We stayed for one week in November 2013. First the good points. The location is wonderful, in Leblon, an upmarket district in Rio, safe, with many cafes and restaurants nearby and next door to Rio Design Leblon Shopping and across the road from the Leblon Shopping centre.
But - the apartment was seriously in need of a complete overhall. We were on the 6th floor, not high enough to be mosquito free and we were all badly bitten. There was a living room with a sofa bed, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen was dreadful, the fridge should have been thrown out ages ago and had broken shelves. The microwave and hot water system were primitive, the equipment limited and there were broken hinges on the cupboard doors. Since there was no frying pan, I made a mushroom sauce in a cake tin, and then used this to serve the dish on the table!! When we arrived there were no matches to light the gas cooker, the washing up sponge was old and dirty and several cups and dishes were cracked. These were changed when we complained, but nothing was done about the fridge. The bathroom was probably 20 years old, perhaps something you would find in a 2 star hotel. The airconditioning in the bedroom was old and very noisy, ditto the living room, although perhaps not quite so noisy. The cordless telephone should have been in a museum, ditto the large, old TV. The venetian blinds in the living room were broken, so our son, using the sofa bed, could not darken the room. We had to supply everything, toilet paper, soap, hair dryer, although they did produce an iron which we were allowed to use for 24 hours. We had to ask for the towels to be changed, and since they were rather threadbare in the first place, they would not have been sufficient for a second day. We had maid service every day, which was great. There was a view of the lagoa and the Christ, but a new building will shortly block this.
I believe the apartments on the higher floors are better, but we were not given the option. We paid 300 RS per night, which is about £100. If you take an apartment for a month the cost is about 7,000 RS, so a slight discount.
Obviously the management is wanting, the apartment was not checked properly - cracked crockery, no matches etc etc should never have happened. We were told the fridge would be changed but I very much doubt this will happen.
In short, the apartment was completely sub-standard, although the location was terrific.
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