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My name is Lilian Balzana, Originaly from Rio de Janeiro Brazil. I live and work in New York City as a Real estate agent. I love traveling and thats why I enjoy host my places for travelers as well...
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I lived in Lilian’s apartment for a full month in August.
Lilian is a very responsive and accomodating host. Any email was responded comprehensively within minutes. Check-in/check out processes were smooth and dealt with a lot of flexibility on her side. She went the extra mile by waiving me the electricity bill she usually charges for long stays, as this extra cost wasn't yet explicity mentioned in the ad. Interacting with Lilian throughout the process has been truly a pleasure.
If you plan on staying in Copacabana, the location of the apartment is just perfect. Just in the heart of Copa, at a short 2’ minutes walk from the beach, and plenty of business and leisure around (restaurants, botecos, pharmacies, supermarkets, laundries — whatever you need for a comfortable and fun stay). Entrance is on Av. Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, a main thoroughfare, where every minute or so you can catch get a bus to wherever you want in Rio. Underground transportation is available at a short 7’ walk. Plenty of taxis pass by day and night.
The building show some wear and tear, but it is kept clean and functional. The doorman 24/7 makes it also very safe.
The apartment is as described. It gets a lot of natural light, which is not so common in such big buildings — that was a big plus for me.
At check-in I found the unit freshly cleaned and equipped with various sets of clean sheets and towels, which proved very convenient for my long stay.
Infrastracture and furniture are pretty basic, don’t expect fancy frills, but they are functional and efficient, which is what I was looking for during my stay. Wifi worked very well, with maybe just a couple of short glitches during the 30 days of my stay. Hot water's temperature leans more toward warm than hot. But frankly I never felt the need for hotter water — Rio weather is so warm even in full winter that water temperature was just fine.
As the window faces Av. Nossa Senhora, some noise from traffic is unavoidable also at night. It did not bother me as I am used to it, but it may affect light sleepers. The apartment is well sized for one person or two. While for short stays it surely can accomodate 4 people, I would not recommend it to more than two people for stays longer than a week or so (e.g, kitchen’s table cannot sit more than two).
I would definitely repeat the experience!
Great location, apartment had everything you need, and Lilian was always contactable and helpful throughout our stay. Sofa bed was old and could be better but other than that everything was fine.
Extremely well located in Copacabana right next to the beach, the action and from a walking distance to Ipanema. Plenty of stores, buses and most importantly for us, next to the metro (very useful to go to Centro and Lappa).
The only thing that wasn't up to our expected standard was the shower which barely had hot water. We did not complain so I can't say that Lilian wasn't responsive.
Despite this, overall experience was good as it's exactly as presented by the host. Lilian also made sure the place was clean before we got in and accomodated us with our check-in time which was a very nice gesture. It avoided us to wait at the airport for nothing!
We had an amazing stay, 1 block away from the beach and 3-4 blocks away from the fan fest, so the location was spot-on. We arrived at rio at 8 AM, we scheduled check-in for 4 PM, she contacted me to inform that the apartment was ready for us at 12 PM, this was something we really appreciate as we were roaming near the apartment until 4PM. Lilian is a great hostess. 100% recommended!
we had a really good time in the apartment, lilian is very nice and caring. the apartment is in a very good location just 2 mins from copacabana.
Lilian ist eine sehr liebenswürdige Person. Ich stand die ganze zeit mit ihr im kontak. Wenn ich fragen hatte war sie immer für mich da und hat alles versucht möglich zu machen.
Angaben des Apartments haben 100% gestimmt. Es war alles ordentlich und sauber.
Estive com minha esposa no apartamento da Lilian em Nova York na primeira quinzena de abril de 2014. Ela foi muito atenciosa, de início saiu conosco para mostrar o entorno e orientou sobre locomoção, pontos turísticos, locais de compras, etc.
Ela mora um lugar tranquilo, mas perto de comércio básico e muitas opções de transporte público para Manhattan, de três excelentes shoppings e dos aeroportos JFK e LA Guardia. O apartamento aconchegante e tudo muito limpo. E o local ideal para casal ou familia
Apê bem localizado, a Lilian facilitou ao máximo a nossa chegada e estadia. Além de se interessar durante todo o período como o nosso bem estar. Mais que recomendado, ideal para duas pessoas, com infraestrutura suficiente.
The trip I've had at Lillan was great. The room was better than the photos, it very is suitable for people who need privacy cause the bathroom is in the room that your gonna rent. The neighbourhood is very safe, nypd is almost your next door. And it is really easy to go to manhattan with the bus or lirr. Very suitable for families, if you are just looking for a room and its own bathroom.
Lillian is a generous, kind person, she became my best friend in a month, I will ask her to come to my wedding in Turkey, I hope she will come so I can show my hospitality back to her like she did to me. And of course his son. Thanx guys for your great hospitality and friendship! Hope to see you soon!
Eu, meu namorado e a Joy, minha yorkishire, tivemos uma semana perfeita no apartamento da Lilian! Tudo arrumado, bem equipado, com mercado, farmâcia, restaurantes, etc, ao lado. A praia também fica acessível à pé por causa da balsa. Um ambiente tranquilo, seguro e muito agradável! Deixamos o apartamento com saudade! Uma anfitriã maravilhosa!! Obrigada por tudo, querida Lilian!!