Guesthouse CASA 48 - Santa Teresa - Rio de Janeiro 

Pousada CASA 48




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I have been living in the nice and quiet Favela of Pereirao from 2009, and in 2011 I bought a house with a friend. We transformed it step by step in a Guesthouse : the " Casa 48" welcomes you in Santa Teresa district ! If you are looking for a different and authentic hotel I guess you will enjoy your stay at Casa 48. Be ready for a unique relationship with the sugar loaf ! 


Here are more information about our beautiful place : 


ROOMS FARES : please see at the end of the announce. 




It is located in the lovely and bohemian district of Santa Teresa, next to Lapa and the city center. The house is situated at the beginning of a small and safe Favela.



Casa 48 offers 7 rooms on 2 independent floors. 3 rooms are on the second floor, 4 rooms are in the first floor, 2 of them are studios with their own bathroom and terace. This announce concerns one of our REGULAR rooms (without private bathroom and terace) they are called "Acerola, Graviola, Açai, Pitanga, Amora". Those rooms offer different disposition for a better comfort and flexibility to meet your expectations (if you are friends, couples, family), up to 3 people for 2 of them. 

- all the rooms are equipped with ventilators 

- towels and bed sheets are provided 

- you can lock the door of your room with your own locker 

- we are very flexible for your check-in and check-out, but if the rooms are busy the check out is 12h and check in 14h.

- Home-made breakfast from 8h to 10h30 is included



You will enjoy a large living room, 3 bathrooms and toilets, 2 kitchens full equipped free to use, internet WIFI, a barbecue place, a 12 meters terrace in front of the Sugar Loaf. 

We do live in the first floor with roommates (Brazilian, French, Austrian). We have our own space but still, we have the possibility to get a friendly relationship with us as we know well the city and like to exchange.



The highlight of the house is definitively the w o n d e r f u l view that you will enjoy from the living room, the terrace, the kitchen and 5 of the rooms. There is always something happening with this view and it has always a different face, thanks to the game of the sun, the clouds, the ships and sailing boats on the Bay, the birds, the Toucans passing by (sometimes...), the sunrise or moon rise, the kites of the kids of the favela, the fireworks during the football games... you can stay hours and hours in front of it, just enjoying. Like I have been doing for 5 years now!



a regular breakfast is served with bread, fruits, butter, jam, coffee/tea, cereals from 8h to 10h30.


THE OTHER "+" of Casa 48 : 

Casa 48 is a warm and friendly house and we hope we will share more than the view.


In staying at Casa 48, you will have the opportunity to get in touch with the real Carioca way of life and to discover the city in an alternative way : we are happy to give you tips to enjoy nice walks through the city, good popular restaurants, Roda de Samba parties, Forro dancing, hidden museums etc. And Santa Teresa is the perfect place if you want to feel the heart of the city because it is close to the authentic Rio : the City Centre, Lapa... Also, Axel is an official tour guide and can propose you unique walking tours in the Tijuca Forest, in the beaches of Grumari and Prainha, in some others favelas ... We can combine tours easily.


** LAUNDRY ** 

We take care of your laundry for 20reais per machine.



The Casa 48 is located in the upper part of Santa Teresa, in a small, quiet and safe favela. Please do not think that a favela is a slum and that it is dangerous. Everybody in this favela have access to drinkable water, electricity, sewage system. We never ever had any problems of security with the tourists we have been receiving for 4 years. You are more than welcome in our house so you can change your mind if you have some bad stereotypes about the favelas. It is not at all what you can read in some (ignorant?) guide books. Moreover, people are very nice and warm, there is a very friendly atmosphere, you feel like if you were in a village. There are a lot of life, kids playing, neighbors speaking on their entrance doors... 25% of the population of Rio lives in a Favela, and you can find them everywhere in the city as there are on the hills.



We are proud to have one of the only Green Roof of Rio! We changed it in 2013. It provides a far better cooler sensation thanks to the 15cm of earth and the grass. But it is not done to enjoy, it would damage the structure. It is nos permitted to go on the roof without us.



The bus point is situated 100meters from the door of the house. Buses number 006 or 007 take you to LAPA and the City Centre in 10/15min. Taxis can leave you at this point. We are speaking of the main road of the district, "rua almirante alexandrino". 



- Largo do Machado : you reach it by foot, 20min walking, or 5min walking down the favela and 5min van ride. 

- Carioca : you reach it by bus, 15min ride from the house


** BEACHES ** 

Copacabana and Ipanema beaches : 30/40min, by bus or by metro



40min, bus + metro



- little supermarket inside the favela, 60meters from the house for you basic needs (included cold beers...) open until 22h. 

- medium supermarket 5min walking 

- big one 10min walking



Santa Teresa used to be the richest district of Rio, that's why there are wonderful houses from last century, with Portuguese and French architecture. It is known to be the Artistic neighborhood of Rio ; indeed there are a lot of cultural events organized by the local people and a lot of small ateliers. 

As it is on a hill in the center of the city, you will enjoy amazing views on the whole city, whether it is the North Part (Maracana, Sambodromo...) or the South Part (Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay...). And Santa Teresa is the beginning of the Tijuca forest, it is full of nature and Brazilian vegetation. 

It is a kind of a village inside the huge city, everybody know each other, it is peaceful and quiet, there are popular bars and restaurants, you will find here a very unique spirit. 

Cautious : Santa Teresa, though it is a central district, does not offer the "convenience" of a more classical district. There are no 24h ATM, just one farmacy, supermarkets close at 20h, no metro station... Still it really worth it if you want to know Rio from an other insight. 

- LARGO DO GUIMARAES : 15min walking. It is the heart of the district where you find popular restaurants and bars, cinema... open until late. it is safe to go there at night from the house. 

- LAPA Night Life district : 10 min by bus



If you choose Santa Teresa to enjoy Carnival, trust us, you do the right choice! The best "blocos" are definitively around, like "Carmelitas", "Ceu na Terra", "Me Enterra na Quarta"... The "bloco" is this brazilian band playing popular songs in the street during day time. Those street parties are free and there are about 50 blocos per day during carnival...) In Santa Teresa, EVERYBODY is taking part of it with crazy and creative costumes, you will have to dress up as well : be ready! People going up the hill of Santa are the most motivated ones, and the funniest people ever. Also you must know that the best Blocos start EARLY in the morning, from 7am! And it turns really difficult to reach them when you come from another district as streets are closed to traffic, so the best is to go by foot. Others nice blocos are in Lapa and the Center, like Cordao da Boitata or o Boi Telo. We really do not recommend any blocos on Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches : it is a really different atmosphere, people are not that dressed up, it is really crowded, it is not that funny... up to you!



Best days are Sunday and Monday nights, it starts at 9pm, it ends at 6am, you will see 6 samba schools parading, each one has about 4000 participants and has 1h22minutes to present its show! It is massive, wonderful, unique, gorgeous : you can't miss it!!! 

We can provide you tickets at a reasonable price, do NOT book your tickets from your own country, ask me first which fare I can get for you, you may pay far cheaper. You can go by foot from Casa 48 to the Sambodromo, it is a 40min walk through Santa Teresa.


** WARNING ** 

The "Bonde", the yellow old-fashioned and famous tram, used to be stop  due to a tragic accident occurred in august 2011. They have been doing improvement works for 2 years , they are changing all the electric system and the trails. The Bonde IS BACK from july 2015 but it just goes from the City Centre until the Largo do Curvelo, which corresponds to 1/3 of the way. One day he will join Casa 48, but we can't say when!




5 CLASSICAL ROOMS (please note that this annonce corresponds to one of them). Their names are : Acerola, Graviola, Açai, Pitanga, Amora.

** PRICE per night for 2 persons **

- 40EUR / 45USD / 160BRL

- extra person : 10EUR / 12USD / 45BRL (Rooms Açai and Graviola)

- Carnival and NYE  : 100EUR / 90USD / 400BRL,


** PRICE FOR 1 PERSON (except for Carnival and NYE = 2 persons fare) **

- 30EUR / 33USD / 130BRL



NYE minimum nights : 3 

CARNIVAL minimum nights : 5 

(2017 Carnival dates : 24th ==> 1st of march)


MONTH FARE : 25% discount 


For your interest, we offer 2 other rooms which have their own bathroom and private terace, both have the view on the Sugar Loaf ! 


Room "Abacate", up to 3 people (10EUR more for the third person)

- 50EUR / 55USD/ 200BRL


Room "Manga" , up to 4 people (10EUR more for the 4th person)

- 60EUR / 70USD / 240BRL

This space has also a small kitchen in a living room with a bed/sofa.



any question ? feel free to ask!


Um grande abraço ! até logo !


Axel , Valentin & Casa 48 Team






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            Pico da Tijuca 


Pedra do Sal 

 Parque do Flamengo 

Joatinga  Corcovado 

        Niterói   Vidigal 





   Praça Mauá  Lagoa 

 Jardim Botânico




        Pedra da Gávea 

Catedral   Dois Irmãos

      Arcos da Lapa 

Pão de Açúcar 


     Rocinha  Praça XV 

           Parque Lage


Ilha Grande

       Pico do Papagaio 

Prainha  Santa Teresa 

Babilônia  Leme 


 Uruguaiana / SAARA

     Pedra do Telegrafo 

Marina da Glória 


    Ponta Negra, Parati


   Bonde Santa Teresa 

Escadaria do laron

Paraty & Costa Verde 

    Baia de Guanabara 




Museu do Amanhã


           Forte do Leme


Confeitaria Colombo


  Saco de Mamangua