Though it has one of the most strikingly grandiose exteriors on Rua Direita de Santo Antônio Pousada Colonial (Rua Direita de Santo Antônio 368, tel. 71/3243-3329, www.colonialpousada.com, R$90–150 d) is less expensive than its neighbors and more modern in its decor. It is bright, spacious, and impressively vertical, reminding one of an Escher engraving with its many flights of immaculately polished stairs. Large, spotless rooms are available in a variety of prices and sizes. Really marvelous is the top floor’s superior suite with its own private balcony and splendid views.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition