About this listing
This guest house is situated in a small community overlooking Copacabana - you are welcome to stay with this local Carioca (Rio) family who have lived here for generations. Breakfast on the terrace is included in the price for 2 guests. Welcome!
The terrace is great for socialising, BBQing, we have a music system which can plug ipod directly to the speakers, there is a fridge to keep the drinks cold. This is the place to be in Copacabana on a sunny day.
Bed and breakfast situated in the community of Babilonia, Copacabana. The area is safe, friendly and has amazing views of the world's most iconic beach - Copacabana.
Your host Thiago and his family welcome tourists from far and away, language students looking for a homestay, NGO workers and Brazilians alike - everyone is welcome in our colourful home.
-EN SUITE DOUBLE BEDROOM PERFECT FOR COUPLES
-ROOF TOP TERRACE WITH HAMMOCKS AND STUNNING VIEWS TO THE SEA & BEACH & CRISTO REDENTOR
-FREE WIRELESS INTERNET
-FRIENDLY BRAZILIAN FAMILY AS HOSTS
(Thiago is English speaking)
This bed and breakfast boasts the BEST VIEW in Copacabana. Look at the pictures, you can see! The sunrise, and the sunset from the terrace are simply spectacular.
Situated on the hill behind Leme, Copacabana this family home is perfect as a base to explore Rio.
Babilonia is a neighbourhood of Copacabana which sits neatly on the hill behind the Leme end of the beach. You can access by taxi, or you can walk there. The area is safe, friendly and open for tourists to explore. Some of the coolest grafitti in Rio can be seen on the walls here.
The small Copacabana community of Babilonia has approx 5000 residents and was "pacified" in 2009. It is now an up an coming neighbourhood in itself. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach from the house. In the neighbourhood there are schools, banks (Bradesco & Itau), shops, bars, hostels, small hotels, and a great community spirit.
This accommodate is perfect for travelers who wish to experience Rio with a real Brazilian family.
A double bedroom with a private bathroom (which is cleaned daily). Guests are also welcome to make use of the 2 rooftop terraces which are common areas for the 6 guest rooms
Interaction with Guests
Thiago is English speaking, and happy to help visitors orientate themselves in Rio. The family are welcoming and look forward to interact with guests as little or as much as they wish.
Babilonia is a small favela on the hill at the Leme end of Copacabana beach. The area has a safe and friendly atmosphere, with children playing in the streets, visitors are welcome to explore here. We know most of our neighbours and my family has been living here for generations. Please come visit and enjoy the community spirit and the amazing views to Copacabana and even to Cristo.
Moto-taxi (which costs R$3.00), taxis, bus and the closest metro station is Cardeal Arcoverde.
To travel from the airport to Copacabana I suggest you take the yellow cabs outside the airport - this should cost approx R$70 and the 20km journey usually takes 25mins depending on the traffic.
There are also regular buses, and express buses to Zona Sul from outside the airport.
Other Things to Note
Stay in a small Brazilian favela with a friendly local family.
A fresh tasty breakfast on the terrace is included.
Please be respectful of our home, you are very welcome here to enjoy with our family.
If we can help you in any way with Portuguese, or tour booking, or travel tips, please just ask.
Please leave everything in the house as you find out.
Bring beach towels for you to use - we will provide you with house towels.
If you wish to smoke, please do so outside on the terrace and not in the bedrooms.
Auf dem Hügel von Babilônia zu wohnen war eine wunderschöne Erfahrung.. Der Ausblick auf die copacabana ist atemberaubend und der Frühstücks-Tisch auf der Dachterrasse ist jeden tag liebevoll und reichlich gedeckt. Man fühlt sich ein bisschen wie in einer großen Familie. Insbesondere vera war das Herz der Unterkunft, immer erreichbar, offen, lieb und hilfsbereit, wir haben uns Zuhause gefühlt!
Die Situation dass Babilônia eine befriedete favela ist, zeigt sich durch sehr viel Polizei Präsenz, beim laufen durch die Straßen fühlten wir uns sicher.
Es war alles in allem ein tolles Erlebnis!
Das Zimmer war einfach aber sauber, die Dachterrasse dafür mit Hängematten und Ausblick hat die Unterkunft jeden Cent wert gemacht.
Ich würde wiederkommen!
The Rufino family home was so wonderful we decided to stay 5 more days! They were so accomodating, kind and helpful. They treated us like family, we felt so cared for. The AC in the room was great, the bed was comfortable, we will be back to visit!
The Rufino family was wonderful, they communicated well, even though our Portuguese is terrible! The view from the home is spectacular and location close to the beach. We stayed for New Years and they hosted a party on the terrace which was an extra bonus. The bed was comfortable, the room was clean and the location was superb. We will be back!
note: it is worth the 3 réal to take a moto taxi up the steep hill to the home.
Nothing can compare to the experience I had in Rio. Staying with Thiago and his family was the best decision of the trip. Waking up to copacabana beach as your backyard every morning and having a street soccer court with kids playing in your front yard made me NEVER want to leave. This hostel and area is completely safe and a great community neighborhood. You don't need much but the things you do need (wifi, fresh fruit and juice, bath towels, tour maps) are all provided! Thiago's brother and his mom are two of the most welcoming people I met in my two week stay there with my boyfriend during the World Cup finals. I'll be back soon RIO :)
An incredible experience staying in Babilonia. Thiago's house is perfect, with a deck on top of the house that has one of the best views on Copa. Forget your concerns about staying in a favela - there is a real sense of community here, and you'll feel safe at any hour. Breakfasts in the morning were great too. One of my best places to stay, traveling, ever. Cheers.
Great experience staying with Thiago and his family in Rio. Family was very friendly, as were the other people in the neighborhood. Great location for access to Copacabana. Beautiful view.
Thiago´s house was perfect for our stay. Like mentioned it is very close to the beach and the view was amazing. The area we stayed in felt very safe (although when we first saw it we were skeptical this changed after minutes of actually arriving at his house. I would highly recommend staying here!
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About the Host, Thiago Luiz
I am Carioca (someone from Rio) and have lived in this beautiful city all my life. I love to surf, skateboard, have barbecues, play football, socialise with friends, and enjoy the Rio way of life. We look forward to welcoming you to our house here in Copacabana.
Please just ask if we can help you with travel tips, tour advice or tourist information.