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Reviewed 20 March 2017

Stayed for 4 nights in a garden room which was reasonably comfortable with air con and a fridge freezer outside, big king size bed and good size bathroom, if you have mobility problems this not the room for you as there are many steps.
The atmosphere in the Casa Aurea is very laid back and informal with many age groups and nationalities staying there, we used the kitchen area as did many others and it made a refreshing change from eating out.
Normally rates are very reasonable but being carnival time you do end up paying a major premium so be aware if you intend to travel then.
You will be greeted by Bromwin who is from England and is very informative and helpful.
Do be aware though the breakfast is very very basic plus take plenty of mosquito spray as the you will get badly bitten otherwise as the posada has a lot of greenery.
Nearest supermarket is 5 mins up the hill and has everything you need.
Nearest bar is 2 mins down the hill and a great place to people watch, we were there for Carnival so very busy.
Immediate area is fairly safe but be careful if walking outside of Santa Teresa as there are problems with crime.
Do take the famous tram down to the centre of Rio as its free but is 20 reals coming back up.
There are buses which are safe during the day but no metro station within safe walking distance although cabs are cheap (Uber).
Santa Teresa is dearer than other parts of Rio probably because it was carnival and its becoming the place to go to so captive market, get used to paying the Gringo price as apposed to the locals price for everything, its very obvious but nothing you can do about it.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

The smart thing in Rio is to avoid the beaches and establish you base in Santa Teresa, which is a sort of latin american combination of Kreutzberg (Berlin) and Montmartre (Paris ). The even smarter thing to do is to choose Casa Aurea to get a relaxed and homely feeling to which you can retire after doing the typical Rio tourist activities. Casa Aureas mix of colonial style and breezy approach epitomises Santa Teresa. Our modus operandi was to take the 'Bonde' tram down in the morning but taking a taxi return later to avoid the queues - its always a good idea to travel against the traffic. We staid in a garden room and had private outdoor space but the pation public space is also a nice place with lot of charming artefacts.

Room Tip: Garden Rooms are very nice and private
  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Morten O
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

This was our first stop in a seven week trip to South America. We were not disappointed.
The property is more like a guest-house for welcome guests rather than an impersonal hotel. Very friendly and helpful - English spoken. Good for experienced travellers, young couples and families with older children. It's above the noise and traffic - easy to walk down, take a taxi uo (cheap). Air-conditioning and refrigerator in rooms. You can prepare your own food in the kitchen.

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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Hypaethral
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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

An ideal balance between functionality, comfort and good vibes makes this the perfect place to stay in Santa Teresa. The rooms are clean, simple and tasteful, and the common areas are both groovy and elegant. Their guest kitchen is clean and well-equipped, and there's always a hammock to read or rest in. The people who work there are warm treasures who helped us discover Rio, and the pousada is a tranquil place to relax after long days exploring the city. The neighborhood is lovely and the pousada is a short walk from all its charming bars, restaurants, shops and sites. You may never want to leave! Highly recommended.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank crazedandinfused
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Reviewed 31 March 2016

Excellent hospitalitythanks to friendly staff, always ready to help with good tips.
Good location in Santa Teresa, close to bars and restaurants.
Old charming villa with an exotic garden to relax in.
Easy to walk to other attractive quarters in RIo.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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