I stayed at two hotels while I was in Rio and tried both of their hot chocolates at breakfast as an excuse to tell you all about them.  I would recommend them both. The first few nights I was at Casa Mosquito right between Ipanema and Copacabana. The Casa is up on the hill with stunning views across the area.

The founders, Benjamin and Louis, while traveling in the south of France fell in love with a statue of a mosquito which subsequently inspired the name of the hotel. They opened the hotel only a year or so ago and already it has rave reviews.

Inside everything is light and airy. The décor is clean and sophisticated but full of interesting details. The statue of the famous Mosquito welcomes guests as they walk up several flights of stairs to get to reception. As you sit down to do the paper work you are presented with a beautiful glass of passion fruit juice. Welcome to Brazil.

I loved everything about this hotel, the service is incredible, the rooms stunning, the views fantastic and breakfast delicious. The only thing that wasn’t perfect about my stay was the hot chocolate! Rio seemed to be all about extremes when it came to hot chocolate. I had some of the best and some of the worst hot chocolates I have had in a while on this same trip. Maybe it was just a bad day or something went wrong, which of course is very possible. But no matter, one doesn’t stay here for the hot chocolate, especially when you are walking distance away from two of the most famous beaches in the world.

Verdict: Everything it claims to be. I hope I will have the opportunity to stay again. Casa Mosquito, rue Saint roman 222, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Hot Chocolate update from the owners! “Next time you come to visit us, you have to try our Submarino – steamed milk with a delicious piece of AMMA chocolate in four kinds of percentage of cocoa: 50%, 60%, 75% and 85%.”