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Mama Ruisa

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

The decor was beautiful. The room very stylish with all mod cons. Bed comfy. Great setting in centre of Santa teresa. The breakfast was really nice and had everything I would have expected. It was quiet and very upmarket. Only downside is the staff are not very engaging. Is it too much to smile and say hi MrXX we have...

1Thank kdeeney
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 November 2013

We spent five nights here. We couldn't have asked more. The decoration of the rooms was original and charismatic, and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Jean-Michel is a fine and generous host, e.g. on our final day we were allowed to use a room for free to shower and change before our flight. An excellent hotel.

Thank DanChar1303
Salvador, BA
Reviewed 24 November 2013

It was our first stay in Rio and we enjoyed the silence and service in Mama Ruisa so much.The rooms are very clean,the garden with the pool is amazing.Jean-Michel and his team provided interesting tipps regarding the City and helped to solve little tourist issues.The only item to revise is the hugh price for the drinks.

Thank Prisca25
San Diego, California
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We spent one week at Mama Ruisa in September 2013. It was our first time in Rio and we have decided since to move their for 3 years. Mama Ruisa definitely helped us make our decision. We stayed there with our 1-year-old daughter and were charmed. The house is gorgeous, decorated with talent by Jean-Michel Ruis, the service impeccable (Flavia,...

Thank pascaledesign
United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We spent two nights here and found it a peaceful retreat from the busyness of Rio. Sometimes we couldn't find any staff but eventually someone appeared. Breakfasts were delicious, served next to the pool. We ate in one of the many restaurants in Santa Teresa one evening which was delicious. The Carmen Miranda room was really big and very comfortable...

1Thank manytravels_11
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Mama Ruisa was our first stop in Rio and it set the scene wonderfully. It's tastefully decorated and maintains a colonial splendor, but still manages to be comfortable and homely. We were in the Carmen Miranda room which we found to be spacious, clean and serene. Lovely views. The staff were so welcoming, friendly and helpful and when we needed...

1Thank stephen2898
London, England
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Very nice boutique hotel. Despite what the guidebooks say, this isn't an edgy area. We felt very safe walking to nearby bars and restaurants in the evening. You can also walk to the central district in the day from here - again, very safe, although I wouldn't do it at night. To get to the beaches, you'll need a taxi,...

1Thank HolidayJunkie99
Sittard, The Netherlands
Reviewed 7 September 2013

During our trip to Brazil, we stayed twice in Mama Ruisa, first for 3 nights at the beginning of our trip, and then for the last night before our flight home. We loved coming back, and were welcomed like old friends. Mama Ruisa is a small B&B, which has a lot of character. It is located in Santa Teresa, on...

1Thank Jan-Tiny
Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

There are many, many positives to Mama Ruisa. The house itself is beautifully restored, imaginatively decorated, immaculately maintained and impressively furnished. A paean to good taste.The breakfast is gorgeous - fresh juices and fruits, breads, preserves, cakes, eggs, tea, coffee, all served on the stunning veranda. Our room was not one of the best, from what I could tell, but...

3Thank Piaggiagrande
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Owner Jean Michel has transformed a beautiful villa into an amazing, stylish, comfortable mini hotel. Tucked away in Santa Teresa, Mama Ruis is an oasis in a challenging city. We enjoyed lazing by the pool in the lush garden, but also staring out from our bedroom (Amazon) down the hills and across the bay of the city. The decor of...

Thank Rubybirkenhead

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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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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: ₹ 11,593 - ₹ 22,916 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mama Ruisa 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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