Photo by Adriana Semensato, courtesy of Casa Cool Beans
Casa Cool Beans
A funky guesthouse in Rio’s charming Santa Teresa neighborhood, Casa Cool Beans is an antidote to soulless chain hotels. Not so friendly for kids (there’s a 13-year age minimum) or less physically able guests (there are many stairs and no elevators), it’s better for couples or families with teens. Uniquely designed rooms range from a 183-square-foot twin to a 484-square-doot duplex with a semi-private patio; some have hardwood floors and high ceilings, while all feature original local artwork. The hotel’s friendly American owners serve a continental breakfast each day by the pool and are happy to point you to the area’s best restaurants and nightlife as well as arrange tours and transportation.