Santa Teresa is an area of Rio de Janeiro, high up on the hill tops with incredible views over the city. It’s a bohemian district, full of street art, cool shops, independent clothes boutiques and some fantastic restaurants. It’s also linked well to other districts with the famous tram, as well as being an easy location to get a bus or taxi from.
I stayed at Casa Cool Beans, a trendy boutique style B&B close to the centre of Santa Teresa. It’s a short walk to the main street, in a quiet residential area with great security.
The entrance to the B&B is a leafy green tropical garden providing a shady area to relax with a great view of the property itself.
There’s a fantastically colourful pool area with great wall decorations surrounding it. Rio gets pretty hot as you will be well aware and it’s so lovely to be able to have a dip in the pool to cool down.
There are some sunbeds and comfy sofas to relax on, and throughout the day guests lounged under the umbrellas with a book or a drink and got away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Rio. The breakfast in the morning is served poolside and is really something to look forward to. There’s a friendly breakfast chef, cooking up daily omelettes and daily specials like ‘pancake day’, as well as local suggestions. There’s a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, pastries and cereals as well as juices and coffee. The breakfast area is social and overlooks a lovely church so you can sit and hear the bells ringing on some mornings.
The staff went above and beyond right from the moment I arrived. On top of the helpful notice board with local attractions and maps, the manager printed out information about events we might like, including directions and timings, as well as suggesting local restaurants to try. I also arrived well before my check in time, but they were flexible and allowed to me check in straight away, as well as storing my luggage for the final day after check out.
The rooms themselves are spacious, cool and decorated in a fun yet simple way. My room had a lovely balcony with pool views and a big bathroom with luxury toiletries. There’s a mini bar stocked with drinks and a super comfy bed to look forward to at the end of your day exploring.
The whole B&B is colourful and vibrantly decorated, from the front of the building to even the crockery used at breakfast time, and matches Rio’s colourful image perfectly.