We recently got back from Brazil, and it was the best trip of our lives - and Casa Beleza played a huge part in that.
While it was the best trip ever, the flight there was the worst. We were delayed for two days, and missed our first night at Casa Beleza. Bindu was so helpful and understanding to our perdicement. She scheduled, rescheduled, and re-rescheduled our transportation from the airport - and even got money back from the cab driver when she realized we overpaid.
After finally arriving in Rio around midnight, we were welcomed by Bob the dog, and Antoine - who stayed up awaiting our arrival. He had our bags brought to our room, and brought us two (much needed) ice cold beers.
The room was beautifully decorated - modern, yet charming - tile, hard wood, exposed beams - lots of character. The bathroom was spotless, and had modern fixtures - with plenty of fresh towels for the bath and pool. The room had an air conditioner as well as huge dark wood french windows overlooking Santa Teresa.
The neighborhood is amazing - historic, yet real... in a way no ancient city in Europe is. Winding shady streets with archaic old mansions cut out of the jungle. It's a thriving community with people from all walks of life working, living and drinking together. There's music and art and delicious food everywhere. Do visit Bar do Gomes and Restaurante Marco (order the Feijoada). And take a ride on the Bondinho.
Bindu was extremely helpful with helping us plan our daily treks across Rio. She also helped us relax, after a day of sightseeing, by serving us the perfect caipirinha in the setting. The pool and gardens at the pousada are straight out of a fairytail, complete with wild spider monkeys turtles in heat.
Writing this is making me sad. I wish we never left.
- 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