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The apartment is clean, has everything for a comfortable stay, and is really on the beach, with a big balcony overlooking the beach. The employees at the condominium are polite and helpful. The owner, Fatima, is so wonderful, she came to meet us at midnight (we had a late flight) to give us the keys. She has snacks, juices, cold meats and cheese at the apartment, which was a bonus. There are many kiosks at the beach that serve food, and a wonderful bakery/sandwich place just a 10 minutes walk from the apartment (they deliver). But if you don't have a car, shopping malls, restaurants, bus stop, banks, are far. We use taxi a lot. But I would go back in a blink!
Great views. Just a few minute walk down to the beach. If you walk down in the morning you can buy some fresh fish or paddle board. 5 min away there is a bus that can take you into central Rio and with just one transfer you can get to Ipanema or Copacabana.
Eloete is an extremely nice and welcoming host. One of the people in my party got a little sick and she brought her to the pharmacy to get the right medicine and helped us get world cup stuff. She was very helpful even though her English wasn't great but google translate on her phone helped a lot and was quite funny at times.
We had 8 people stay in the house during the world cup. There were two bedrooms at the time of our stay but Eloete is making a third. Each bedroom had a large flat screen and the living room did as well. There was a kitchen inside the house and a bbq on the blacony. My friends and I spent most of our time on the balcony.
I would definitely recommend this house. It's nice to be out of the main part of the city and you get great views of Rio, Sugar Loaf, and Copacabana across the bay and you can even see the light of Christ the Redeemer at night. The price was great compared to the others trying to rip us off during the world cup. If I come back for the Olympics I would definitely stay here. Besides having a great house you get a great host. Eloete is so kind and amazing. Thanks for a great stay.