I'm renting a 9m2 bedroom w/ 2 single beds at my place. I live in a 4-apartment two-story building in a quiet, safe street off a major commercial avenue. Awesome location: bus stops, ATMs, parks, trendy shops, bars, restaurants, squares, malls, market, drugstore, all within walking distance.
I live in a quiet residential street just around the corner from the neighbourhood's largest avenue. Location is the best asset: this is an old neighbourhood that has maintained its status, so it is much safer than average. Casa Forte has beautifull colonial and art nouveau houses. There is loads of things going on within walking distance from the house: bus stops, cab stops, atms, supermarket, boulangeries, good restaurants, great bars, trendy shops, malls, drugstore, parks, heritage sites, you name it. Continental breakfast is included: toast, butter, jam, coffee. Best bread and ice cream of town are a couple blocks away. Walk another two blocks and you'll find an architectural ensemble called Poço da Panela and Praça de Casa Forte, designed by Burle Marx, Brazil's most reputable landscape designer.
My street is quite calm, green and you can hear singing birds at all times. The apartment is on the top floor of a two-story, 4-apartments building. It has 75m2 and 3 bedrooms. I'd like to add that this is a house from the 60's and cosmetic renovation is ongoing. You should not have to worry about practicallities, though, as everything is fully functional, clean and thorougly fumigated.
This announcement is for the guest bedroom,. Its has been fully renovated for the World Cup. It is a 9m2 bedroom with a window, two single beds ( a side table, a lamp, a closet, décor.
I have only one bathroom, which is why I wont list the third room. Please keep in mind I have A 2 PEOPLE PER ROOM LIMIT. This is worth stressing. Wanna keep it comfy. =]
The balcony is my friends favorite place to spend an afternoon having tea and chilling.
I do have a small dog that is the epithome of friendliness, she just loves everyone, but it is a calm shi-tzu and definetely not a barker. My cat is rather shy and usually confines herself to my bedroom most of the time.
Cleaning lady comes twice a-week. Bed linens provided and changed whenever you check-in/mondays/thrusdays. If need be, we could arrange for her to do laundry, for whatever she charges.
I have a full kitchen, where you'll have acess to the fridge, microwave, grill. Assembling is fine, but no extensive cooking allowed. Also, no smoking.
Guests will have access to all areas but my bedroom and closet.
I have a full kitchen, where you'll have acess to the fridge, grill, microwave. Assembling is fine, but no extensive cooking allowed. A continental breakfast is included (toast, butter, jam, coffee) But, hey, there GREAT padarias, feijoadas, seafood bars and restaurants around the house. Believe me, you'll want to explore eateries around the house.
Interaction with Guests
I love having people over and have had friends, friends of friends and couchsurfers of friends before.
I love Recife, its history and hidden gems, so I am usually considered a good host. I usually take a walk around the hood with my guest, so they know whats available and how to get to and from.
Portuguese is my first language, but I speak english, french and spanish. I can understand italian and some hebrew (not much).
Big plus: I am a dedicated carnival goer and quite social, so I can usually list where to go and what to do.
Casa Forte is a historic neighbourhood that has maintained its status, so it is much safer than the average neighbourhood in town. You'll find loads of beautifil colonial houses, modernist houses, art nouveau places. There is a architetonic ensemble close by (Poço da Panela) that is awesome. There is a square by Burle Marx 3 blocks away. Best ice cream and boulangeries in town are 2 blocks away. Check out a place called Barchef. One can picnic there. Location really is the place's best asset.
This is the north side of town, that is, not by the beach (you should not be swimming in boa viagem, and you should know that). There is a very distinct feeling in this part of town that is hard to put in words. It is a wealthy neighbourhood with a very smart/casual vibe.
We are close to Recife Antigo and Olinda. If you're getting around by cab, it is very convenient. 15-20mn away, tops. (That would be 25/45 mn if you were staying in boa viagem)
Avenida 17 de agosto is just around the corner, and it is a major bus destination. You can go to most places from there. There's another small bus stop two houses away.
Other Things to Note
Please make respectful use of the house, mind the neighbours and thorougly enjoy your stay.
Room takes two guests, no exceptions. Bedsheets provided. Nice cleaning lady comes twice/week.
Be kind to pets, be careful around breakable stuff, respect neighbours and sleeping hours, mind the law - kinda goes without saying, right?
I enjoyed my stay at Andrea's immensely; straight from the off I was made to feel very welcome. Andrea is a really warm, friendly person and she went out of her way to give me a great introduction to life in Recife by taking the time to show me around some of the highlights of the neighbourhood including a fantastic bakery, beautiful park and a churrascaria housed within an interesting colonial setting. Andrea really helped me get the most out of my stay in Recife with some great tips on where to go and her flat's lovely too. I highly recommend staying here.
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Brazilian, 38 year-old, lawyer, art & history-loving. Born and raised in Recife - I have a deep love for the city, but, hey, that's just part of being from pernambuco. I genuinely like hosting people from all over the world- awereness to subtle and not-so-subtle cultural differences is always a big plus, though. I am an engaged community member and quite socially active. I can usually point out what's going on in town, what not to miss and what to avoid like the plague. Fairs, markets, hole-in-the-walls, hidden gems, hip new places, traditional eateries, starred restaurants: I'm game. I speak english, french and spanish. And, of course, I lurve travelling.