My wife and I spent a week at the lovely Casa Amarelo, a tastefully renovated 1904 mansion in the hilly Santa Teresa district of Rio. Everything was clean and organized in a comfortable way. Our room was sunny, with a large double bed, high ceilings and a giant bath/shower area. A little key-locked safe had recently been installed where we could put our passports/wallets when we went out. What really made our stay at Casa Amarelo so enjoyable and relaxing was the hospitality and friendliness of the multi-lingual (English, French, & Portuguese) innkeepers who were particularly well-attuned to our needs, arranged for a guided "historic tour" of Centro that was exceptional, and generally made us feel at home in theirs. Breakfast was included and served at whatever time we wanted outdoors on one of the terraces or in the corner solarium with a great view. Complementary wi-fi was a nice plus. Not the fanciest or biggest of the many B&Bs in Santa Teresa. And nothing like the modern hotels in Copa, Ipanema or Leblon--which attract most tourists in Rio. Casa Amarelo was just right for us. (Since the Santa Teresa tram is not currently running--re-opening 2012--be prepared to take taxis to most parts of Rio, although there's a fun walk up the hill to a picturesque little shopping district with bars, restaurants, galleries and shops.)
- Also Known As:
- Casa Amarelo By Robert Le Heros Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The French designer Robert le Heros has created a place of festivity, both poetic and colourful, thus inventing a seductive "art de vivre". Casa Amarelo is a beautiful home, refined and authentic, built in 1904 on the heights of Santa Teresa, an historic area, where artists' studios border beautiful Brazilian homes and museums. It is a magical place, a mixture of the charm of an ancient building and the modernity of contemporary fixtures and fittings. ... more less
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