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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
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  • Sadly, we never got to go on our trip to Canada in June, due to Covid 19. However, I'm giving a 5 star review because we received such excellent service from Gemma. She itook on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic tinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

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    TS, August 2020