Casa Marques is built on the foundations of a colonial mansion in the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, boasting stunning views of Rio de Janeiro.
How would you describe Vila Santa Teresa Hotel in a nutshell?
Vila Santa Teresa Hotel & Spa is a newly renovated 1970s modernist villa with seven opulent bedrooms. This adult-only property (16 and up) combines the luxury of a beautiful private villa with the features of a boutique hotel, right in the heart of the bohemian district of Rio de Janeiro.
What makes Vila Santa Teresa a special place to you?
The Vila is a place for personalized experiences, with private drivers, reservations at the best restaurants, and specialized tours of the city. One of our very strong points is the level of service that our guests receive on the property. Some of our staff has been here for over 20 years, so they really know those of our guests who come back to see us. For us it is all part of the personalized experience that we like to offer to those coming to stay with us.
How would you describe the atmosphere inside the villa?
The property of Vila Santa Teresa was originally built in the 1920s as a private estate for a famous family in Brazil, the Monteiro de Carvalho family. Due to its history, there is a lot of artwork across the entire estate and the mango trees in the garden have been owned by the same family for almost a century.
Since it’s a private villa, away from the hustle and bustle of the city and set onto an elevated hill, the views of the city and ocean and mountains are unparalleled. Because of such a privileged position, the property has the atmosphere of an urban oasis. It is very silent here and the only thing that can break that silence is the wind or birds singing. We’ve also made sure that the surrounding lush greenery and flowering plants are well maintained. In its entirety you’ll find that Vila Santa Teresa has a very luxurious, yet casual atmosphere where guests are treated like friends of the family.