Francesca Wade

Chez Georges

  • Where:
  • Why:Art Fair week
  • When:The rainiest week in Sepetmber 2022
  • Who:On my own [dance emoji]

"Brutalist home meets secluded retreat"

AT A GLANCE: Nestled between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, this understated city boutique hotel is located at the top of a hill in the laid-back and colorful Santa Teresa neighborhood. Chez Georges is not a regular hotel — it has been preserved as a home, and it feels that way. Expect guests breaking bread together, stunning views of the city’s iconic beaches, and lots of really really good design.

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Chez Georges Starting Art Fair week right from the hotel

Starting Art Fair week right from the hotel

Chez Georges Staring into the wilderness in my super cozy bedroom at Chez Georges

Staring into the wilderness in my super cozy bedroom at Chez Georges

Chez Georges Obsessed with this chair which is perfect for lounging in

Obsessed with this chair which is perfect for lounging in

Chez Georges Also the room had a desk space but I chose the view and the lounger instead

Also the room had a desk space but I chose the view and the lounger instead

Chez Georges My room's balcony with views of the pool and beyond

My room's balcony with views of the pool and beyond

Chez Georges The bathroom mirror game was strong

The bathroom mirror game was strong

Chez Georges Chez Georges had tons of sitting nooks and common areas. They were impeccably decorated, cue the fun, colorful pendant lights

Chez Georges had tons of sitting nooks and common areas. They were impeccably decorated, cue the fun, colorful pendant lights

Chez Georges Another inviting chair to lounge in

Another inviting chair to lounge in

Chez Georges My works had multiple moments in the house

My works had multiple moments in the house

Chez Georges Chez Georges has seven suites — this is the George Harrison room

Chez Georges has seven suites — this is the George Harrison room

Chez Georges A Brazilian breakfast is served every morning. It's also a great way to socialize with other guests as the breakfast is served for all at the same table

A Brazilian breakfast is served every morning. It's also a great way to socialize with other guests as the breakfast is served for all at the same table

Chez Georges Enjoying my morning cuppa

Enjoying my morning cuppa

Chez Georges Such great photo ops

Such great photo ops

Chez Georges There's a little spiritual nook outside for those seeking

There's a little spiritual nook outside for those seeking

Chez Georges And a cozy book nook with a diverse selection of books, for those with a different seeking

And a cozy book nook with a diverse selection of books, for those with a different seeking

Chez Georges Chez Georges is an architectural work of art and this glass-clad elevator takes you up the mountain to the hotel

Chez Georges is an architectural work of art and this glass-clad elevator takes you up the mountain to the hotel

Chez Georges Lushness everywhere...until next time

Lushness everywhere...until next time

Highs & Lows

  • Shockingly beautiful architecture

  • Staff incredibly friendly and helpful

  • Brazilian breakfast

  • More thorough explanation as to how to use the house would have been much appreciated

Chez Georges Chez Georges had tons of sitting nooks and common areas. They were impeccably decorated, cue the fun, colorful pendant lights

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 45/50
Chez Georges My works had multiple moments in the house

Important Bits

  • Type

    Lifestyle hotel

  • Vibe

    Bruitalist home meets secluded retreat

  • Location

    Nestled between the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema

  • Rooms

    Seven suites

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    They were very accommodating when I mentioned that my flight arrived at 5 am — someone was there to let me in and show me to my room. Later, I found out that no staff stays at the hotel overnight, only the guests. To arrive, you wind all the way up the cobbled streets on Santa Teresa to find what looks like a home with no hotel sign on the door. You enter into an unused beautiful garage with a glass elevator that climbs up the mountain to the house

  • Future Forward

    Not one point during my stay did this feel like a regular hotel — it has been preserved as a home and it feels that way

  • Music

    Brazilian bossa nova sem parar

  • Year Opened

    Built in 1974

  • Designed By

    Key architect of Brazilian Modernism — Wladimir Alves de Souza, along with Mies Van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer

  • Health & Wellness

    The most beautiful outdoor pool that I was unable to use due to the cold weather. The hotel is like a quiet retreat, with three lounge areas for guests to enjoy

  • Food

    Breakfast is served from 8 - 10 am and all guests sit together, which was cute. One guest had just played Rock in Rio — a music festival — the week before, another couple were visiting from Seattle. There is no room service or food kept in the hotel. They have an honesty system for water and beers in the fridge. I found out on my last day that all guests can use the kitchen to cook, which is cool

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    It’s a quiet retreat, no bar, no nightlife

  • Minibar & Retail

    No

  • Accessibility

    Facilities to cater to the specially-abled available

  • Pet Friendly

    Pets are not allowed

  • Children

    Children of any age are welcome

  • Price

    Worth it

  • Tel.

    +55 21 97232 7563

  • Website

    Visit website

Chez Georges

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In the Area

Hotel Location Chez Georges - Ladeira do Meireles - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chez Georges is located in Rio's chill but colorful neighborhood of Santa Teresa, overlooking and a stone's throw away from the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Santa Teresa bursts with bona fide Brazilian vitality — an exciting scene of galleries, museums, restaurants, and bars.

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