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Vila Santa Teresa

Rua Almirante Alexandrino 2305 Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-264 Brazil
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
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Updated 20/08/10 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#116 of 328 hotels in Rio de Janeiro
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Encircled by acres of lush greenery, Vila Santa Teresa Hotel & Spa combines the luxuries of a historic private villa with a boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s bohemian Santa Teresa district. The estate boasts soaring views of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous Sugarloaf Mountain and glistening Guanabara Bay to create a surreal backdrop and sense of privacy and adventure. First built as a private residence, Vila Santa Teresa is an eloquent urban oasis where guests are treated like family friends, invited into one of our seven suites. Long-standing members of staff remain in service to maintain and embody the spirit of our private luxury home. The property is a full-service 5-star luxury boutique hotel with a fully equipped meeting room and planning services for wedding receptions and social events, restaurant, bar, pool lounge and Spa by Renata Abreu. Expertise lay in creating intimate bespoke experiences for guests across the estate.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Tennis court
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Breakfast in the room
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24-hour security
Non-smoking hotel
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Konstantin P wrote a review Dec 2020
Leipzig, Germany43 contributions6 helpful votes
The drive to the hotel is very complicated and many drivers give up to bring you to and from Vila Santa Teresa. The Villa is around 50 year old and some interiors can be improved but the location is incredible as you can see from one point the whole Rio down and Christ the Redeemer statue! The restaurant serves really good french cuisine. The waiters nearly don’t speak any English but receiptionist lady is perfect in many languages and very freandly and helpful all the time! Would definitely recommend to stay or visit.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Alex A wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Serious safety incident
I went for a massage, BEWARE the masseuse sexually assaulted me. Please, if you are a women, do not get a massage from the bald man. It is not ok. I reported it to the hotel manager, but he did nothing. The hotel looks lovely and luxurious, but do not take the risk. You might think it is ok to begin with, but it is not. Please do not go there.
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Date of stay: November 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from Felipe R, Gerente geral at Vila Santa Teresa
Responded 24 Jun 2020
Dear Alex, We are deeply sorry and still shocked about this situation. We have never had such accusations in our establishment. All our external wellness staff have years of experience with the hotel and are hired through trusted recommendations. The hotel has a very strict policy in which our manager followed through the moment you told him what had happened. When our manager returned to talk to you after following procedures and contacting the authority you had left the establishment with no notice and we could not follow through without testimony.
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HansieDub wrote a review Mar 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands69 contributions65 helpful votes
Vila Santa Teresa is precisesly that: a small luxurious hotel and spa in a villa on top of a hill overlooking Flamango and Botafogo, with views of the Bay and the Sugarloaf from the terrace next to the pool. The building resembles a private gentlemen's club, and the service is jus right. Our room, or apartment, was big and very well laid out, and the vila's restaurant served very nice and fresh breakfasts. A true gem!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: pool view rooms also have a view down to the Bay and Sugarloaf
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Michael N wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California26 contributions13 helpful votes
From the moment I arrived, the view, the service, the accommodations, the weather, the whole experience was just wonderful. Extremely courteous staff made me feel very special, from the check-in to each meal to assistance with transportation or any little request. What a pleasure trip! And trust me, the pleasure was all mine!
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Date of stay: January 2020
jandv0akville wrote a review Mar 2020
Oakville, Canada28 contributions48 helpful votes
This was a perfect spot for us at the end of an extensive tour of South America. A tranquil location, high above the city in Santa Teresa with stunning views and far from the madding crowd. The hotel was beautifully furnished and the staff's attention to detail was second to none. Breakfast on the patio, overlooking the city, was one we will not easily forget.
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Date of stay: March 2020
2 Helpful votes
US$224 - US$328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Vila Santa Teresa
BrazilState of Rio de JaneiroRio de JaneiroZona Sul (South Zone) / Santa Teresa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vila Santa Teresa
Which popular attractions are close to Vila Santa Teresa?
Nearby attractions include Santa Teresa (1.1 km), Museu Internacional De Arte Naif (1.2 km), and Feirinha de Itaipava (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vila Santa Teresa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Vila Santa Teresa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Vila Santa Teresa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vila Santa Teresa?
Conveniently located restaurants include folie à deux - café & bistrô, Armazém São Thiago, and Restaurante Aprazivel.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vila Santa Teresa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Vila Santa Teresa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Vila Santa Teresa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Vila Santa Teresa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Vila Santa Teresa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra (6.6 km), Forte de Copacabana (6.3 km), and Parque Lage (3.9 km).