“Uber-cool converted colonial mansion in the hills of Santa Teresa, with killer views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Guanabara Bay”
A lovely breakfast is served either in the cool dining room, surrounded by curios collected by the owners over the years, or alfresco on the rooftop terrace. The small kitchen also opens for lunch, dishing up simple light meals. At night, friendly staff can suggest excellent local bars and restaurants, reserve tables and book taxis. All in all, a stylish yet easy base for the city.
- Gorgeous rooftop pool, terrace and bar with panoramic views
- A quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rio
- Ideal for anyone with a keen interest in design, and welcoming to couples and families alike
- Relaxed, unpretentious but very knowledgeable staff
- Great activities to help you get under the skin of this bewitching city: samba and Capoeira, favela tours and cookery classes
- You’ll need cheap taxis to get around but this is not unusual in Rio, safety wise
- No dinner served but staff can recommend restaurants or order in food for you. During the week, the rooftop bar is not always open in the evening
- The pool is fairly small, more for cooling off in than doing lengths
- Although families are welcome there are no baby cots, and extra beds are only for 0-4 year olds; if you're bringing an older child you'll need 2 rooms. Note, there are no twin rooms
Best time to go
Our top tips
The hotel can be be tricky to find, so ask for written Portuguese-language directions to show taxi drivers”
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast and lunches; restaurants nearby
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Heated Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
The 12 rooms (called suites) are split between the original house and an adjoining modern annexe, linked by a series of architectural bridges and stairways. Decor is stylishly minimalist, including designer chairs and artisanal rugs. Gorgeous modern bathrooms come with rain showers and Granado toiletries (a Brazilian environmentally friendly brand). Huge windows invite you to gaze at the views from the comfort of your kingsize bed, and all the modern-day essentials are in place: Nespressos, Satellite TV and Bluetooth music systems.
The Master Suites are vast, with incredible panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Christ the Redeemer; one even has that view from its bathtub. Deluxe Suites are slightly smaller, but still roomy, uncluttered and airy, with views of Sugarloaf Mountain. Standard Suites are the smallest, but nothing else has been comprised on - you get views of Guanabara Bay, the same styling and the same comfortable bed.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
For breakfast, expect a fine array of homemade fare to start: granolas, pastries and breads (don't miss the guava bread), along with freshly squeezed juices. You're then offered a la carte hot options - we particularly enjoyed the tapiocas with mushroom and Minas cheese.
The lunchtime menu, best eaten on the rooftop terrace, is a small selection of light dishes, salads and sandwiches, made with local ingredients. Our Club sandwich and quinoa, French bean, carrot and pesto salad were both very good (especially when washed down with a lunchtime Caipirinha!).
For drinks and dinners, Santa Teresa has plenty of options. Nearby Bar do Mineiro has a simple menu of local dishes, good cocktails and beers. Aprazivel, famous for its views, has a refined menu, but it's not cheap. Our favourite haunt was Bistro Boutique - a clothes shop by day, and small restaurant by night. Just a handful of tables sit in amongst the clothes rails; the food is simple but very good and there's a great atmosphere. They often have a live band on.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Room service
- Relax by the rooftop heated infinity pool, with a drink from the bar and the best views around
- Explore the boho Santa Teresa neighbourhood: its rickety old tram, cobbled streets, colourful colonial houses, handful of arty shops, and authentic bars and restaurants
- Visit the 38m-high Christ the Redeemer statue at the summit of Mount Corcovado
- Staff can book samba or Capoeira classes, a favela tour or cookery class with local guides/teachers; relaxing massages are also available
- Head down to Lapa (a 10-minute taxi ride) for the best nightlife in Rio. Try Rio Scenarium, Carioca da Gema and Estrela da Lapa for live samba and choro music and dancing until the early hours
- Rio's famous beaches (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon) are a 20-minute taxi ride away
- Admire the local artwork, designer furniture and owners' curios dotted around the hotel
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Art classes
- Cooking classes
- Dance lessons
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
- Wine tasting
Families are welcomed, and the hotel has equipment to borrow and a small games room with books and toys. It's best suited to babies and older children, as there are a lot of stairs, slippery floors, raised walkways and breakables.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Deluxe Suites and Master Suites can each fit a rollaway bed for a child aged 0-4; if you want a baby cot you'll need to bring your own travel cot. For children aged 5+ you'll need to book a second room.
Stair gates and night lights
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Food served all day (until 6pm)
Kids Activities on site:
A games room with books and toys
- Airport: 30 minutes' drive (Rio International)
- Shop: 10 minutes' drive
- Hospital: 15 minutes' drive
Casa Marques is in the bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
International flights to Rio land at Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (19km away). Domestic flights arrive at Santos Dumont Domestic Airport (7km away). Click on the links below for more information about airlines serving these airports.
From the Airport
Book an airport transfer with the hotel or take a radio taxi - buy a pre-paid voucher at the Transcoopass desk in the arrivals hall.
You won't need a car in Rio, but if you want to hire one to explore the surrounding region, see our car rental recommendations.
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.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Brazil and getting around
- Rio Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim 19.0 km GIG
- Santos Dumont 7.0 km SDU
- Beach 7.0 km
- Shops 2.0 km
- Restaurant 2.0 km