About this listing
Welcome to Chapeu do Leme Guesthouse!
Come and stay in one of the coolest hidden corners in Rio, and enjoy a fantastic favela experience just a few minutes from Leme Beach, in Copacabana!
This renovated 6 bedroom house is located in a small and friendly favela called Chapéu Mangueira, which sits just above Leme Beach in Copacabana.
You can see more about Leme neighborhood in the Airbnb Guide here:
The Guesthouse has a privileged location.
From our big terrace on top of the house, the views are absolutely magnificent. We often enjoy our breakfast, an evening drink or a meal there.
We are surrounded by virgin forest and we can listen to the sound of the waves crashing in Leme beach, just a couple of minutes down the stairs.
We have several different types of rooms in the guesthouse.
The room in question is a private double room, with a double bed or 2 single beds.
Guests in this room may use 2 shared bathrooms outside the room.
There is plenty of space to store your things, a desk, a window and a ceiling fan.
The social area is located in the big terrace on top. That is where guests spend most of their time.
Of course you have access to the fully equipped kitchen, and there is space for your food is the fridges and cupboards .
There is also a BAR there and sometimes organize small events such as Caipirinha Sunsets.
Relax in the hammocks and enjoy the views.
The house has a relaxed and multicultural environment. We welcome short-stays and long-stays.
Big kitchen with all appliances.
Wi-fi internet on all floors.
Linens and towels provided.
Interaction with Guests
The host lives in the property and is always ready to help you feel good at home, and find your way around the city.
We can also help you get around Rio with tips and arrangements, such as tours or trails.
Leme neighborhood, in Copacabana, is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Rio, a very quiet quarter at the very end of Avenida Atlantica.
Just behind Leme, on the hillside with the same name (Morro do Leme), we find the twin favelas of Chapéu Mangueira and Babilonia.
That is where we are!
The twin communities are widely recognized as some of the most beautiful and peaceful in Rio. They are quite small, with only about 7000 people in total, and surrounded by an environmentally protected area at the top of the hill.
These communities where some of the first in Rio to be "pacyfied" (receive a UPP Station -Pacifying Police Units), in 2009, and has been safe from any violent incidents since.
Built on a lush green hillside just 200 yards from the beach, offering amazing views and a quiet environment, they have been an attraction for tourists and foreign press for many years.
The recent hype around Rio`s favelas has brought new life to Babilonia and Chapéu Mangueira, with many foreign tourists and expats discovering it`s charms, in new hostels and business opening by the week.
Within the community, you can find some very nice options for inexpensive restaurants and even pizza delivery.
Restaurants, banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, and other services are abundant in Leme neighborhood, just down the stairs.
Come to Leme neighborhood in Copacabana and take the Ladeira Ary Barroso up to the entrance of the Chapéu Mangueira community.
You can walk, take a taxi or a moto taxi to that point.
The best referece is the famous Bar do David, which is right at the entrance and will be our meeting point.
From there it`s just a short walk to the house.
There is a set of stairs just in front of the house that leads you through the favela onto the main street (Rua Gustavo Sampaio, in front of n.155) in just a couple of minutes.
- In Avenida Atlantica there are Bus connections to Copacabana, Ipanema, Maracana, Botafogo, Centro, etc.
- In Avenida Princesa Isabel (5 min walk) there are many bus connections to all parts of town.
- Taxis and mototaxis available 24 hours in Rua Gustavo Sampaio (Leme)
- Nearest Metro Station is Cardeal Arcoverde (15 min walk)
Other Things to Note
We have developed a very special relationship with the neighbors here in Chapéu. We encourage our clients to interact with the locals, go the local bar for a barbecue and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
- Please be respectful of the house, all our guests and neighbors.
- Please keep all common areas clean and tidy, as well as your own room.
- Towels and linens are provided, but they may not be taken outside the house. Please use your own beach towels.
- Laundry machine available at no extra cost.
- Washing powder is provided.
- Please take your laundry from the machine to the hangers as soon as finished.
- Please clear the hangers as soon as your laundry is dry.
- Please ALWAYS LOCK THE FRONT DOOR
Staying with Joao in his little favela was an awesome experience. The location is fantastic, with a superb view. The place was close to bus stations as well as the beach and offered an insight towards life in a favela.
Joao was an awesome host, has nice advice, and gives you the opportunity to meet all types of people inside the favela.
My luck that I took the premium bus as many backpacking tourists do and got stuck in one of the worst jams rio had seen in a while.. took me over 3 hours to reach by which time it was completely dark.. at some point I got off the bus and took a taxi and Joao was kind enuf to come and pick me up from the iconic Bar do David (which was also sadly shut as it was a Monday apparently ).. in any event I couldn't enjoy much of the experience of living in a Favela since I was moving out the next day itself. . Would have loved to stay for at least another day to know more and meet some interesting people including getting to know more of Joaos story! Aah well.. c'est la vie!
Tolle Lage in befriedeter favela. Viele Treppen. Fantastischer Ausblick von Dachterrasse. 5 Minuten zum Strand. Kueche und Internet vorhanden. Ventilator im Zimmer. Sehr freundlicher hilfbereiter Gastgeber.
It was really nice staying there. Super cool terrace and the host was a portuguese cool star.
Incredible place and really nice reception. Localization is perfect and great host
We can recommend Joaos Place as a very nice & good located Accomodation in Rio de Janeiro. The House offers all you need for a pleasant stay, nice bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and good connections to all places in Rio. Even more: the roof top living area with its view is one of a kind! Go there and enjoy it!
Thank you João for welcome us and your Tipps and Tricks about Rio!
En general la experiencia fue buena, el lugar es como esta descrito pero habría que agregar que la llegada y salida implica subir unas escaleras bastantes largas y empinadas. La limpieza de los baños podrían ser mejore. Joao es muy amable pero quizás por las fechas no estuvo pendiente de la llegada y acceder al lugar no es sencillo. El lugar vale la pena por la terraza y la vista que tiene.
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About the Host, Joao
Hi, my name is João.
I come from Portugal and have been living in Brazil for 3 years.
Since 2013 i have been hosting foreign tourists and students in this 6 bedroom Guesthouse, located in a small favela called Chapéu Mangueira, in Leme (Copacabana).
Here you can find affordable accommodation, in comfort and safety, and also have a fantastic insight into one of the most fascinating favelas of Rio de Janeiro, with it`s lively atmosphere and amazing views.
Chapéu Mangueira is a small community, the smallest favela in Rio`s Zona Sul, with only around 3000 people.
The atmosphere is really friendly, a small village feel, where most people know each other and help out their neighbors.
I have fallen in love with the community, as have many tourists and others who decided to stay for a while.
The house has a superb location, with fantastic views over the ocean and Copacabana, and very close to all the facilities of Leme neighborhood and the beach.
It has been a great experience to host people from all over the world, different cultures, languages, sharing experiences in Rio and within the community.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to share all the great things about the favela lifestyle and culture. and to make my guests feel at home in the community.
I am also more than happy to help my guests get around town and enjoy a magnificent time in Rio, and hopefully learn a little bit of portuguese in the process.
See you soon in Rio!