“Stylish French-owned B&B in Gávea, a smart hillside neighbourhood with great views of Rio and the statue of Christ”
There are only 5 rooms here, each with a private terrace or balcony. Don’t come looking for bland, self-replicating rooms with mod cons (there are no TVs, DVD players or minibars); rather, expect an emphasis on design and more than a splash of colour. Bathrooms are stylish too, with funky porcelain sinks (round or square), powerful showers, big mirrors and good-quality Granado toiletries. All rooms have kingsize or queensize beds (some can be set up as twins), plus air conditioning and iPod docks.
Copacabana, our favourite room, has elegant black-and-white striped walls, a mirrored desk with a potted orchid, and arched French windows that lead onto a veranda. White-painted wooden floors and tall shutters make it feel very light and airy. Waking up in your huge bed to the view of the Corcovado is simply stunning.
Recamier is delicately French: big and airy, with light blue walls, a mosquito net draped above an enormous bed, and an elegant chaise-longue to take the strain. It also has a good view of the city from its balcony, and in the bathroom you'll find a tub as well as a shower (unusual in Brazil).
The slightly smaller Shanghai comes in seductive gold, purple and red, with polished dark wood floors and lacquered Chinese tables. Its side terrace has a hammock with views over the Tijuca Forest, and its red bathroom also comes with both a tub and a shower.
Tiffany comes in pretty creams, yellows and blues. Both the bedroom and the shower room have French doors opening onto a crenellated terrace with an excellent view of the Corcovado.
Ganesha, the most petite room, has an Indian feel, mixing vivid pinks, greens and gold. It's located at the back of the house so it doesn't have a view and gets less daylight than the other rooms, but it does have a courtyard and a funky pink bathroom with a jewel-encrusted domed shower.
Breakfast is taken in the open-sided dining room with views over the hills, forest and city. Guests sit on funky white Panton chairs around a large glass and chrome table. You get nicely presented exotic fruits, freshly squeezed juices, strong coffee, cheese with quince jelly, and delicious home-baked croissants.
Other meals are available from noon to 8pm, but if you’d like to eat outside of these hours you can let the kitchen know in advance. At lunchtime you can have salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes; at dinner, the fare is a little more sophisticated. Expect something along the lines of white fish with a passion fruit and Dijon mustard jus, pumpkin risotto, or filet mignon with mushroom sauce and roast potatoes. Tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks - including excellent caipirinhas and batidas - are available whenever you want, so just ask.
For those who want something extra-special, a chef can be summoned with a bit of advance warning to come and whisk up whatever you like. Alternatively, the restaurants of hip Leblon are a 10-minute drive away - Jacques and Christian have plenty of recommendations.
Children of all ages are welcome, and baby cots (free of charge) and extra beds (small charge for kids aged 5+) can be provided. That said, this is a small, quiet place that's best suited to adults, and the open-sided staircases, sharp edges and delicate decoration make it unsuitable for toddlers.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby monitors are available on request.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking