GREAT VIEW_Santa Teresa_CASA 48 #2

House - Private room · rua almirante alexandrino, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro 20241 263, Brazil
Your host, Axel
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2014 WORLD CUP = my house is already full, sorry ! But my neighboors will rent their place, they are reliable and you benefit from the same view and from my assistance. Some houses can accomodate up to 8 people. For more details, please have a look to the annonce on my profile called "WORLD CUP WITH LOCALS & GREAT VIEW" (


If you want to live something different and more authentic than classical hotels during your stay in Rio : be welcome at "Casa 48" in Santa Teresa for a unique relationship with the Sugar Loaf...!

We have 3 rooms available in an independent floor. It is located in the lovely and bohemian district of Santa Teresa, next to Lapa and the city centre. The house is situated at the beginning of a small and safe favela.

Cautious : this listing is to rent ONE room, and not the entire floor. If you want the entire floor (up to 8 people) please contact me. 2 rooms have the view with regular double bed. The other one without the view is bigger and has a queen size bed (an 3rd person can sleep in this one on a extra mattress)

The highlight of my place is definitively the w o n d e r f u l view that you will enjoy from the living room, the terrace, the kitchen and 2 of the rooms. There is always something happening with this view and it has always a different face, thanks to the game of the sun, the clouds, the ships and sailing boats on the Bay, the birds, the Toucans passing by (sometimes...), the sunrise or moon rise, the kites of the kids of the favela, the fireworks during the football games... you can stay hours and hours in front of it, just enjoying. Like I have been doing for 4 years now.

The others "+" of Casa 48
in staying at Casa 48, you will have the opportunity to get in touch with the real Carioca way of life and to discover the city in an alternative way : we will give you tips to enjoy nice walks through the city, good popular restaurants, Roda de Samba party, Forro dancing, hidden muséums etc. And Santa Teresa is the perfect place if you want to feel the heart of the city because it is close to the authentic Rio : the city centre, Lapa...
Casa 48 is a warm and friendly house and I guess you will share more than a view.

** Casa 48 has a now a green roof ! with earth and grass, for a much cooler sensation ! It used to be very hot with the former roof. We changed the roof one year ago.
** new beds and mattresses
** new kitchen open on the living room

Casa 48 has 2 floors, which are both independent (meaning, they have their own bathroom and kitchen). You have the possibility to develop a friendly relationship with the roomates living downstairs.

The second floor is the one you can see on the pics, with the 3 rooms, a large living room, 2 bathrooms and toilet, a kitchen full equipped, a barbecue place, internet WIFI, the access to the 12 meters long terrace in front of the Sugar Loaf. There is also a 4th room than we can set when needed, called the "temporary room", where 3 people can stay on bunk beds.

You can use the washing machine.

Rooms equipped with ventilators.

Towels and bed sheets provided.

You can lock the door of your room with your own locker.

Breakfast : a regular breakfast will be ready with bread, fruits, butter, jam, coffee/tea and cake.

You are expected to wash your dishes and take care of the house.

On the first floor, there are 4 rooms. Brazilian, French and German people live on this floor all year long. There is a very good atmosphere. Everybody is around 30, working or studying. I also live on this floor.

The Casa 48 is located in the upper part of Santa Teresa, in a small, quiet and safe favela. Please do not think that a favela is a slum and that it is dangerous. You are more than welcome in my house so you can change your mind if you have some bad stereotypes about the favelas. Moreover, people are very nice and warm, there is a very friendly atmosphere.

LARGO DO GUIMARAES : 15min walking. It is the heart of the district where you find popular restaurants and bars, cinema...

LAPA Night Life district : 10 min by bus number 006 or 007,
Van all night long to get home.

there are 2 access : or from Santa Teresa and Lapa by bus, or climbing up the hill by foot from Laranjeiras district

closest metro stations :
* Largo do Machado, you reach it by foot, 20min walking
* Carioca, you reach by bus, 15min ride from the house

COPACABANA / IPANEMA beaches : 30/40min, by bus or by metro

MARACANA FOOTBALL STADIUM : 40min, bus + metro

* little supermarket inside the favela, 60meters from the house for you basic needs (included cold beers...) open until 22h.
* medium supermarket 7min walking
* big one 10min walking

Santa Teresa used to be the richest district of Rio, that's why there are wonderful houses from last century, with Portuguese and French architecture. It is known to be the Artistic neighborhood of Rio ; indeed there are a lot of cultural events organized by the local people.
As it is on a hill in the center of the city, you will enjoy amazing views on the whole city, whether it is the North Part (Maracana, Sambodromo...) or the South Part (Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay...). And Santa Teresa is the beginning of the Tijuca forest, it is full of nature and Brazilian vegetation.
It is a kind of a village inside the huge city, everybody know each other, it is peaceful and quiet, there are popular bars and restaurants, you will find here a very unique spirit.
Cautious : Santa Teresa, though it is a central district, does not offer the "convenience" of a more classical district. There are no 24h ATM, just one farmacy, supermarkets close at 20h, no metro station... Still it really worths it if you want to know Rio from an other insight.

WARNING : the "Bonde", the yellow old-fashioned and famous tram, is not running anymore due to a tragic accident occurred in august 2011.

WARNING : the bonde is supposed to be back for the World Cup 2014 until the Largo do Guimarães! But, that means important works in the district. They started in november 2013, and works will go until may 2014. The beginning of the main street is closed and buses are taking a new route, a little bit longer, especially to go up.

** ABOUT ME **
I am a 29 years-old french guy living in Rio for 5 years.
I am now an official Tour Guide in Rio and it'll be a pleasure for me to give you my good plans, for you to enjoy the best of Rio, by day and by night... I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. We can also combine unique walking tours in the city if you are interested (in the forest, favelas, city centre, north part...)
The Casa 48 is also from Raphaël, a french arquitect living most of the time in Paris. Raphaël is a very good friend and comes often to Rio.

Main rule at Casa 48 : DRUGS ARE PROHIBITED

Casa 48 is not a Motel, not a Bar, not a Disco : it is important to respect the tranquility of its inhabitants and its neighbours after 22h. The favela is like a small village, our good relationships with everybody depend also of you.

It is forbidden to invite strangers without our authorization.


25% extra charge if you book just one night
35% extra charge for a third person
50 reais per person in the "temporary room" on the Junk beds

2014 Carnival : 450 reais per night (150euros) , 5 nights minimum
New Year's Eve : 300 reais per night, 4 nights minimum


any question ? feel free to ask!

Um grande abraço !



Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 5
Extra people: $21 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1401 /month
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Beautiful point of view of Rio, in a relaxed and welcoming athmosphere. Beautiful sunrise and good breakfast, for the must! :D Axel was very helpful in order to know where to go and what to visit in Rio. I advice a lot this place which allow to live an amazing experience of this city .

    April 2014
  • Staying at Axel's is a generational thing. As a Boomer, I was the oldest person in what I'd characterize as a youth hostel. If a hotel room cleaned by a maid, air conditioning, and personal privacy is your thing, Axel's casa probably isn't your gig.

    However, the young people there couldn't have been nicer. Six or seven of us strolled down the street to a terrific restaurant in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. I would never have gone there own my own. I also took the public bus downtown, truly an experience not to be missed.

    But the highlight was Valentin and one of the guests taking me down the steep hill into the favela. I felt perfectly safe, but for travelers who are skittish about poor neighborhoods, this may not be your preference.

    All in all, Axel's place is for hearty travelers who don't mind some inconveniences. If that's you, look forward to a great time.

    January 2014
  • Casa 48 was exactly what I was looking for when searching a place to stay in Rio through airbnb. I lived ten days in Axel's place and had a great time. The house and the view (!) were exactly like in pictures. Axel and his housemates were friendly and helpful. The neighborhood was really nice and safe. Even as a single female traveller I never felt unsafety while walking down to the downtown (Laranjeiras district) through the favela. I cannot understand why so many travel guides recommend turist areas like Copacabana when you have options like this!

    January 2014
  • The view in Axels hostel hostel was amazing!
    We loved the familiar atmosphere too!

    January 2014
  • Bonjour chers futurs hôtes de la casa 48 (je l'espère pour vous), vous êtes en recherche d'une grande expérience carioca? Une expérience où quand vous rentrerez chez vous, vous en parlerez pendant des heures à vos amis? En y postant sur (website hidden) des photos incroyables? Et bien vous ne serez pas déçu par la Casa 48, où j'y ai passé 5 nuits très agréables. Je ne suis absolument pas d'accord avec les commentaires négatifs précédents, c'est sûr qu'en venant en haut d'une favela à un tel prix, il ne faut pas s'attendre à avoir un petit déjeuner 4 étoiles, sinon aller au Copacabana Palace. Celui était très correct, tout comme les sanitaires et la cuisine fonctionnelle. La WiFi fonctionne même mieux que chez moi. J'y ai passé un séjour très agréable, les travaux étaient minimes, l'accueil était chaleureux et sincère, Axel m'a donné pleins de bons plans et m'a permis de vivre une expérience inoubliable à Rio, grâce à ses conseils. Il s'est montré très disponible et toujours de bonne humeur. En plus, on y rencontre d'autres touristes et locaux, on y partage ses expériences. La vue est splendide sur le Pain de Sucre, l'accès est simple, le quartier est vivant - c'est le vrai Rio, loin du côté superficiel qu'offre d'autres quartiers - bien situé (bus en bas de la favela, ensuite 15 min de copacabana). Une expérience à vivre absolument ici, en toute humilité et simplicité. Vous ne serez pas déçu. Obrigado axel !

    Hello dear future hosts of the casa 48 (hopefully for you) , are you ready for a great carioca's experience? An experience where when you get home , you talk for hours to your friends? By posting amazing pictures on (website hidden) ? Well, you will not be disappointed by the Casa 48 , where I spent 5 nights very pleasant. I'm not absolutely agree with the previous negative reviews, it is certain that from the top of a favela at this price , don't expect to have a "breakfast 4 stars" , otherwise go at the "Copacabana Palace" ! . He was very correct, like bathroom and kitchen. WiFi works even better than my home. I spend nice holidays here, build was very minimal, the welcome was warm and sincere , Axel gave me a lot of goods plans and allowed me to live an unforgettable experience in Rio , thanks to his advice. He was very helpful and always cheerful . In addition , we meet other tourists and locals , there sharing his experiences. Great views of the Pao Acuçar, access is simple. This is the real Rio , away from the side surface offered other neighborhoods - location ( bus down the favela then 15 minutes from copacabana ) . Absolutely an experience here , in all humility and simplicity. You will not be disappointed. Obrigado Axel !

    December 2013
  • Hôte super accueillant, disponible et de très bon conseils pour les visites. Vue imprenable sur Rio et le Pain de Sucre ! Quartier très sympa ! Très bonne caïpi d'accueil et confort de l'appartement (propre, spacieux, pratique ...) !
    Le cocktail parfait pour un super séjour à Rio !

    November 2013
  • I'm unsure how best to review this property. We really enjoyed our stay with Axel, him and the other housemates are very friendly and helpful, the view from the house was amazing and the favela it's in is very safe. However, we were disappointed to find out upon arrival that there was a lot of building work going on. Axel said he was unable to tell us as the internet wasn't working two days prior to our arrival but I don't understand why we were not told around the time we made the booking, we exchanged several emails and it was never mentioned. There was quite a lot of work going on so I doubt they expected it all to be finished. The building work meant that we were unable to use the main floor of the property or enjoy the terrace (we were allowed but it wasn't that enjoyable being surrounded by building tools and with the sounds of drilling or hammering in the background). It would have been nice to have been warned in advance or even to have been offerd a slight discount as it probably wasn't worth full rate in that condition. Otherwise though, the house was great, I'm sure it will be amazing when all the work is done. Our room was lovely, We especially enjoyed the full length window in front of the shower in the ensuite with the view over the city. The kitchen was quite basic and I saw a few mice but we were able to cook just fine, and they had most appliances we needed. Some mornings Axel made us breakfast which was a lovely touch. I would recommend this property but I would urge you to check that there is no building work going on first as I'm not sure if we would have stayed if we had known.

    November 2013
    Response from Axel:

    Hello Ashleigh. Indeed those works took us much more time than we had plan, and I regret it. You are more than welcome if you come back to Rio : they are finished now. About any discount, why not. But you should have talked with me while you were here, what's the point now? I guess I am adult enough to hear critics and to speak about problems in order to solve them and to find a solution. I always do my best for guests to enjoy their stay at Casa 48. You had a large smile every morning, how could I identify any complain from you? But anyway you deserve apologizes about the noise and the mess, I agree. Abraços from Rio.

    November 2013
  • We spent an amazing week at Axel Home . The view from the apartment is even more beautiful than pictures. In addition, Axel allowed us to experience the real life of favelas. The apartment is ideally located for visiting Rio. Buses for center run every 10 minutes. Interaction and meetings with people passing by casa for a drink made ​​the success of our stay. If you are looking for an idyllic place with all the comfort and tranquility, look for elsewhere. This house is coherent with its environment. If you want to feel a little "carioca", this is the right place.

    October 2013
  • This was one of the best places I have ever stayed in, the view never disappoints and the apartment is really cool and spacious. The area it's located in was so interesting and everyone around us was so helpful and nice. We were invited to local curry nights, and Axel and his friends always invited us to join them on a night out. Seriously if you're looking to stay and do something a little different than the usual touristy things stay here!! You'll gain some cool new experiences and be surrounded by great company. Axel provides us with heaps of cool info about the city and where to go what to do etc. santa Teresa it's self is a really beautiful suburb to stay In as well.

    Stay here !!

    September 2013
  • Hi Everyone!

    First time in Rio and start my first days at the casa 48 was the best decision ever! Axel is a very kind ans sweet host. The view from the Casa 48 is so amazing!
    Axel always gives you very good and helpful tips to visit and spend good nights listening brazilian music, dancing and so on....
    The favela is safe, I was feeling so good and people are very nice.

    You have absolutely to visit "Projetto Morrinho"! You can go from Axel House in the favela and also test the curry club organised by Tom (one of the roomates of Axel) every wednesday at the Casa 48.

    To sum up from a french woman who lives in Paris : not going to Axel House in Rio is the same as not going to visit Eiffel Tower or The Louvre Museum when you go to Paris!

    So enjoy your stay guys!

    Pour nos compatriotes Français : merci l'émission Thalassa du 14/06/13!!!

    August 2013
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Hye ! I am 29 years old, I am french and I have been living in Rio for 4 years, I am now an official tourist guide. I love to share my passion of the cidade maravilhosa ! Casa 48 is also from Raphaël, a very good friend living in Paris, he is arquitect and comes often to Rio to improve the house's comfort and to enjoy Rio. Amis français/belges/suisses : vous avez pu voir la Casa 48 sur THALASSA le vendredi 14 juin ! Até logo, a gente se fala !
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