Very nice apartment for up to 4 people (two Full-size beds) in pleasant residential area of Rio de Janeiro. This flat has 2 bedrooms, a living room, an office, two bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, and a great view of the Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf.
Welcome to the Santa Teresa, Rio, Brazil!
I hope you enjoy your stay and leave with good memories.
You will soon nd this is one of the best streets in this very special neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Since this is a dead-end street, it’s quieter due to the lack of throughtrafc. It’s also safer for the same reason, on top of having security (theoretically) 24/7.
About the condo:
• This is a non-smoking home.
• Windows and rain: this apartment faces the storms, which are unpredictable in Rio. It
may not look like it’ll rain in the morning, and it may pour in the afternoon. Thus, it is crucial to:
• completely close and lock them (or the wind can push them open) every time you leave the building;
• lower the shades when you’re not home;
• completely close the living room window immediately when it starts raining;
• close the living room window for the night, as you may not notice in your sleep if it starts raining.
• either close the other windows, or leave a panel or two open but with the shades completely down (the slats touching each other and pushed out);
• I thank you for your care on this very important matter. :-)
• Safety of condo: do not keep the address together with the keys, in case of loss of keys. Keep the building front gate locked with a key between 10pm and 6am; these are building rules. Do not bring strangers or ‘new friends’ in. This is a residential place, not a place for parties or gatherings.
• Keys: have them with you every time you walk out the apartment door, even just to dump the garbage. The wind can push the doors closed, and they don’t open from outside without a key.
• The garbage can be disposed of through an opening on the wall, outside the condo, by the service door of condo #301. It is wise to double-bag or use strong bags.
Garbage collection on the street is on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, but you can dispose of it anytime.
• Recycling paper, bottles, cans: simply put those in a paper or plastic bag outside the door, or below the opening for the garbage dump in the hallway, any time. The doorkeeper will collect them. Recyclables are collected by the truck on Thursdays.
• Please be respectful of this home and the neighbors. Be courteous, quiet, clean, neat, and safe.
• There’s hot water on demand in the kitchen and bathroom. By opening the hot water faucet, the water runs through the heater, activating its battery-operated sparkler.
There’s no need to change the settings on the heater for amount of water and
temperatures. Change the temperature of the water by mixing cold water at the faucet or shower.
• The water lter has a main inside the cabinet that should stay open. Only close it in case of a leak, or when replacing the rell.
• Coffee maker and toaster: make sure they’re turned off when you’re done. Very
important to check before you leave the house, especially the coffee maker, which doesn’t turn itself off.
• Gas oven: temperature equivalents: Alto (high) 300˚C, Médio Alto (medium high) 250˚C, Médio (medium) 200˚C, Médio Baixo (medium low) 180˚C, Baixo (low) 150˚C.
• Cleaner: for an extra fee, you can have a cleaner for the day, as needed. She’ll do laundry, dishes from one previous meal, clean the house.
• Laundry: there’s a small laundry machine. For short or normal cycles, put soap only on the receptacle that says “soap II”, for long cycles, put soap in both “soap I” and “soap II”. There’s a reference table on the front panel. Put soap only to the max line (one or two scoops).
• Towels: please always hang wet towels/clothes in the bathroom or laundry room.
• The condo’s caretaker is João. He knows everything about the building and keeps it tidy and safe.
• Please let us know if there’s anything that requires repair/attention, or suggestions for improvement.
• Please do sign the guestbook.
• There’s a small grocery shop 5 minutes walk from the house. Go down the street, the way you came in, the turn left at the pedestrian walkway in the middle of the ramp where the street starts. There, you can have coffee and bread, or buy milk, break, fruit, cheese, yogurt, cereal, etc.
• Parque das Ruínas: up the street a few yards. Enjoy the views from the top of the building. On the weekends, there are often free shows.
• Chacara do Céu: a previously privately-owned home and art collection, now open to the public. Lovely estate with gardens, interesting architecture, and the art collection itself.
• Bonde: the street-car. Unfortunately, it is not working at this time, but you could probably visit its garage near the Largo do Guimarães.
• Various restaurants, walking distance, around Largo do Guimarães: Sobrados das Massas (pizza/pasta), Espirito Santa (Brazilian, Northern fusion), Adega do Pimenta (German), Bar do Arnaudo (Northeastern Brazilian), Sansushi (Japanese), Margô
(Brazilian, music), Sobrenatural (Brazilian, seafood), Jasmim-Manga (lovely café with varied menu), Bar Simplesmente (bar, sandwiches), Bar Santa Arte, Bar do Mineiro (Minas Gerais food, bar). There are more; the above mentioned are within 15 minutes walk from the condo, in order of appearance.
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My name is Vera and I moved to Rio de Janeiro more than 9 years ago. During this period I found out that I really like to receive people at my house.
Welcome and have fun!