About this listing
Beautifully designed studio 5 minutes walk from Copacabana beach in tree lined residential street, with many colourful & personal touches, strong wifi, 24 hour security, extensive written guide to the area with maps & welcome pack of food and drink!
Another view, showing folding table on wall & full length wardrobe behind mirror (right).
SPECIAL OFFER FOR JULY AND AUGUST 2015: 54 euros per night.
Christmas, New Year and Carnival: All prices for these periods are in the system...just enter the dates! Our prices are unchanged for the last three years, with many very happy guests!
High Season Minimum Stay: Our normal minimum stay 2 nights but for Christmas, New Year and Carnival preference will be given to stay of 5 nights or longer. Please consult us before using Instant Book (see below) if you wish a shorter stay during these periods.
Instant Booking: We are happy to accept 'Instant Bookings' but require guests to complete their profiles with photo and full verifications BEFORE they arrive.
Check In/Out: We try to be as flexible as we can will check in and check out times, but if we have other guests leaving or arriving the same day, our standard times will apply.
And now some fuller details of our studio which tell you exactly what is included (and what is not)....AND what we do to make your stay a truly 5 * experience!
A beautifully designed and recently renovated studio, located on a lovely, tree-lined, residential street in Copacabana with no heavy traffic and just 5 mins walk from the beach. The studio is in a residential building with 24 hour porter security and cameras. There's fast and reliable internet and wifi, as well as a flat-screen cable TV with international channels.
It's perfect for holidays in Rio or business trips. We use the studio ourselves when we stay here a few months each year and this is reflected in the high standard of furniture and design.
It's a peaceful haven to come back to after a day at the beach or sightseeing and it's also very functional as a work base. During the day it's light and sunny and at night it transforms very easily into a comfortable bedroom with pleasant low lighting.
We put a lot of thought into the design details that make a small space work well and it's very comfortable for two people. There's a sofa that converts easily into a very comfortable full size, flat bed of the highest quality. We have a well fitted bathroom with a roomy shower, and there's also a handy kitchen area, complete with coffee machine, kettle, toaster, microwave and a one ring stove.
Another thing we love about the studio is that you see 'Christ the Redemeer' if you lean out the window and look to the right! See the photo (4th from the end) in our slide show, kindly provided by our very first guest, Rasmus.
We have also a personally written 'RIO RECOMMENDATIONS GUIDE' with over 60 places we like in our local area, as well as our non-touristy 'Hot Picks' for wider Rio, and our driver contact for trusted airport transfers and city tours. Guests really value it and it helps you live like a local in true airbnb style! We send a copy by email before you arrive and help you with any follow up questions.
You'll also find a 'Welcome Manual' in the studio showing how things work and fully illustrated with photos.
AND, to get you going we provide a full WELCOME PACK OF FOOD AND DRINK, along with fresh flowers, shampoo, soap and conditioner and emergency back up toiletries in case your bags get lost or you forget something!
We speak English (mother tongue), Brasilian Portuguese, Spanish and some French, and there's always built in translator!!
What you WILL find:
internet - cable and wifi
ceiling fan and light
filter coffee machine
single ring cooker stove
tap water filter (so no need to buy bottled water)
flat-screen TV with international cable channels
plentiful wall sockets, all 110 volts (like most of Rio). All modern appliances automatically adapt to this voltage (including laptops).
quality bedding and towels (towels for the shower, not to be used for the beach please)
large bathroom cupboard with good storage space
tea towels (for the kitchen)
plates, storage jars and boxes
glasses, cups and mugs
pots, pans and cooking utensils
small, light hairdrier
full-size sofa bed - very comfortable as sofa and bed (see review on this)
comfortable designer armchair
wall mounted, folding table for eating at
modern desk with lamp and drawer unit
full-length wardrobe with full-length mirror with good hanging space
chest of drawers (6 drawers)
two 3-drawer units beside the sofa with two bedside lamps
two bed linen storage boxes
two bar stools and high table (our cocktail corner!)
black out blind to ensure a good night's sleep
overhead hall cupboard for luggage storage (sufficient for approximately 3 carry-on trolley bags and 2/3 large barrel bags folded up
safe parking space for bicycles downstairs
intercom security system with doormen/porters
2 x lifts/elevators
What you WON'T find (better that you know!):
washing machine or dish-washer. There are many laundries within a few minutes walking distance of the flat which will wash, iron and deliver. Self-service washes also available.
laptop (the one in the photos is ours!)
garage space for car-parking
Interaction with Guests
Before your finalise your reservation we are available to answer any questions you have, and then are in close contact helping you prepare your trip sharing all our local knowledge as you wish, and also sending our written guide which covers great places to eat and transfer arrangements etc. Our welcomer is Hugo is is a close, multi-lingual friend of ours and we are always available at any time during your stay to help with questions.
Everything is on your doorstep here: local shops, supermarkets, the original 'City of Copacabana' Shopping Centre, great cafes, bars and restaurants. Every Wednesday morning there's a lovely fresh food market 3 minutes walk away at the end of our street. When you see all the marvellous things in our neighbourhood set out in our guide you will see why we think we are in the best area and best street in Rio!
Copacabana Beach for us is much more interesting, day and night, than Ipanema and the range of shops and quality of life in Copa somehow seems much more real-world...a fantastic experience living like a true Carioca (native of Rio)!
We have everything on hand, but perhaps the best is coming home to our residential tree lined street feeling you are escaping from the lively beach area, or the big parties at New Year and Carnival!
We are only 3 minutes from the Siquiera Campos stop on the main metro line which connects us to Ipanema (two stops - 5 minutes) and to the centre of Rio (8 stops - 12 minutes). There are many buses nearby as well, and we are five minutes walk from the airport bus drop off/pick up point at the Marriot Hotel. There is also a safe and reliable taxi rank within 100 metres, and we have our own driver contact for personalised airport transfers or trips to other towns like Paraty or Buzios.
It's also a lovely walk to Ipanema - about 30 mins along the beach front.
Other Things to Note
No more than two people can stay here. For short stays we can make an exception if the third person is a child but only by prior agreement as we would need to make the blow-up single bed and the bedding available.
Our street is residential and quiet compared to the busy avenues nearby - there is some background sound of Rio traffic and street life. We don´t notice it, but you may if you are a light sleeper.
Please think twice before using the aircon in order to be more environmentally friendly and to keep the costs down! The ceiling fan is very effective and more gentle. Please turn both off when not in the studio.
Strictly No Smoking (not even from the window!)
No visitors. The 24 hour door porters will not allow people not in your booking to enter the buidling. Exceptions can be made by prior arrangement with us for stays of a month.
This studio is our home for a few months a year when we live and work in Rio, so please treat things with respect. If you have any questions about anything, please ask us when booking - we try to respond quickly! Communication is the best policy.
Please don't use the studio towels for the beach; buy yourself a Rio sarong at the beach instead!
A nice bright airy space to relax or work in with flat screen TV (international channels) and fast wifi.
Love the apartment! Super cozy and cute, very clean and conveniently located in Copacabana. Alan and Catherine are also the perfect hosts - with such unexpected and welcoming touches to the room like the fresh flowers and snacks. Very accommodating to our check in and check out schedules too! And we ended up using their self written guide to Rio much more than the own guidebooks we had! :)
Alan and Catherine were amazing hosts! The apartment was so clean, safe and central to everything in Copacabana. My husband and I enjoyed our stay very much and highly recommend this apartment! :)
We loved our stay in Alan and Catherine's studio. The location was perfect just 5 minutes walk to the metro and to Copacabanna beach. There was fresh fruit, bread, cheese, cereal etc in the studio upon our arrival - this was a lovely touch and was much appreciated.
The studio, while considered to be a small space, is incredibly functional and we enjoyed spending time there, actually choosing to stay in on a couple of nights. Digital tv and wifi were both excellent. Sofabed was very comfortable and easy to set-up. Air-con and fan both excellent. Bathroom is quite big - great shower and quality shampoo. And a brilliant hairdryer which was a treat having had none for 9 weeks while travelling South America!
Alan and Catherine's studio user guide and Rio recommendations guide were excellent. We went to a couple of their restaurant recommendations and weren't disappointed.
Alan and Catherine organised for a friend to greet us on arrival which was totally unexpected.
Overall we would highly recommend any couple to stay here - very good value for location and spec of studio.
Alan & Catherine no se encontraban en Río, pero dejaron encargado a Hugo para que nos recibiera, un chico muy amable y atento en todo momento, nos dió todas las indicaciones que necesitábamos y nos ayudó a conseguir ticket para el carnaval, un 10 para Hugo :)
Cuando llegamos al studio todo estaba en perfectas condiciones, Alan &Catherine dejaron frutas y comida para nuestra estadía.
Sin duda recomiendo el lugar, queda cerca de la playa, del metro y de toda locomoción colectiva.
Muchas Gracias por todo!
The place is incredibly cute and organised. It is a complete apartment with all amenities you need for a confortable and stress free vacation as it had everything. From food to toiletries and essentials.
Very close to shops, banks and beach.
Our stay at Alan's and Catherine's place will be unforgettable.
We had a wonderful time staying in Alan & Catherine's Copacabana studio. They were very helpful in the lead-up to the trip helping to coordinate our New Years plans and providing useful advice for our stay in Rio. The studio is wonderful and has a perfect location in a safe area - very central to the beach, restaurants and nightlife. I'd highly recommend a stay at Alan & Catherine's studio.
Alan and Catherine's flat is wonderful. The instructions, recommendations and attention to detail really made our stay perfect. The fruit and food left in the fridge were a lovely touch. We managed to fit a huge amount into our very brief stay largely because of the assistance from Alan and his team of contacts. Highly recommended.
About the Host, Alan & Catherine
We're a happily married Scottish couple who fell in love with Brazil when we lived in Sao Paulo a few years ago. We love Rio so much we decided to buy a little studio here so we could spend some months a year in Copacabana, working from here and enjoying the city. We sometimes rent it out when we're not here. We hope you enjoy Rio and living in our studio as much as we do. We'll do as much as we can to make your stay easy and memorable.