Front of house on upper levelthe veranda, looking down towards Catete & the Metro - a cloudy day

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About this listing

Now available for the period of the Olympics ! A special apartment in a colonial-style house in one of Rio's oldest areas, with views over the city, and great transport. Usually vailable for longer periods of up to 1 year (possibly longer) only. Includes large patio with barbecue, own bathroom & kitchen.

The space

This 1 bedroom apartment is available for longer rental periods of up to one year (or more). It is on the lower floor of a completely renovated traditional house in the quiet residential area of Catete/Gloria, one of the oldest parts of Rio de Janiero, with views across the city to the Christ from its large veranda. It is very close to transport to the City Centre via the Metro and bus, so is well placed for vacations and business, as well as the beach areas. It is surrounded by old-style private houses, quiet cobbled streets and small bars, and sits on a small hill with a colonial era church on top, close to Flamengo beach (15 minutes walk). 10 minutes walk to the Metro (Catete/Gloria), halfway between the city centre and the beach areas of Ipanema, Botafogo and Copacabana. The cultural quarter of Lapa is a few minutes walk, with its famous bars, music clubs (samba, forro, choro, jazz etc), restaurants, antique shops and nightlife. Close to a wide range of shops and malls, cafes, street markets, banks, museums etc.

One large bedroom/living with large en suite bathroom leads to a private veranda with built-in barbecue, and separate fully equipped kitchen. Separate entrance from the street with videophone entry, free parking on the street. Wifi broadband is included. Personal attention from the Brazilian/English owners, who live in the upper floor apartment and can help you with information about the city and the Brazilian way of life. Our apartment provides an excellent base for the discerning tourist and traveller, as well as for visiting academics, conferees and business people.

Guest access

The apartment has sole use of a large double bedroom, en suite bathroom, kitchen with washing machine, and large terrace with seating, dining table and barbecue. The apartment has its own entrance from the street.

Interaction with guests

The apartment is on the lower floor of the building, with our own apartment on the upper floor, which is occasionally rented out. When guests are occupying the owner's floor, my wife Patricia stays with her mother not far from the house, so is available to deal with queries and any problems that might arise.

Other things to note

Gloria is a short walk from Lapa, the well-known 'bohemian' area with restaurants, bars and lots of live music. It also has many antique and clothing shops, and weekend street markets. Rua Catete itself has many banks, department stores and small shopping malls, as well as the National Museum.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: 39
Security Deposit: 106
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules

No smoking anywhere in the apartment, please ! Please keep noise to a reasonable level - this is a quiet residential neighbourhood, well away from the hustle and bustle of Rio's main streets. No importation of furniture or decorations without the owners' permission. Please do not stick, nail or pin anything to the walls. No additional guests overnight without the owners' express permission. Rubbish must be put out onto the kerb in plastic bags on the collection days that will be notified on your arrival. If you spot any presence of insects etc, please report this immediately so that they can be eliminated speedily.



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14 nights minimum stay

16 Reviews

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Frederico User Profile
May 2015
Let's start saying that Patricia and Humphry were very nice all the time, trying to help us as they could. Then let's move to a simple description of the place: it is a 2 floor house. The first floor is the one offered here and the second one is also for renting, but I did not found it in airbnb. Both floors are almost 100% independent... The first floor is the only one with washing machine, so the second floor people have permissions to use the same machine (which is located inside the kitchen...). This is the first thing may bother you if you (as me) rented an entire house. Second not nice thing was the mod inside the room making it very uncomfortable to stay. The room was not well cleaned and the furniture is very very old (mattress need a new one, for sure). The barbecue was very dirty... The good thing as I mentioned before they have a second floor house which is very nice decorated and although not very well cleaned was offered to us by Mr. Humphry to stay. Mrs Patricia sent a maid to clean again the place the next day. So, I would say that the attitude to make us happy saved very much the time we spent. The house is very well located in a safe neighborhood and very close to the metro station. Tks a lot Mr. Humphry.

Anne User Profile
January 2015
Staying at Humphry and Patricia's apartment was very enjoyable. It is in the perfect location, 5 min walk to metro, in a safe local neighbourhood with a great little bar down the street and many supermarkets and restaurants nearby. The apartment is very comfortable, clean and cool for those hot days and nights. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking and the terrace has the most beautiful views! Humphry and Patricia were helpful and communicated very well. I would definitely stay here again!

Charles User Profile
November 2014
This is my 2nd rental from Mr and Mrs Humphry and as always they treated me very well as a guest of there. Mrs Humphry was a great host as always. The apartment was beautiful and I will be renting from the Humphry from now on. My experience in Rio was made that much more great because of my stay at the Humphry's residents.
Humphry User Profile
Response from Humphry:
Thank you, Charles - it was great to have you back, and we look forward to future visits - who knows, maybe Carnaval ? It is always a pleasure to talk to you, and your phone calls from across the Pond are always informative and enjoyable.
November 2014

Cary User Profile
October 2014
Another wonderful experience. This time I stayed in the "apartment", which is a little smaller than the house, but has the most wonderful view of Catete and of Corcovado. Catete is just as interesting as Ipanema or Copacabana, with lots of character. Some great restaurants in walking distance. The hill is something with which to be reckoned, but if you're in good shape it becomes a wonderful daily challenge and there are always friendly motorcycle taxis at the bottom of the hill.
Humphry User Profile
Response from Humphry:
Thanks Cary - it;s good to know that you left a little bit fitter ! We will chase up the microwave suggestion, it's a great idea.
October 2014

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June 2013
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June 2013
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May 2013
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Humphry User Profile

I am helping to manage the listed properties on behalf of my wife, Patricia Costa. I am English, she is Brazilian, and we divide our time between the UK and Brazil. We both work in film and TV production, although I am semi-retired now: and I am also involved in film education at university level. Between us, we speak English, Portuguese, French and Spanish, so we can help a wide range of people with queries about how to go about things in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil generally. We both love Brazilian music and culture, and are also involved in environmental issues, and follow the development of Brazil as an exciting emerging country with great interest. We like to have a friendly relationship with our guests, on the basis that you should treat people as you would like to be treated.

Languages: English, Español, Français, Português
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