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Casa Amarelo Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sense of utter seclusion, yet mere minutes from Rio’s hottest nightclub scene
Small, intimate property dating back to 1904
One of only two antique, colonial-style elevators in the entire city is onsite

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Tucked away in the chic, verdant hills of Santa Teresa, this colonial-style mansion has been converted into a seven-suite property by French interior design group Robert le héros. Outside, leafy corners abound; inside, an old-school Otis elevator ascends directly into the eclectic lobby, elaborately bedecked in the owner's own bohemian fabrics.

Queen rooms start at $97

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The iconic Metropolitan Cathedral and Municipal Theater are perpetually visible—even while sipping cachaça on the poolside loungers.

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  • Vibe and atmosphere

    Sunny 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 rooms

    Given 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 style

    The 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 type

    The 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 features

    There'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.
Area Highlights

Santa Teresa

What goes on there

Rio'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 it

Sophisticates and honeymooners looking for a long weekend of Rio respite

Where to go to feel like a local

Relish 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.