This 19thC guesthouse is a fine example of Rio’s famously eclectic architecture, ‘Castelinho’ which translates as ‘small castle’, stands high on the hill overlooking Guananbara Bay and the famous antique tram of Santa Teresa.
There are 12 comfortable rooms varying in size, but white walls and high ceilings give them an airy feel, and some split-level rooms have exceptional views over the bay. Each is individually furnished with colourful bedspreads, antique furniture and eye-catching artwork.
We especially liked the relaxing terrace, with a bar in the evening – a nice touch. Alternatively the garden offers shade under the tropical fruit trees. The spacious main hall often holds short exhibitions from local artists and, if you have time, it’s worth checking out.
A budget pousada, but a very good one.