Our reporter, Fiona Duncan, describes this colonial mansion as a place of tranquillity in bustling Santa Teresa. Built in the 30s its delicate white exterior is well preserved, and many other original features remain: stained glass windows, inlaid floors, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the dining room. There’s also a particularly pretty tiled-terrace where the generous breakfast is often served.
   There are only three rooms, so tranquillity is guaranteed. Two have balconies, while the third opens on to the tropical garden. The bathrooms are shower only but otherwise well proportioned, and all the rooms feature hammocks – the owner, Guido, insists they’re a necessity.
   The Sugarloaf room has remarkable views over the city, and is closest to the unique retro-tiled kitchenette, where Guido will happily teach you how to make the perfect caipirinha.