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Relais & Chateaux Santa Teresa 5.0

Rio De Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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  • Rooms have wood floors, tropical Brazilian decor, local art and flat-screen TVs
  • Suites have high-end extras such as standalone tubs and terraces (it varies by room)
  • Top-notch spa with bright, outdoorsy treatment rooms, a relaxation area, and saunas
  • Gourmet restaurant and bar, as well as 24-hour room service
  • Sleek rooftop pool features gorgeous views
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Some may find lower-level rooms less luxurious than rest of hotel
  • Not close to Rio's beaches

Bottom Line

Relais & Chateaux Santa Teresa is a historic mansion turned luxurious boutique hotel located on a former coffee plantation in Santa Teresa. It features gorgeous tropical decor, which includes bright cabanas in the lounge, lots of lush greenery (by the pool, on the grounds), tiled mosaics, and island-themed bed runners in the rooms. The lower-level rooms aren't quite as upscale as the rest of the hotel, but they do have sleek bathrooms, wood floors, flat-screen TVs, and a light, airy feel. Suites are higher-end, with extras such as four-poster beds of tropical wood, standalone tubs, and shady terraces. The hotel also features a gorgeous spa, a rooftop pool with sweeping views of the city, and a restaurant serving delicious French-influenced Brazilian cuisine.

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In historic Santa Teresa, close to the airport but a drive away from the beach

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Relais & Chateaux Santa Teresa is located (as the name suggests) in Santa Teresa, a beautiful, historic area with gorgeous old buildings, museums, historic sights, and art galleries. But it's around a 20-minute drive away from Rio's beaches.

Rio de Janeiro's beaches are a major draw. Practically year-round, beaches are crowded with visitors and locals. The beaches not only provide a space for lounging, surfing, and swimming, but many hang-gliders and para-gliders -- popular sports in Rio de Janeiro due to its high mountains and good wind conditions -- land on the white sand or in the water. Visitors wishing to stay near the beaches typically choose the South Zone (Zona Sul), which is home to the majority of the city's hotels.

  • 9-minute drive to Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport, or 18 minutes via public transportation
  • 20-minute walk to Lapa, home to lively nightlife, or 8 minutes via public transportation
  • 8-minute drive to the Museum of Fine Art, or 14 minutes via public transportation
  • 8-minute drive to Centro, the financial and historic district, or 16 minutes via public transportation
  • 15-minute drive to the Maracana stadium, or 33 minutes via public transportation
  • 16-minute drive to Sugarloaf Mountain, with views of the harbor, or 52 minutes via public transportation
  • 17-minute drive to Copacabana's beaches, or 28 minutes via public transportation
  • 18-minute drive to the National Museum of History, or 41 minutes via public transportation
  • 20-minute drive to the botanical gardens, or 58 minutes via public transportation
  • 25-minute drive to Corcovado, where the Christ the Redeemer statue stands

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Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-260, Brazil

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Master Suite
  • Superior Room

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