I stayed at Mariana's place for the month of June in 2015 while doing archival research in São Paulo and have nothing but positive things to say about my stay! First, I'd like to note that the place is a bit bigger than it appears online. It's more of a one-bedroom than a studio, as the bedroom is separated by from the living room space with a large and quite beautiful wooden sliding door. The entire space gets plenty of natural light thanks to the large windows, which also allow for a magnificent view of the city!
In the bedroom, there is a comfortable double bed, as well as ample storage space in the large closet, a full-length mirror, a desk, and plenty of extra towels and sheets in the dresser. The kitchen is also well-stocked, with all the pots, pans, flatware, and dishes you'd need. There are also a few bonus items, like tupperware, a blender, a food processor, a stovetop grill, a wok, and two moka pots (Italian stovetop coffee makers) - one large and one small. The oven and microwave worked well for all my cooking needs and the refrigerator was large enough to accommodate everything (I cook a lot)! It was also nice to have a real table for comfortably enjoying meals.
The bathroom was rather large for a city apartment and the hot shower had good pressure. There is also a laundry room off the side of the kitchen with a great washer, a separate wash sink, and several lines for drying. It was also fully-stocked with cleaning supplies, a broom, a squeegee mop for the tile floors, rags, etc.
Overall, the apartment is very cute and a neat combination of vintage and modern. The decorative tile wall and wooden sliding door are examples of these little touches!
The apartment is *very* well-located (10 minutes from 3 major metro lines and surrounded by buses and taxis at every corner) and near multiple cafes, diners, the post office, grocery stores, restaurants, drug stores, and banks, making things super convenient. The doormen and women of the building are incredibly friendly and helpful, and the residents are very nice and polite (always saying "hi/how are you?" in the elevator or in the lobby).
My husband also came to visit for a week and very much enjoyed the time he spent there. It was first time in Brazil, so being able to come home to such a cool place every day made his stay even better.
As for Mariana, she was an excellent host. She took the time to show me around a bit on the first day and though she lives a bit outside of the city, she was incredibly accommodating and helpful via email/phone whenever I had a question. Communication was never an issue. She also very much saved the day by finding the taxi driver whose cab I had left my passport in before traveling briefly to Rio! Super host indeed!!!
I highly recommend Mariana's space!