The only Relais & Châteaux hotel in Rio, the Santa Teresa's five stars shine on the hills of the district of the same name. Originally an old colonial building on a former coffee plantation, the hotel has regained its lustre thanks to François Delort, who has turned it into a luxury hotel.
After four years of work, its 44 elegant suites and rooms combine Brazilian culture and materials (wood and recycled jacaranda) with objects, fabrics, and antique sculptures. Since its opening, many celebrities have stayed here, including Madonna, Amy Winehouse, and Alicia Keys, all of whom stayed in the largest suite 160 square meters which comes with a telescope for star-gazing.
Other areas of the hotel are just as appealing, including the pool and its breath-taking view of the city and the mountains of Teresopolis, the Champagne bar Descasados, the Tereze Restaurant, and the Spa Granado.
Hôtel Santa Teresa
Rua Almirante Alexandrina, 660
Rio de Janeiro 20241-260
+55 (0)21 3380 0200
Rooms: from R$ 1,125