My family and I stayed for 2 weeks at this perfectly located apartment in Copacabana. Marco was an exceptional host demonstrating great generosity in meeting our requests. He helped to make the whole rental process smooth and easy. The staff/doormen at the apartment complex were equally friendly and always available to help or offer suggestions. We are truly grateful for all their hospitality.
The apartment suited our needs perfectly: literally, it is across the street from the ocean; clean with all the necessary accoutrements; excellent proximity to markets, shops, restaurants, and all the "action" in Copacabana, Ipanema and Rio. We were easily able to shop at the grocery store or market and prepare meals so we didn't have to eat out all the time. We were also very easily able to get anywhere in Rio by making use of the RioMetro, the bus system, or simply walking.
Copacabana is an amazing beach (we preferred it over Ipanema and Leblon) and you can get to Sugarloaf, Cristo Redentor, Ipanema, Lapa with ease. Marco's apartment was a great starting off point for all our excursions or just relaxing lazily on the beach nearby. There are numerous restaurants with wide variety of options all walking distance from the apartment. Some of our favorites include El Born (Spanish tapas), Carretao Capacabana (Brazilian steakhouse), Pao e Companao (coffee and breakfast buffet), and Sa (elegant dining), not to mention the camarao, caipirinhas or churros sold on the beach!
The apartment itself has two bedrooms that serve their purpose: a place to rest and sleep after a long day of site seeing. There is a very comfortable fold out sofa bed in the living room and a small dining table and kitchenette sufficient enough to serve a simple meal. My daughter loved the hammock chair which faced the balcony and the beautiful beach--a perfect late afternoon reading spot.
In summary, if you are looking for a simple place to stay that affords you a fantastic location to go and do everything Rio has to offer and relax comfortably at the end of the day, then Marco's apartment in the heart of Copacabana will meet your needs.