Accorhotels has strengthened its presence in the Brazilian hotel market by launching two new flagship hotels in Rio de Janeiro – Hotel Santa Teresa MGallery by Sofitel and Mama Shelter Rio de Janeiro.

The hotels are located in the trendy Santa Teresa area – a bohemian neighbourhood which is famous for its street parties, as well as its artistic and musical history. Perched on a hilltop, the hotels gaze out over the colourful metropolis full of Art Deco buildings, graffiti-covered walls and mosaic-covered parks, according to a press release.

MGallery-Rio1-720x405Hotel Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro MGallery by Sofitel is the result of a collaboration between local artists and designers. The hotel has 43 rooms, the hotel restaurant Tereze, a spa with swimming pool and a stunning panoramic view of the city. Mama Shelter opens in June, becoming the chain’s first hotel in Brazil.

“We really wanted to bring these two brands to Brazil, and in Santa Teresa we found the perfect opportunity. The ‘tropical chic’ style fits perfectly in the spirit of MGallery by Sofitel and Mama Shelter, rather resembling the Montmartre in Paris, due to the large number of artists who have studios and live in the area. The cultural, culinary and modern environment also adapt perfectly to the public. We will bring the distribution and digital structure of the AccorHotels group, always assuring a sustainable market and development that is harmonious with this emblematic neighborhood of Rio culture,” says Patrick Mendes, CEO of Accorhotels South America.

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Accorhotels currently operates 28 hotels in Rio de Janeiro and has a further five planned to open before the end of the year.