Independent: Maria Santa Teresa

MSTThe six-room Maria Santa Teresa guesthouse opened its doors just in time for the World Cup; but, rather unusually, this Design Hotels’ project is popping up for only 12 months. The hotel marketing group has previously taken over properties on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera and the Greek Island of Mykonos, transforming them to fit its design-driven portfolio. Once this “project” closes, the guesthouse is set to undergo another redesign at the hands of the Brazilian architect, Marcio Kogan, in time for the 2016 Olympics.

The modest pousada was snapped up by Design Hotels’ partner Hans Georg Näder, who also owns Germany’s Hotel Zum Löwen. It perches high in the tropical, bohemian Santa Teresa neighbourhood.

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