Hotel Santa in Brazil
The Hotel Santa Teresa is Rio de Janeiro’s newest ‘Design Concept Hotel’, considered one of the most beautiful hotels in South America.
Santa Teresa, the Montmartre of Rio de Janeiro, is the city’s most well-preserved and artistic district with many mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. Architecture in Santa Teresa is predominantly colonial and neo-classical, edging towards Art Deco, enriched with history, art museums, artist ateliers and many cultural activities. Home to ambassadors and the elite, this charming and sophisticated district offers visitors a glimpse of an authentic and unique Rio.
This formerly derelict colonial mansion on a hilltop in Santa Teresa, a quaint district of imposing architecture and artists’ ateliers, has been transformed into one of Rio’s most elegant hotels. A magisterial lobby of pink-washed stone with indigenous Brazilian art leads to 44 ample rooms, each sparsely yet artfully decorated with lustrous tropical woods, silk drapes, and sunlight-filtering shutters. Service can veer between overattentive and indifferent, but in the rustic, candlelit restaurant, chef Damien Montecer brings a Gallic touch to African, Asian, and Mediterranean recipes. Guests can observe Santa Teresa’s colorful street life through the Mogul-style blinds that shade the spa, or cool off in the 80-foot pool, with its view over Santa Teresa’s stately villas to the glittering waters of Guanabara Bay beyond. —2009 Hot List