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I enjoyed my stay at bob's apartment, he replied to all of my messages and sorted out any issues I had in a prompt manner. the neighbourhood was nice and VERY close to the beach a lot closer than you would think. its very close to alot of super markets and some shopping as well as "the informal" restaurant a 10 second walk from the building made my lazy nights even lazier. the wifi there is also of a very good speed. Will recommend and use again.
This is as central as you can get on Copacabana, and really nice view. Awesome terrace with a pool and nice neighbours.
We arrived very late one evening in the middle of easter, and the hosts friend received us and gave us a tour. We were lucky to meet the host later on, and he is a nice guy with lots of local information.
The place were also nice on the budget, and even my picky girlfriend found the room to be good.
A big plus for the huge tv and good internet connection when the rain outside were pouring down!
A experiência não foi tão agradável quanto o esperado.
Logo no momento da chegada tivemos que esperar mais de duas horas pela chegada da pessoa que nos entregaria as chaves.
No mesmo dia da chegada solicitamos uma toalha já que, por incrível que pareça, só tinha uma toalha. Não fomos atendidos e tivemos que passar 4 dias dividindo a toalha, o que foi muuuito desagradável. Por fim, a cama é instável, balança e faz muito barulho com o mínimo movimento, o que praticamente me impossibilitou de dormir. Enfim, não pretendemos voltar!
Bob's apartment is in a good location, close to the beach and has a cool roof top terrace if you want to use it
Bob was friendly and accommodated us with a late checkout. He also was attentive and sent someone over to fix things when the water went out.
Unit: small, basic and clean (enough). Includes fan and air conditioner. We didn't use the TV. Wifi worked well.
Location: extremely convenient to shops, restaurants, ATMS and the beach.
Overall: if you just need a place to crash and will be out most of the day - I'd recommend this place. It's reasonable in terms of price, has an amazing location and Bob actually responds to emails.
Initially, my girlfriend and I were disapointed in this listing. It seemed dirtier than the pictures and descriptions implied, and we assumed that there would be more privacy. The suite is on the top floor of an apartment building, and is a single apartment broken down into 5 separate suites, all behind a single security door. The patio pool and grill is shared by 7 suits, including the owner, accessed by a separate door and private stairway. It, again, is a tad dilapidated, the equipment is stained and rusted and sunburnt (it is open to the elements year round). It almost seems like the pictures for this apartment were taken several years ago; the paint is yellowed and the tile is stained in places. My girlfriend had to wash the bathroom, kitchenette, and the dishes before we felt confortable using them, and we bought new towels and sheets. The wardrobe furniture was not close to what was pictured. It was old, an ugly brown, the doors were crooked, and the bar for hanging clothes was broken and sagged at one side. The whole thing shook every time I opened the door.
We were warned that the room got very hot during the day, but with the blinds closed and the fan & AC running, it stayed cool and comfortable, enough for this Canadian. The location is perfect: one block from Copacabana beach, on a busy, safe street, and there are several very nice restaurants, shops, and supermarkets just outside the front door. The security and staff of the building are quite kind, often opening the door and greeting us. It's right on major bus lines that go down to Ipanema and up to the center of the city, and there is a metro station two or three blocks from the door which was convenient. The wifi is free, and was always fast and consistent.
Twice during out stay, the water to our suite cut out completely, both hot and cold, both times when we were about to take a shower. No running water at all. We texted the owner both times, and when we returned several hours later it was running again, but this was uncomfortable and unacceptable.
Really, the nice parts about the location could be found at several places around Copacabana and Ipanema. I think Copacabana is just an older area, the buildings especially. If you can, spend a few more bucks a night and stay near Ipanema, the area is newer, the beach is much nicer, and the streets are better kept, never felt anxious walking at night.
This is not someones home, really you are staying in a one room studio with a bathroom.
If you have any questions or problems you have to email.
The water ran out twice in four days while we stayed and there was no one to ask about this, not really helpful.
The location is the best thing about this place.
It is penthouse only in that it is on the top floor nothing else !
A localização do ap facilita bastante o acesso de ônibus à maioria dos principais pontos turísticos e tbm mercados e restaurantes. O anfitrião foi gentil ao permitir check in e check out antes e depois dos horários normais e resolveu o problema da wi-fi no 1o dia. O ap tem alguma louça, boa geladeira e fogão de indução funciona bem, a cama é confortável. A avenida é bem movimentada o tempo todo, então tem bastante barulho, mesmo a noite. O ar-condicionado faz bastante ruído também. O banheiro não tem janela e durante o tempo que estávamos lá, tinha um cheiro muito ruim que vinha do ralo. Formigas também foram um problema, é melhor não deixar doces fora da geladeira. Espero ter contribuído um pouco na tomada de decisão dos turistas e que o Bob continue gentil e melhorando alguns detalhes... Sobre o AirBnb, fiquem atentos ao Dólar, pois o valor debitado na fatura será nesta moeda.
Apartment was great, excellent location, clean, great air con, large shower, great view ( could see Corcovado from my bed ). Bobby was excellent and let me check out late which was kind of him. I had a magical four days here. Thoroughly recommend it.
Nous avons passé un agréable séjour. L'appartement était propre et très bien situé: a trois minutes de la plage, nombreux taxis, bus en bas de l'immeuble métro à 5 minutes, supermarché a 5 minutes et beaucoup de commerces et de restaurants dans les alentours.
La terrasse est agréable.
Seul petit hic: de quoi nettoyer le sol
pendant le séjour surtout a cause sable de la plage.
Bob est très concilient étant donné que l'appartement n'était pas loué après notre départ il nous a permis d'y rester après l'heure du check-out jusqu'à ce qu'on parte pour l'aéroport.
De même à l'arrivée. Nous avons eu l'appartement une heure avant l'heure du check-in.
Bob is a great guest. Communication was perfect. Payments were Ok! Strongly recommended.
Bob é um grande hóspede e novo amigo. Foi uma experiência muito boa tê-lo hospedado. Espero ter a oportunidade de recebê-lo novamente. Comunicativo, gentil e parceiro. Obrigado Bob.
Somente elogios e muitas indicações. Valeu Bob.
Bob was excellent at communicating with me before and during the reservation. I just felt completely at ease as a host since he was so kind and thoughtful over email, and I was reassured that he would take care of the place well as he is a host himself in his country! He left the place in order, and he was just in town for a few lovely days to enjoy the place with Carline. I didn't get to meet them but the whole process was easy and comfortable and I had no problems whatsoever hosting them. I highly recommend them to other hosts, as I mentioned Bob is a host and really knows how to be a wonderful guest as well!
Bob is this real person, hard working, honest, kind and a great friend! So I will always recomend him as an one hundred per cent reliable human being.
I've stayed at Bob's places three times over the last couple of years - one of them for a month. As many people already have written several reviews here I can only confirm that it was a pleasure staying at his place. Top of the pops is his roof terrace with a small pool, a barbecue place as well as a couple of sun beds with a view to Copacabana Beach as well as the "Cristo".
I also know Bob via some of the many people frequenting Rio for holidays and not only is he an honest and tidy guy but always very helpful and ready for a chat. His place (several studios) is nice and good value for money compared to what is the common standard in the south zone of Rio.
I give Bob and his place my best recommendations!