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Rating: Mid-range    

Castelinho38 overview

Castelinho38 is an elegant colonial building dating back to 1866, with a striking castle-like facade. The 10 guest rooms are spread over 2 storeys of the hotel. They are spacious, particularly the master suites on the first floor, and all have an ensuite shower room. Two of the suites can accommodate three people. The rooms are simply but attractively decorated and are light and airy with large windows. The high ceilings, polished wooden floors and local artwork add to the atmosphere of the guesthouse. Each room is named after a tree or plant found in the garden and all are individually decorated.

Outside, there is an inviting terrace, with chairs, tables and parasols. The bar serves a selection of drinks and snacks during the day. The lush gardens are well stocked with fragrant trees, flowers and shrubs. From the terrace you can enjoy views of the city and the Baia de Guanabara. There is also a large and sunny lounge area, where you can relax on the brightly coloured beanbags.

The neighbourhood of Santa Teresa is known for its old colonial buildings, cobbled streets and lanes. There are many shops and galleries displaying local arts and crafts, as well as numerous bars and restaurants. Rio sites such as Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado are within a 30 minute drive while Copacabana Beach is just a 10 minute Metro ride away.


Open:  Castelhino38 is open all year.

Location:  Castelhino38 is located in the Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro. It is set in pretty gardens, high above the hustle and bustle of downtown Rio. The hotel is about a 30-minute drive from the international airport.   

Rooms:  There are 12 guest rooms, individually decorated and filled with antique furnishings. Rooms are named after trees and plants found in the garden. 5 of the rooms are on the ground floor facing the garden, 5 more are on the first floor, 2 of which have air conditioning The remaining 2 rooms are in a separate building in the garden. All have en-suite bathrooms with a range of toiletries, ‘phone, CD player, safe and fans.  

Activities:  Sightseeing and shopping in Rio, exploring Santa Teresa’s alleyways, art and craft shops, cafes and restaurants. The hotel can arrange guides to accompany guests and can organise various excursions. On weekdays there is a pilates class in the garden and yoga sessions can be arranged.

Facilities:  The hotel has a large hall. There are attractive gardens with trees providing shade and a terrace with a great view over the city and part of the Baia de Guanabara, where breakfast is served each day and you may be joined by the owner’s Rhodesian Ridgebacks! The bar serves a range of drinks. The hotel can arrange for service such as acupuncture, shiatsu and manicures should guests wish.

Dining:  Breakfast is taken at individual tables. Lunch and dinner are provided on request.

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome. Cots and high chairs can be provided.

Health:  Rio de Janeiro is not a malarial area.

There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas and a computer for guests to use. 

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client reviews

Dave C

"Room was great, the open patio and \"honesty\" coffee, refreshments, bar etc. worked well. Breakfast was fine. "

Mr Tim Jones
"Characterful, good location (but note NO tram and unlikely to be so in near future) and taxi drivers seemed to have difficulty finding it."
Mr. Christopher Roe
"What a lovely hotel and location. The owner (I think he was) was really friendly and helpful. The room I had at the back of the hotel was lovely. It was nice sitting outside for breakfast overlooking Rio. Also, as the World Cup took place when the Santa Teresa Art festival was supposed to take place, it was postponed until the weekend I was there. This was a wonderful occasion with much music and art on display."
Margaret UK
"In quiet residential street just off main street in Santa Teresa area. Up steep steps to entrance then down again to terrace and breakfast bar. B&B only. 10 mins to restaurants in main street. High ceilings and shuttered windows. Good views of downtown Rio from reception balcony. "
Miss. Christine Waddington
"The manager was extremely helpful throughout our stay. I was a little surprised that our room was quite basic, which is not what I expected. The location of the hotel was also nice, but a long way from anywhere!"

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