Mama Ruisa

Bare bones, bohemian, bed & breakfast

Rua Santa Cristina 132, Santa Teresa

55 (21) 2242-1281

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At a Glance

A restored 19th century mansion, the seven-bedroom Mama Ruisa enjoys a prime location in Santa Teresa overlooking Rio and the Atlantic Coast.

Indagare Loves

  • Unique local crafts and funky knick knacks displayed in every room
  • Mansions historic detail including hard wood floors and colossal ceilings
  • Sweet pool and garden overlooking Guanabara Bay


Santa Teresa is Rio’s Montmartre—a funky, colorful hillside neighborhood with fabulous views of central Rio, interesting bars and restaurants (including a local favorite, chef Ana Castilho’s Aprazível) and a lively community of artists and musicians. No wonder French-born owner Jean-Michel Ruis felt right at home here and turned a lovingly restored 19th-century bourgeois mansion into a seven-room bed and breakfast with 360-degree views of Guanabara Bay. A personalized airport transfer service can be arranged for a small fee. Rooms are basic, but each offers funky design elements and are large given the size of the property. A small courtyard and pool enjoys picturesque views of the city and ocean.

Who Should Stay

Adventurous couples with a bohemian edge on a budget.

Written by Indagare

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