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Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed 3 June 2014

A beautiful turn-of-the-century villa on a small side street in the middle of Santa Teresa. The villa exudes charm and style. There is an lavish common living room which overlooks the pool and lush garden. Rooms are furnished exceptionally tastefully, and each room has its own theme. Suites have wooden parquet floors, high ceilings, and a large balcony with city...

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Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Everything was ok until my check out when the owner of the hotel decided to pack my luggage while me and my family was out. My husband paid half of a daily rate for a late check and agreed when he did the booking that he would leave by 4:30-5PM but by 4PM Mr. Jean decided enter in our room...

2Thank Foreng12
Reviewed 11 May 2014

I can't give enough praise to the two ladies who work at the front desk of this hotel. The service was above and beyond anything I could have asked for. They both spoke perfect English and went out of their way to be helpful. The other employees were equally helpful, though didn't speak English. The house is beautiful, large, and...

Thank ashley8487
Paris, France
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Mamaruisa is a little treasure in bustling Rio. The comfortable and welcoming rooms, the superb living room with its unique view on Rio and the relaxing dining area and swimming pool are matched only by the impeccable service and availability of Jean-Michel and his team! There's no question - this is THE place to stay in Rio!

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charlottesville, virginia
Reviewed 24 April 2014

I travel the world for my business and must communicate my wonder and delight at having found this hidden gem in Rio. Ensconced in the quiet but hip neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with a commanding view of Sugarloaf, Mama Ruisa offers the traveler a quiet and beautiful oasis from the bustle of Rio life. The owner and proprietor Jean Michel...

1Thank Jon F
Stroud, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We stayed just 2 nights at the wonderful Mama Ruisa in April 2014. We had a junior suite with a lovely view of the city, breakfast on our balcony was a real treat. Jean Michael was a super host and the all the staff very attentive. We had a very relaxing morning by the pool with a light lunch (great...

Thank David J
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 16 April 2014

We spent 4 nights at Mama Ruisa in March 2014. Our experience was simply wonderful. First of all, the people working there are outstanding and helpfull, from calling taxis for us to going out at the street to let the taxi know where we wanted to go. They would suggest ways for us to go to attractions, bars, etc. Always...

Thank Lise L
Milan, Italy
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We stayed at the first 2 nights of our holiday in Rio at Mama Ruisa. It's really a quiet and nice old house, beautifully furbished with just 8 rooms and a very large living room. Nothing to do with a modern anonymous hotel. Breakfast was excellent and served on our private small terrace, which we found wonderful. Our room was...

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Baildon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Mama Ruisa is a lovely small hotel in the interesting historic area of Santa Teresa. Great location for wandering around high above the Rio coastline. Good bars and restaurants within a few minutes walking. Easy taxi ride down to the beaches and other Rio highlights. The hotel is beautifully furnished and has a good sized pool surrounded by lovely plants...

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Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We stayed 4 nights the week before Carnaval and could have been more in love with Mama Ruisa! Ask for the Amazon room - which is conveniently located close to the pool. More of a stylish home, Mama Ruisa is like staying with chic friends who know where to go and how to get around. Owner Jean Michael and Lydia...

Thank Leslie S

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Staying in Santa Teresa

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Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a bohemian enclave hosting many local artists’ studios. The narrow, winding streets of this neighbourhood were revitalised years ago, and visitors can now stroll through this area to view magnificent mansions dating back to the late 19th and early 20th century. A highlight not miss: Museu Chacará do Céu, a former mansion turned museum which houses works by prominent Brazilian modern artists.
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  • Multilingual Staff

Additional Information about Mama Ruisa

Address: Rua Santa Cristina 132, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-250, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Santa Teresa
Price Range: €118 - €235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mama Ruisa 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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