About this listing
It's a big and classic apartment at Flamengo, a traditional/familiar neighborhood of Rio, 10 minutes from Downtown or Copacabana by Metro, with buses for all directions of the city and services all around.The room is very comfortable and fits 3 or 4.
*** cats ***
I have cats in the space, so, you need to LOVE cats! That's rule number 1!
There are smokers in the house (sorry - or not ;) - about that!
My apartment is at Barão de Icaraí street, at Flamengo, a residential neighborhood, 10 min from even Downtown or Copacabana, or Ipanema (by Metro, or bus) and Sugar Loaf, at Flamengo’s Beach (by foot).
Close to everything and everywhere, Flamengo has a lot of services to offer, such as bakeries, supermarkets, Shopping Centers, traditional or fashion restaurants, theaters, night life and sight seeings. It’s a true Carioca residential neighborhood, indeed and – even considering we Rio de Janeiro a big city – Flamengo is considered a quite safe neighborhood.
I live in this apartment since I was born. This is the home of my grandparents.
The apartment is at the 2nd floor, facing a traditional street.
It's a big and pleasant old fashion apartment (160m2).
It has 05 rooms, 4 of them, I’m offering for renting.
It has 2 comfortable bathrooms and another one which serves the service area (all 3 bathrooms are complete - shower, toilet, etc. - and all of them are available for guests); 01 living room; 01 large dining room (with a big table for 8 people); service area (with laundry machine and clothesline clothing); kitchen (with stove and oven, microwave and a freezer/refrigerator). There is, also, a pleasant balcony with another table which sets 4 persons, and a set of sofa and chairs. It is a quite pleasant place.
This bedroom faces street. It has a confortable double bed; 2 single beds; 1 dressing table; 1 table; 1 wardrobe. The room fits 4 persons but can fit 5, also (for a short period, I sugest). It's just a matter of putting another single bed in it.
Let's talk now about what REALLY MATTERS (if you know what I mean... "better having wifi than a roof over ours heads!" lol kidding!):
I have WiFi in the house, guests would be able to use Internet broadband in the entire apartment.
Although I have one telephone in the house, it would be difficult for me to afford international calls (very sorry about that) I thought I had to say this since now.
I have a helper who comes for house cleaning, or, if I travel (which I do every 15 days, if I'm able to), she comes to take care of the 2 cats.
I don't provide meals, but this should not be an issue, as we have plenty of breakfast services all around, and guests can use the kitchen (stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, etc) for cooking, if they want so. I'll also be very glad to guide them to the supermarkets and other places around.
We have doormen night and day, all the time (sometimes, by the night, he sleeps!!!).
All guests have their own room with their own keys.
Everybody shares the bathrooms; the kitchen and the common areas and I leave to them to decide how to do this. Anyway, there are lots of wardrobes at the kitchen and bathrooms, so this won’t be a problem.
Maybe, maybe, just another thing to keep in mind:
*** common areas***
You will have access to the whole apartment, except other room's guests, of course.
Even I'm constantly paying attention in order to have the house confortable (in terms of numbers of guests in here, as we're talking about an old apartment), there will be always the common areas to share, so it would be nice taking care of them every time you use them... just keep this in mind... I really will ask you to use them as you wish, since you leave it as if you have not used it!
Keep in mind that someone else will need to use it the minute after you did, so, it must be clean! This rule is very important to me and it worths specially for the kitchen and the bathrooms!
Interaction with Guests
I don’t consider myself a hostel, as a matter of fact, I don’t want to be a hostel, at all! I like to interact with guests feeling that this is still a home and absolutely not a formal or impersonal place! The idea is to share my home with people who want to stay in here for a while (or even, a bit more than “a while”). This is an important aspect to me!
Sometimes, I may travel for 3 or 4 days, but I will try to be there for you as much, as I can.
I think that my neighborhood is special because it has the perfect balance between commerce and residences. Its habitants are older (including myself and my cats) which makes it it a calm place. It is also well placed, between Downtown and Copacabana with metro and buses for all over Rio.
I think guests will like it.
Flamengo is about 10 min from even Downtown or Copacabana, or Ipanema (by Metro, or bus) and Sugar Loaf, at Flamengo’s Beach (by foot).
Buses and Metro about 5 min from the apartment.
I don't have garage, but there are parkings 5 minutes from here.
There are buses coming from both Airports of Rio, passing at the corner of my street. So, it's easy to arrive/leave here.
Other Things to Note
I have those rules printed, and lots of small notes that, I guess, may help. I know that rules are boring, but we will need them, since we will share the same space. So, I am sorry and I will be here to help every way I can!
I expect guests to:
1) Take care of the cats, for instance: not leaving food exposed over the places; close the lid of the stove, after cooking; close the windows of the balcony when leaving the place; pay attention to not lock a cat inside your room or pay attention when oppening the front door of the apt...).
2) Think about the other guests when using the common areas. I have a tip for this, but it is a bit rude, I guess, so excuse me for writting it:
"Try to leave NO traces, after using a common area" and this includes even the kitchen and the bathrooms! Think you should be the next one using them!
Mi estadía donde Cristina no solo ha sido para vacacionar sino también para hacer amigos, con Cristina conocí mucha gente interesante y linda de Rio de Janeiro y la convivencia del lugar hacen que uno se sienta como en casa, definitivamente recomiendo este lugar ya que es tan ameno como un hogar, Cristina es muy amable y solo sentarse a charlar con ella ya es un buen rato en Rio y como si fuera poco esta cerca de todos los buenos lugares para turistear.
It was an absolute pleasure to stay with Cristina for my 3-month trip to Rio. What you see in her listings is exactly what you get. The apartment is a bit older but it's very spacious and the location is great. In addition, Cristina is extremely kind, helpful and quirky and she oftentimes went out of her way to make her place feel like home. I couldn't have asked for a better host.
I would absolutely stay with Cristina again and I highly recommend this place for anyone looking to stay in Rio for an extended period of time. I left Rio with both a great experience and a great friend.
Plus qu'un simple séjour, j'ai rencontré une personne extraordinaire qui m'a ouvert son coeur. Cristina est une hôte en or, elle a toujours été là du début de mon séjour jusqu'à la fin ! Toujours prête à rendre service, elle a contribué en grande partie à 15 jours d'un voyage magique à Rio.
Son appartement est très bien situé dans Flamengo, à 3min de la station de métro et seulement 10min de la célèbre plage de Copacabana !! Grand appartement avec balcon, la chambre est au calme et très bien isolée, la salle de bain est grande, et la WIFI très rapide !! Cristina m'avait réservé boissons et quelques courses, de façon à passer 2 jours sans penser à tout cela...
Merci Cristina pour ce séjour ;)
Our stay with Cristina was very lovely. We stayed there for a week during carnival and it was a very peaceful and relaxing place to come back to after the hectic carnival. She was a lovely host who was always very helpful and willing to provide advice. Very easily contacted too. Cristina's place was also close to the beach and the subway. great location! I would recommend Cristina's place to anyone.
Bueno fui como todos los años a mi ciudad maravillosa rio de janeiro a pasear a buscar la paz que solo encuentro alla y conoci gente maravillosa que solo en rio hay. entre ellas cristina que me recibio como una reina! adore su casa sus gatos
cristina una genia!. educada y atenta. El departamento impecable me senti realmente como si estuviera en mi casa. La recomiendo y volveria con mucho gusto!
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About the Host, Maria Cristina
I’m Cristina Areias, I am 60 years old (so they say…), divorced, no kids, only (email hidden)o, actually (which makes IMPERATIVE TO LOVE cats - sorry about CAPs - because who knows them, knows that they are the real hosts!).
I am a smoker (sorry about that, too), so smokers are welcome in the house and allowed to smoke wherever they want.
I'm psychologist, web designer, artisan, now working for the Rio de Janeiro Government (since 2009).
!!! Not anymore!!! Since last month I'm no longer working, so I stay home taking care of you!!! ;) !!!
When I'm home, I like to watch TV or, mostly, browse Internet, for playing or studying, or working. I like music (very ecletic taste, I guess).
I can't live without Internet, I can't live without my cats... I'm a smoker (sorry about that!). I love languages, so I speak English and French; enough for basic conversation, I suppose.
I like to have my friends around with good drinking and talking...
I love architecture, arts, movies, animation movies (I do some animation stuff, myself) and, again: cats! The thing about cats is that I love their softness, quietness, self- self-sufficiency, self-assurance, and mostly, the way they constantly remind me that they are not my property... This always shows me my real place, giving me, day-by-day, a fair quota of humbleness.
I love technology and I love Google! Almost the same way I love cats! No... not really... but I'm a huge Google fan. I love Beatles, Criminal Minds, Drop Dead Diva, The Big Bang Theory and Cirque du Soleil, and Opera... I love to share my knowledge with others... this really gives me pleasure. My favorite movie is Quest for Fire... because of the scene where she teaches him the way to MAKE fire... awesome!
I've always, since I was a child, been attached to foreigners. My ancestors came from France, Germany and Portugal (of course!). Father and grand-mother loved France and this was an important part of their legacy to me.
This is one reason for me to enjoy having tourists, to have people from different countries around me, with me, at my home... Also, it could be a good and pleasant way to improve my writing, right? :o)
I live in this same house, since I was born. It's a quite big apartment (04 rooms, 01 living room, 01 dining room, service area, kitchen and a comfortable veranda), 10 min from Downtown or Copacabana (by Metro).
Well, that's all for now, Folks! See you, soon, I hope...