|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This unusually spacious (1200 sq ft), two-bedroom apartment is located just three short blocks from world famous “Leblon Beach”, yet it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life in Rio de Janeiro’s “Zona Sul”. It’s close to everything (shops, restaurants, shopping malls, and did I mention… the beach?), yet it’s safe, secure, quiet and relaxing. It’s the perfect place to wind down between sightseeing activities and to recharge the batteries for your next adventure.
The main living area was greatly expanded when the original owner left the third bedroom open to the living room, creating a great “nook” for a home office (where there’s a large granite desk and a comfortable, leather office chair). The extra space gives the living and dining area a very open feel, creating a sort of “great room” where you’ll spend most your time while home and awake. The sofas are very comfortable for Brazil (they were actually imported from USA), and provide a great place to doze off after a sunny day on the beach, a few “caipirinhas”, and a refreshing cold shower. There are three ceiling fans to keep the air circulating around the large area, or just to create a nice “Ridley Scott” visual.
Technologically speaking, the apartment is better appointed than any luxury hotel. With a 50” plasma TV, the top package of high-definition, digital TV programming, a PS3 for Blu-ray movies, music, games and even web browsing, as well as a Roku media streaming device, you’ll feel at home (but don’t stay too long – get out and see Rio!). There's also a 32' LED TV in the suite, with another Roku media streaming box, for Netflix, etc.
The Internet connection is fast for Rio de Janeiro (60 Mbps), and there’s a fast WiFi network (802.11N) capable of delivering connectivity to all your WiFi enabled devices throughout the apartment (and pool below!). In case you don’t use Skype, and need to call back to the United States (or elsewhere), there’s a VOIP (Vonage) phone line with free calls to and from the USA. Calls to all other countries, including local calls in Brazil, are inexpensive and can be deducted from your deposit if you choose to use this option. There are three computer monitors on the large desk, free for you to connect to your laptop if you wish. If you didn't bring a laptop and need a computer, one can be provided (additional security deposit required).
The bedrooms each have queen mattresses with memory foam mattress toppers and king-size down pillows. Each room has its own air conditioner. One of the bedrooms is a suite, with the bathroom attached, and the other has a bathroom right down the hall. Both bedrooms have plenty of closet space and drawers to hang your clothes and store your possessions.
The kitchen/service area has American appliances (refrigerator, gas stove, washer and dryer), which I brought to Brazil when I moved there years ago. They are not new, but are a pleasant surprise when compared to the usual miniature-size appliances in Brazil. I will stock the refrigerator with plenty of beer and soda to get your vacation started. You can take it from there.
As appointed, the apartment will sleep 4 adults. However, as mentioned above, the sofas are very comfortable and could easily sleep another 2 (although the love seat might be tight for a large person). For a party larger than 6, or for more comfort than the sofas, we can provide very comfortable air mattresses. Two full-size air mattresses or one queen will fit behind the sofa in the 'home office' portion of the great room. We recently installed black-out curtains in that room, so that if anyone does decide to sleep there, they can sleep as late as they want (as long as the other guests let them ;-)
We hope you will enjoy your stay in Rio with a base of our cozy little apartment in Leblon, as much as we have enjoyed our stays there during past years.
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I am an American 'Citizen of the World', having lived in South America over half my adult life, and in Rio de Janeiro for ten of those years. I have businesses in the US and Brazil, so I maintain a residence in Rio de Janeiro, and visit about once a month - often times with my Brazilian wife (from Rio de Janeiro, a 'Carioca'), and our three kids.
Harvey Karl Lynn II ('Skip') purchased this apartment in 2005
I love Leblon for its proximity to all of what Rio has to offer - beautiful beaches, great restaurants and bars, fun nightlife, and a commercial workplace in one of the most geographically beautiful cities in the world. Yet despite being close to everything, Leblon is refreshingly removed from the rif-raf of an otherwise bustling metropolis. Leblon is safe, secure, quiet and relaxing. No wonder it's Rio's most desirable (and expensive) 'bairro'.
Beautiful Leblon Beach, with it's postcard backdrop of 'Dois Irmões' (think 'Fast Five'), is a mere three short blocks away. Still, when I'm too lazy or just don't have time to get down to the beach, I go for a dip in the little pool at the complex. It's so close to my apartment (a stone's throw away, see photos), my Wifi network is available there, so I can bring my phone or notebook and catch a few rays while I work or stay connected with friends.
We had the opportunity to stay in Skip's condo in the Leblon area of Rio over the New Year's period and it was everything as promised. The area was very nice and close to the beach. There was a 24 hour grocery store within one block that was priced well and had all the provisions we would need. Skip had provided some snacks, beer and wine to welcome us and they were most appreciated. We found some outstanding restaurants all within walking distance and, although you always need to aware of street crime in any major city, we never felt unsafe.
The unit itself was nicely appointed and accommodated two couples. It has TV that we didn't watch, phone and internet that we did use, nice dishes, glassware, cooking utensils...etc. The washer/dryer came in handy so we could take clean clothes to start our cruise. The building itself is very secure being gated and with a 24/7 security guard and all of them were very helpful. Skip sent in cleaning staff half way through our stay and then his rental manager met us upon our departure. We would recommend this place to anyone.
One suggestion (although not a big deal) is to de-clutter the clothes closets in the bedrooms. The bedding/blankets did make it a bit difficult to hang our clothes.
It was a great stay in an interesting city. Take some tours...well worth doing.
My group and I stayed at this location during the 2016 Rio Olympics. The owner and staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our entire length of stay. The apartment was in a great location, close to the beach, metro, eateries and mall. The apartment was very clean and offered great amentaties. I will definetly try to stay here again the next I'm in Rio.
The property was very clean with modern conveniences. The subway station, bus services and the beach were in walking distance. The neighborhood was very affluent and safe and the property was very secure with 24 hour gated protection. We were here for the Olympics and it truly made our stay enjoyable and memorable and we would come to this property again on our next stay to Brazil as the owner was very personable and made sure that we had everything we needed, including complimentary champagne and free international and domestic calls. We were able to rent bikes on the beach and rode them to Copacabana without any issue and a number of cafes and restaurants were in walking distance. If you don't speak much portugese we found an online translator that converted a sentence from English to portugese which helped from ordering food to asking for directions. Try Leblon and this property! You will love it!
I cannot say enough great things about this place! Having never used VRBO before, I was honestly very skeptical. However, this place exceeded my every expectation. The location was perfect - a 2 minute walk to the beach and near tons of fun restaurants and bars. It was a very clean and safe neighborhood, and the apartment itself was awesome, very spacious, and extremely comfortable. We fit 4 adults very easily. Skip was a pleasure to work with! He was very responsive and so caring. I would without a doubt stay here again - hopefully when I get a chance to visit Rio again :) Thanks, Skip, for making our stay in Brazil even more amazing!
Wonderful Condo. Has all the amenities! Great Area!. Taxi stand just up the street across from the grocery store. Many restaurants in walking distance. Owner Skip was extremely helpful answered all our questions in great detail. (Our first time using VRBO and PayPal) His assistant Edna met us and made us feel at home. Her computer converted our English into Portuguese. Fridge was stocked with startup supply of OJ/Milk/Water/Beer. Coffee bar setup. We were very pleased with our stay. If in RIO would stay here again.
We feel so comfortable staying here; the apartment is perfect for us and the neighborhood is great. It is right in the heart of Leblon, near to bars and restaurants, shopping and the beach! Cannot wait to return. Thanks again
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
There is a 3% (USA card) to 4% (Intl card) charge for payments through VRBO or Paypal. Maid service is included in short-term rentals (less than a month) every other weekday, and is normally two to three hours of cleaning and linen change. This can be extended at R$25/hr if you would like extra laundry services (washing clothes, ironing, etc) or more frequent visits. The cleaning fee is US$100.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Leblon Beach (sister beach of Ipanema, sharing the same crescent coastline) is just three shorts blocks away, Ipanema beach is a few more blocks up the boardwalk (see the map on Location). Corcovado (the Christ Statue) is a short taxi ride away (see map). The run/walk on the beach extending from Leblon to Ipanema to Arpoador and back is approx 4 miles, and is as interesting for people watching as it is spectacular for observing the natural beauty of Rio's coastline. The 'Lagoa' (Lagoon) is a few blocks the other way, and is equally as impressive (even more so at night).