*** Just across the street from Copacabana beach
*** Posto 6
*** Free high-speed wi-fi internet
*** Cable TV (with lots of English channels)
*** Heater for the winter
*** Washing Machine
*** Modern, interior designed
*** 5-10 mins walk to Ipanema
*** 5 mins to metro
*** Fantastic location
*** Safe, secure location, next to police station
The apartment is located in a building on the front line of Copacabana beach - on Avenida Atlantica between Francisco Sá & Souza Lima.
The apartment has been newly-refurbished by an interior designer in a modern, contemporary style. It's on the top floor (12th) of the building which has 3 elevators.
The apartment has a high speed wi-fi internet connection and cable TV channels. Living room and bedroom have newly installed air-conditioners which can also be used as heaters in the winter.
The bedroom has a full-size bed with lots of wardrobe space and there is a safe to secure your valuables. The living room has a sofa bed, a 32-inch LCD TV with cable channels and there is a CD/DVD player. The kitchen is modern with a granite worktop, microwave, fridge with freezer section, stove and a washing machine. Cooking and eating utensils are provided.
The apartment is in a secure building with 24 hour porter and security cameras (which you can watch on the tv!) located next to the police station and it is situated just in front of the world-famous Copacabana beach in posto 6, which is a safe area and considered the most prestigious part of Copacabana, next to Arpoador and just a 5-10 minute walk to Ipanema. Everything you need is on the doorstep: the beach, shops, bars, restaurants, banks, gyms, etc. The metro is just 5 mins walk. The building in located between streets Francisco Sá and Souza Lima.
Bed-linen and bath towels are provided.
The cleaning fee is an additional R$100 and has to be paid in cash at check-in.
The security deposit is R$550 and must be paid by Paypal before arrival and will be refunded via Paypal on departure.
Please note that despite the building being right opposite the beach, the apartment does not have a sea view.
Minimum stay of 3 nights. I will accept 2 night stays if the stay falls between two bookings.
New Year and Carnaval are only available as 10-day packages.
There are several supermarkets, restaurants and banks nearby. I usually use the Zona Sul supermarket on rua Francisco Sá: to the left as you exit the building on (website hidden) Copacabana, and right at the traffic lights. There is a nice place for breakfast on rua Souza Lima (next to the Wizard language school): turn right as you exit onto Nossa Senhora and right at the traffic lights.
Across the street from the exit on Nossa Senhora (next to the Copacabana Rio hotel) is a 'kilo' restaurant called Temperate. You help yourself to the food in the buffet and then they weigh it and charge you according to the weight. Restaurant Eclipse on Julio de Castilhos is quite good but the portions are very, very big and I would recommend ordering 1 plate and sharing it (you can always order more if you are still hungry and you can take food away if you have some left over - though they charge a small amount for the box to carry it in).
One of my favourite restaurants, more for the atmosphere than the food, is Bar Astor (on the corner of Vieira Souto and Rainha Elizabeth da Belgica) in Ipanema, about 10 mins walk. (By the way, Vieira Souto is the most expensive street for property in all of South America). A famous restaurant in Rio is La Garota de Ipanema on the corner of Prudente de Morais and Farme de Amoedo. It attracts a lot of tourists because this is where the famous song of the same name was written but the food is very good and again 1 plate is easily enough for 2 people. I always order the picanha steak which comes in lots of slices on a hot plate and you cook it yourself on the table in the hot plate - delicious! There are lots of restaurants and some bars on Farme de Amoedo. It's a lively area to eat or drink in the evenings. There are also some nice restaurants towards the lake side of Ipanema. Just walk around and explore and choose one you like the look of.
The place for nightlife (particularly at weekends) is Lapa, next to Centro. It will be full of people out partying (though do not venture into Centro which is not very safe at night).
Santa Teresa is worth a visit for an afternoon. It is a neighbourhood up on a hill overlooking Lapa. It has a different feel and the architecture is interesting. There is a good bar there that gets busy and everyone stands out on the pavement. I don't remember wht it's called but you can't really miss it.
When it rains I usually head off to Barra Shopping (they pronounce barra as baha, the r sounds like a h). It is a huge shopping mall and a good place to escape the rain. It is in Barra de Tijuca where they are going to hold the Olympics and where they are currently held Rock In Rio but it is a good 30-45 mins by taxi depending on the traffic.
I haven't mentioned the obvious tourist things to do in Rio like the Sugar Loaf mountain (Páo de Azuca) or Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado) and of course the beach (I prefer the beaches in Ipanema to the ones in Copacabana).
I hope I have given you a few options that will be of interest to you.
There are numerous buses right outside the apartment building that will whisk you anywhere in the city.
There is an entrance to the metro station General Osario at the end of Sa Ferreira just 5 minutes walk away. For some reason they seem to have forgotten to add this entrance to the maps, but it is there, believe me! Actually it is shown on the metro rio website if you click on stations, line 1 and then General Osario.
There is a minimum stay of 3 nights. Stays of 2 nights will be accepted if there is a two night gap between bookings.
Excelente ubicacion justo enfrente de la playa, cerca de bares y restorantes.
El hospedaje tambien fue muy bueno, y fue todo tal cual lo habiamos arreglado, el departamento es tal cual como muestra la foto, muy limpio y con todas las comodidades, la vedad que es muy comodo y 100% recomendable.
Hemos pasado unos días maravillosos en Rio, y el departamento de Philip además de encontrarse muy bien ubicado cerca de bares, restaurantes y supermercados, lugares de interés como el Arpoador, playa de Ipanema y Leblón, cuenta con todas las comodidades y equipamientos que hacen más agradable la (website hidden) bueno destacar que el edificio se encuentra dentro de una galería a 15 metros de la playa, tiene vista a la Avda. Nuestra Sra. de Copacabana, muy transitada por los colectivos urbanos, lo que facilita el traslado a los distintos puntos de interés como el Pan de Azúcar, el Cristo Redentor, Playa Leme, Lapa, el Centro etc. Sí, hay algo de ruido pero es inevitable que en Rio no lo haya, nada que no pueda ser tolerado desde un piso 12. Sin dudas, lo recomendamos! Gracias Philip por todo!!
We had such a great time in Rio and our stay in in Philip’s apartment was very pleasant. To sum our experience up, I will go with pros and cons:
The apartment was clean and well appointed, including a washing machine and laundry rack to hang dry clothes after washing, small ironing board and iron, power adapters for many common plugs, and a fully appointed kitchen with very nice glasses and plates… no plasticware.
The air conditioners are powerful enough to keep the place frigid, and the cable selection was good.
The decor is charming, including small antiqued photos of Rio and lifelike fake flowers.
The couch is on the smaller side, but functional for the space and pretty comfortable.
The bed is extremely comfortable and the bedding was nice.
The location is great, being directly across from the beach, with one larger restaurant and two smaller cafe-style restaurants located at either street's entrance. We felt very safe in the neighborhood the whole time. The apartment is also close to the nice bar and restaurant scene of Ipanema.
Philip was extremely helpful the whole time.
The bedroom window is quite old and lets in a lot of sound. Being located on a busy street with 24-hour traffic, I would recommend ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
The contact person in Rio, Lucia, showed up a little late, but it was totally ok.
There was no laundry detergent to go with the washing machine (which wasn’t a problem for us since we brought a small package of our own), and only one roll of toilet paper was supplied… leaving us shopping for what should probably be kept stocked.
We looked at numerous locations in our search for an apartment, and after staying here we agree we made a good choice! Thanks Philip!
Great location and beautifully clean. Lucia was wonderful and waited for us as our flight was very late. Very accommodating and helpful.
First of all, I would like to thank Philip for letting us stay in his lovely apartment.
Philip was an excellent host, very responsive, offering many tips on places to visit, beaches and restaurants etc... This apartment is modern, secure, and you absolutely cannot beat the location. Really love the neighbourhood. The apartment was clean, very accommodating and got enough storage for your clothes. The bed was very comfortable. The air conditioning in the rooms was perfect.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Philip's place. We had an amazing stay! Will definitely want to return.
This was my first apartment rent through AirBnB and it couldn't have been better. Philip is a wonderful host, he answered all my emails promptly and patiently and provided me with a lot of helpful information about the city. On the day of my departure he even allowed me to check out at 3pm as there were no other guests coming. The apartment is a real treasure and a viable alternative to Rio's notoriously expensive hotels. It is conveniently located in a safe area between the two major streets of Copacabana and has everything one needs (including the beaches) within walking distance. The apartment is quiet, clean and tastefully furnished. A cleaning lady takes care of it in Philip's absence and even though she only spoke Portuguese I had no problems checking in or out. If I come to Rio de Janeiro again, Philip's apartment will definitively be my first and preferred choice for accommodation.
Staying on Philip's apartment was such a great experience!
He has an excellent apartment located just 3 blocs from Arpoador, with everything that we need in there. The check-in was very easy, with a really helpful host and 2 keys available :).
The fantastic location (just step out from the building and you are on the beach); the security; The "cozy" feel on the whole apartment and such a beautiful beach make this a great trip and a great staying in Rio.
I definitely recommend Philip's apartment to anyone.
Philip's apartment is very conveniently located within the heart of Copacabana area. The building is situated between the sea front and an avenue full of shops and restaurants. Ipanema area is within walking distance. The apartment itself is small but fully equipped, including a kitchen. A washing machine is available. The flat is clean and everything was very well organized. Philip was always available via mail and answered promptly. We felt very well in Philip's apartment and would recommend anybody to stay there!
O apartamento é suuper confortável, a localização é ótima. Tudo no apartamento é novo e de boa (website hidden) certeza eu alugaria novamente quando eu for para o Rio da próxima vez.
O ponto do apartamento é ótimo, com acesso facil pra todo lugar.
Voltaria a alugá-lo tranquilamente.