About This Listing
If you want to live something different and more authentic than classical hotels during your stay in Rio : be welcome in our GuestHouse "Casa 48" in Santa Teresa. Be ready for a unique relationship with the Sugar Loaf!
ROOMS CARACTERISTICS & FARES : please see at the end of the announce.
CAUTIOUS: this listing is to rent ONE room, and not the entire floor. If you want the entire floor or house, please contact us. One floor can welcome up to 10 people. If the website indicates that the room is busy please contact us we may have other rooms available on another listing.
** SITUATION OF THE HOUSE **
It is located in the lovely and bohemian district of Santa Teresa, next to Lapa and the city center. The house is situated at the beginning of a small and safe Favela.
** ABOUT THE ROOMS **
Casa 48 offers 7 rooms on 2 independent floors. 3 rooms are on the second floor, 4 rooms are in the first floor, 2 of them are studios with their own bathroom and terace. This announce concerns one of our Regular rooms (without private bathroom and terace) they are called "Acerola, Graviola, Açai, Pitanga, Amora". Those rooms offer different disposition for a better comfort and flexibility to meet your expectations (if you are friends, couples, family).
- all the rooms are equipped with ventilators
- towels and bed sheets are provided
- you can lock the door of your room with your own locker
- we are very flexible for your check-in and check-out, but if the rooms are busy the check out is 12h and check in 14h.
- Home-made breakfast from 8h to 11h is included
** THE SPACE **
You will enjoy a large living room, 3 bathrooms and toilets, 2 kitchens full equipped free to use, internet WIFI, a barbecue, and the access to the 12 meters terrace in front of the Sugar Loaf.
We do live in the first floor with roommates (Brazilian, French, Italian). We have our own space but still, you have the possibility to develop a friendly relationship with us as we know well the city and like to exchange.
** THE GREAT VIEW ! **
The highlight of the house 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 5 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 5 years now!
** BREAKFAST **
a regular breakfast is served with bread, fruits, butter, jam, coffee/tea and homemade cake. 8h to 11h.
THE OTHER "+" of Casa 48 :
Casa 48 is a warm and friendly house and we hope we will share more than the view.
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 are happy to give you tips to enjoy nice walks through the city, good popular restaurants, Roda de Samba parties, Forro dancing, hidden museums 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... Also, Axel is an official tour guide and can propose you unique walking tours in the Tijuca Forest, in the beaches of Grumari and Prainha, in some others favelas ... We can combine tours easily.
** LAUNDRY **
We take care of your laundry for 20reais per machine.
** YOU SAID FAVELA?! **
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. Everybody in this favela have access to drinkable water, electricity, sewage system. We never ever had any problems of security with the tourists we have been receiving for 4 years. You are more than welcome in our house so you can change your mind if you have some bad stereotypes about the favelas. It is not at all what you can read in some (ignorant?) guide books. Moreover, people are very nice and warm, there is a very friendly atmosphere, you feel like if you were in a village. There are a lot of life, kids playing, neighbors speaking on their entrance doors... 25% of the population of Rio lives in a Favela, and you can find them everywhere in the city as there are on the hills.
** UNIQUE GREEN ROOF **
We are proud to have one of the only Green Roof of Rio! We changed it in 2013. It provides a far better cooler sensation thanks to the 15cm of earth and the grass. But it is not done to enjoy, it would damage the structure. It is nos permitted to go on the roof without us.
** EASY BUS and TAXI ACCESS**
The bus point is situated 100meters from the door of the house. Buses number 006 or 007 take you to LAPA and the City Centre in 10/15min. Taxis can leave you at this point. We are speaking of the main road of the district, "rua almirante alexandrino".
** CLOSEST METRO STATIONS**
- Largo do Machado : you reach it by foot, 20min walking, or 5min walking down the favela and 5min van ride.
- Carioca : you reach it by bus, 15min ride from the house
** BEACHES **
Copacabana and Ipanema beaches : 30/40min, by bus or by metro
** MARACANA FOOTBALL STADIUM **
40min, bus + metro
** SUPERMARKETS **
- little supermarket inside the favela, 60meters from the house for you basic needs (included cold beers...) open until 22h.
- medium supermarket 5min walking
- big one 10min walking
** ABOUT SANTA TERESA DISTRICT **
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 and a lot of small ateliers.
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 worth it if you want to know Rio from an other insight.
- LARGO DO GUIMARAES : 15min walking. It is the heart of the district where you find popular restaurants and bars, cinema... open until late. it is safe to go there at night from the house.
- LAPA Night Life district : 10 min by bus
** CARNIVAL IN SANTA TERESA = YOUR BEST OPTION EVER! **
If you choose Santa Teresa to enjoy Carnival, trust us, you do the right choice! The best "blocos" are definitively around, like "Carmelitas", "Ceu na Terra", "Me Enterra na Quarta"... The "bloco" is this brazilian band playing popular songs in the street during day time. Those street parties are free and there are about 50 blocos per day during carnival...) In Santa Teresa, EVERYBODY is taking part of it with crazy and creative costumes, you will have to dress up as well : be ready! People going up the hill of Santa are the most motivated ones, and the funniest people ever. Also you must know that the best Blocos start EARLY in the morning, from 7am! And it turns really difficult to reach them when you come from another district as streets are closed to traffic, so the best is to go by foot. Others nice blocos are in Lapa and the Center, like Cordao da Boitata or o Boi Telo. We really do not recommend any blocos on Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches : it is a really different atmosphere, people are not that dressed up, it is really crowded, it is not that funny... up to you!
** SAMBA SCHOOLS PARADE AT SAMBODROMO **
Best days are Sunday and Monday nights, it starts at 9pm, it ends at 6am, you will see 6 samba schools parading, each one has about 4000 participants and has 1h22minutes to present its show! It is massive, wonderful, unique, gorgeous : you can't miss it!!!
We can provide you tickets at a reasonable price, do NOT book your tickets from your own country, ask me first which fare I can get for you, you may pay far cheaper. You can go by foot from Casa 48 to the Sambodromo, it is a 40min walk through Santa Teresa.
** WARNING **
The "Bonde", the yellow old-fashioned and famous tram, is not running anymore due to a tragic accident occurred in august 2011. The bonde is supposed to be back in 2015. They have been doing improvement works for 1,5 year , they are changing all the electric system, the trails, the district is quite upside down but it is still possible to go around. Nobody knows when it will be back for sure, maybe in 2016... It was supposed to be ready for the Wordl Cup!
**CASA 48 REGULAR FARES - BREAKFAST included **
5 CLASSICAL ROOMS (please note that this annonce corresponds to one of them). Their names are : Acerola, Graviola, Açai, Pitanga, Amora.
** PRICE per night for 2 persons **
- 40EUR / 50USD / 130BRS
- extra person : 10EUR / 12USD / 30BRS
- Carnival and NYE : 80EUR / 100USD / 260BRS,
Carnival 5 nights minimum
NYE 3 nights minimum
WEEK FARE : if you stay 7 nights you get one night free!
MONTH FARE : 40 % discount
For you interest, we offer 2 other rooms which have their own bathroom and private terace, both have the view on the Sugar Loaf !
Room "Abacate", up to 3 people (10EUR more)
- 50EUR / 65USD/ 150BRS
Room "Manga" , up to 4 people (10EUR more for each persons)
- 60EUR / 80USD / 180BRS
it has also a small kitchen with a living room with a bed/sofa.
any question ? feel free to ask!
Um grande abraço ! até logo !
Axel , Valentin & Casa 48 Team
JE PARLE FRANCAIS
* NO DRUGS at Casa 48, included weed/marijuana
* Respect the tranquility of the other guests, roomates and neighbours
SILENCE IS DUE AFTER 22h. People living around are not on holidays, they wake up early to go to work and so on.
* it is NOT PERMITTED TO BRING STRANGERS / people who are not from the reservation.
* The Casa 48 is not a bar, not a disco, not a motel.
* Smoking is allowed outside, not inside.
* Please close the windows of all the house when you are the last ones leaving
* Please put the toilet papers in the trash, not in the toilet
* Please turn off the lights when you don't use it
* Basic cleaning is expected : wash the dishes and so on...
* The garbage once full must be brought to the garbage place which is close to the main street
* Respect the belongings of the others : do not use what is not yours like food etc
* Take care of the equipments of the house : if you break something you will have to replace it or reimburse it
* Green roof : it is not permitted to go on the roof by your own.
all these rules for everybody FEELING AT HOME AND ENJOYING CASA 48 !
Nous n'avons pu passé qu'une nuit à la casa 48 mais nous aurions vraiment aimé rester beaucoup plus longtemps.
Le cadre est beau, l'ambiance est chaleureuse et la vue de la terrasse est magnifique (idéal pour prendre un petit déjeuner ensoleillé).
Axel et Valentin sont très agréables et ont de très bons conseils pour vivre à Rio.
En bref tout est génial, on vous le recommande.
Merci à vous deux.
The view from the veranda and the location are amazing! Valentim left some breakfast, fresh fruit, coffee, water and milk. He was also really helpful: gave us a map and some indications. The house is well set. The rooms are simple but most of them with big windows and great view. Really nice to chill on the veranda in the evening. We definitely recommend it, especially for big groups (the living room has a big table that fits easily 8 people).
Axel est très accueillant et connaît vraiment bien sa ville et la région. Un caipirini à la main, il est une source infini d'informations précieuses pour apprécier Rio et pour s'en échappé le moment venu. La grande salle commune de la maison invite aux échanges, les chambres sont telles que sur les photos et confortables et la vue est à rêver. Rester plus longtemps aurait rendu notre séjour parfait! :)
Très bon accueil, maison propre avec vue imprenable sur Rio. Quartier sûr et super agréable . Très bonne expérience, 100 % recommandable.
Casa 48 was an amazing experience in an awesome location. The house was huge and although it was full, it was quiet and relaxing. Axel was a wonderful host and was very helpful with showing us how to get around Santa Teresa. The view was incredible and I will definitely be recommending Casa 48 to people in the future!
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 .
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.
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About the Host, Axel
Casa 48 adventure began in january 2011. Several improvements works were done to better its comfort.
I am a 30 years-old french guy living in Rio for 6 years. I turned an official Tour Guide 3 years ago 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 to discover its authentic parts (Tijuca forest, Favelas, City Center, North Part...). I love traveling, meeting people and sharing my passion of Brazil. When I have free time I enjoy hiking around Rio (Ilha Grande, Paraty, Teresopolis...). And my favourite parties are in the street, whether it is for samba, forro, jazz or any soundsystem!
Casa 48 is also from Raphaël and Clement, both are french architects living most of the time in Paris. They are very good friends and come often to Rio.
Finally, Valentin is working in the house and helps me to take care of the guests, he knows really well the house and the city, you can rely on him. He may receive you if I am not available, and he is in charge of the Casa 48 special Homemade Breakfast !
Amis francophones : vous avez pu voir la Casa 48 sur THALASSA ou au 20h! Vous pouvez aussi nous retrouver dans les documentaires des longs courriers Air France !
Até logo, a gente se fala !