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.
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.
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.
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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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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.