First of all I have to admit that I´m in love with this beautiful city. I travel quite a lot, but Rio will always be in the top of my list.
This time, as previous occasions when I visited Rio, I have had such an unforgettable time... At this time I felt even safer around Ipanema than the previous times, is there policies in every single corner you look at, giving us a very good feeling of being safe all the time around the area where the apartment is located, in a great spot by the way, walking distance to Copacabana and almost inside of Ipanema. At 5 minutes by foot from the beach and also from the Arpoador rock, one of my favorites place to watch the sunset.
We loved the apartment, is just perfect for 2 people, it has everything working in perfect order, it is exactly as you see in the pictures, with a decent size balcony with a table and chairs was a plus for us. Internet and cable TV (in the living room as in the bedroom) perfectly worked all the 10 days we stayed at the apartment. The reception works 24/7 and the staff are very professional and helpful. The cleaning lady is also part of the deal, she comes everyday to tidy up the flat, prepare the bed, to clean and also washes the dishes. What could we ask more?
I agree there is a bit of noise coming from the air condition when it is ON, but to be honest this only bothered us on the first couple days, after that you get used to it, particularly it was not a big deal for us. Unfortunately, during the days we stayed there some works was happening at the building right next door (at workings days), that sometimes bothered us, especially in the morning when you decide to sleep till late. But if you are not a kind of lazy persons like us in the mornings and hasn't the Spanish habit of do a "siesta" in the middle of afternoon, not problem at all. And who said those works last forever?
Marilena, was very helpful from our first message, always replied asap all our doubts. A very easy kind of lady to deal with. It was a pleasure being welcomed by her in the reception to give us the keys and to make sure that everything was Ok. Was very kind of her leaving an assortment of delicious tropical fruits waiting for us (WOW, what a Mango?!), and also things in the fridge for our first breakfast.
Without a doubt we can choose stay at Marilena´s apartment next time when we visit Rio again!