All I can say is good things about this place. The location is FABULOUS. It's just a few blocks from Ipanema Beach and a short walk to Copacabana Beach. There is plenty of restaurants, stores, etc. around, so you have access to everything you need. I even noticed a laundry place right next door for people that may be interested in longer stays. Finally, it's close to public transit. The metro stop is about a block away (same with bus stops). During our stay the metro was close for maintenance but we ha zero problems getting around efficiently by bus (and I'm sure the metro will be open again soon). Oh, and the Ipanema Hippie Market (Fair) is a block away on Sundays an you can get some great art, jewelry, purses, etc. there.
The rental itself was nice. Wifi worked with no problems. Kitchen was nice. TV was great. There is a queen bed and a fold down futon. We comfortably slept three, but I think you could sleep four easily. The air conditioner and fans also worked great.
The rental owners were wonderful as well. We opted in for airport pickup and drop off and it worked well. They took us to the condo and made sure everything was good before they left. The owner requires a deposit, but I had no problems getting the entire deposit returned (provided you don't damage the rental).
Overall, the three of us that went down kept saying over and over how perfect the rental was! Price for the location and amenities CAN NOT be beat. I would definitely stay here again (and plan on it next time I'm down). And have, and will, recommend this property to my friends and family.
One final note, there is a bike rental shop close to the rental and I would definitely recommend renting bikes for a day. It's a great way to see the city and beaches. Finally, you can hike to Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer Statue) from Parque Lage. The hike is a bit challenging but so much fun and definitely a more unique way to get to the top than the traditional ride up!
Bottom line, Rio is awesome, the rental was great, I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time!
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