Hi, my name is Ricardo. I'm a Brazilian journalist based in New York - and a travel-addict! I love Rio and this vacation apartment that I get to enjoy once in a while.
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We stayed here for World Cup 2014. Place is exactly as advertised. Ricardo made sure the place was very welcoming on arrival. Check-in/out was a simple process with assistance of building's 24 hour doorman. Very convenient subway access to heart of Copacabana/Ipanema. Very safe and short walk to Lapa for night-time music and entertainment. We even walked to Santa Teresa from his place for a lovely day in the hills. Bedrooms large and comfortable, bathroom and kitchen just fine. Ricardo left lots of local inside information which made our stay special. Of course Copa and Ipanema are the jewels but there is a lot more of Rio that is amazing and staying at Ricardo's is a good home base for that. Wholeheartedly recommend staying here and would do it again for next Rio visit. Ricardo is very available to help if needed. Obrigado!
Ricardo is very hospitable and took great care of us. The apartment is in good condition, very spacious and cozy, and the photos are all real. The view is really amazing! Location is convinient and safe, metro station is just 5 minutes walk. I surely recommend this place!
O Ricardo é um ótimo anfitrião! Alugamos o apartamento para o período de Carnaval no Rio de Janeiro, e a experiência não poderia ter sido melhor.
O apartamento é bem localizado, limpo e é exatamente como mostram as fotos!
Não tivemos qualquer problema em nossa estadia e aproveitamos bastante a Cidade Maravilhosa!
Recomendo à todos!!! E aproveitem!!!!
Ricardo was a great guest. He was very good at communicating and was easy to work with. He also took great care of the house, and is welcome back any time.
Me he hospedado en el Dpto. de Greg & Ricardo un par de veces. Mi novio y yo tnemos dos grandes placeres, viajar bien y comer mejor; y en nuetro tiempo en Rio siempre tenemos la dicha de experimentar ambos. Este depto simepre ha ayudadao a mantener nuestros estandandares de estilo de vida, perfectamente localizado en el centro de la ciudad, muy convenientemente cerca del subte y otros medios de trasporte, restaurantes (nos encanta comer por los Arcos de Lapa, que estan muy cerca) y otras comodidades al alcance. Bien ubicado lo suficiente para movernos con facilidad pero tambien fuera del circo turistico de Copacabana.
Justo frente a la Bahia del Parque Brigadero, lo cual nos proporciono increibles vistas al mar. El parque costanera justo en frente fue un gran respiro donde pudimos correr y andar en bicicleta diariamente y asi recorrer toda la costa hasta llegar a Ipanema.
El dpto en si es muy luminoso y con una excelente ventilacion cruzada. Modernamente y comodamente terminado, con todo lo que necesitamos para las perfectas vacaciones.
Hicimos este lugar nuestro, cocinando y viviendolo cada dia como lo hacemos en nuestro hogar en NYC.
Y siempre sabemos que hay un pedacito nuestro en ese rincon the Rio.
I lived in Ricardo's apartment across the street from the art museum (and with an amazing view from the living room) for three months in 2011 when I was living and working in Rio. It was an awesome home base, walking distance from all the bars and pubs and music venues in Lapa, and right by the Cinelandia subway, so just 15-20 minute ride to the beaches in Copa or Ipanema. My morning routine often involved jogging from Ricardo's place over along the Gloria marina, through Flamengo park along the bay, and over toward Botafogo and Urca (with a stop at the "Flinstones gym" by the water along the way). There are a bunch of lunch spots nearby, as well as art museums and cultural spaces across downtown, which is generally a fun and quirkly place to wander around a bit, a lot of pedestrian promenades, book fairs, etc. The place is comfy, cozy and classy, with two big bedrooms. You'll love it.
I stayed at Ricardo's apartment during Rio Carnival a few years ago. Great experience!
The apartment itself is very bright, well-maintained and well-decorated, and has a great view! And the location is central...the metro is nearby, and it's a short/easy hop to get around the city. It served as a perfect base from which I could enjoy the city, yet still escape the Carnival crowds to relax when I wanted to.
So I recommend the apartment wholeheartedly, and would very happily return and stay there again!