By Mary Bolling Blackiston and Jay Forte, Contributing Reporters
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Tucked high in Santa Teresa is a colonial estate renovated and under continued metamorphosis into the modern and chic Rio180º Boutique Hotel. French owner Jean-Christophe Marois explains that the architecture is “not the typical colonial type that you have in Santa Teresa" and anyone familiar with Rio's famously bohemian neighborhood would be quick to agree.
The space of the hotel is decidedly open, complimenting Rio's year-round tropical temperatures. Marois describes how the hotel was formerly an old house; and, “I kept the structure . . .