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charlottesville, virginia
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I travel the world for my business and must communicate my wonder and delight at having found this hidden gem in Rio. Ensconced in the quiet but hip neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with a commanding view of Sugarloaf, Mama Ruisa offers the traveler a quiet and beautiful oasis from the bustle of Rio life. The owner and proprietor Jean Michel...

1Thank Jon F
Stroud, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We stayed just 2 nights at the wonderful Mama Ruisa in April 2014. We had a junior suite with a lovely view of the city, breakfast on our balcony was a real treat. Jean Michael was a super host and the all the staff very attentive. We had a very relaxing morning by the pool with a light lunch (great...

Thank David J
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We spent 4 nights at Mama Ruisa in March 2014. Our experience was simply wonderful. First of all, the people working there are outstanding and helpfull, from calling taxis for us to going out at the street to let the taxi know where we wanted to go. They would suggest ways for us to go to attractions, bars, etc. Always...

Thank Lise L
Milan, Italy
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We stayed at the first 2 nights of our holiday in Rio at Mama Ruisa. It's really a quiet and nice old house, beautifully furbished with just 8 rooms and a very large living room. Nothing to do with a modern anonymous hotel. Breakfast was excellent and served on our private small terrace, which we found wonderful. Our room was...

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Baildon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Mama Ruisa is a lovely small hotel in the interesting historic area of Santa Teresa. Great location for wandering around high above the Rio coastline. Good bars and restaurants within a few minutes walking. Easy taxi ride down to the beaches and other Rio highlights. The hotel is beautifully furnished and has a good sized pool surrounded by lovely plants...

Thank Maggie-on-the-coast
Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We stayed 4 nights the week before Carnaval and could have been more in love with Mama Ruisa! Ask for the Amazon room - which is conveniently located close to the pool. More of a stylish home, Mama Ruisa is like staying with chic friends who know where to go and how to get around. Owner Jean Michael and Lydia...

Thank Leslie S
Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed for three nights in Mama Ruisa during carnival. The hotel and it's staff are simply amazing! Our room was very spacious and clean. Breakfast was excellent and the location of the hotel is very convenient in cozy Santa Teresa. Not cheap but definetely worth it!

Thank BramSaoPaulo
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stayed at Mama Ruisa for four nights. We did not know much about the Santa Teresa area before booking, but staying here turned out to be a great experience. We should mention that this not your average hotel - it is in fact a beautiful old mansion turned into a stylish guest house, with a lot of character (further...

Thank T C
New York, New York
Reviewed 22 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed here only one night (wish it had been longer) and had a huge room beautifully decorated with a view from the bed straight out over the bay that was like a fantasy. Had the best night out wandering Sanaa Teresa for dinner, drinks, and a random bar with live bossa nova that was straight out of a cliché of...

Thank lubecm
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Mama Ruisa is a stylishly furnished boutique hotel quietly located within easy walking distance of the central area and the cafes/restaurants of the Santa Teresa district. Although away from the main attractions of Rio it was an excellent base for exploring the city with plenty of taxis, even on a public holiday, plus there is the option of walking down...

Thank john_ivycottage

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Staying in Santa Teresa

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Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.
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Additional Information about Mama Ruisa

Address: Rua Santa Cristina 132, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-250, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Price Range: $213 - $335 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mama Ruisa 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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