Hotel Santa Teresa is perched on a hillside overlooking the twinkling lights of Rio and Guanabara Bay below. It is worth forgoing a central location for this charming retreat in the bohemian Santa Teresa district. The property dates back to 1850 when it was the farmhouse for a working coffee plantation. Santa Teresa Hotel keeps its connection with its rural past. Entering the gardens, hummingbirds dart between flowers and soft lighting detracts from the glare of the busy city. After a day of exploring the hustle and bustle of Rio, retreat to the poolside bar and sip a caipirinha cocktail as the sun sinks over Guanabara Bay.