed crowd found spilling into the street. Afterwards we took Antoine's advice on a good spot in nearby Lapa - and had an awesome time with the beautiful, samba loving, smiling, dancing Cariocas which took us into the wee hours.
We spent two of our three days out via taxi to Impanema, Sugarloaf, etc. - which was easy and reasonably quick and affordable (15/20 minutes and $15/20 USD). The last day we relaxed around Santa Teresa - and while we enjoyed it I'd advise the same to others; you can see the main spots in ST in a half day, though you could enjoy places like Bar Du Gomez or Bar du Mineiro (good Feijoada) endlessly.
The bungalow is an exceptional room and a great value in Rio. The terrace with the room is a real treat - and you'll find yourself among the tropical foliage with incredible toucans, parakeets, and monkeys, and amazing views.
Antoine and Bindu are great hosts - they're very knowledgeable and I expect their good advice could have filled many more days with great adventures. We highly recommend Casa Beleza (and in particular the bungalow room) as a way to see a different side of Rio still in easy access to to the Zona Sul. Contrary to others experiences we read about before our trip, we had no difficulty in finding taxis too/from this location - though you will need to use Bar du Gomez as a reference point and steer the driver from there (1 turn up the hill) for drivers taking you up to ST from the beach areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our B&B is in an exotic mansion in the heart of Santa Teresa, Rio's historic and cultural district. Guests have to share the tropical gardens with the 3 turtles, butterflies and small monkeys! We are close to all the city's main attractions and the district of Lapa with Rio's best music and nightlife. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Beleza Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Casa Beleza Rio De Janeiro, Brazil