The location of this apartment is in the heart of a true Rio neighborhood and right next door to the Botanical Gardens. The mountain view out the kitchen, the 2nd level deck and upper level is fantastic! Each morning, I opened the windows on the upper level and gazed over the top of the lush Botanical trees while doing yoga. There is a market right next door, so we were able to restock our fruit, water, etc..... every other day. The pizza parlor next to the market is great!
Due to a family illness, we did not meet with Katia in person. But, she had an English speaking friend meet us at the condo and the check~in went smooth. We did get to talk with Face Time several times during our visit.
The doormen were so sweet, They did not speak much English, which is the case in most of Rio, but we got everywhere we needed to be. Rio is full of so many friendly and gracious people!
The only downside was that the towels were not as soft as I would have liked. I think they are air dried ~ there is a washer but not a dryer in the apartment. One other concern would be the cushions on the deck chairs. They are a little weathered and should be replaced.
Upon our arrival, the apartment was clean and the daily maid service was fantastic! I would highly recommend this over a costly, 1 room hotel. It is spacious and about 10 minutes by taxi to the beach and shopping. Unlike NYC, we never had to wait for a taxi ~ they are readily available in all of Rio.