Despite the fact you're in Rio, the vibe is more luxurious country home than luxurious urban hotel.
The hotel's restaurant has collected a raft of awards for its Franco-Brazilian fusions, drawing customers up the hill from all over the city.
Beyond the Belle Epoque gates is the charming hillside quarter of Santa Teresa, all boho boutiques and bars in the neighbourhood.
Discover the hotel
Vila Santa Teresa may be one of the world’s most luxurious small hotels, but it feels like the house of a rather rich friend. The staff, who’ve been with the family for 20 years, treat each guest as an individual. Those who’ve stayed talk of exceptional service - impeccable yet personal, possible because there are only 7 rooms. Fancy a favourite wine to accompany your grilled escalope? There it is waiting, delightfully chilled. From the sink-into sofas to the gleaming glass tables to the massage under the mango tree, there’s perfection in every detail. Breakfast is served on the lawn or at the large table, and cocktails and canapés in the library or by the pool. Dinner - wherever you choose to have it - is divine. And if you don’t fancy negotiating the cobbled streets of Santa Teresa, a charming driver will appear as if by magic.
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At the hotel
Outdoor pool, spa, fitness, free Wifi, pet friendly, daily cleaning, disabled access, beach nearby, parking, terrace, garden, gym, tennis court, shuttle service.
Room that the hotel recommends
Master Suite - the spacious 50m² Master Suite offers floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a balcony with panoramic views of the dramatic Sugarloaf Mountain and city below. To epitomize indulgence, this is the only bedroom on the property with an irresistible jacuzzi bathtub big enough for two, set in a Carrara marble bathroom.
Vila Santa Teresa is a grown ups' retreat.
Pets are not allowed.
12 pm. Earliest check-in, 3 pm.
Good to know
A 20-minute taxi ride from Rio's famous beaches.
Restaurants & Bars
Restaurant Beatriz - The seasonally-changing menu features Carioca classics and as well as reinterpretations of the family's favourite dishes, with organic, fresh and tasty ingredients grown in our own vegetable garden. The wine list is composed of special labels selected from France, Portugal, Italy and the United States. Open daily until 22:00 with a fixed 3-course menu for R$ 180 per person.
Bar Alberto - The matriarch of the family, was an avid reader and a knowledge enthusiast. To pay him homage, the Vila Santa Teresa’s library-turned-bar was named after him and retains the original design and furnishings including woods, fabrics and all the books. Guests of the house are welcome to order from Bar Alberto’s menus at the pool lounge. Open daily until 22:00 with an à la carte menu.
In room dining available. For the exact times please ask the reception.
International flights to Rio land at Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (18km away). Domestic flights arrive at Santos Dumont Domestic Airport (6km away).
Brazil's major cities are linked by excellent long-distance bus services. Always travel first class because the difference in fares is nominal, but it means you get air-conditioning, reclining seats and bathroom facilities on board. Services stop at the Novo Rio Rodoviaria terminal downtown; from there you can take a taxi to the hotel.
Private parking is free and is available on site. No reservation is required.
AddressRua Almirante Alexandrino 2305, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, 20241-260
Tel: +55 21 2051-1905