I am an independent professional from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working and living in many different parts of the globe
Sou um profissional autônomo, viajo muito pelo mundo a trabalho, sou carioca e visito sempre o Rio.
One word: Exceptonial !!!!!
I cannot even begin to tell you how pleased we were with every aspect of our stay at Ricardo's apartment. After nearly 3 weeks traveling throughout Brazil, our trip culminated in a long weekend in Rio for Carnaval. Booking strictly on the view alone, my 3 friends and I decided to stay in Ricardo's flat. Needless to say, we are anything but disappointed. The flat is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, spacious and luminous. The photo hardly does the view through the apartment's floor-to-ceiling glass windows justice, which are wonderful for taking in the sunrise, the sunset or a birds-eye view of the beach below. This is no false advertising, the beach is literally RIGHT below. Breathtaking and with crystal-clear waters, it is much less crowded than it's Leblon and Ipanema counterparts. Though I was told it is a public beach, it is directly behind the Sheraton Hotel and that may trick the tourists into believing it is only for guests. Back to the apartment. The apartment is equipped with a fully-stocked kitchen (plates, silverware, pots & pans) stovetop and refrigerator, washing machine, but no oven. However, it's probably not often you're in Rio, so I encourage you to take advantage of some of the cities wonderful culinary offerings…but in a pinch, you have everything you need right here. The bathroom is modern with plenty of room for two people to be getting ready to enjoy a nice dinner or the city's spectacular nightlife at the same time. Never fear if you are four, as there are four mattresses, two tucked underneath the mattresses you first see when you walk in, and on rollers for ease in setting up at night. The apartment has plenty of room to place the additional mattresses, so no fear in sleeping directly on top of each other. One final note, the location is absolutely phenomenal. 10 minutes by cab, or 25 by foot to the beautiful beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. Guests to this apartment have the great advantage of the Sheraton's location right next door. Taxis are constantly waiting in the hotel's taxi line, streamlining the process of hailing or calling for a cab. This is also great for guests who may not speak Portuguese, as the hotel's concierge will see to it that you get to where it is you're going. As an individual who has spent extensive time living abroad, I promise you that it is also much safer this way. I will save the remaining words for Ricardo, and I hope you've stuck around this long. Ricardo as a host is absolutely PHENOMENAL. From the initial emails, to day-before arrival details and check-in procedure, Ricardo made communication very easy. Once we arrived, we finally had the pleasure of meeting each other, as he invited my friends and I out, taking time out of his own life, during one of Rio's most hectic weekends to show us around. Ricardo goes above and beyond, and I am now pleased to call him my friend! Thank...
Ricardo was a nice host, i never met him during my stay in Rio but he was quite reactive and answered my questions by email. Gret tips for restaurants!!!Ricardo's place is for sure one of the best value for money places you can get in Rio: neat, well equipped with a breathtaking view on the beach,actually the same one sheraton executive clients can get for much less ;)
The doormen were incredibly nice and helpful. I highly recommend to use the Sheraton facilities: pool, day use..and try their amazing breakfast (about 50 R) . The area is safe and a 10 min walk to Leblon beach. I wil definitely book Ricardo s place for my next vacation in Rio.
Ricardo was the perfect host for us! A guy with a view of life that I liked very much! Although he was in Italy during the time of our stay, he helped us a lot via email. Wrote us where to go out, where to eat, where to drink, what to do, and many other tipps! And most important thing: he was very uncomplicated!
The appartment itself was fantastic and has an amazing view!!! I can't Imagine that there is an other appartment in Rio with a better view than this ! If you get up at 5.45a.m. you will see one of the most breathtaking sunrise ever! We felt straight away like we would be at home and also with the door man even more safe!
If I come again to Rio (trust me, I will), I will definitely take again this appartment!
Super location, lovely flat, GREAT views! ! Ricardo gave us loads of helpful advisers and tips about Rio and Carnival!
Ricardo was an incredibly kind and accommodating host, and through his agent Beto (as he was outside the country), very attentive and helpful.
The apartment is just a little bit away from the main beachfront of Leblon, and features simply breath-taking views. I recommend going up on the roof too for a 360 view of Leblon, Ipanema, the western zone and the Rocinha favela.
The apartment is very nice indeed, and with 4 beds (2 are trundle-beds tucked beneath the 2 singles) could be incredibly economical if you are travelling with a few companions. Everything was whie marble and clean lines, and it features floor-to-ceiling windows to give great views. The proximity to ocean also means that although the sun heats the apartment, opening a window to let in the breez is a sufficient remedy.
The apartment did have a couple of quirks, such as the window into the bathroom, and the location of light and fan switches (they're in the cupboard next to the beds!) but these did not detract from our wonderful stay here at all.
I cannot overemphasise the generosity and friendliness of the host and his agent Beto, who even gave us a lift to Ipanema in his taxi the day we checked out! If you want a 5 star Rio experience for a steal (the apartment is literally opposite the Sheraton!), you can't go past this place.