Temporary flats offer much better value than hotels, and there are plenty available in Ipanema. After a bad experience over the Net, though, we've always arranged one locally, after spending the first night or two in a hotel. Be careful before paying any money in advance of your arrival.
Much more space for your cash, and liberty to cook your own meals etc
We rented an apartment rather than a hotel on our trip to Rio de Janeiro. I turned out to be a very good choice. We decided to try an apartment so we would really get a feel for the culture in Rio. I just think that in a hotel you just surround yourself with other tourists and really can’t get a handle on the culture. Well anyway, as it turned out it was less expensive and quite a bit larger than a standard Hotel room. We did check a few out. The apartment had everything we need, linen, towels, pots, dishes, glasses, Cable TV, a/c you name it.. They had their maid come by 2x while we were there at no cost.
One day we were even invited into a neighbors apartment for lunch. We had met them in the elevator. He was a banker and she was a nurse. They both spoke some English and we now have new friends in Rio. They were quite helpful with information on the city. They even invited us to the husbands birthday party but we were leaving that day so could not go.
All in All, I would always consider renting apartments wherever possible.
The apartment was on the corner with great beach views. It had a balcony with a small table and chairs so we used it for to sit out in the fresh air and drink our coffee in the mornings..
Privacy was not an issue as we had plenty and for security the building had gates and a doorman 24 hours a day.
The San Marco hotel is nothing fancy, but it's clean and affordable and is located in Ipanema, two blocks from the beach. The rooms available range from basic singles through to superior doubles. A basic double room costs around $50. Breakfast of fresh fruit, bread/pastries, cheese and meats is included. The staff are friendly and helpful. As a guest you have access to an internet room for an additional flat fee per day. Definitely recommended for location and reasonable price. Their website has all the prices and details for booking - in English as well as Portuguese.
If you're looking for a local apartment in Ipanema, just 2 blocks from the beach, then this 2 bedroom apartment is just what you might be looking for.
1 bedroom with king bed
Living room with one queen sofa/bed
1 small room with a single bed.
1 closed kitchen
Does not look towards the street, so it's very quiet.
And, you can see Christ the Redeemer from the main suit (which is always nice to look at)
Send an email to Silvia Dal Corso (contact below), owner of the place and ask for the rate (it depends of the season you're visiting Rio). She's very nice. And don't forget to say hello in my name!
We rented an apartment for our stay in Copacabana. We had a friend recommend Ken at www.ez-riorentals.com . We were very pleased with the apartment and Ken was a great deal of help. He's an American living in Rio. It was a good feeling having somone on the ground, so to speak, that spoke English and knew the lay of the land. Price was less than a 3 star hotel and the apartment was much larger than any hotel we have ever stayed at. I will be back to Rio and will certainly contact Ken for another apartment.
The apartment was large. The building had a 24 hour doorman. The apartment had sheets, towels and full kitchen with all utensils. Cable TV. Stereo, internet, etc. All included for a lot less than a hotel.
Even for few days...you can live like us here in Copacabana!!!
Copacabana has a potencial residence covarage. it is a pleasant district so among the locals it is one of the places that CARIOCAS do like to live, close to the beach, lots of bars and entertainment, the beach is simply outstanding and when you say that you spent your holidays in the so famous Copacabana beach!
Every time my friends from São Luis where I was born come to Rio, I help them to find a nice apartment!
This one has a large room, kitchen and bathroom, great if you come with one person!
The building is well located, right in the end of Copacabana beach, in the corner of Raul pompeia and Joaquim Nabuco Street.
It is surely way cheaper than staying in any hotel and you will have something very important: PRIVACY!!!
Hehehehe :))) Now it is not my case anymore, I have a house here and I live in Copacabana, but I always liked to give suggestions to all friends who comes here for holiday or for a short visit, now matter how long you stay, it could be from 3 days to one month, two or three. Each day I noticed many people who come here to visit, they always tend to find a cool residential apartment in the beach area where they guarantee their private, safety and they get mixed with the locals by "living" in a typical and tradition residential buildings specially in Copacabana.
The prices are more friendly and you ca put more people to share the expenses with you, you can bring friends or even bringing the whole family.
There are lots of rental apartments close to the region where I live here in Copacabana, in the end of the beach, close to Ipanema with many facilities all around!
I stayed in one of Dona Norma apartments when I came here for the first time and I paid waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less than a hotel, she is like our grandma and we love taking her out, she owns many apartments andyou can choose from one room apartment to 3 rooms apartment!
THE ONE IN THE PICTURE HAS 3 BEDROOMS and the location is simply excelent and it stands just one block from Copacabana beach
Le Méridien, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Situated directly across from Copacabana Beach. A high rise building with 37 floors. Our room 1604 has a semi beach view looking towards Ipanema. The room is comfortable spacious with most modern facilities. In house service, laundry, mini bar, air-conditioning but no tea or coffee facilities. Bathroom is large with power points for 220volt.
Rooms could do with an up-date as a little on the worn side. Breakfast and lunch provided on level 4 the pool level. The 37th floor has a restaurant with stunning views of Rio. Sauna, gym, pool, and massage service, hairdresser provided.
Pros: Good position across the road from beach. Spacious rooms. Tours available. Good restaurants. Beach towels and chairs provided. In house service, laundry and internet connection, mini bar fully stocked. Staff friendly. Work desk. Lots of conference facilities.
Cons: Room service slow. Rooms need updating for a Le Meriden Hotel. Pool area beside restaurant so unless you are 18 with beautiful body could be intimidating. Have key to safe but were unable to provide one for us because of demand. Stayed three nights and still haven’t got one. (So maybe request one at time of booking)
Towels on the thin side need up-dating. Dim lighting. Locals are even scared of crime rate in area. Not a place one can casually walk down the street at anytime. Ipanema seemed a much better area more up market with good beach and quality shops and restaurants.
Recommendation: Probably not – we would stay at hotel in Ipanema or Lebion area primary for safety reasons.
I have rented many apartments in Brazil, & this place I would definitely recommend if your visiting Rio de janeiro.
It was close to many hotels, where I've stayed before & was located in a very safe residential building.
I will definitely return!
It was clean , spacious , MODERN, & the owner is English born.It was also
a great price for a 2 bed place I thought especially because it was only 1 block from the beach.
The design of this place was very clean & didn't have the Granny furniture that i've seen so many times in Brazil!!
It was a lot fancier than the last hotel which I paid more for.
Do you need a flat in Rio? It's the best you can opt for to spend your holidays in this marvellous city. The best location is definitely Ipanema and Leblon, pretty up-market, full of good restaurants, bars and shops. Plus the beach is much nicer and cleaner than at Copacabana.
Talk to Dilma firstname.lastname@example.org. She has a great network when it comes to apartments (rental and sale). She is very efficient and reliable. She does not have a homepage but with every proposal she sends you come along ten pics or so.
All Rio Apartments Rua Gomes Carneiro, 52 # 401 Rio de Janeiro- Brazil
US Phone: 212- 461-4987 - Rio phone 94967508.
I stayed in a LuxoRio apartment in Ipanema which was really nice. They were finished out with stuff that I normally see in a W-Hotel.
Full Kitchen, Plasma TV, 2 blocks from the beach, really nice showers and 24 hour security. Top floor of the building overlooking a big square.
Two things why I really liked this hostel:
- great location because the hostel is not situated in the middle of the main tourist area, but close though. This is good because you get to see some local life too, not just other tourists
- great place to meet other backpackers and brazilian people on their holidays :)
In addition the price is not bad at all. It's from a walking distance from the beaches, or if you don't feel like walking it's easy to take a bus (or a taxi).
I had been to Rio before but the experience we had this time was leaps beyond our previous trip. It was two couples this time, and we had wonderful 2 week vacation. We wanted more luxury and a more Brazilian experience, so we rented a house from Rio Holiday, suggested by a buddy of mine. WOW. This was the best decision we could have made and resulted in one of the best vacations I have ever had. It is run by an American, but he has a staff of maybe 10, all Brazilian, and all just super folks. The managers there speak English and are all in their mid-twenties, so they not only do a good job, but are plugged into the nightlife. The house and location were great (see below), but the real difference for us was the personalized service. We had a private car and driver and met all 4 hospitality managers. They went with us shopping, sight seeing, and night clubbing. We even asked them to throw a barbeque for us at the house and to invite a few friends. 90 people showed up - no joke. I think it's because we had a popular local band play. This was just excellent (and cheap too – it worked out to about $11 a head, including food, booze, and band). Try doing that in a hotel.
The houses are all across the bay from Rio proper. This was our biggest concern going in, but as it turns out, we really enjoyed staying there (it is called Niteroi). We went into Copacabana and Ipanema many times, returned to our little Itacoatiara beach to relax. Plenty of beautiful people there and none of the annoying vendor static that makes downtown beaches almost impossible to relax on. There were also several clubs and a lot of great restaurants close to the house (but not walking distance).
I highly recommend this place to anyone, but I think it is would be especially good for first time visitors to Rio. Much better than a hotel, and you don’t at all feel like you are on your own. The Rio Holiday folks took care of us all the way and we ended up paying less than we would have paid for two medium rooms at Copacabana.
This place has WOW factor. The house is extremely nice. Granite everywhere, beautiful hardwood throughout, spectacular view, and a wonderful pool area that is supplied with everything you could need. The pictures on his site don’t do this place justice. They’ve got all of the usual – air conditioned bedrooms, TV, full kitchen – these things are all listed on their website. The best ones for us were the private pool and the internet access. Ever try calling home from a hotel in a foreign country? We had access to a free phone that I could use to call the US. Its part of the broadband internet stuff at the house (that includes a computer). I don’t think we watched TV more than an hour or so, but there is one, with DVD, and satellite and shows in English.
Some of the special things that you rarely see are daily breakfast, prepared by the full time maid. She also made us lunch a couple of days, but after they introduced us to a couple of their favorite restaurants, we pretty much only ate twice a day. Their breakfast was huge, and then dinner out. There is also free all you can eat fruit and free Caipirinhas.
Because the house is in a game preserve, we got to see the little monkeys that come up looking for a banana. We didn’t see those on our first trip – they just don’t like high-rise hotels and that’s all there is in Copacabana.
The best thing about these guys is that they have though pretty much about everything. They have beach chairs, coolers, umbrellas, beach towels, even a tripod (I took about 1 million photos). The pool refrigerator is kept stocked, but they may go broke with these prices - .65 for a Coke and .80 for a beer.
The personalized service was just outstanding and really makes the difference. We met pretty much everyone and are still exchanging emails with them. We even invited some of them to come and visit us! Making friends among the locals on your vacation is pretty rare. Can’t wait to go back.
Ipanema Wave Hostel is located along hostel row in Ipanema. The sleeping area is clean, well maintained, and has beautiful wood floors. The hostel is popular with surfers, and a laid back crowd. The hostel has very few rooms, so you don't have to deal with the crowds you would normally find in hostel row. Additionally, the hostel is located three blocks away from the beach and great restaurants.
Internet access within the hostel, as well as a great vegetarian (NW Natural) kilo restaurant right next door.
It is difficult to find a hotel -hostel type of accom. in Rio during the Carnaval. We preferred renting an appartment at the heart of the city where ipanema meets Coppacabana. I guess it was a right desicion. The flat was pretty nice for 3 people. And we paid 120 US daily for the entire flat. If you prefer staying a week or more renting an appartment is pretty good idea there. All appartments have security. Some of them internet access. Also you can take your friends-guests home easily without paying more.
There are plenty of web sites on the net for short term accom. in Rio...
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