Mama Ruisa Guest House, Rio de Janeiro

Stay in style at the Mama Ruisa hotel in Rio de Janeiro, supremely comfortable accommodation just a few minutes from the city’s historic centre.

Owned by a family with wide-ranging experience of running world class, international hotels, Mama Ruisa is a very worthy addition to any itinerary for a luxury, tailor-made holiday to Brazil. This grand mansion stands in Santa Teresa, a highly regarded quarter of Rio Janeiro; just a few minutes from the town’s historical centre, walking distance to the famous cabaret and samba bars of Lapa, and a mere 15 minutes from the renowned Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

The hotel itself is quite a destination, too. With its palm-fringed pool, gracious lounge and open terrace overlooking Santa Teresa and beyond to the sea, it is the perfect place to relax and restore yourself after a busy day seeing the sights of Rio. Ready to experience the nearby nightlife!

Mama Ruisa, at a glance

  • Luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Bay of Guanabara
  • 20 minutes from Rio’s international airport
  • Just seven designer rooms with breathtaking views of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Bay
  • Décor includes unique photos of Josephine Baker, Colette and Maria Callas, original sculptures and drawings by Jean Cocteau
  • Dining on the open terrace

For leisure and pleasure

  • Swimming pool surrounded by palm trees
  • 10 minutes from the historical and cultural centre
  • 10 minutes from Lapa’s hot nightlife for sophisticated 1920s style cabaret and samba bars
  • 15 minutes from Ipanema and Copacabana beaches
  • Chauffeur-driven excursions to cultural centres like the Atelier d’Artistes
  • Tours to the Tijuca Forest
  • It was an extraordinary, wonderful and memorable holiday. Thank you to everyone.

    EE, Kenya & Zanzibar, 2014


  • 24/7 emergency contact
  • Established for 25 years
  • ATOL, ABTA, IATA protected


  • First-hand experience to every destination
  • Only the best guides and local partners used
  • All holidays designed to suit individual needs


  • 70% repeat and referral business
  • Support local charities world-wide
  • Access to senior directors 24/7