About this listing
Small but MASSIVE, our apartment has everything you need for your stay in Rio, including air conditioning, super fast wi-fi, two bikes, a fully equipped kitchen, an extra-comfortable bed, and 24-hour security, close to all the action in Lapa.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
This is NOT your typical vacation rental. This is our home!
We designed and decorated the apartment ourselves, turning what used to be a tiny, dingy bat cave into one of the most colorful and inviting apartments in the area —it even got featured in the city newspaper on a piece about creative use of small spaces. Everything you see here was handpicked, designed, or made by us.
We live here when we don't have guests staying, so it's fully functional and has all the things you could possibly need for your vacation.
If you want to cook while you are in Rio, our kitchen is equipped with stove top, microwave, fridge, blender, and all the pots, pans, oils, spices and condiments necessary to cook up something tasty. Don't be fooled by its small size: this little kitchen has fed over 25 people at the same time!
If you are traveling with someone but don't want to share the same bed, we have a comfy futon downstairs, which can be turned into another double bed.
We have just installed air-conditioning, meaning you'll probably not want to leave the apartment on the days where the temperature is over 40 degrees. We also have a small fan upstairs beside the bed to keep you extra cool while you sleep.
Our apartment library includes lots of fiction titles, as well as books on themes as varied as design and farming —at least 70% of which are in English. We also own several Rio guides.
We leave our two bicycles here, and you are welcome to use them to explore the city.
There are two laundromats on our street, one of them just two buildings away.
PEACE OF MIND
Our apartment will be 100% yours during your stay.
It's on the ground floor of an apartment building, so there will be a doorman on duty 24 hours per day to let you in and out of the building, even if you come back home drunk at 4:53 in the morning. It's the only way to enter the building, meaning our apartment stays super safe.
The building is on a quiet street between the two principal streets in Lapa, Mem de Sá and Riachuelo, close to everything, but away from the drunk people, loud music and piss on the streets that is inevitable on the weekends.
Interaction with Guests
24-HOUR MORAL SUPPORT
We'll be in touch by email to offer you advice on places to visit, and tips on the best shows, gigs, or blocos happening in the city. We can also recommend alternative things to do instead of the usual tourist stuff. Want to know the secret trail to the least crowded waterfall in the city? We can sort you out!
We also made a special guide for our guests with basic information about the apartment and the surroundings. It's a compilation of all our knowledge of living in Lapa for the past 3 years. In there, you'll find all the info about the essentials - banks, supermarkets, transport, etc, as well as our favorite bars and restaurants.
We usually stay nearby, so if you have any problems or something stops working, we can come over right away and sort it out for you.
RIO'S OTHER POSTCARD
These days, more and more people are opting for Lapa to be closer to the real Rio and to avoid the extortionate prices of Zona Sul.
Lapa is home to samba musicians, capoeira players, and other marginals and bohemians and has been referred to as the "South American Montmartre". It still carries the soul of Rio in streets filled with music and the most interesting characters.
Because of its location between the historical center of Rio, the bustling downtown, and the hills of Santa Teresa, it has always has a mix of people from all walks of life. Corporate office workers come here to drink during the week, while on the weekends it is taken over by all sorts of people looking for fun (from sambistas to rockers to playboys to funkeiros). And of course, there are the traditional families that live here and make up the bulk of the population on any normal day.
Lapa is a small neighborhood so everything can be done on foot. Our place is a short walk from both the well-known bars and music venues, such as Rio Scenarium, Carioca da Gema, Democráticos, and Circo Voador, and from 19th-century beauties such as the Municipal Theater and the National Library. The Sambadrome is a mere 10 minutes away (handy for those staying during Carnival), and if you don't mind climbing hills, you can be in the centre of Santa Teresa eating a feijoada in less than 15 minutes.
BUS AND METRO
You can get a bus to almost anywhere in the city from within 2 minutes walk of the front door.
You can reach:
Copacabana in 20 mins
Ipanema in 30 mins
Maracanã or the bus station in 15 mins
Santa Teresa or Centro in less than 10 mins
Christ the Redeemer Train Station in 15 mins
Our guide will tell you exactly which buses to take to get where you need to go.
The nearest Metro (Cinelândia) is a 15-minute walk away, and from there, you can easily get to the Ipanema and the other beaches in 20 minutes.
P.S. We have two bicycles, too!
Other Things to Note
Come stay where the locals live, in a studio that's lived in.
If you're coming to Rio for a longer period, we can offer you a cheaper rate. Ask us for details!
Combine your stay in Lapa with a visit to our beach house and we'll make you an awesome discount.: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/850990.
Rule #1: Made new friends in Rio? Meet up with them outside the apartment!
Rule #2: Going out? Lock up and turn everything off first!
Rule #3: Throw the trash out everyday, please!
Rule #4: Be quiet after 10 pm.
Rule #5: Don't host anyone without checking with us first.
Rule #6: Don't take our books home with you. They're our favorite things.
Rule #7: If you break something, let us know!
Rule #8: Clean up before you check-out. Don't leave leftover food in the fridge!
Rule #9: Use the air conditioner with moderation.
Rule #10: Pass the key through the gap underneath the door when you leave.
Rule #11: Be kind!
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
Marcelle and Davog's apartment was as amazing as their owners. The place is really cosy and nicely equipped, and fits perfectly to its description. We had great times there during the carnaval. It is conveniently located close to the sambodromo and to the Lapa arches.
The communication with our hosts was perfect. For most of the things, instructions were left on a really useful and nicely done guidebook. They also took time to look for the good blocos ongoing.
Our stay in Marcelle and Davog’s place was wonderful! Their apartment is very cute and comfortable, just as published. Lapa is a great neighborhood, really fun to go out at nights, and with easy access to transportation to every part of the city. Inside the apartment they keep a guide of Lapa and Río, with their suggestions, maps and some tips, which was really helpful. Marcelle is extremely nice and was always available . Highly recommended, thanks a lot!
Cute apartment! Great hosts -- they left an excellent guide (restaurants, sights, transportation...) in the apartment and were available to answer questions and help at any time -- plus, they're super cool people. Highly recommended!
The appartment is just like in the picture. If any problem, they will try to solve as soon as possible. We had a very nice time at Marcelle and Davog's place, and is very close to Santa Teresa. If you have the chance, also try the food tour they offer.
Minha primeira experiência pela Airbnb e no Rio foram surpreendentes, principalmente por ficar nesse apê maravilhoso da Marcelle & Davog. Bem localizado, limpíssimo, com ar condicionado e wi-fi e uma decoração de tirar o fôlego! A Marcelle é super prestativa e respondeu todas as minhas dúvidas com uma rapidez incrível. Encantador e romântico, perfeito para viagens a dois ou solo. Me senti muito bem acolhida e confortável. Espero voltar mais vezes e recomendo de olhos fechados! Obrigada :)
Квартира в Лапа находится на тихой улочке, в то время, как по соседству кипит жизнь. Небольшая, но уютная. Есть все необходимое для жизни. Недалеко супермаркеты, остановки автобусов, которые доставят вас в любое место Рио. Всегда дежурит охранник, так что можно не бояться за сохранность вещей! Также охранник Вам может помочь в каких либо непредведенных ситуациях. Но конечно отдельно хочется сказать, спасибо Марселю, всегда был на связи, помогал если что. Во время моего проживания случились неполадки с интернетом, Марсель вызвал ремонтника, я просто оставила ключ охраннику, вечером вернувшись, все было отремонтированно, и не какой опасности за вещи, оставленные мною в квартире (паспорт, карты и т.д.).
Рио замечательный город, приезжайте в него обязательно!!! И если не желаете отдавать кучу денег для проживание, а обычно на отдыхе только ночуем в апартаментах, то выбирайте студию в Лапа Марселя!!!
Marcelle's and Davog's apartment was lovely and perfectly located. Close to the quiet of Santa Teresa and the action of Lapa, but not too close. Everything was spic and span and their guide to Lapa was also super helpful!
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About the Host, Marcelle & Davog
She's a Brazilian writer with eclectic tastes and eccentric friends. He's an Irish wanderer with the reddest hair in South America. Together, THEY FIGHT CRIME! (and rent out their apartment).
(and from Tuesday to Sundays offer food tours in Rio de Janeiro -
ask us for more details!)
Marcelle, 31, was born in Rio de Janeiro, but spent part of her childhood in the United States. Fluent in English and Portuguese, she is happy to help you navigate through Rio, whether it's helping you buy bus tickets or setting you up with samba or capoeira classes.
Davog, 26, has been living in Rio de Janeiro since 2010, and can give you directions to wherever you need to go. Part ninja, part artist, Davog designed our apartment's most amazing objects. He knows how to fix things, and can be in Lapa in 8 minutes should something malfunction or break.