Charming flat Santa Teresa/Lapa Rio

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Rua Costa Bastos, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 20240-020, Brazil

The Space

One bedroom apartment in Santa Teresa near Lapa newly decorated/refurbished. This is the heart of Bohemian Rio!


The bedroom has a brand new bed with a great and comfortable mattress. It has also a large wooden wardrobe which is perfect for storing clothes and suitcases. Ceiling fan.
We also have a wireless Internet connection (3G), but please note the connection is good enough to read emails and access some sites but not ideal if you wish to watch videos or do uploads or downloads.

Good quality bedding and towels are supplied.

Separate kitchen with a modern cooktop, fridge, coffee machine, blender, toaster, pots and pans, All kitchen utensils supplied. Table and 2 chairs.

The bathroom has a nice warm shower.

Here you will have the morning sun, a well ventilated flat, and a free view.
The flat is on the 3rd floor of a five floors building with lifts. 24 hours security.

Transport and shops nearby (3 supermarkets, bakery and gyms)

Just 10 minutes walking to Lapa : the "IN" area to drink, dance and listen to live music : the famous Samba.
10 minutes walking to Santa Teresa : the bohemian neighborhood which has lovely shops, restaurants and artists' workshops.
In Santa Teresa you can find incredible views of the city.
Here you will be at close distance to all main tourists' attractions such as the main Cathedral, Teatro Municipal, Museums, etc...

The famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are only 25 minutes away by bus.
Underground/metro Cinelandia station at 15 minutes walk.

The flat is ideal for a couple with a child but a bit small for three adults as we have a double bed and a single sofa-bed in the living room.

The flat is very well located also for business trips, only 15 minutes walking to the centre of town. 10 minutes by bus to the Convention Center INGSul America.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $18 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $323 /week
Monthly Price: $1152 /month
Security Deposit: $138
Cleaning Fee: $41
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Our stay in Monica's appartment went very Well. Even before arriving, Monica sent us lots of info on how to get there, what to see & do in Rio & the area, & we weren't disappointed in the slightest. The apt building is guarded 24/7 and we found Lapa safe to walk at night. The supermarkets are 2mins walk, the bus stop at the end of the road serves all the main sights & you can walk to the famous tiled steps, plus Lapa's bars & arches are close by. The apt itself is comfortable, clean & Well equipped. Monica's very friendly mother waited to greet us at 10.30pm and Monica was always available by email, respondîng to any requests super fast. Thanks for everything!

    Notre séjour dans l'appartement de Monica s'est très bien passé. Avant même notre arrivée , elle nous avait envoyé plein de conseil pour arriver sur les lieux, pour visiter Rio, et sur le quartier. Nous n'avons pas été déçus ! L'appartement est dans une résidence gardée 24h/24, a 2 minutes de supermarchés , d'un arrêt de bus d'où partent des bus vers toutes les destinations touristiques, et a 10 minute de marche des arches de Lapa ( et les bars de lapa) ainsi que des fameux escaliers en ceramique. L'appartement lui même était propre et fonctionnel. Quand a l'accueil , merci a la mère de Monica qui nous a attendu jusqu'à 22heures30 pour nous remettre les clés ! Merci Monica pour l'organisation et les réponses ( si rapide!) à nos mails.

    April 2014
  • Monica was an excellent host. The apartment is just as described and pictured, and Monica wrote me a long e-mail explaining all of the features of the neighborhood. Lapa is a wonderful destination in Rio. The apartment is well located, close to restaurants and bars, but quiet, since it faces away from the traffic. And secure. Highly recommended !!!! I got a wonderful welcome and send-off.

    March 2014
  • Nice little apartment. Great to live between friendly brasilieros. In walking distance of the attractions of Lapa. Very friendly and helpful hosts mom. Lots of helpful infos from Monica.

    February 2014
  • It was a great pleasure to stay at Monica's flat. Although Monica was not in Brasil at the time, she was extremely quick to reply to any emails and questions we had. She gave great recommendations on things to do, and alternate ways to do things. Being first time travellers to Brasil, and speaking little portuguese, she was so helpful in making our time there comfortable and stress free. Monica's mother lives in Rio and we were lucky enough to meet her on a few occasions. She also was very nice and helpful.

    The flat itself was exactly as advertised, and was in a nice part of Santa Teresa. We took city transit to the beaches, and metro a couple of times as well. The advice and directions Monica gave regarding transit were dead on. The bed was clean and quite comfortable.

    We highly recommend Monica and this flat. We hope to travel back to Brasil one day to meet Monica and take her and her mom out for being such great hosts!

    January 2014
  • Monica is a very helpful host, she gave us so many tips and information before we even reached the apartment!

    January 2014
  • The flat in Lapa is small but cozy and in an interesting neighborhood. We had a nice stay especially because of Monica - she can really make you feel welcome even though she wasn't there in person. She was eager to provide information about anything we were interested in and then some, making life easy for us. The only real downside was the WiFi which was actually just a shared GPRS connection and thus no good to anything but the occasional email.

    December 2013
    Response from Monica:

    Hey Mikko,
    Thanks for your feedback. The Internet connection we have is actually advertised as it is. What we have is a 3G private network (not GPRS!), and it isn't shared. It is a shame that you didn't inform us that you were having issues with it as we would have done something to fix it.

  • I had a lovely stay at Monica's place. The flat was cosy, sweet and clean. The flat was in good place, because nearby there are good shops, especially of fruits, also there is bakery, gym and good places for eating and drinking. The bus stop was just 2 minutes from flat, so it is easy to reach all areas of Rio. Monica and her mother are amazing hosts! Her mother is extremely friendly and i enjoyed her company very much. Monica gave me great tips about what to do in Rio. I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay in Rio! Special thanks for Monica's mother:)

    November 2013
  • Even though she is working out of Rio, I cannot imagine of another host who responds faster than Monica. From the beginning of our reservation to the end of our stay she was always there with her instructions and suggestions. Her flat is small, not very luminous but very clean and had everything we needed. Location is quite safe and ideal for people who wants to enjoy Lapa and Santa Teresa. It is very easy to reach Copacabana and Ipanema by bus. And if you want to go somewhere else just ask Monica!

    October 2013
  • The flat is completely as described, located in the good area, and Monica is really helpful and nice person. Even though we had had some concerns about Rio in general, finally it appeared to be the great place and flat (and Monica) was the part of our good impression :)

    October 2013
  • We had a lovely stay at Monica's place. The flat is small but has all the facilities you need for a citytrip. It is cosy, sweet and clean.

    The neighborhood has an urban feel to it, is really nice if you like artistic food and samba because it is really close to the center of Lapa. However be aware that is is not as touristic as Copacabanna and Ipanema. But don't let that scare you! It has an amazing vibe to it.

    Monica and here mother are amazing hosts! Her mother is extremely friendly and we enjoyed her company even tough we didn't speak the same language. Monica gave us great tips about what to do in Rio. We would have never found these things without her help.

    We absolutely recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a lovely stay in a cute and non-touristic neighborhood.

    October 2013
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After 18 years living in Europe (16 in London and 2 in Paris) I have decided to come back to my home town and enjoy the fantastic moment which Rio is going through. My greatest passion is travelling and getting to know new people from different cultures and places. I am also a lover of jazz and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira). Having travelled to many different countries around the world I know how important it is to feel safe and welcome when travelling. This is my aim when receiving my guests. My mum Horaci and I will be receiving you! Welcome to Brazil, a crazy, but yet beautiful country!
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