THE SPECIAL RATES THAT APPLY FOR CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR, CARNIVAL AND THE WORLD CUP ARE ALREADY LOADED INTO OUR AIRBNB CALENDAR AND WILL SHOW UP WHEN YOU ENTER THE DATES YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.
IDEALLY, WE LOOK FOR A MINIMUM STAY OF 7 NIGHTS FOR THESE HIGH SEASON PERIODS, AND PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO BOOKINGS OF THIS LENGTH.
PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW YEAR AND CARNIVAL RATES ARE UNCHANGED FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS (WITH VERY HAPPY GUESTS!), AND THE WORLD CUP RATES WE OFFER ARE WE THINK FAIR, REASONABLE AND VERY COMPETITIVE FOR THIS UNIQUE EVENT.
A beautifully designed and recently renovated studio, located on a lovely, tree-lined, residential street in Copacabana with no heavy traffic and just 6 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.
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. We're also 3 minutes walk from the nearest Metro station, Siquiera Campos: 2 stops to Ipanema (5 min journey - please note the metro to Ipanema is closed for several months but there are very frequent buses as a substitute), and 7 stops (15 min journey) to the commercial centre of Rio. It's also a lovely walk to Ipanema - about 30 mins along the beach front. 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.
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.
FINALLY, 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. Many guests really value it and it helps you live like a local in true airbnb style! We send a copy by email in advance once your booking is confirmed 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 (website hidden) 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
The house was exactly as expected. Super clean, very well located (near the metro and the beach), had everything we needed. Our stay in Rio was perfect. Hugo was super nice and helped us with tickets for Carnival and with tips in the city. Meeting Alan and Catherine in person was also amazing - they are both super nice and made us feel like we were home. We are looking forward to stay there again this next weekend!
Alan and Catherine (and their flat of course) made our trip to Rio unforgettable. I traveled to Rio with a friend for the New Years/Reveillon celebration, and we were looking for a clean and comfortable place to call home base - this flat was just that. The small space is organized incredibly well, and we had everything we needed for our 6 day stay. The food and toiletries provided truly made this a 5-star experience.
Additionally, Alan and Catherine always responded promptly to my questions and made the check-in/check-out progress simple. Apart from the apartment itself, the recommendations they provided, both in their Guide to Rio and to my individual requests, were invaluable. While I wish we'd had more time in Rio, we were able to plan our short trip very well, and see & do a ton with the help of Alan and Catherine.
If I am able to make it back to Rio at all in the future, I will absolutely hope to stay here again.
Obrigada Alan & Catherine!
We had a wonderful experience renting the studio of Alan & Catherine, who were extremely responsive, available and very friendly.
Their studio is very well located, cozy, nicely decorated, clean and functionally planned.
For our first AirBnB experience, it was a success! Thank you again!
Alan and Catherine are wonderful hosts and communication through out the entire process was speedily and accurate. The studio is tastefully decorated and has a clever use of space. It's located in a quiet street in the heart of Copacabana, a block from the metro and couple of blocks from the beach. As someone who grew up spending most of my summers in Rio, I found Alan and Catherine's city guide spot on! Follow their advice and spend your time in Rio like a real 'carioca'. In sum, I highly recommend their lovely studio in Copa.
Alan and Catherine were the most wonderful and accomodating hosts. The apartment is in a prime location in Rio and it is very functional and cozy inspite of being a bit small. We were greeted by Hugo upon arrival who was also very helpful and kind. Alan and Catherine had arranged everything so that we had breakfast, cold beer and a lovely setting when we arrived so that we could rest and eat before heading out to see the wonderful city of Rio. We were pleased with the location and very impresses with how well everything is explained in their apartment and city guides. If we make it back to Rio soon (since we fell in love with it). We'll be definitely staying at the Studio again. We have nothing to say on the negative side. Our experience was only enhanced by Alan and Catherine's wonderful apartment and kindness.
Muy buena opcion para quedarse en Rio. La calle es muy tranquila, muy bien ubicada, metro, onibus, playa, y otras areas de la ciudad super accesibles desde el Apartamento.
Detalles muy bien cuidados, con el espacio justo pero muy comodo, y con la mejor vista desde la mañana a la noche del Corcovado.
El feedback con Catherine y Alan es instantaneo, estan para cualquier consulta, sugerencia, y recomendaciones acerca de todo lo que se necesita para visitar Rio.
Super recomendable, les dejo mi mejor review.
We absolutely LOVED Alan and Catherine's appartment.
First and foremost, Alan was so helpful before our trip that I knew I was getting a safe place before I even got there.
I have to admit I was a little nervous coming to Rio with all the crime you hear about, but Alan's appartment is in a very safe neighboorhood. Alan called a trusted driver to pick us up at the airport and get us back to the aiport for our flight. And when we got to the appartment, we were greated with a warm welcome from Alan's helper 'Hugo' that takes care of his appartment while not in Rio. We spoke with Hugo about 30 mins, we really loved him!
The appartment is super cute, we went to the Rio art fair just to try to buy all the stuff they have in the appartment to have it at home as well :)
It is also located super close to the beach.
In summary, if we return to Rio, we will definitly take the appartment again, and I will also recommend it to my friends.
Thanks again Alan and Catherine!
Alan & Catherine were so helpful, we originally had our accomodation cancelled one day before by someone else on airbnb and Alan & Catherine moved heaven and earth to get their apartment ready with very little notice so we wouldn't be homeless! the apartment was great, and was stocked with everything you could possibly need - it felt more like a hotel than an apartment. We enjoyed our stay immensely, whether we were chilling out in air conditioned comfort or taking the short walk to the beach the apartment was ideal for any stay in Copacabana.
Alan and Catherine were excellent hosts with superb and exact communication throughout the whole process. We were greeted with a bottle of sparkling wine, local beer, fruits and some groceries. Our hosts made sure that we had everything we needed and every detail was covered and explained. They were very accommodating in our late check in (due to delayed flight) as well as late check out. They provided many recommendations which we found valuable indeed. Do take a note of places in Rio that Alan suggests. We very much liked our excursion to Santa Teresa as well as very bohemian confectionary/cafe in the Centro.
The apartment is in great location, right in the heart of Copacabana. It is located on a very cute tree lined street within 5 min walk to the world's most famous beach. Also, the metro station was just around the corner which we found very helpful since we used metro a lot to explore the city.
The apartment itself is very clean, bright and pleasant. Alan and Catherine did a great job decorating the place and making sure it has everything for the comfortable living. The space was functional with all modern amenities and comfortable bed. Also, the wifi connection was great and it helped us a lot during our stay in Rio.
Thank you Alan and Catherine for making our stay wonderful and memorable. We would definitely stay at your place again and recommend it to our friends!
Everything with this rental went smoothly from start to finish! Alan & Catherine were quick to respond to our queries, and were very helpful in ensuring our arrival went smoothly (they helped arrange our airport pick up with driver Marcio-- reliable, friendly man!) and had someone waiting to give us the key & a tour of the flat. The location is PERFECT- so close to the beach and the fact you can view Christ the Redeemer out the window is a bonus! The flat is equipped with everything you would need, and nicely finished as well! The flat has 24/7 security which made us feel safe, especially since our stay in Rio was during Carnival, and they were friendly/helpful staff too as they helped with our luggage. Overall is was a flawless experience-- and if we are ever in Rio we hope that the owners are not so we can rent this perfect little flat again!!!