First, the good. Location is great and in the heart of Leblon, which is Rio's most upscale neighborhood. Close walking distance to the beach and plenty of restaurants. A supermarket (Rio Sul) is located just down the street. Another plus is the fact that a parking space in the garage is included, which is great news for travelers with a car rental. Also Internet access in the room - but bring your own Ethernet cable as there is no WIFI.
Now the downside. While I am very familiar with apartment rentals in Rio, I would say this one for the price (about $220 a night) was very dated, with old furniture and a poorly equipped kitchen. The kitchen did not have a coffee maker, nor microwave. There is an Air Conditioner in both the living room and bedroom (window units), but when the one in the living room was turned on the doors started to rattle.
The shower was a constant struggle. Often the gas heater would not engage, nor heat the water constantly while taking a shower and trying to regulate the water temperature. This was a result of the gas heater turning off due to low water pressure. Very frustrating.
The worst experience came with the maid. After a long night out, returning to the apartment around 6:00am in the morning I placed the "Do not disturb" sign on my door. Around 9:00am in the morning the maid insistently rang the door bell even with the sign on the door.....not exactly sure what was going through her head or the logic behind that.
The included breakfast was a joke. Little choice in the buffet.
If you are looking for an apartment to rent versus staying in a hotel, I would probably suggest finding an alternative.
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