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The iconic Metropolitan Cathedral and Municipal Theater are perpetually visible—even while sipping cachaça on the poolside loungers.
Vibe and atmosphereSunny Rio days begin with a traditional regional breakfast, starring native fruits and sliced meats, served upon the spacious ensuite terraces; carefree afternoons near the petite pool are topped off with caipirinhas in the laid-back community room, where guests often mingle before heading outside to Jardim Royal for local, seasonal plates infused with a distinctly French flavor.
Overall look and feel of the roomsGiven the historic, intimate nature of the property, each room is distinct; but all feature intoxicating cohesions of dark wood and bright dećor, vintage furniture and elaborate chandeliers. The hotel's lofty perch allows for spectacular vistas of the surrounding urban area from every expansive window.
Service styleThe warm staff greet visitors like family, and though the hotel's quaint size means fewer facilities, the concierge is happy to arrange in-house activities like indulgent massages and even samba lessons.
Preferred room typeThe Tower Suite, which requires private access via the hotel's retro elevator, is a common favorite for lovebirds thanks to its unfettered sense of privacy and staggering panoramic city view.
Unique property featuresThere's a reason the onsite restaurant's name translates to "Royal Garden”—the lush grounds feature banana and mango trees, whose fragrant fruits are as irresistible to guests as they are to the friendly monkeys swinging from their branches.
What goes on thereRio's party hub Lapa is only a few minutes' drive, but it feels worlds away from the quiet hills of Santa Teresa, where a multifaceted past has given way to an unobtrusively bohemian mentality—quaint plazas, the city's sole streetcar, and restored belle époque mansions are all part of the charm.
Who will love itSophisticates and honeymooners looking for a long weekend of Rio respite
Where to go to feel like a localRelish the vistas afforded by open-air space Cafecito Cafe, which pairs nicely with a house-made hibiscus iced tea; catch an indie flick with in-the-know locals at Cine Santa Teresa.