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This apartment was our home and "harbor" for three months in Rio, where we stayed with three young children. For us this was the perfect flat in the perfect location.
This apartment offers an excellent location in Ipanema. It's located very close to a major street (Voluntarios da Patria) and the famous Cobal market with tons of shops, restaurants, banks, grocery stores and bus lines. However, as the apartment is facing the back side of the building it is as quiet as you would get it in the south of Rio and it has a beautiful view to the Corcovado from the sleeping room. As Voluntarios and Sao Clemente are the major roads in Botafogo, you get everywhere in Rio very quickly. There are loads of bus lines and a sea of taxis (very cheap!).
The apartment is very practical and well laid out. Added bonus is that you get a view of the Corcovado in all its different colors from the master bedroom. You are provided everything that you need to make for a comfortable stay. The bathroom has a well working shower that provides great pressure. The internet is really high speed. The door men and the caretaker of the building were all very friendly as well as the other inhabitants of this house. There are several families and artists living in the house and you can have some really interesting encounters (in the positive sense). The children play area is great and they even have a library when you get bored.
Luis Fernando, the owner of the apartment is absolutely amazing and responsive. He was taking us around the neighborhood at the beginning of our stay and was always there when we had a request (he lives around the corner). I would absolutely rent this apartment or any apartment from Luis Fernando again.
This is an excellent base for groups between 2-5 people of all ages to discover Rio de Janeiro.