I live in a house located in the historical neighborhood of Santa Teresa, with lots of green around in a very peaceful place. It’s a charming area, with bars and restaurants. Very near to the best spots in the neighborhood (stores, restaurants and bars), only 10 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes walk from Lapa (the most bohemian neighborhood in Rio) you will be staying at a quiet street, in a pleasant house, with a garden to relax.
House Description: a living room, one bathroom, a kitchen, a yard with flowers and plants, a laundry and internet.
This is a great opportunity to be in a beautiful and artistic environment, since Santa Teresa is known as the home for the artists in Rio.
Vera is such an amazing person, she has a great vibe and personality. Vera welcomed me into her eccentric home with warmth and friendliness. Vera's home is nestled in a little cobble street in the beautiful and laid back town of santa teresa, for me the best boheim gem of a city in Rio.
Vera's house is simple, clean and colourful, and all the rooms are lovely. Great transportation links to the main towns. If you need to stay in rio from all the hustle & bustle of Rio, Vera's home is the place to be.
I must say when I first booked this place I was slightly nervous by the sheer amount of rules that were listed. What ever you do don't let that put you off staying here! Vera is generous and kind. She waited up late for me on the first night when I got lost in Rio, then she even parked my car for me and never once made me feel bad about it.
Her place is in a really unique part of Rio de Janeiro. Coming from Sydney I felt like I'd arrived somewhere different and special. the room is perfect for a short stay with a cupboard for clothes and a desk. The desk was perfect for setting up my music gear, and it had a lovely view over the city.
Vera was a great host. A nice and very helpful person. The room was as described, although I thougt it was a shared room, but it was a single room. During my stay there was another couple living there at Vera's place. The atmosphere was very family-like. I enjoyed it a lot. The house is situated in an area where you can see more of the 'real' life of Rio apart from the highly touristic centers like Copacabana. I highly recommend Vera's place.
This place is great. Vera is great (she even looked after me when I was sick!). Also, great value for money. If you want to see a more normal side of RJ than the touristy beaches of the South, I'd highly recommend Vera's.
I had a very nice stay as Vera is a welcoming and helpful host. I just think it is a bit overpriced for what you get but as I learned that is Rio.
Clean and tidy.
Very disagreable hostess who complained over guest spending time in living-room although that was supposed to be a shared space.
Location is very far from the centre of Santa Teresa and close to unsafe favela. Also close to Sambodrome where at times low quality musical shows pestered entire weekends until four o'clock in the morning,
I cannot in any way recommend this place.
Erling has spent all his time sitting at the living room, drinking, using the internet and trying to tell me about the disaster that was his marriage. Or, worse, complaining about my country and about the house where you were before arrive in my home. He dared to call us barbaros and compare Brazil with Europe, as it is possible. If you like Europe, stay there. We already have enough foreigners coming to Brazil. We don't need someone like you. He's not a nice person, he drinks the whole day and he doesn't mind to be impolite.
Dear, you should stay at your country which one is much better than mine.
When I complained with him about the time he used to spend at the living room - it was one day I have arrived at home and many of his stuff were spread around - he started screaming with me!!!!!
You were renting a room not the whole house. You are the only guest who complained about it. It is a little weird, isn't it? I don't mind to share my house with people that, at least, know how to respect my country and the fact that the house is mine.
Just an advise, Santa Teresa is not a place for someone in your age. Next time go to Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon where you will find a lot of people like you.
If your experience at my house wasn't good, having you here was worse and I was counting the time for you leave.
I stayed fot two weeks in Vera's house. It was a great time. Vera is an open minded, relaxed and helpful person who, from the first moment on, made me feel welcome in her house. And the great thing was that she always invited me to go out for a drink with her friends. A great way to learn the carioca's and the city.
The location of the house is nice. At Largo das Neves, which is 100 meter from her house you already find some nice bars and restaurants and every 15 minutes there's leaving a bus to the centre. The only disadvantage is the fact that at nighttime you always need to pick a taxi to go back.
The room is quiet small, but that's not a big problem, the living room downstairs is nice and you're always welcome there. And apart from that Vera has an garden where you can enjoy the sunshine.
Stay with Vera! I highly recommend it! I spent 30 days in her home in Santa Teresa and had a wonderful time. Vera is very welcoming, friendly, and really helpful as it comes to tips about Rio. She is laid-back and very easy to live with. Her house is nice, cozy, very homely.
The neighborhood is safe artsy with a lot of places to go to if interested in local social life. Also, Vera's house is close to the bus-stop, where you can get a bus to the center or the van to the metro station - so you are well connected.
I had a marvelous time in Vera's house and am planning to go back there again soon! Thanks, Vera, for being a wonderful host and becoming a real friend.
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