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Bed and Breakfast Leblon
Ranked #77 of 331 Rio de Janeiro B&B and Inns
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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“B&b - with no breakfast!”
Reviewed May 1, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in Stella's B&B for 7 days, and got served breakfast twice!! When breakfast was laid out, we were in shock, and didn't realise it was for us! We were sold an Easter package, which quite franky was a rip off. Because the maid was on holiday over Easter, Stella didn't bother to serve us breakfast, which is just laziness. I would have loved just a cup of coffee in the mornings!! Whilst the flat is clean, it's tiny, and there is no room to swing the proverbial cat, let alone unpack the suitcase. I don't and didn't like staying in someone's home, and felt very cramped and awkward, especially as this small 2 bed flat had to be shared with other guests too! its in a great location on Leblon, but we preferred Ipanema. It would suit a young shy student coming to Rio for the first time, but not really suitable for a beach holiday. There is nowhere to hang wet beach stuff, and the air con did not work whilst we were there.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed Bed and Breakfast Leblon for 8 days and found out that we made an incredibly good choice. It's a kind of home-stay type of accommodation as other travelers already mentioned. A brasilian young couple and their mother are living there and we share a living room with them. The owner couple has great hospitality and tried everything that would make our stay more pleasant. They gave us many tips to enjoy and to avoid trouble in Rio. And there was the most recent model of personal computer in our room, of course connected with internet. It started up and connected to the internet amaisingly fast it also helped us a lot. Breakfast was simple but very healthy; bread, milk, brasilian fresh cheese, ham, cereal, coffee and tropical fruits. About enviroment, the apartment is situated in an area very convenient with many shops and restaurant but at night turns out to be very quiet. People often say that Rio de Janeiro is a kind of scary city with crimes so we should not go out at night. But in Leblon, people enjoys night life relaxed. It was very safe with many police officers on the streets. There are many bus stops near the apartment and it will also made our stay very pleasant. You can go out to anywhere in Rio. Rio has trafic jams everywhere and everyday so I don't recommend you to use taxi during the daytime. Finally, I tried to find some points to complain, but I couldn't because everything was so great. I suppose it would be much more confortable than the stays in other famous big hotels.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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RioBlueSky, Owner at Bed and Breakfast Leblon, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
It was really nice to have you here. Thank you for coming and beautiful generous comment. Thanks a lot! Come back soon!!! Warm regards Stella
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

As my wife and I were planning our trip to Rio in the week leading up to carnival, we knew it'd be hard to find a reasonably priced place to stay. After reading all the reviews on Bed and Breakfast Leblon I was still unsure, but decided to take the risk. In the end, it turned out that it wasn't much of a risk at all.

Stella was fantastic from the word go. when we arrived, she had a fresh cocoa drink waiting for us, and wasn't pushy when asking us to fill out the required forms, allowing us time to freshen up and kick back. She only asked once about the outstanding balance, saying that we could pay later if need be, and also asking if we needed any money that needed changing.

The neighborhood where the B&B is located is excellent. It's safe, extremely close to Leblon beach, and there is a bus stop 50m from the front gate. The apartment block also has 24hr security. Just to give you an idea about the area, Leblon is one of, if not the most expensive places to live in all of South America, so you can imagine the kind of people that you'll find there. Unlike Copacabana, which has a favela leading off one of its main roads- not that it's not safe there, because it is. I'm just trying to give you an idea of the location. Copacabana is more 'touristy', so to speak. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just depends on what you prefer.

Both of us are vegetarian, and there was enough variety at the table for us to choose from. Everyday we were given a different freshly squeezed fruit juice which was delicious. We saw how much breakfast can cost in cafes and restaurants, and I'd advise staying at a place that includes breakfast in the price (if you're paying £90-£100 per night).

The apartment itself was adequate. Very clean, but could probably do with a bit of updating. The main problem with this place was the fact that the bathroom was shared. On the second day, after we got ready, we went into the living room to eat breakfast but were unable to as the two people staying in the other room were sitting down eating (we had to wait for them to finish in the bathroom before we could use it). We just said to Stella that we would come back. It felt like we were just waiting in our room for them to finish so we could have our turn. This put us slightly behind schedule too. So from the next day onwards, we kind of felt like we had to 'race' against the other guys to use the bathroom so that we could eat breakfast first. It wasn't the the best thing to have to do, especially when you're meant to be on holiday. But then Stella started laying the table for four people to sit and eat (even though the table was slightly on the small side), which was probably the best solution as we all used to wake up at around the same time. It turned out that the other two people staying there were really nice, so it was a shame we all weren't able to sit together before.

Stella was a great host. She was more than happy to offer suggestions on restaurants and sights to see, and even told us what buses to take to see the sights, saving us loads on taxis. We booked a favela tour through Stella and she organized it all for us. All we had to do was wait for the van to pick us up from the main road. She never rushed me when I was speaking to her, and we had a few lovely conversations with her late in the evenings, telling her about our day, and learning more about the Cariocas and their city.

If you like to have your own space wherever you're staying then this might not be for you. We used to leave early in the mornings and return late in the evenings most days so our room was enough for us. Just bear in mind that Stella and her husband also live there so you may walk in to find them curled up on the couch watching tv! :)

If this was any other B&B then I would probably have rated it 3/5. But like the title says, Stella is wonderful and she brings it up to 4/5.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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RioBlueSky, Owner at Bed and Breakfast Leblon, responded to this review, February 23, 2012
Hi Bubs!

What can I say... Thanks! Wonderful are you and Natasha! Really Thanks for all, was my pleasure to have you here, you're really lovely guests! Please come back when you want!!!

We are awaiting the beginning of a major reform that will give more comfort to our guests. \o/ Unfortunately, the bathroom will continue to be shared, but usually guests have different time, no one waiting to use it is the normal. Anyway, we have an extra bathroom (smaller, but in good conditions of use). I am sorry that you have not used it instead of waiting for the larger bathroom. I think it was my fault for not having realized this, I apologize. I hope to compensate your for my forgetfulness when you come back. As you like to walk, I'll give you a private foot tour by the ancient Rio by myself (I think I didn't tell you, but I'm oficial guide too), you'll enjoy, I have no doubts! You stayed here close to the Carnival, fully busy season, you may return again in a more quiet time to see another Rio city.

Well, we have been doing a tough job to balance price, quality and good service. So, we think that our prices is a fair way to charge for our services as host, breakfast (as you saw here, breakfast outside is pretty expensive) and might compensate for any inconvenience like have little common space, for example. Stays in Leblon are very expensive and our price is only 40-50% of the daily rate of a 3 star hotel in this neighborhood (without breakfast). So, that is something to future guests compare by self. : ))

One more time, thanks for the precious observations and for everything!!! Hope to see you here soon!!!!!!!!!! Big hug!

Stella
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Not quite a "Bed and Breakfast" in the traditional sense, B&B Leblon is a good choice if you are looking for a room close to the wonderful beaches of Ipanema and Leblon, and conveniently located along the bus lines.
Pros: excellent breakfast, spotlessly clean, hot shower, A/C, wi-fi, apartment with doorman makes you feel like you're living as a true Carioca
Cons: The apartment feels a little small with the owners using the other bedroom and common space, and gets even smaller when that bedroom is rented out and you find yourself choreographing use of bathroom and breakfast table.

Having said all that, the owner was patient with our two young boys and helpful with suggestions for places to visit/shop according to out interests. You could easily stay at the Hotel Ipanema for around the same price, but at B&B Leblon you can get a slice of Rio living.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Manchester UK
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

Clean rooms and bathroom. Fantastic breakfast! Stella helped us plan our days and evenings, recommending an excellent venue for dinner and salsa. Good location.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

Bed and Breakfast Leblon was a pleasant surprise. I stayed there for a couple of days with my husband and two daughters, it's a great location, close to the beach and many restaurant options nearby. The owners are friendly, attentive and were never in our way, making us feel welcome and confortable. Breakfast is excellent too. Ask Stella about one particular restaurant close by, the food is to die for. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Geneva
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Great place to stay for a few days in a good location in Leblon, Rio
A family home with great hospitality, internet Wi-Fi is included and works very well.
It is clean, safe, and the breakfast is excellent.
Can only be recomended.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Bed and Breakfast Leblon
Address: Rua General Urquiza, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22431-040, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Leblon
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #77 of 331 B&Bs / Inns in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bed and Breakfast Leblon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Excellent location, one block from the beach in front of the park and the Antero de Quental metro station. Next to restaurants, bars and shops. Discreet and quiet place. Ideal to sleep well, take a good bath and eat a delicious breakfast, to restore the energy and enjoy an amazing day in the city. Owners available to give all the information on attractions and local way of life. Cozy environment. Simple, comfortable, safe and clean. Bedrooms and living room with air conditioning. Free wifi. TV LED flat screen TV with cable channels. Full breakfast included. We are a private home in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro (here in Brazil, properties like us are the authentics Brazilian B&B). We are not a hotel. We offer private rooms for those who want tranquility, only two guest rooms in total. Shared bathroom. ... more   less 
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