WELCOME TO VILLA LEONOR!
Perched between a mango grove and a small banana and bamboo plantation off a cobbled street in the Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro, Villa Leonor Apartments and Hostel is a rural paradise in the heart of the cidade maravilhosa.
Stroll up Corcovado by day through the Tijuca national park to the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer statue). Catch the famous yellow tram from the top of the street over the Arcos de Lapa. While away the evening in our outdoor lounge with views across the glittering metropolis. Roll down a hundred yards by night into the wild samba houses of Lapa or, for a truly authentic experience, Santa Teresa’s own Escola de Samba (Samba School). read more
Santa Teresa is the artists' quarter of Rio de Janeiro. Described frequently as the ‘Montmartre Carioca’- Carioca means ‘of Rio’ - its bohemian streets scale the hillsides over the city centre and are dotted with bars and restaurants, galleries and mansions, offering stunning views of Rio and the ocean and mountains beyond.
Throughout the year Santa Teresa hosts parades, open-air and open-house art and food markets, live music, capoeira displays and practice nights for the local samba school in preparation for carnival.
Villa Leonor is a 25 minute taxi ride from Tom Jobim airport and just 10 minutes from the domestic terminal (Santos Dumont). From the city centre it’s a beautiful 15 minute tram journey through Santa Teresa on the bonde marked ‘Paula Mattos’. Alternatively you can take the metro as far as Gloria or Cinelandia and a taxi up to the door for R$10.