Rio de Janeiro Pousadas

aka Guesthouses, Inns, or B&Bs

You should consider staying in one of Rio de Janeiro's fine Pousadas as an alternative to a standard hotel room or rental apartment.  By doing so, you may get a better feel for the "real" Brazil, and quite often at a lower cost. 

Pousadas (pronounced "po-zaada") are the Brazilian versions of Inns, Guesthouses, or B&Bs.  They range in size from about one or two guest rooms to over a dozen.  They differ from hostels in that the rooms have a private bath and are usually decorated and furnished to a higher standard.  The best Pousadas are located in residential areas Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana and Santa Teresa.

They are often old mansions converted in a guesthouse and have amenities such as common sitting areas, balconies, and occasionally a swimming pool.  The fact that these are often former large private homes or multilevel penthouse apartments, provides the guest a more intimate stay than in a tourist class hotel.  

Larger Pousadas have the feel of a smaller hotel in that the guest can be more anonymous. You can come and go without having to socialize with the proprietor or other guests, or you can be as sociable as you like.  Getting to know the innkeeper often leads to obtaining inside information about current happenings and great nearby restaurants. Most of these Inns have a 24 hour security or desk clerk to allow you entrance after hours.  

Like most Brazilian hotels, breakfast is included in the daily rate, and there's usually no minimum stay required (outside of the Carnaval and  New Years weeks).  Housekeeping if offered every day and the re-use of bath towels is encouraged.  Local touring information will be offered with the tour companies providing door to door transportation.  The rates depend on the location and amenities offered, and are often on par with 3 star Rio de Janeiro hotels and one bedroom vacation rental apartments.

Our Favorite Rio de Janeiro Pousadas

Casa Mosquito

Location: Rua Saint Roman, 222, Ipanema.   Tel: 55 (21) 3586 5042.  Price range: USD $250 - $400 per night.  Credit cards accepted.

Casa Mosquito is one of the more upscale pousadas in Rio de Janeiro with prices to match its decor and amenities.

Reception area at Casa Mosquito

The Inn is located in Ipanema but is close to Copacabana and is just a short several block walk to either Arpoador Beach at Posto 7 or Copacabana Beach at Posto 6. 

Casa Mosquito has 10 uniquely decorated and well appointed suites and is more of a boutique hotel than a traditional Brazilian pousada. Four guestrooms are located in the restored mansion's main building with six more suites in the new annex.  Each room has a private balcony or terrace and offers views of the courtyard, picturesque hillside shanty town, or the distant sea.

Casa Mosquito has a lovely walled and private courtyard with lush tropical vegetation.  It's on a rather hilly street and abuts the side of the mountain occupied by the favela Cantagalo.  The area is now considered pretty safe and the favela has recently been pacified. 

Breakfast is included in the nightly rate and the proprietors offer lunch and dinner as well (extra charge).  In room spa services are available. You can book on line and Casa Mosquito will arrange for pickup service at the airport and return transportation upon departure (extra charge).  Visit the Casa Mosquito website.

Marta's Guesthouse (Rio Guesthouse)

Location: Rua Rua Francisco Sa #35, Copacabana Beach. Tel: 55 21 2521 8568. Credit cards not accepted. Reserve using PayPal or bank transfer. 

Price range: USD $200 - $250 per night. Free airport pickup is offered for a 5 night stay and free round trip for stays of 7 nights.

Ocean view from the lounge

Marta's Guesthouse is a remodeled 1940s art deco style 2 story penthouse with an oceanfront view of Copacabana Beach at Posto 6. It is a very pleasant pousada in an unbeatable location. The owner, Marta, is very attentive, and it's helpful that she speaks Portuguese and  English and has basic command of Spanish,German, and Italian.  She is known for making legendary Brazilian breakfasts which include the best in tropical Brazilian fruits and juices.

There are just 4 guest rooms in the inn with 3 having double beds and en suite bathrooms. Each room is air conditioned and has antique armoires and paintings. In room safes are available and there's free WiFi internet access. The Rio Guesthouse also provides beach towels for their guests' use. 

The large common balcony affords sweeping views of Copacabana Beach with Sugar Loaf standing in the distance and is a wonderful place to have breakfast or perhaps drinks in the evening.  Visit Marta's Guesthouse website.

Magarida's Pousada

Location: Rua Barao da Torre 600, Ipanema.  Price range per night USD $100 - $150. Tel: 55 21 2239 1840. Credit cards are not accepted.

Magarida's is operated by an innkeeper of the same name and is located in the best part of Ipanema. The 3 story building offers rather basic but clean accommodations for a price that can't be beat in the trendy and safe neighborhood.

Guestroom at Magarida's Pousada

The nightly rate includes a varied and plentiful  breakfast and free WiFi.  Some of the 11 guest rooms are smaller than others and have two single beds versus one double bed.  If you are unhappy with the amenities of your room, Margarida will be happy to switch it for you as soon as one becomes available.  The location of the pousada on this tree lined street couldn't be better.  It is also just 3 blocks from Ipanema Beach Posto 10, 3 blocks to the Lagoa,  and a 15 minute walk to the Metro station at Praça General Osorio.  Some of the best restaurants in Ipanema are in this area, and you can also find affordable dining at Cafe Paz e Amor and Botequim do Itahy.  Visit the Magarida's Pousada website.

Casa Cool Beans

Location: Rua Laurinda Santos Lobo, 136, Santa Teresa.  Price range per night USD $129 - $169. 

Tel: 55 21 22620552; USA (202) 470-3548.  Credit cards accepted for 20% deposit; balance to be paid in $R , $USD, Euros, or by debit card. 

Casa Cool Beans is a 3 story pousada located on a hilly street in the  bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood.  It has 10 artfully furnished and decorated rooms, all with AC and en suite bathroom and shower.  A medium sized pool located on the 3rd level is open until 9pm daily.  Traditional Brazilian breakfast with eggs is included in the daily rate. WiFi is available for guests as is a computer in the lobby area. 

Casa Cool Beans is an upscale Inn that provides concierge service,  and was the Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice® 2012 Winner and their #1 rated Rio de Janeiro pousada.

Those wishing to stay in one of Santa Teresa's pousadas should be aware that it is quite some distance from the Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.  Taxi or Metro travel is needed to get most everywhere outside of this neighborhood.  Caution should be exercised after dark, and tourists should stick to the main streets which house the shops, restaurants, and bars. Visit the Casa Cool Beans website.

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