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Mama Ruisa: the charm of colonial style


A guesthouse of rare elegance, in the picturesque hills of Santa Teresa.

Hidden in the winding streets of Santa Teresa, this old colonial house was beautifully restored by the French owner Jean-Michel Ruis in 2005.

A guesthouse with the air of a boutique hotel, it enjoys an extraordinary calm, surrounded by flowers and palm trees. Along with very personalized service, the Mama Ruisa offers exotic Brazilian decor, tinged with French sophistication. A precious collection of objects, religious trinkets, and rare sculptures from the provinces of Brazil and elsewhere in the world are on display in the gallery. The eight sublime rooms have been designed according to different themes and personalities, ranging from Art Deco to Jean Cocteau to the Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda. Everywhere, the antique furniture, antique wood floors, high ceilings and shuttered windows bring a chic and romantic touch. The communal lounges with jacaranda wood sofas by Ricardo Fasanello and Sérgio Rodrigues, overlook a veranda with views of Sugarloaf Mountain.

The sunken pool is an intimate paradise where you will love relaxing. Another highlight is the new house containing a few suites, just in front of Mama Ruisa.

Mama Ruisa
Rua Santa Teresa, 132
Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro 20241-250

+55 (0)21 2242 1281

Rooms: from R$ 450

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