Apartment - Entire home/apt · Rio, Rio de Janeiro 22420-040, Brazil
Your host, Martha
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The Space

Come spend some time at one of the last houses of Ipanema neighborhood. A rare find!
It is the PERFECT CHOICE for those who seek a peaceful, secure and familiar environment in the middle of a very cosmopolitan urban centre.
Vila Ipanema is unique and charming, with a lovely courtyard plenty of typicals plants.
It is located at the best point of Ipanema's beach, and it is just one block away from it.
The house is also close to banks, pharmacies, grocery stores, bakeries, supermarkets and good restaurants.
It's an one-floor little house with a cosy covered porch, set well back from the road ! You'll feel like you're at a beach house.
The house #2A in Villa Ipanema is perfect to 3 people , but can accomodate up to 4.
The house offers one big bedroom with a double bed and also a pull-out bed.
It has air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a cable TV with a 32 " TV, internet Wi-Fi with a strong sign, one bathroom with warm water (eletric shower), a fully-equipped american style kitchen ( with an eletric cooktop-stove, a little eletric oven and a microwave oven) and a beautiful covered porch.
The garden that lines the entryway blooms all year!
Included in the rental price are bed linens, towels, internet Wi Fi with an excellent connection, perfect for who comes to business, beach chairs and one parasol.
We don't offer cleanning or laundry service.
There are bus points at the door for all the major neighborhoods of Rio including to the airport. The house is also at only 3 blocks away from the new metro's station.
We are happy to provide visitors with city maps and tips for a lovely experience in Rio.
You will love it !!!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Cleaning Fee: $37
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Truly a "rare find"!

    Me, my dad and my friend Bobby had an amazing three weeks at Vila Ipanema for the World Cup. One of the last of the original beautiful houses that once were the mainstay of Ipanema, Martha's place offers an experience you wouldn't find in the homogeneous apartment blocks that make up the rest of the area.

    The shaded garden offers you a cool retreat away from the heat and, seclusion from the sounds of the road (which is quiet anyway). We found a fridge and kitchen full of goodies (which was exactly what the doctor ordered after a long flight). The garden even had two beach chairs and an umbrella. These were really useful, as due to the apartment's prime location (right by Posto 9 - the coolest beach area in Rio), we could stroll down to the beach and not be reliant on the helpful but expensive beach side economy (well not much anyway).

    A good building is nothing without a good host however and Martha excels. From multiple sets of keys (colour coded - of course) to advice and maps detailing the area's best spots. Martha even found an extra bed even though the place is really only supposed to have two (she's since changed the listing to be really explicit - don't try your luck if you're thinking of doing the same!)

    An amazing place with an amazing host. What more could you ask for?

    Valeu a pena!

    July 2014
    Response from Martha:

    Hey Daniel, Tom and Bob, you're so amazing guys, and you really brought hapiness to my place. Everytime i stopped to talk to you, i felt good vibrations.
    Nice to meet you guys !!!
    I hope to see you soon, maybe at the Olympics :)

    July 2014
  • I couldn't rate Martha and her place more highly. She is a wonderful lady who is very keen to please her guests. When I arrived, I found the fridge stocked with a range of drinks (including beer!) and a selection of snacks which she informed me were free of charge! Her place is incredible, it is one block back from the amazing Ipanema beach and one block back from the main bar/restaurant strip in Ipanema. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and hope to return soon!

    June 2014
    Response from Martha:

    HI Zack, I'm very happy for your kind words about my house. You've surprised me when you came back from your Asa Delta's Flight !!! You're smilling and happy, a beautiful image !!! My first flyer guest !!!
    You are a gentle and agreable man, and it was a pleasure to have you as guest.
    You're always welcome to come back.

    June 2014
  • Martha was an incredible and gracious host. We could have not asked for a better experience. She provided us great information before our arrival to Rio and was there when we appeared. The apartment was perfect for us, just a block from the beach and easy to get every where else, by bus or metro. It was a great oasis with the busy city in the background and we loved the outdoor sitting area. It was also very safe and I never felt insecure about living my valuables there. I was traveling for work and had a number of items to worry about.
    Martha was always available to answer our questions, provide us ideas for what to do and where to eat. We had a wonderful vacation and really look forward to going back. I would recommend staying with Martha and at the villa.

    May 2014
    Response from Martha:

    Hi Kate and Dan, thanks a lot for your gentle commentary, you're very kind and amazing !!! You 're my first athletes/alpinists/Stand Up Paddlers guests, and i was enchanted by your positive energy.
    I'm proud to have met you guys !!!
    You're welcome to come back anytime !!!

    May 2014
  • Me and my daughter just spent two weeks in Rio and stayed at Martha's vila in Ipanema.

    We couldn't have asked for a better stay. Everything was perfect, from the neighbourhood which is very lively but safe, to the house that was spacious enough for us two, clean and very well decorated. It is located just 2min away from Ipanema beach, nice restaurants and basically everything you need (supermarkets, shops, banks, metro station...).
    The cherry on the cake was Martha. She is such a warm and helpful person, and we had so much fun chatting with her. We could have stayed forever.

    We recommend this place for two or three people who are looking for an authentic place to stay in with a great atmosphere.
    We'll be back Martha! Thanks for everything

    May 2014
    Response from Martha:

    Hi Valérie and Anäis, i had two lovely weeks having you as guests. You are so agreable and friendly and i'm already missing you.
    Thank you for your kind commentary,
    Anäis have a nice time in Indonesia, i know it will be great !!!
    Valérie you're the best mom !!!
    It was a pleasure to meet you and you're welcome to come back anytime !

    May 2014
  • We had a wonderful 5 night stay at this apartment, which is a true gem and rare find in Ipanema. Tucked between two large apartment buildings, this property is a quaint little home at street level surrounded by a nice garden with plenty of space. It has a private outdoors area to enjoy a morning coffee, a spacious one room interior with more than adequate kitchen and clean bathroom. There is also a second bed if you have a third guest.

    Some nice perks of the apartment: it is located one block from post 9 of ipanema beach, the prime spot to be. The apartment has 2 chairs and an umbrella, which saved us a lot of money by not having to rent these items from the beach vendors. And the close location of the apartment meant we could leave our valuables at home and not worry on the beach-and even go back for lunch.

    There are several bakeries, many restaurants and bars close by-Martha had a nice map of their locations for you. All the buses and taxis drive down the road in front of the apartment , allowing easy access to get around. we used the subway many times which is only 4-5 blocks away.

    From the day we booked the apartment, Martha was very friendly and accommodating. She answered all our questions and even sent is a list of Portuguese phrases to say to the taxi to make sure we arrived at the correct destination! We had no problems during our stay, but she was readily available to answer any questions or address any issues which we had (but we did not have any!)

    My wife and I had a wonderful stay and would definitely come again. The location, the cleanliness, and the amazing host are All reasons to stay here and enjoy the best of Ipanema.

    April 2014
    Response from Martha:

    Hi Seth and Mary, I'm really very happy and touched for your kind commentary.
    You are very warm, agreable, friendly and amazing people. I'm so proud lucky and happy to meet you.
    I hope I can see you again soon, but now, you already are in my heart.
    Nice to meet you guys, Martha

    April 2014
  • Had a great stay. Martha was friendly and very helpful. She even gave us an Easter gift which was a nice touch. Thanks for a great stay. If we ever make it back to Rio, Vila Ipanema will be our first choice.

    April 2014
    Response from Martha:

    Hello Richard, thank you very much for your gentle commentary. You, Lynne and Jeff are very friendly and so nice guests. It was a pleasure to meet you.

    April 2014
  • Unfortunately our trip to Rio was cut short because of a death in the family but Martha was a really great host, a very warm person, who went out of her way to help us. The studio itself is amazing, very well equiped and the cutest ever! Just perfect.
    Can't wait to go back.

    March 2014
    Response from Martha:

    The short period that I've stayed with Marijke and her parents, I could see that they are very kind and pleasant people.
    Marijke, I'm very sorry about what happened with your family.
    Thank you about your kind commentary about my place.
    I'm waiting for you and your family !!!

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful time in Rio, staying at Martha's apartment. The apartment is in a PRIME LOCATION in Ipanema - just one block from the beach. Martha is friendly, helpful, and accomodating - she even let us leave our things in her house after our check out. What a wonderful woman! The apartment itself is rather small...but was perfect for me and my friend. After all, you don't come to Rio to stay indoors. I would recommend staying with Martha, and hope to do so again myself one day.

    March 2014
    Response from Martha:

    Thank you very much for your kind commentary Kristy.You and Katie are so special women too. I only disagree when you said that the apartmant is rather small: the reason you felt that was because I put a table with a chair inside. I did that only for you, because you told me that you're coming to Rio for business.
    Dear Kristy , I invite you to come back again, this time without the table inside :) VACATION !!! to enjoy the covered porch again, and I'll give one night free.
    My best regards, Martha

    March 2014
  • We had a great time in Vila Ipanema during carnival 2014! Martha was very friendly and helped us with all our questions. She even got us costumes for the carnival!
    The location is great, close to the beach and shops.

    March 2014
  • We spent 6 days at Vila Ipanema and couldent have choosen a better place to stay. Everything was clean, the bed was good, the aircondition was less noisy them normal and the host was fantastisc ( the freezer was filled up with beer, water, cola and guarana everything incluuded, with is no normal in Brazil) The private outside area was great and the localization is the best and safest for tourists visiting Rio. I can highly recomend this place after a mann years of experience retning apartments i Rio.

    February 2014
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My name is Martha and I'm a psychologist . Me and my sister Marcia, administrate STUDIO/HOUSE 2A and VILA IPANEMA/APARTMENT 1 respectively. We love to travel and know different cultures. We also like to go to musicals, shows, movies and theatre. The Villa Ipanema belongs to our family and we are renting these houses to help us with our expenses. We try to be the best hostesses we can and we invite you to visit our houses. Kind regards, Martha and Marcia.
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