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BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS APARTMENT ON PIEDADE BEACH

Bob Crites

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Bob Crites

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Calendar last updated:
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BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS APARTMENT ON PIEDADE BEACH

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Recife Condo Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8. Out the back door and you are on the beach.'

Welcome to our spacious apartment (1,733 sq. ft./161 sq. meters.) on the 12th-floor that fronts beautiful Piedade Beach - the southern extension of Boa Viagem Beach - with warm water all year long. Walking out the back door of the condo property, you step onto a newly restored beach extending out to the ocean over 100 feet (30 meters).

With large sliding windows opened, the apartment has a constant, cooling ocean breeze. Formal dining room, living room, kitchen, large service area. Master bedroom suite with bathroom. Wood cabinetry and furniture throughout the apartment. Large sofa and love seat, 32-inch HDTV. Large, beach-side patio area, outdoor barbecue grill, private gated entrance to beach. Marble floors in living room, dining room and hallway. Ceramic floors throughout the rest of the apartment.

A supermarket is conveniently located across the street from the apartment building.

Great temperatures all year round (June to August: 21-30 degrees C / 70-86 degrees F; September to May: 24-35 degrees C / 75-95 degrees F). Two-and-one-half kilometers (1.5 miles) to Shopping Guararapes, a large, modern shopping mall with over 150 stores, food court and movie theaters. Near supermarkets (across the street), bakeries, drug stores, banks, ATMs, travel agencies, good restaurants, Internet Cafe and much more. City buses pass in front of apartment building. Taxi stand across the street. The condo is two doors south of Hotel Dorisol, a four-star hotel with complete tour information and booking services.

If you like the comfort and security of a warm, congenial and inviting home atmosphere, this is a good choice for you.

The owners are Bob and Dalva. She is a Brazilian who was born and raised in Recife, and can be very helpful in sharing useful information about her city and culture. Bob, an American, is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Brazil, and is a retired school counselor who founded ''Students Helping Street Kids International'', a nonprofit that provides scholarships to impoverished Brazilian kids.

This is a beautiful apartment that is furnished and maintained to high North American and European standards. You will enjoy the cool ocean breeze, the soothing, gentle sound of the surf breaking onto the beach and the expansive ocean view while sitting in the apartment.

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Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Bob Crites (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2014

About Bob Crites

Bob grew up in a small town near Eugene, Oregon USA. Dalva, his wife, was born and raised in Recife, Brazil, where she has a large extended family. Their children and grandchildren live in the United States, Brazil and Costa Rica.

Attracted to adventure and foreign lands, Bob first came to know Brazil as a Peace Corps Volunteer. A few years after that experience, he served in Guatemala as an Associate Peace Corps Director. His love and interest in people led him to a career in school counseling, during which time he founded a small nonprofit that provides academic scholarships to impoverished Brazilian children. He has degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. For sixteen years, he was a member of the Metropolitan Rotary Club of Eugene.

Dalva is a living encyclopedia of Brazilian music and northeast Brazilian culture. She is renowned among family and friends for her delicious traditional regional cuisine. A quintessential northeasterner, she is passionate about her northeastern culture and its traditions. To know Dalva is to love her. She is an unofficial Brazilian ambassador par excellence. Interestingly, she is a citizen of Brazil, Italy (her grandfather immigrated to Brazil) and the United States. She thinks three passports are enough.

In retirement, Bob and Dalva split their time between living in Eugene, Oregon and Recife, Brazil.

Bob Crites purchased this condo in 2004

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 20 traveler reviews

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Beautiful Spacious Apartment on Piedade Beach
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
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Recife Pernambuco
Vancouver, Canada
5

Fantastic apartment in Piedade!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Bob and Dalva's apartment for six weeks this past April and May. Having traveled quite a lot and stayed in many different rental apartments, without a doubt, Bob and Dalva's was by far one of the best we've ever stayed at. It is bright and very spacious, extremely well equipped (from lots of linens, to a well stocked kitchen, to tons of books and games), and very comfortable.

The view from the apartment is gorgeous, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that the beach right in front of the apartment has now been restored and is beautiful. We loved walking along the beach, which stretches for as far as you can see. The location of the apartment is very handy to two different supermarkets, pharmacies, Shopping Guararapes, busses and taxis. It is a quieter area than Boa Viagem, but we very much enjoyed that, and as others have mentioned, it was easy enough to get to sights and the centre of the city by taxi or bus.

It is clear that this apartment is set up as a home and not just as a rental apartment, and Bob and Dalva were wonderful hosts and clearly (even just via email) very warm and kind people. They made us feel very at home and made our stay very easy and smooth. Thank you for a wonderful stay in Piedade!
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hayley,

Thanks for taking the time to write a review, which means so much to us and to prospective renters. Having friendly and responsible guests like you is what every vacation home owner wants. We look forward to your return.

Warm Regards,

Bob Crites, Owner
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4

great time!!!

  • 4 of 5
I went to Brazil with my family (husband, daughter, parents, and sister). My husband and 3 year old daughter had never been. I was worried about them being comfortable. Apts in Brazil are usually compact, but this apt is very spacious. Very true to pics. Well equipped with all we needed. During the day, just leaving several windows open was enough to keep the apt cool. We did turn the ac on at night due to the outside noise (building located on high traffic rd, but safe area). The building has 24h security, and 2 elevators. There are 2 grocery stores with in 10min walk from the apt. There is a washing machine, and area to hang your clothes. Bob and Dalva are great. Dalva’s brother in law is the property manager facilitating everything. He was there on our arrival. The price is reasonable and fair. We loved the apt and will recommend it. We are defiantly staying there when we go again. I only didn't give 5 stars because the building doesn't have a pool or a playground and the cable was out most of the time.( I know we didnt go to brazil to watch tv, but my mother likes her telenovelas) Thank you bob and dalva for sharing your home with us.
  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Recife Pernambuco
Switzerland
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Ferien

  • 4 of 5
Die Wohnung ist grosszügig und das Preis Leistungsverhältnis stimmt. Die Fotos sind zwar nicht ganz aktuell, aber die Wohnugseinrichtung entspricht grösstenteils den gezeigten Bildern. Der Support der Vermieter war stets da. Leider war der Badestrand (nicht wie beschrieben) gleich vor der Türe, sondern ca. 10 Gehminuten weit weg. Die Lage und Infrastruktur (Einkaufsmöglichkeiten etc.) ist sehr gut. Der einzige Kritikpunkt sind die zum Teil veralteten Küchenutensilien. Wir empfehlen die Wohnung weiter.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Here is a German to English translation by Babylon:

"The apartment is very generous and the price-performance ratio is correct. Although the photos are not entirely up-to-date, but the Wohnugseinrichtung corresponds to most of the images shown. The support of the landlord was always there. Unfortunately, there was the beach (not as described) just before the door, but about 10 minutes walk away. The location and infrastructure (shopping etc. ) is very good. The only complaint are the partly outdated kitchen utensils. We recommend the apartment."

I appreciate your positive comments. I would like to clarify that, in our VRBO listing, I clearly explain that there is a 15-minute walk to the beach. The apartment is right on the beach; however, due to the advancing sea, the city has built a temporary retaining wall of rocks to prevent further erosion of the beach. One must walk 10-15 minutes to reach the section of beach good for sun bathing and swimming. The city is scheduled to rebuild the section of beach which has been eroded by the sea.
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Recife Pernambuco
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
5

Spacious, Relaxing get away with Beautiful View

  • 5 of 5
This spacious apartment in Piedade (just South of Boa Viagem) is a bright, relaxing get away. If you are visiting Recife for a short or long stay, this apartment is the perfect place to stay. I stayed in Bob's apartment for 11 nights and it felt like home from the first day. It is much better than staying at a hotel as you have all of the amenities (tv, phone, wireless internet) and comforts of your own home, but with much more space and privacy than a hotel.
As well, there is a parking space in the secured underground parking where you can take the elevator directly up to the 12th floor apartment. This was great as I was able to drive all over Recife; from Olinda to Porto de Galinas with my rental car and alway feel safe pulling into the secured underground parking.
After touring the city by foot, bus, car or what have you, the apartment was an amazing stress reliever the moment you open the door to the living room area with the beautiful view of the ocean and the ocean breezes.
As mentioned in the other reviews there are grocery stores and a few resturants near by. Also, the Shopping Center Guararapes is located just a few minutes by bus, taxi or car from the apartment with all the luxuries of any mall/shopping center including a movie theatre.
I don't know what else I can say other than you can't go wrong staying at Bob and Dalva's apartment while visiting Recife. Highly Recommended!
  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Recife Pernambuco
New Orleans
5

Great place to spend the Holidays-continued

  • 5 of 5
continuation: All Borborema busses stop in front of the Apartment (when waived at) and they drop off just past the LEAO food store on the way back. To get to the city center and the historical district, take the # 61 Piedade/Boa Vista bus. It will go down the beach road to the edge of Boa Viagem and turn off and run parallel to Av. Boa Vaigem until it crosses over in to Downtown Recife. This is also a good bus to take if you want to get to Boa Viagem Beach. If you want to go to the malls, get on any of the busses that show “Shopping Guararapes or Recife”. This is where you want to augment with a taxi to haul all of your purchases back by car. For 15-20 reais the driver will go down into the parking garage at the apartment so you have no need to carry your purchases vary far. If you want to go to Olinda, take the bus # 910/912 Piedade-Rio Doce and get off in Olinda. You need only ask the fare-collector to let you know when to get off. It is pretty obvious though. Take the same bus for the return trip but boarding in the opposite direction. It will pass by the LEAO food store just remember to signal it to stop by pulling the cord. If you want to go to the Zoo, take the # 20 Candeias/Dois Irmaos Bus and ask to get off at the “Parque Zoologico”. This is a nice ride that will also take you past some of the big department stores and the Sams Club on the main road through town. Going home, take the same bus in the opposite direction. You can’t miss the bus stop. After you get oriented, you will find this information makes much more sense and you can expand on other possible destinations. While at the apartment, spoil yourself a little and hire Zenaida for a day. She will clean, do laundry and cook some great local cuisine. Boa Viagem!
  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Beautiful Spacious Apartment on Piedade Beach
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+1 -5416861396
Recife Pernambuco
New Orleans
5

Great place to spend the Holidays.

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spent a month at Bob and Dalva’s apartment over Christmas and New Year 2011.
I couldn’t agree more with Steve’s and others’ previous comments about how nice the apartment is. By any standards it is huge and by Brasilian standards it is opulent. As for the beaches, you have a choice of 3. Walking ten minutes to the south will put you on Candeias Beach. This is a quiet, local beach with a small fishing boat harbor. At Candeias the tide is not an issue. Here you will find vendors that will offer seats, shade and refreshments. The walking vendors who sell the beach snacks vary by the crowd volume, i.e. low volume crowd means few vendors. Restroom facilities are not available except at the restaurants nearby. Walking about the same distance north will place you on Piedade Beach and here you will find similar services to those on Candeias Beach. Most of Piedade is protected by the coral reef but at high tide, there is very little beach. Also, much of the protected area is in the shade in the afternoon due to the high-rise buildings blocking the sun. If you really want to see the beach action, take the bus down to Boa Viagem and find a place to claim in the sea of humanity that you’ll find there on the weekends. Here you will find vendors selling everything from soup to nuts, quite literally. There are also public restrooms along the stretch of Boa Viagem. Using common sense and discretion, you can enjoy many of the beach offerings including char-grilled cheese, shrimp and oysters. Make sure the shellfish are fresh and that they can pass the “sniff” test. I must disagree with Steve’s remark about the necessity of a car. First of all, Brasilians are the nicest people on the planet on a personal level but they are the most lawless people behind the driver’s wheel of a car or motorcycle. That being said, if you are in Recife on a holiday, you will find that nearly every place that you will want to go is readily accessible by public transportation. Augment that with an occasional taxi and you have a perfect world. Never the worry of theft, vandalism and where to legally park or violent thoughts when you get pushed off the road. Here are a few suggestions for use of the public busses. All busses are privately run enterprises in Recife. We used only the Borborema busses. Tariffs are marked in the front window and you get half-price on Sundays. Continued on next posting.
  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
5.6 Miles
Aeroporto Internacional de Guararpes, Recife (REC)
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Piedade Beach
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

From $135 Per night

Recife Condo Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $60
Notes Cancellation Policy:
-91 days or more prior to arrival date - full refund of Reservation Deposit, minus $25 fee.
-61 to 90 days prior to arrival date - 80% refund, minus $25 fee.
-60 days or less prior to arrival - no refund, unless re-rented.
-Re-rental income is credited towards refund, minus $25 fee.
-Trip Cancellation Insurance Recommended.
1) Reservation Deposit equal to 50% of the rental fee is required when making a reservation.
2) The balance of the payment (remaining 50% of rental fee + refundable damage deposit) is due 30 days before arrival.
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Amenities

Recife Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 12
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1733 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large private bathroom for Master Bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large Bathroom serving Bedrooms 2 and 3.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Small Bathroom serving Bedroom 4.
  • Bathrooms 1 and 2 have two entry doors each - one from the living area and one from the service area. This allows guests, returning from the beach and entering the apartment through the service elevator, to pass through the service area directly to the bathrooms without trailing sand into the living area. Bathroom 3 has entry only through the service area.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master Bedroom with a Private Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed with pull-out bed on the floor.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , Very small room. Former Maid's Bedroom with Bathroom.
  • Bedrooms 1, 2 and 3 have split air conditioners and ceiling fans. They also have large sliding windows overlooking the ocean, which open wide, allowing a cooling ocean breeze and the gentle sounds of the surf to lull you to sleep at night and greet you as you awake in the morning. Bedroom 1 (Master Suite) has a 19-inch HD Television & DVD Player. Bedroom 4 has a ceiling fan and a window. The bedroom is located off the service area. While small, it offers great privacy and its own bathroom with shower off the service area.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Utilities included in rental fee.

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