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Casa Beleza
Ranked #2 of 330 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
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Portland, ME
1 review
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“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2009

I can't imagine a better place to stay in Rio. The house and rooms are even more beautiful than pictured, and the location in the heart of the Santa Teresa is ideal. Owners Bindu and Antoine are helpful and gracious hosts, offering great suggestions for both daytime and nighttime activities. We were there for a week, and each day started with an amazing poolside breakfast that varied from day to day, and included tropical fruits, fresh breads, granola. Upon returning each night, we'd swim beneath the stars.

Caza Beleza is in the heart of Santa Teresa, offering easy access to great restaurants and scenic walks, and you can easily access public transportation to other areas of Rio, or Bindu will gladly arrange for a taxi.

If you have a dream of an idyllic, romantic stay in Rio, Casa Beleza is where it comes true.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2009

A wonderful place to stay while in Rio. Great location in the Santa Teresa and Lapa district. The owners were friendly and always gave great advice on local hot spots to check out, as well as making a killer caipirinha! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone coming to Rio!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2009

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.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Grafista
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2009

We stayed at Casa Beleza for 5 days during the carnival. We had a FANTASTIC time! Would not hesitate to recommend it.
The place was great - large, clean, modern room in a beutiful building/location up in the hills. What really made it stand out over the other places we had stayed whilst in Brazil was the hospitatlity of Bindu and Antoine. They could not have done more to ensure we got the most out of our time in rio - helping us navigate our way around, sorting out taxis, and recommending restuarants. We were especially grateful for all the advice and info they gave us to help us to ensure we got the most enjoyment out of carnival - providing us with info on all the various blocos and info about the different samba schools we went to see in the samadrome. Oh yeah and not to mention the breakfasts!
This place is more expensive during carnival - where in rio isn't?? but we felt we couldn't have chosen a better place to finish off our three week trip

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank oyetey
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2009

Casa Beleza has all the benefits of a boutique hotel. The stunning building is perched on a secluded hill top surrounded by tropical gardens and a pool, yet it's only a few minutes walk to the centre of Santa Teresa and a cheap cab ride to the beaches of Rio. With only three spotlessly clean and stylishly decorated rooms, it's exclusive but reasonably priced. The owners Bindu and Antonie are both absurdly glamorous, yet they still manage to be utterly charming and attentive to the needs of their guests. Bindu is a font of information and advice. Whether that's helping to organise a favela tour or recommending where to buy the best samba CDs She also makes the most delicious and lethal caipirinhas in Brazil! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Casa Beleza. In fact it's the kind of place where you simply never want to go home.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LucyLittleComet
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2009

We were a little nervous about staying in Rio and Santa Teresa in particular because of the stories you hear. But it is a great area - pretty, interesting, and a different experience to Ipanema, etc.

The pousada was reasonably straightforward to find in a cab and Bindu and her husband were very welcoming and helpful with tips on our arrival. The building is a great old colonial house and the room we stayed in was modern and spacious. They even organised our Rocinha favela tour for us with a crazy guy called Paolo - politician, philanthropist and general man of the people - all very bizarre but a great way to do it with a bit of a difference.

Highly recommended as a base for exploring Rio.

  • Stayed October 2008
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TegeandNat
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Manchester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2008

We stayed at Casa Beleza for the final few days of our trip, as a winding down after the hustle and bustle of visiting some of the main samba schools in Rio.
We found Casa Beleza a haven of peace and tranquility up in the Santa Teresa district, and after our earlier travelling round, we found it a great place to unwind, enjoy a few beers and leisurely stroll around the area.
The accommodation was first class and the setting amazing.
Bob the dog came as an extra bonus! - much loved pet at the casa!
Jane and Ali
Manchester, UK

  • Liked — The amazing garden
  • Disliked — Minibar would have been useful
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Trokie
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Additional Information about Casa Beleza

Property: Casa Beleza
Address: Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo 311, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20240-270, 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 ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 330 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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Casa Beleza Hotel Rio De Janeiro
Casa Beleza Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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