This was our first accommodation on arrival in Brazil (our first stop on a 4 month tour of South America) and the guesthouse definitely lived up to our expectations from reading other excellent reviews and looking at the beautiful photos on the website.
As our flight arrived into Rio in the evening, we had to avail of the after-hours pickup service offered by the guesthouse. Although this was expensive (USD90) we felt it was worth it. The driver, who had perfect English, met us at the airport and drove 30 minutes to the guesthouse, pointing out the landmarks along the way. We were exhausted after a long haul flight and disorientated arriving in a different country in the dark so it was good to know a trustworthy person was there to bring us to our accommodation.
We were SO impressed with the guesthouse. It is spotless, beautifully decorated and SO secure. Our room was spacious, had a fridge, hot shower, very comfortable beds (better than home!). We were even more impressed the next morning when we went to breakfast upstairs on the roof terrace overlooking the small swimming pool. Delicious omelettes, fresh fruit, breads and cakes- beautifully presented and again spotlessly clean. The service really was second to none. At breakfast the owner, Lance, helped us plan our three day stay and answer any questions, offering advice and tips regarding the best times to visit the landmarks and ordered taxis for us. He is so helpful and a very pleasant person.
Having researched the area of St Teresa before our visit, I was nervous about the safety of walking at night, however Lance assured us that the very short walk to the local Bar Gomez was quite safe and once we found our bearings we were comfortable walking here for dinner in the evenings. The area is very "Brazilian". We didn't encounter many English speaking people or fellow "gringos" in the area and restaurant menus are mostly in portuguese but it was nice to see the culture. We had fantastic pizza in a really cool restaurant by Bar Gomez which I would definitely recommend.
The very few negatives:
As we are backpacking for 4 months, we are on a budget and will have to lower our standards and expenses. I definitely don't regret splashing out on casa cool beans while we settled into the travelling lifestyle and recovered from jet lag, however the costs of taxis to and from the tourist attractions & St Teresa all added up. We also found it very difficult to find a taxi who would bring us back to St Teresa after we visited the Sugarloaf, as they all claimed they did not know how to get there! This was a bit unnerving as we were stranded in an area we didn't know in the dark but eventually we just got a taxi to copacabana and luckily found a taxi who would bring us from there. Lance was surprised at this so maybe we were just unlucky but the experience made us think twice about planning our way home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Cool Beans B&B-Santa Teresa! Beautiful B&B in the central district of artsy Santa Teresa. Each room with A/C, ceiling fans, free WiFi, frigobars and en-suite bathroom. Swimming pool with sun terrace. Just minutes to the Bonde, bars, restaurants & shops of hip Santa Teresa; metro and tourist attractions. Offering one of the best deals in Rio de Janeiro! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Cool Beans Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Casa Cool Beans B&B Rio De Janeiro, Brazil