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Hotel Highlights

  • Slow-pace, stylish looks
  • Dazzling view from leafy Gavea across the city
  • Relaxed days by the pool under the Brazilian sun

Overview

Ready for its close-up and just 10 minutes north of Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro hotel La Maison by Dussol embodies a sophisticated aesthetic that’s fashion magazine-worthy. The first of its kind to open in Rio, this boutique bolthole feels like a private home – and its breathtaking surroundings and laid-back attitude will make you seriusly consider taking up premanent residency.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking La Maison by Dussol with us:

A 25 per cent discount on a dinner at La Maison

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at La Maison by Dussol

Winter sun: 6 nights for the price of 5

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

Five rooms.

Check–out

Midday, but can be flexible.

Rates

Double rooms from $178.10 (BRL450). Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

WiFi, air-con and fans, Granado toiletries, massage, beauty treatments, library, gardens.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the five rooms is individually decorated, with a travel theme. The Tiffany Room has the biggest terrace, and a bathroom with a view over the Corcovado and Tijuca Forest. The Recamier Room is spacious, with the best view and a bathtub.

Poolside

Outdoor pool with a view.

Also

Pets are welcome. Smoking is allowed. Airport transfer costs €60. City tour, €120.

Children

Under-fives stay free, with cribs available. Over-fives: €80 for an extra bed. Babysitters can be booked.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The cook shops daily for fresh produce and cooks fusion cuisine to order: meat or fish.

Hotel Bar

You can drink great caipirinhas and batidas, as late as you like.

Last orders

Guests are asked to order lunch by 10pm, and dinner by 5pm.

Room service

A snack menu of sandwiches, salads and fruit plates is available.

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Dress code

Elegant sundresses, and the eternal Havaianas.

Top table

In the candlelit lounge.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

For an insider's travel guide to Rio, including great recommendations for eating and drinking, as well to get tips on what to get up to while you're away, from the best beaches to how to get around, click here for our destination guide.

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Upmarket Gavea

La Maison by Dussol

58 Rua Sérgio Porto, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, 22451-430

Planes

Both of the city’s two main airports are within easy reach of the hotel. International visitors will most likely arrive at Galeão Airport, a 30-minute drive away. Santos Dumont Airport is 20 minutes away. The hotel can arrange transfers to and from the airport for approximately US$82 each way.

Trains

The nearest metro station is General Osório on Line One of Rio’s underground, a 20-minute drive away.

Automobiles

Gávea is to the south of the city, just west of Ipanema.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Ismay Atkins , Sea-facing scribe

‘Are you sure this is it?’, says our taxi driver as we pull up to an unmarked white door at No 58 of Rua Sergio Porto, a private cobbled street in the exclusive area of Alto Gavea. The name of our temporary residence suddenly takes on a new resonance: when they called it ‘The House’, they meant that to be taken quite literally. A path through a pretty tropical garden leads…
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La Maison by Dussol

Anonymous review by Ismay Atkins, Sea-facing scribe

‘Are you sure this is it?’, says our taxi driver as we pull up to an unmarked white door at No 58 of Rua Sergio Porto, a private cobbled street in the exclusive area of Alto Gavea. The name of our temporary residence suddenly takes on a new resonance: when they called it ‘The House’, they meant that to be taken quite literally.

A path through a pretty tropical garden leads to the guesthouse in question, an exquisitely reworked colonial-style mansion that clings high to the side of one of Rio de Janeiro’s lush hills. This means big, world-class views from nearly all spaces in the house – over the Tijuca rainforest (the world’s largest urban forest), the lagoon and, the real prize, a picture-perfect silhouette on the horizon of Rio’s famous symbol, the Christ the Redeemer statue on top of the Corcovado mountain. So far, then, so completely unlike anyone’s house that we know.

Our jewel of a room – the Tiffany – is classily decorated in Tiffany & Co’s trademark pale turquoise, paired with crisp whites and bordered by a large terrace, lending it a fresh villa-like feel. But silver accents and swanky details – a retro mirrored bedside lamp, matching blue trim on the soft white sheets – add enough subtle luxe to rise to a special occasion. The thoroughly tasteful Tiffany bathroom, in blue, silver and slate, is enticing. So enticing, in fact, that it even managed to achieve the almost unachievable in convincing this seriously bathaholic Mrs Smith that a bath wasn’t so essential after all. Well, at least not if you have a shower head several times wider than your head and a huge circular shower chamber looking out over Tijuca and opening out on to your private terrace (not overlooked, I hasten to add). The ultimate ‘rainforest shower’, if you will. You’ll even come out smelling sweetly of Amazonian chestnut, thanks to the Brazilian Granado toiletries.

A hit from the fine house caipirinha (available 24 hours), combined with the thought of our comfy queensize bed and the total calm of our room, meant that it was hard to put off sleep in the name of jet-lag limitation.

‘I fell completely in love with Rio’, confides Jacques, the young French co-owner of La Maison, the next morning over breakfast. And, as we drank our freshly squeezed pineapple juice, gazing out into the clear skies of Rio, we had to admit that we were beginning to get his drift. Our host’s enthusiasm for his adopted city and also for the business of genuine hospitality – something that some hoteliers seem to like more in theory than in practice – runs throughout the La Maison experience. Jacques was more than happy to delve into his impressive knowledge of Rio to help tailor our time, guiding us towards lesser-known hot spots, as well as the essential Rio experiences (beaching in Ipanema, a trip up the Corcovado, a stroll around boho Santa Teresa).

In a city of such vivid colours, we are glad that La Maison manages to avoid the neutral shades many design hotels employ to achieve sleekness, instead splashing around colour with finesse. The upstairs lounge is all decadent pinks and purples, with large striped walls and low-slung grape-coloured velvet sofas. The modish downstairs salon-dining room makes minimalist white statements with the cool curvy dining chairs and stylish sofas, setting them against camouflage-green walls, glitzy chandeliers and carefully strewn objêts d’art.

Though we can think of nothing more agreeable than holing up in La Maison for the fully-fledged retreat experience – sips of caipirinha, dips in the pool and custom-cooked meals from the in-house chef – a ten-minute taxi ride will take you down the hill to the action of fashionable Leblon and Ipanema beaches. Don a high-style bikini, drink coco water from the nut, and take in the sights and sounds of one of the world’s finest city beaches. Think itsy-bitsy swimwear, futevolei (a Brazilian cross between beach volley and football), impromptu samba bands and beach vendors peddling anything you could possibly require, from ice-cold beers and grilled cheese, to jewellery and sundresses.

La Maison is the ultimate antidote to the soulless corporate hotel – and is a characterful rarity among the scores of bland high-rise hotels that line Rio’s sandy shores. With just five beautifully appointed rooms (all wildly different) and very few mod-cons (not all rooms have air-con or baths, and none have minibars, TVs or telephones), La Maison is the perfect hotel for people who don’t really like hotels – a tranquil, romantic getaway in a densely populated city of 5.5 million. You won’t find a gym, a business centre, reception desks, suited doormen or computer-charged room keys. But you will get an old-fashioned key to a few luxuries that are considerably harder to find: complete peace and quiet, natural beauty, highly personalised service and discerningly different decor. And the view, oh the view…

As featured on our television programme for Discovery Travel and Living.

The Guestbook

Reviews of La Maison by Dussol from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed the welcome we got, the friendliness and helpfulness of all the management and staff (especially Christian), the interior design – very cool and interesting – the quiet location and the view. The breakfast had interesting variations each day.

Rating: 9/10 stars