Situated in a nineteenth century villa in historic Santa Teresa, Villa Leonor is a rural paradise in the heart of Rio de Janeiro!
With views out across the city, flanked by mango, banana and bamboo trees, you're still just a short walk from the wild nightlife of Lapa, the bohemian bars of Santa Teresa and the bus-van-metro links to the beaches in the Zona Sul or Botafogo for Sugarloaf. Santa Teresa is also at the foot of Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer Statue) and close to the intercity bus station and the airports.
We have double, triple and quadruple private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and a mixed six-bed dormitory with two bathrooms (one ensuite, one shared). There is a dedicated kitchen and a large terrace bar with spectacular views. Breakfast, bedding and wifi are all included.
Cancellation policy: 48hrs
Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance, after which one night's accommodation is chargeable.
Around special events (Carnival, New Year etc.) and for long stays a 50% non-refundable deposit is required.
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SIMPLY AWFULLLLL, worst ACCOMODATION ever seen ! Since our first contact we had an odd impression, since through TravellerPoint site is required only 10% deposit when booking, instead of calling directly Villa Leonor is required 100% of the value (for us only one night, fortunately). Upon our arrival at B & B, the owner Paul welcomed us very rudely and without the slightest respect accusing us of not having paid the 100% deposit because people without trust...........confirming that I have done the right thing!!
After the delivery of the keys, we were shown the tortuous path to get to the terrace where breakfast was served, but before to get there we had to pass in a stream of water flowing from a leaking pipe exposed from the wall above us, making the stairs slippery and dangerous.
But the worst was yet to come .... the room we were given was the No. 2 , but I think in the recent past was a cellar due to the presence of bulky and noisy old electricity meter of the house, not allowing us to rest and sleep all night long. Moreover, as if that were not enough, the bed sheets were dirty with several red spots, the mattress was old and hard (probably legacy of great-grandmother), the pillows (not an expensive item on the market today) seemed filled with rolled up socks, spread Spiderwebs in the corners, the bathroom door without lock and handle, the doors of the only window of the room were bound together and not allowing the full opening, the bathroom sink is so small as to allow only wash one hand at a time and only the shower towels were made available.......and many many others orrible things!
We can not make any comment about the breakfast, since we highly refused to make it ...... seen the Villa Leonor quality standards.
To prevent the same tragedy could happen to someone else, ruining the deserved holidays and the memories of a wonderful city as Rio de Janeiro, we highly recommend everyone to STAY AWAYYYY from Villa Leonor, and ITS STAFF!
Noting a certain persistence in posting false allegations and imaginative statements by the owner of Villa Leonor, I would like to add and confirm that we made a accomodation request later simply and only on the basis of the economic price and certainly not on the hospitality, making it clear that we wanted a room totally different from that in which we, unfortunately, stay above
E.mail: Two weeks ago we stayed for one night and at the end of the month we shall return, I wonder if you have availability and price of a double room with bathroom for 2 people for 05 nights, but do not want to stay in the same room we previously stayed.
Also I would like Mr. Paul publish photos of the room No. 2 before the renovation, surely the aftermath 31/05/2011 .......... if he has the courage, or explain why he requested total payment in advance instead of 5% as the Travellers Point site (in this case, e-mail available for consultation too)
Surely we are not the kind of people who even want to share the air with people like Paul, or sleep with spiders or sheets stained red .... but if you were you, Villa Leonor is the place for you!
An official response from the owner follows below. Travellerspoint can confirm the guests requested to stay at this property again shortly after their first stay.
--- OWNER RESPONSE ---
In the three years since establishing Villa Leonor this has to be the most bizarre review of all. Suffice it to say that the guests were so appalled with conditions and so mistrusted the owner that they felt compelled to write to him directly the following week, requesting a further booking of five days at the end of the month! (Travellerspoint will vouch for this.) When we told them this was not an option, having concluded during their brief stay that they were, frankly, not the sort of people we would like around, they apparently felt it was time to unsheath their critical swords in vengeance.
Honestly, there is hardly a shred of truth in this review: I would highly recommend the room in question and be delighted to send photos of it to anyone in doubt.
Thank you to Travellerspoint for assessing the review and subsequent reservation request and allowing me to post this response.
We had a very pleasant stay there - the location is fantastic - just few steps from the Bongie tram, in the heart of Santa Teresa. It's close to center, and to the night life of Santa Teresa.
You can enjoy your breakfast on the terrace with the view on Rio, and it's a perfect place for a refreshing drink in the evening!!
The owners are nice and helpfull, and english speaking!
The prices are very reasonable.
I recommend this hostel to all looking for a well priced, but very nice and neat place to stay
I absolutely loved it all over there and think this place could be described as an incredible value for money in a genuine atmospheric old Rio district
Special mentions go to:
- an amazingly helpful staff - the owner Paul has done magnificently well offering help with phones, internet, sports activities, samba clubs, dining and luggage storage and delivery to the airport after two further weeks of backpacking around Brasil
- beautiful terrace with great breakfast and in-house parties
- cosy apartment for 6 people was a great value for money
- perfect location in the genuine old Portuguese district with the bonde/ tram being a commuting requirement not like a tourist attraction
Highly recommended! But if you're looking for a posh hotel, this is not the place for you.
The villa is located in a nice bohemian area of Santa Teresa. Within a short walking distance there are a few bars / restaurants and the must do tram to the centre. Supermarket is down a steep hill but only about 5 mins each way. The Villa has a beautiful terrace area with a view over the centre of Rio. This is where they serve the breakfast in the mornings and have a bar service at night. There is wifi available throughout the hostel. The room we had was spacious and cool in the hot Rio climate although this came at a cost of being a bit damp and musty. The host, Paul, regularly puts on parties on the terrace area which is under cover in case of the unpredictable Rio weather. The best complement that we can give this place is that we have already booked another stay there when we return through Rio.
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I'm not really sure why no one has commented on how poorly kept this Pousada is. Perhaps none of the guests stayed in Room 3. I can't imagine that the other rooms were much nicer though. Be prepared if you stay here, that the rooms aren't clean, there are holes in the ceiling, the floor looks like it has never been washed, the walls are dirty and need to be painted and many things are in serious disrepair. The pillows feel like balls of socks in a pillow case and the room has a large ant problem, with an ant nest that we later found in the room. The towels he provides are rags, the door falls off the refrigerator and at night you can see out of the ceiling (hence probably a bad place when it rains). His response to the refrigerator door was "well you didn't pay for a room with a refrigerator". Clearly, not the appropriate answer.
I don't doubt that the owner is nice and helpful and knows how to show his guests a good time. But honestly, this wasn't what we wanted in a hotel. We would have much rather have had a cleaner room. The best parts of our only one night stay (instead of the planned 4 nights) were the bathroom and breakfast on the patio. That being said, the water sometimes supposedly turns off in the neighborhood and is off for a few hours. And when it turns back on, be prepared for the pipes to scream for about 20 mins.
Needless to say, stay if you want an adventure but not if you are looking for a nice enough place to stay. I am not picky and only paid at most $60 a night for a private room and bathroom throughout all of South America, during my 2 months of travels. It is possible to find much nicer conditions in South America than this.
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How to start my review? There is so much to say, and all positive! First of all, Paul, the man of the villa, is absolutely great with everyone staying at his place. He is very welcoming, warm, friendly, and full of great advice. We went with him to a samba party, without him, no way we would have been able to find such a place with a real brazilian atmosphere. We had a barbecue at the villa with lots of his friends from Rio and some musicians, we stayed up all night on the fantastic terrace, dancing and chatting with people. THe location of Villa Leonor is in Santa Teresa, it is absolutely safe, and such a nice place with lots of artists, nice bars and restaurants, and you can take the tramway to Carioca station, close to the Center. The tram is just an experience that I wanted to take a ride on it every day. The rooms are great sizes, clean, with everything you need. Alessandra, the lady who helps Paul to look after the place, is a discreet woman, always caring and charming. If we left our door opened, she would make our bed, she always lots of nice gestures of this kind.
Sometimes, we just stayed on the terrace, with a fantastic view of RIO and met up with the people who stayed at the villa like us, there is lots of nationalities: English, French, Dutch, Finnish, and even Brazilian people. Everybody was so lovely when we stayed there for 10 days. We felt like we were on holidays with Paul and some of the people who stayed there.We felt at home and I can not recomment enough to anyone to stay there. THanks to Paul and the villa we really had a fantastic time in Rio. Do not hesitate to ask Paul about the great places to go to, he really knows Rio like noone else. We are so happy that we met him, and hopefully we will meet again.
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WONDERFUL, wonderful place to stay! Located in Santa Teresa above the city, the views are stunning. Also, Paul speaks English and has a hand drawn map of the immediate vicinity, which is very helpful. The breakfast can be enjoyed on the terrace or in your room (served in a basket). Excellent value for money. The taxis are reluctant to go there (do not agree to a flat fee, let them run the meter!), 'cos it's up a very steep hill, but well worth it. There are buses and the bongi (tram), which are cheap and stop close to the hostel.
This was the cheapest hostel we could find and were extremely pleased with our room and the hostel. It is located in a very quiet area but within good distance from shops and buses. Also convenietly placed for Cristo and Sambadrome.
Paul, the owner who is half English half Spanish was absolutely superb. He offered us lots of excellent information and even took us out one night to experience the local nightlife. We couldn´t have asked for more from him.
The breakfast was also good, and served out on the veranda overlooking parts of the city. We would recommend this to anyone and would definietly stay here again.
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