A little gem with some quirks
Posted Oct 25, 2015 on Ebookers
I booked the Santa Teresa hotel for two nights before heading to Copacabana for the rest of my stay in Rio. I wanted some place where I could relax and chill out, and the hotel's perfect for that.
There's not much to do in the Santa Teresa area - a couple of sites to see, and a fantastic restaurant called Aprazivel, but apart from that, there's not much going on, and it's quite a way into the city (60 Brazilian Real with the hotel's driver to Copacabana). So two nights here suited me perfectly.
The staff at check-in were lovely and really helpful. My room was absolutely spotless, and really nicely decorated. The view from the pool is pretty spectacular, and the bar has been voted one of the most romantic, although travelling alone I can't testify to that :)
The quirks? Well the wifi is really, really patchy. It struggled to cope with me uploading a photo (so I gave up). But not a big deal really. Also you do notice the security presence at the hotel - which I can totally appreciate as the area does border some favelas, but a friendly 'ola' didn't really result in any answer.
I didn't eat in the hotel, so can't comment on that.
In short, I enjoyed my stay in Hotel Santa Teresa, and would recommend it - there's a great cafe called Cafe Dos Altos two minutes walk away which does a buffet breakfast on weekends and has an English menu. Some people say the street the hotel's on is incredibly steep, but I didn't find it that bad at all!