This is a cozy room with a double bed in our apartment in the Tijuca district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is on the 3rd floor of an older building with no elevator (Which we like to think of it as a built-in stair master!)
On a quiet, tree-lined street (where parrots also make there home), it is conveniently located about 5 minutes from Line 1 of the Metro, 15 minutes from Line 2 and the Supervia commuter train (both at the São Cristóvão station) and 1 minute from major bus routes. There is no parking available in the building, but the street has safe and easy parking. There are also some paid 24 hour parking lots within walking distance.
We are located near 3 "Bike Rio" (public bike share) stations (#181, #177 and #191). Also, We have 2 bicycles available for rental. Bikes can be taken on the Metro all day on weekends/holidays as well as after 9pm on weekedays.
It is about 10 minutes walking from the Maracana stadium (site of the World Cup final in 2014 and main venue of the 2016 olympics), 15 minutes walking from the main campus of the Rio de Janeiro State University campus (UERJ) and Downtown is about 15 minutes by Metro. The Sambadrome, the stadium where the the big carnival parades are, is 10 minutes by metro (the best way to get there is by metro, since many avenues/streets are closed during that time). The beach is NOT within walking distance however, but the Metro will get you there in about 30 minutes. The Tijuca forest, an awesome example of Brazil's Atlantic forest, where we go hiking frequently, is about 25 minutes way by bus.
Since this is the north side of Rio, you wont see the tourist traps nor the the people trying to sell you cheap souvenirs, so it is a good way to see how normal "cariocas" live.
Wifi internet, laundry services (no dryer) and kitchen services are available in the apartment. We provide high quality bed linen and bath towels. Supermarkets, restaurants, banks and other services are all close by.
NOTE - for high periods (Xmas, New Years, Carnival, Easter) We require a 5 night minimum reservation. (but you don't need to stay the 5 or 4 nights).
Hopefully the same rules as you would have if someone were to stay at your house.
Respect your neighbors within the apartment and building.
Lock the doors and gates upon arrival and exit.
Wash your own dishes.
Wash your own clothes.
Don't break things.
Please switch off the light when you exit the room and the house.
NO SMOKER. Even if you smoke outside, the smell still lingers in the house and takes a long time to go away. For this reason, we do not accept smokers at all.
Don't spend too much time in the bathroom.
Laundry, Kitchen and phone available, but don't abuse them!
No parties. No extra visitors. It may be hard to imagine in Rio, but there is a law called the "Silence law" which is in effect as of 10pm.
Douglas and Tatiana were very nice hosts during our stay in Rio de Janeiro. They surprised us with breakfast on the first day and when the power went out one night, they invited us to have dinner with them since the restaurants nearby were also out of power. The place was nice and clean, and they were very helpful with questions about how to get around. They were also very accommodating with the check in and out times. Thanks for a wonderful stay in Rio de Janeiro!
We were so grateful to find Doug and Tatiana on airbnb before leaving the UK as they made our arrival in Rio so easy, even writing out the directions to their home in Portugese which was perfect as the taxi driver didn't speak any English. They were extremely helpful and generous during our stay too, showing us the local area (v safe) and how to get to town (they are v close to the tube), and offering great tips on where to go during Carnival and for our travels afterwards, even looking up flights and buses etc for us. We couldn't have asked for kinder, more generous hosts and we were made to feel very welcome in their home.
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