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I am Eduardo working for Rio Local Apartments, a short-term holiday rental agency. We provide great local service and have a great time doing it!
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Eduardo was very caring about us. Everthing was without hassle.
I can fully recommend the place and its location.
Despite the fact that our flight was late by more than 3 hours, Eduardo met us at the apartment on time. He was friendly and informative. The location of the property cannot be faulted. It is 3 blocks from Ipanema beach and right in the middle of a bustling area, which felt safe.
There are two steep spiral staircases to negotiate, one from the hallway to the flat and another up to the terrace. The flat was smaller than the pictures made it look, (beware those wide-angle photos) but had enough space for the two of us. It would get crowded for 3 sharing (there's a sofa-bed in the lounge). The flat has amazing views and was clean but was not particularly well supplied - it would've been good to have basics such as coffee, sugar etc. The sound system worked (good) but had no outputs for ipods etc., (less good). It does, however, have a tape deck, so don’t forget those mix tapes.
We had seen photos of the terrace and realising that it could get quite hot, (it's definitely a sun-trap) we had asked when we booked for an umbrella to be provided. This was requested almost a year before we arrived, but a few weeks before arrival we were told that it had only just been ordered and it would not arrive before we did. This was a huge disappointment as the lack of shade combined with our English skin meant that we could not use the terrace apart from late in the afternoon. I feel more effort could have been made as the owner had 11 months to sort this out, especially as we paid a high premium for staying over carnival. One of the reasons we chose the flat was the terrace.
In addition, the height of the railing on the terrace next to the hot tub drops away next to the steps, the railing was loose, and felt very unsafe - there's a 14 storey drop to the tarmac below. We spent the fortnight entering and exiting the hot tub as if getting into and out of a sports car, from the base up! This flat would not be good for vertigo sufferers.
The flat was cleaned weekly, but we’d recommend that the owners also leave spare bedding and towels in the flat as it was very hot and these items get dirty very quickly. For the last 5 days of the holiday there was no hot water in the shower, although the heat did mean that this wasn’t really a problem, or not one that we felt inclined to report. When it did rain, the hot-tub water quickly became green, but this was sorted out very quickly when we mentioned it.
So in summary, great location, great views, vertiginous staircases, large, boiling hot and slightly terrifying terrace. The host was friendly and responsive, but there are definitely some issues with the flat which, when resolved, would significantly improve the liveability of the space.
Ola! Não posso deixar de deixar passar esta oportunidade e referir que o Eduardo foi muito simpático, disponivel e compreensivo durante toda a minha estadia. Acrescento ainda que a casa é simplesmente GENIAL, mto bem decorada, espaçosa é bem localizada para quem quiser circular facilmente pela zona nobre do Rio. Até uma próxima, Obrigada, Catarina :)
El anfitrión se comportó excelente, respondió mis consultas antes de llegar cada vez que se las hice. Cuando llegamos nos estaban esperando, el apartamento era tal cual las fotos, tiene todas las comodidades necesarias y estaba muy limpio. El barrio en que se encuentra es seguro, tranquilo y silencioso, lo cual permite descansar tranquilamente dentro del bullicio de Río. A dos cuadras hay estación de metro y parada de bus.
O Frenk foi um excelente anfitrião e me recebeu no horário combinado previamente. Me deixou o whatsapp à disposição e nos comunicamos algumas vezes durante a minha estadia (ele estava sempre disponível). Acabei não ficando no apartamento reservado, mas ele prontamente me ofereceu outro apartamento no mesmo prédio que atendeu às minhas necessidades. O apartamento é bem pequeno, mas era exatamente o que eu precisava. A região é excelente!
Frenk was charming and met us at the apartment on the first day, although we were quite delayed by traffic. We had to ask for towels twice due to a problem with the cleaner, so we did not have enough towels the first 48 hs. I would say the apartment is beautiful and has an outstanding view BUT is not really suitable for people with mobility problems and/or lots of luggage! You must climb a very steep corkscrew staircase to get to the living space and another to the beautiful terrace. The terrace was definitely the highlight, but to my eyes, the railing was unsafe on the side and there is 14 stories drop. The railing were actually yielding so we didn't go near them. I wouldn't recommend children or teens near it. The apartment was very central and perfect for a few days. I would have liked a better equipped kitchen, in the past, wherever I have stayed there has been sugar, salt, tea, basics, here there was just a bottle of water and no can opener so we had to use a knife. The idea of a jacuzzi is great, but it's not heated and there's no shade at all in the terrace so therefore we didn't use it. At night the wind makes it quite chilly because of the height of the terrace and during the day the beach is two blocks away! All in all, it was a good place to stay;
We stayed in Frenk's lovely ipanema penthouse for 5 days and it was fantastic. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The view was breathtaking and the apartment itself was brilliant. Location was 10/10, restaurants, shops and beach on your doorstep. Frenk himself was more than helpful and always on the other end of the phone for whatever we needed. We would 100% stay here again. Thank you Frenk for making our stay so enjoyable.
We stayed in this amazing apartment for 1 week in april. We loved it!!! Near the beach (only 2 small blocks away from Ipanema). The apartment is perfect for two people. What we enjoyed the most was the big terrace in the room and living area (with an ocean view) and the the amazing rooftop (with views all around the city and beach aswell). The apartment was as we expected. The location is priceless, there are shops and restaurants everywhere. Even though the apartment is centrally located in ipanema, it's very quiet since it's in the 14th floor. We used Frenk's transfer service from the airport and we recommend it to future guests : nice sedan with friendly driver. The check in was fast with Rosa who was our contact during the trip. We will definetly be back on our next trip to Rio.
Muito obrigado Frenk and Rosa Maria!!!!
I had a great stay in this apartment and working with Frenk as my host. The apartment was exactly as listed and the neighborhood is a safe and beautiful place to stay in. Frenk is highly professional and was very helpful for my entire stay. I would definitely stay in this apartment (specifically) again. Frenk has other listings, too, although I am unfamiliar with them, based on my experience with him, I would definitely be trusting in experiencing those as well. This was my first AirBnB experience and I would give him an A+. THANKS!
Alles bestens, jederzeit wieder. Traumhafter Blick vom Balkon. Sehr hilfsbereiter Eigentümer und Angestellte. Absolut seriös und sehr empfehlenswert.