Contributor/ Glenn Ebert
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A quieter yet equally stunning, urban retreat by the By Dussol Group, The property serves as an equally elegant alternative for the luxury traveller looking to inject a more intimate, eco-conscious feel to a city that is known for its nonstop, bombastic hospitality and party scene.
The Good Stuff
The French-inspired maison boutique property includes all the expected pleasantries, including Wi-Fi and private terraces attached to most of guestrooms. Communal spaces are ample and cosy, with complimentary breakfast served each morning. However, the real treat are the stunning views and scenery given the property’s location; a plus for nature and luxury lovers alike.
Located in Rio’s Gávea neighbourhood and sitting in the shadow of Rocinha, one of Rio’s largest favelas, the property provides a stunning, lush and tranquil reprieve from a city that can tire as quickly as it inspires. While the sounds of the favela can often be heard all hours of the day, it only adds to the property’s authentic charm to be sublimely chic.
Inside the Hotel – 10/10
While the aesthetics and detailing of the property’s five bedrooms’ incorporate a vary, guestrooms include their own custom touches of colour and designs. With outdoor showers and rainforest shower heads, bathrooms are a true highlight. The small but sun drenched pool is also a must for guests looking to refresh after a day of site seeing of hiking nearby trails.
Outside the Hotel – 8/10
Located on the opening fringes of Rio’s massive Tijuca National Forest (which houses the famed Christ the Redeemer statue), the property is a starting point for ample amount of outdoor activities and a hiker’s dream. These tourist sites, including the famed Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema beach districts, are all just a short cab ride away.
Image courtesy of La Maison Dussol