One double bedroom with desk in a lovely 300m2 flat with a fabulous view over the park of Palácio do Catete. The flat is huge, with a large kitchen with all amenities, centrally located in a quiet street and 1m walk from the underground.
The leaving room is ideal to chill before your busy day around Rio and you can check some of the interesting books about the city and its many cultural manifestations.
You will be amazed by the size of the flat and specially by the common areas, including our special deck that overlooks the beautiful garden of the Catete Palace, one of Rio's landmarks.
The living room is very spacious and comfortable, with a large table that seats eight, two sofas and wide windows. The kitchen has all amenities (stove, oven, washing machine, 2 fridges, cupboards, kitchenware). We also take our coffee very seriously and have a special espresso machine and grinder where you can try some of the special blends we bring from the places we travel to or ask friends to bring when they visit us.
We all agree that the best part of the flat is the external area with a wooden deck, a shower and a hammock perfect for a nap after a long day - or a beer in the evening, as we do from time to time...
I usually say that the apartment is at the best location in Rio. It may not be beachfront, but it is within a stones throw of Aterro do Flamengo, a park that makes the joys of those who fancy going for a walk or a run, or even a skate ride surrounded by palm trees and the stunning views of Flamengo beach with the Sugar Loaf on the backdrop.
The apartment is located just 2 minutes walk from Catete tube station (10 minutes to city centre, 20 minutes to Copacabana/Ipanema) with lots of banks, shops, and supermarkets nearby - and my favourite cinema in town at Largo do Machado, the square from where the minibus leaves to take tourists to Christ the Redeemer.
"We" consist of myself, Guilherme and Morena, friends for more than 4 years with a connection to London.
We are all professionals (working with media, advertising and events) and like to keep our flat tidy at all times.
We are also all avid travelers and have all used AirBnB while traveling in Europe or in the USA. We also travel a lot during the year, so there may be a chance that you sometimes will have the whole flat for yourself. But we tend to say that the flat is so big that even when everyone is in sometimes you can spend hours without seeing someone...
As the apartment has 5 bedrooms and many common areas, you will always have a comfortable feeling. You will be sharing one of the 3 bathrooms the apartment has and it is also very neat and tidy.
We cherish our lovely home and are always keen to meet new people, eventually over an odd glass of wine or beer and talk about Rio's wonders.
All common areas in the flat.
We love our neighbourhood. The area is nice with lots of shops, banks, restaurants and the best bit is Parque Aterro do Flamengo, a large green area perfect for jogging and walking with the stunning views of the Sugar Loaf just in front and also Flamengo beach. One of our favourite spots is the cultural centre Oi Futuro Flamengo (5 minutes walk from our flat), the building is amazing and it always showcases cool exhibitions, theatre plays, plus the cafe on the top floor is not to be missed.
Lots of bus lines and the underground is just around the corner (10 minutes to the city center/25 minutes to Copacabana/Ipanema).
We're pretty easy going, the flat is big enough so each can have privacy and respect each other.
You can come and go anytime you like, we are very laid back and you'll have your keys.
No parties, but if you'd like to have someone over, must ask first.
You can use the fridge and all appliances in the kitchen, including our washing machine.
A localização é perfeita! Fácil acesso para transporte público e serviços. A vista para o jardim do Palácio do Catete é algo raro de se encontrar no Rio de Janeiro. O apartamento é espaçoso e o quarto muito confortável. Nos sentimos muito a vontade já que o apartamento é grande e tivemos acolhimento do anfitrião, mas também privacidade. Tivemos uma ótima estadia! Recomendo!
Foi uma ótima opção de hospedagem! O apartamento é super bem localizado, ao lado do metrô. Os moradores são super legais, o ap é enorme, o que garante a privacidade. Prédio lindo e antigo.
This was my fourth trip to Rio and it`s no coincidence that it was my most enjoyable. Not only does the location make it a great base for exploring Rio - safe, bustling neighbourhood, steps from the Metro and near some of the coolest bairros in the city - but the apartment itself is fantastic: lovely vintage Rio architecture, big and airy with a great kitchen and lovely balcony. Saving the best till last, Juliano was an exemplary host. He seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of the city (from where to find the best houmous to where to go to get a panoramic view of the city), he`s a charming chap and his flatmates are loads of fun too. Top rated!
Wonderful location near subway station and Juliano and his friends have been helping me a lot to ensure I had a great time in Rio. The flat is very big so u always get your space. It's located at very safe area of Rio and easy to take cab, close to nice restaurant, supermarket and tourist places. Highly recommend it!
Me hicieron sentir muy cómoda en la casa, y me recibieron todos muy bien! Es un departamento muy grande, muy bonito... con una vista imperdible a los jardines del Palacio do Catete. Todos los ambientes son muy amplios, y la habitación bien confortable. La zona, si bien no es lo más turístico, es buena, y fácil para moverse en la ciudad ya que esta entre el centro, y las playas conocidas. Además estando tan cerca del Metro, se hace fácil y rápido llegar a los distintos lados.
Juliano, Sylvia, Guilherme and Morena were all really lovely and helpful. They certainly went above and beyond their duties as hosts to ensure I got a lot out of my stay. The house is large and spacious and I never felt like we were getting in each other's way. It also has a beautiful and peaceful outlook over the grounds of Catete palace. The location is fantastic - 2 mins walk to Catete metro station on the main metro line for the Zona Sul, and walking distance to Praia do Flamengo. Also really easy to hail a cab on the main roads at either end of their street. I would definitely recommend Juliano and his fantastic apartment for your stay in Rio!
Juliano is very friendly host, he sent a lot of very useful tips before our trip to Rio. The room and the flat as advertised, location almost perfect. Highly recommended.
After living more than 10 years in fast paced, windy and lovely London I am now back to my birth town and I could not have chosen a better time. Rio has changed a lot in the past few years and I am loving discovering its new or old hotspots, from waterfalls close to my neighbourhood to the best espressos in town, from great places to watch live bands to restaurants from the "comunidades" or small bars in Jardim Botânico.
I love to try all kinds of food when I am traveling (from Scottish Haggis to Rotten Shark in Iceland, although the latter was a bit weird...) and love to walk around the city and catch buses as a way to get to know the real feel of the town.
I am quite easy as a guest, looking for a comfortable bed and a silent room to have a good night rest and have the energy to explore the city the next day. The only thing that really is a problem for me is cats. I love them, but unfortunately am heavily allergic to them. So, no cats for me, please. :)