My boyfriend and I stayed in Nara's apartment in Gloria from May to August of 2014 while I was doing an internship in Lapa. We found her property online after doing lots of searching and comparing. Nara was very quick to respond to our inquiry and answered all of our questions. Nara and her friend, who spoke a bit better english than she did, met us at the apartment when we arrived in Rio. The women were very welcoming and friendly. They had lots of information for us about the area. We immediately felt at home. The apartment is on a cozy side street, right next to the Swiss embassy. It has a nice neighborhood feel but is also a quick walk to the Gloria metro. We both felt very safe, especially as our Portuguese got better and we got more familiar with the area. There are two doormen who do not stay overnight, but are very sweet. It was definitely comforting to know they were there. The apartment is on the sixth floor, which puts you high above the street and the trees. The space itself was perfect for us. It was a clean, cozy oasis from the craziness of the city. We definitely recommend it for a couple. There is a huge window that lets in lots of Brazilian sunshine. You can open the window as little or as much as you want depending on how much city life and noise you want. It makes this small apartment feel very spacious. The window was probably my favorite part of the space. There is a small kitchen which worked find for us but definitely small when even one friend came over. Nara does an excellent job maintaining the apartment. It is extremely clean and well decorated. We felt very comfortable to reach out to Nara at any time during our stay if there were problems, even though we really didn't have any. Unfortunately there is no washing machine in the building. This was a bit disappointing because laundry is expensive in Rio. We ended up spending a lot of time finding the cheapest Laundromat and lugging our clothes around. Towards the end of our stay we found a laundromat on Rua Gloria, about 100 feet before the Gloria metro. It was expensive but worth it to be so close to the apartment. We had a to leave a few days early to return home to the US because of a family emergency and Nara was extremely efficient in responding to our sudden need. She met us early with no problem and was very kind. Both myself and my boyfriend would gladly recommend this apartment to our family and friends. I hope we can return to Rio soon to see Nara and to stay there again!