The host Bernardo and his wife Tarcila were really warm and friendly and speak impeccable English. They gave us a lot of tips about the neighbourhood and also helped us to go to a hospital when our son fell sick. We simply them and all of our queries were answered.
The apartment is cute and cozy. Very functional and because of my son's diet, I cooked comfortably at the kitchen during my stay. Located at Laranjeiras neighbourhood, we suspect it's an area for locals. However, prior to us arriving, Bernardo had listed out all the areas for us to go for our meals and the supermarket. Everything is within walking distance. Despite the language barrier, we managed to converse with the locals at the bakeries and shops.
The Corcovado train station is within walking distance from the house. However, we found the metro station is quite a bit of a walk. We only did it once and the rest was via taxi which is always around the corner. And since we had the numbers ie: 4 of us, we took the taxi wherever we went in Rio.
Love the fact that there is a Saturday Market which is literally at the doorstep of the apartment. We had such a pleasant surprise when we walked out on Saturday. Even though Bernardo mentioned there is a Saturday market, didn't expect it to be at the doorstep!! So we indulged ourselves in vibrant coloured and fresh, fresh fruit and Vegetables. There were some local crafts as well and we even did some shopping around.
Overall, it was a great neighbourhood. The Apartment is adequate and can accommodate 3 adults and our son, a five year old. It was home for us for 10 days during the World Cup.
Bernardo and Tarcila also provided towels and bedlinens. And there's a one time cleaner who came to clean up the place and changed our sheets and towels! That was a bonus. They had also kindly provided some fruit, juice and tidbits for us to eat. That was a really nice touch. Washing machine together with the washing liquid were also provided.
We liked dealing with Bernardo and his wife Tarcila as everything was smooth sailing and no change in their quotation. We had a few bad experience with Airbnb prior to booking this apartment where the owner asked for many things in addition and changed quotations various times.
This place comes highly recommended!