Set within the soaring mountains overlooking Rio de Janeiro, the charming Santa Teresa neighborhood is located in one of the city’s most picturesque districts. Filled with crumbling colonial mansions surrounded by lush, verdant vegetation, Santa Teresa is where you’ll find the city’s most charming boutique hotels and artist galleries, offering a peaceful change from the chaotic beachfront areas and shopping malls of downtown Rio de Janeiro. The Santa Teresa Hotel is one of the city’s most luxurious boutique hotels, set within a former colonial mansion with elegant interiors of rich Brazilian woods of Canela, Imbuia, Peroba, and Ypês; locally quarried stones and burnt cement; and striking art works by local artists. The 44 guest rooms feature elegant four-post beds and spacious bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, along with lovely views overlooking the Santa Teresa district. Enjoy a swim in the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool or indulge in a spa treatment at the hotel’s in-house spa. The Santa Teresa Hotel’s excellent restaurant and lounge bar are just as popular with hotel guests as with Rio’s discerning local crowd. Isolated from the boisterous streets of downtown Rio, don’t miss a stroll through the charmingly quaint cobblestone streets nearby, however be aware that the hotel is located close to a major favela so it’s best to ask for directions before you venture too far afield.