1850s Colonial House Restored into Lovely Bed and Breakfast in Rio de Janeiro

© Paula Alvarado

Hidden at the top of a hill and surrounded by cobbled streets in Gloria neighborhood, this lovely bed and breakfast offers a very different Rio de Janeiro experience than the city's main tourist hub, Copacabana.

Baron Garden functions in a colonial house which dates back to the 1850s, possibly former property of a merchant who gave name to the street Barão de Guaratiba, where the place is located.

© Paula Alvarado

© Paula Alvarado

© Paula Alvarado

© Paula Alvarado

Other than an addendum built in the 1950s, the original colonial construction remains intact and the owners decided to respect the structure and disposition of the rooms when they got the place and later turned into the bed and breakfast in 2005. Following a premise we much like at TreeHugger.

The width of the brick and stone walls, the restored wooden window blinds and ceilings, the tiles and fences, are such a rare sight in modern buildings and so well kept, the house makes you feel in another century.

© Paula Alvarado

© Paula Alvarado

© Paula Alvarado

It's not only a superb building, but the service is great as well. Running the place is Iaci, a mathematician for 30 years who decided to leave the exact sciences for alternative therapies, and a kind staff.

The location is not as central as Copacabana, but that can actually be a big plus. Gloria and the surrounding Santa Teresa are regions famous for keeping historical constructions which bring back the city's old charm.

© Paula Alvarado

© Paula Alvarado

Having had the chance to stay here on two different occasions, I highly recommend checking it out if you're in town. More at their website.

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