Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A beautifully restored colonial mansion, once home to the mayor of Rio, Mama Ruisa sits in charming and historic Santa Teresa neighbourhood in the hills above Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay.
The owner, Jean Michel, has painstakingly filled the property with quirky pieces of furniture and art, which sit perfectly alongside the old polished floorboards and light airy rooms. With only seven rooms, each individually decorated, Mama Ruisa is a true boutique hotel with charm, very comfortable rooms and friendly personal service. The swimming pool is set in the pretty gardens, an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Choosing where to base yourself in Rio is a tricky one – whilst only a 20 minute cab ride to Ipanema and Copacabana, first time visitors to Brazil often wish to stay on the beach fronts however the boutique hotels in this city are largely in the likes of Santa Teresa. Our specialist Olie loves to be based in the smaller hotels in Santa Teresa such as Mama Ruisa, for him it gives the best of both worlds when in Rio.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Rio de Janeiro into a greater Brazilian holiday. Take a look at Classic Brazil as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Mama Ruisa Information
- Location & Getting There
Mama Ruisa sits in charming and historic Santa Teresa neighbourhood in the hills above Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay, a 20-minute drive from Guarulhos International Airport.
With only 7 rooms, each individually decorated, Mama Ruisa is a true boutique hotel with friendly personal service. Both La Callas and Josephine Baker Junior Suites offer breathtaking views of the Guanabara bay from their private terraces. Colette Junior Suite has a splendid view over the swimming pool with the Sugar Loaf in a distance. Carmen Miranda Junior Suite and the Deluxe Rooms overlook the tropical gardens.
- Swimming pool
A wealth of activities lie in and around the area. Visit the famous Carmelite Convent, taste divine Amazonian food at the restaurant Aprazivel or dance all night at the Bar do Mineiro at Santa Teresa boho hillside neighbourhood just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. Alternatively, head down to Lapa for the best nightlife in Rio, grab a picture with the Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado, visit the nearby Chácara do Céu musuem or explore historical sites and traditional markets.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities available.