I stayed in Ann's apartment two and a half weeks in August 2016. Following our E-Mail contact in advance I expected a warm, friendly and interesting person as my host - and that's exactly how she is. The room she offered me was extremely clean, the bed perfect for a deep sleep and the view straight on Sugar Loaf always a great pleasure. Ann is a perfect guide for Santa Teresa and the surrounding, with a political background and always looking at Rio and Brazil with a positive, but at the same time critical view. Above others she showed me a special way to see Cristo Redentor (from his back side) - and if I wouldn't have stayed in Rio for work, for sure we would have made much more little trips like that one. The breakfast was healthy and uncomplicated, most of the time I was able to help myself to it. Ann is also always looking for the safety of her guests - even if, like in my case, there was no dangerous situation during my whole stay. I can highly recommend the stay in Ann's Guesthouse - regarding the host as well as the place.
This place is perfect! The rooms are nice and very clean! The breakfast is wonderful, various and substantial. The hostlady is very friendly and very helpful. With the very close new Metro "linha 4" you are easy connected with the other lines. The nice beach is close (5 minutes) and it is a safe and friendli neighbourhood.
Tout a été bleu, c'est-à-dire parfait durant notre séjour à Rio : la maison belle dans le plus pur style colonial, les chambres spacieuses et finement décorées, nos hôtes prévenants qui n'hésitaient pas à nous faire profiter de leur grande connaissance de Rio. Mention spéciale pour le petit-déjeuner aussi beau que bon avec les fruits tropicaux et les petits pains brésiliens délicieux... Tudo azul !
Tout a été parfait ! La maison dans le plus pur style colonial, les chambres spacieuses et bien décorées , nos hôtes gentils et prévenants... Mention spéciale pour le petit déjeuner bon pour les yeux et pour le ventre : fruits à profusion et petits pains brésiliens... Que de bons souvenirs ! Nous reviendrons !
Ich war im Dezember/Januar im Blue House und seit dem ersten Tag habe ich mich in das Viertel URCA und das Haus von Marcos verliebt. 2 Wochen Paradies. Mureta in 200 Meter Reichweite. Das Haus im Kolonialstyl erbaut, mit einer sehr modernen Innenarchitektur und passemdem Dekor ausgestattet. Es fehlt an nichts und alles ist sehr sauber und gepflegt. Der private Garten und die Ruhe im Quartier, die Nähe nach Copacabana/Ipanema (30Min mit dem Bus, der vor der Haustür hält). Ich fühlte mich schnell zuhause. Als Riofan und Brasilienkenner kann ich das Blue House nur bestens weiterempfehlen.
The best way to meet Rio groove and feel part of Carioca spirit! Cosy, really beautiful place, in all particular details. Location outstanding, safe, very well connected to all the Rio spots, full immersion in the Carioca Urbanology. Owners extremelly careful and attentive. Highly reccomended.
Maison pleine de charme avec chambres ultra propres, ambiance chaleureuse et conviviale, quartier de Rio le plus agréable. Marc vous montrera comment boire une caipirina en longeant la mer un œil sur le pain de sucre et l autre sur le corcovado. Séjour inoubliable pour nous. Juliette 8 ans, lou 12 ans, maud et bruce
I stayed in this wonderful house 10 days end of January with two of my friends and we were so well received by Marc :) The house is beautiful and very confortable with all the services you can expect. The place where it is located is just a haven of peace :) Also, Marc gave us a lot of advices and good places to go. He helped us a lot and was very welcoming. We definitely have good memories of this trip thanks to him and we just want to go back there ! Loris
We stayed with Ann for 4 nights over New Years this year and we had a great time. The apartment was quite large and very clean, and the room had a beautiful view facing south to Rio de Janeiro. Santa Theresa itself is a great area full of restaurants and bars (try Rustico, it was awesome) and Ann advised us on safety procedures after dark. We did not feel unsafe at any point here. Ann went out of her way to make us a traditional Brazilian meal during our stay and a few lemonades to help with the heat wave. It was great to have an english host as we did not find a lot of english speaking people in Rio to help us. I would definitely stay here again and recommend her to others!
We were so delighted with our discovery of Blue House in a lovely suburb called Urca! Owners made us welcome, and were very helpful. Rooms are great and brand new bathrooms., with space. Fifi steals your heart and a must to play with her and her toys. We were cooked a tasty meal, and even put it on our restaurant menu back in South Africa this weekend. Blue House made the end of our holiday wonderful. -Stephen De Meyers
We had the pleasure of staying with Ann for a few weeks during the World Cup in Rio this June. Although the festivities and culture were wonderful, the most special experience of this trip was meeting Ann. From the first day arriving in Rio to the last morning's breakfast, Ann treated us with such hospitality and generosity that we always felt completely welcome and comfortable staying in her home. Not only did Ann provide us with a beautiful view and suggestions for sightseeing, but she also extended herself to show us around the city, cared for us when we both fell ill during the trip, and gave us many nights of lively conversation. We feel extremely grateful to have met Ann and feel that we have made a lifelong friend. She is a wonderfully special person that we hope to one day visit again. This trip has been an unforgettable experience in large part to Ann's kindness and warmth. Thank you, Ann for helping us make this an incredible trip that we will always remember! Love from Josue and Alyssa, California.
Je voulais remercier Marcos pour son accueil et sa gentillesse ! Si j'ai bien compris, je suis son premier client - la maison, de type coloniale, est absolument magnifique et sentait par endroit la peinture fraîche ... Les chambres sont spacieuses et les salles de bain d'une propreté irréprochable. Les petits déjeuners avec fruits tropicaux, pain frais, charcuterie, et fromage sont royaux. Le quartier de Urca nous permet de sortir de la folie de Rio. Les nuits sont calmes et bien agréables et les conseils de Marcos pour les bonnes adresses se sont toujours révélés bien utiles! Bref, une excellente adresse que je recommande sans hésiter ! Un parisien qui adore Rio...
I want to write my gratitude for a pleasant staying we had in Rio de Janeiro with a nice family - Italo and Rosana. They are very friendly and very honest people, who helped us to solve all problems we had. We are a family from Russia who stayed in this apartments "Bianco B&B Copacabana" in March, 2014. It’s a great place! It is located in an excellent location in Copacabana, it is only 5 minutes walk from the beach, the metro, the supermarket, the bus station, the bank, some restaurants and cafe. In the apartments there is a living room with TV, air conditioning, WiFi-internet, the suite has a individual toilet and shower cabin in it. The all apartment is very clean, comfortable and cozy. The kitchen has all facilities (stove, microwave, refrigerator, etc). The host, Italo, is professional tour guide, who speaks in English, Italian and Portuguese, he organized very interesting and exiting tours across Rio for us. And the most important, there they live two magnificent cats Bianco and Fino (my daughter was delighted)! We loved this place and this family during our staying and we had great time! -- Best regards, Konstantin!
i returned to appartment of Ann after one year and a half. me and my friend found there all we could imagine - peace, calm, comfort and constant care. Ann is a wonderful host, unique in Rio and in all Brasil. She made her house into ours. We found location is perfect for carnaval time - not so crowded as other turistic parts of rio, very close to sambodromo and lapa with its wonderful bars and night life. Shops, street markets and Gloria metro station is just a few minutes away. That february and march we spend there with Ann will always be in our hearts. For sure we shall come back as soon as we can. I recommend this place to all my friends and family. See u soon Ann!
Muy buena ubicación, a tres cuadras de la playa, a 1 cuadra de la Avenida Principal, variedad de restaurantes alrededor, estuve hospedada con mi familia, y la pasamos estupendo, la atención fue fenomenal, es como sentirse en familia, a mi hijo de 1 año le encanto blanco y fino, sus adorables gatos. Recomiendo hacer el tour, nosotros lo disfrutamos. Gracias por todo!
The place is clean and comfortable. The accommodations are very clean and secure, as well as reasonably priced even during the most expensive time to stay in Rio (New Year's eve). The BEST part of staying here besides it being 2 blocks from Copacabana beach, and walking distance to most things you may want to do, is that the host, Italo, is trilingual (speaks English, Italian and Portuguese) and was SO attentive to us. When I told him I needed more light in the bathroom to shave, he promptly changed it. He picked me up at the airport for free! To top it all off, he's certified as an international tour guide, and for a reasonable fee he showed us around the city...way better than hiring a taxi (which can be unsafe in Rio) because he told us about the city and the sights in our language (English). We felt like we had a personal concierge during our stay. If you read this review and on contacting the owner you find that the place is booked, you can still ask the owner/host (Italo) if he will be your tour guide during your stay in Rio since you don't have to stay with him to have him as a tour guide. We didn't have breakfast here since we wouldn't wake up before 11am but I rated it highly because I'm sure it would have been great had we been up for it.
I stayed at Ann's place for about two weeks in August. The flat is in a quiet area of Santa Teresa and is easily accessible. There's a taxi park on her street, a bus stop at the beginning of the street and the Gloria metro as well. For the more adventurous tourist, you can pay for a motorbike ride at the beginning of the street. It is safe and cheap!...but if you'ld rather not, a taxi is readily available or you can walk up the street. Its about 10 or 15 minutes walk. The view from the room is stunning. Yes! You can see Sugarloaf Mt right from your room window. You can easily take a bus or taxi to Teatro Municipal, the Cathedral, Rio Branco (a popular street) and other places of interest. If you choose to walk, it is such an interesting walk - and should be able 30 or 40 minutes walk. From the upper end of her street, I could actually see the beach, although I never went there. The upper end of the street boasts of a relaxed Santa Teresa lifestyle - restaurants and quaint gift shops to buy lovely souveneirs. I particularly liked the 'Sunday afternoon vibe' there. There are much more shops and restaurants at the bottom end of the street. I found Santa Teresa to be relatively safe. I never felt threatened nor was attacked during my stay. The best part of Ann's house is Ann! I had written a longer review outlining all the wonderful things she did but had to delete them when the system would not accept my review. My summary is that I was treated like a queen! Ann is such a decent, wonderful person and a thoughtful hostess - and her English is perfect. My stay in Rio was nothing short of AMAZING. If you need a place in Rio, do yourself a favour and stay at Ann's. I guarantee you'll never forget the experience.
Estuve en Rio de Janeiro con mi hija de nueve Años para JMJ Escogimos el apartamento de Luiz y fue para nosotros una excelente elección La localización es central cerca esta el metro todas las estaciones,, de Buses.Queda muy cerca de la playa de Copacabana donde tuvimos que deplazarnos caminando en varias ocasiones por los cierres de vias en esta jornada pero fue cerca y seguro . El apartamento es muy amplio con una linda decoración ,Luiz cuida cada detalle, Es lleno de luz a todas las horas del día Nuestra habitación muy cómoda, con aire acondicionado, aunque esos días no fue necesario ,había un computador con acceso a internet, Teníamos un baño privado mu amplio y todo muy limpio y arreglado. Lo mejor es su dueño una persona muy amable cálida, respetuosa, todas las mañanas teníamos un desayuno excelente, y la verdad nos sentimos como en casa. Recomiendo este lugar a todas las personas que quieran visitar Rio
The location is ideal. The Swiss Embassy is on the same Rue aka Street. The view including Sugar Loaf is great. The B&B is spotless, comfortable and inviting but the real gem is Ann. She treated us like friends and was so helpful in guiding us about the area. I am not fluent in Portuguese but that was never a problem with Ann's guidance. The people were friendly & polite. The nearby Metro was easy to use and free if you are over 65! This is how the NYC subway should be folks. Loved my vacation. Thank you again Ann. Barbara & Rye, Pennsylvania, USA
We had the great pleasure to stay in the house of Luiz for five days. The apartment is beautifully decorated and only several minutes walk to the Botafogo beach and to the metro station. Botafogo is a nice neighbourhood which is not very touristic. Our room was very nicely decorated and there was a spacious private bathroom. Very nice view from the appartement on a hill with tropical forest. Luiz prepared a vey nutritious breakfast every morning for us and he explained us many things about Rio and the Cariocas. Sometimes Luiz’ girlfriend (Carla) stays at the apartment. She is a very nice person too. They helped us a lot as we lost a suitcase during our travel and also with getting Brazilian sim cards etc. We enjoyed our stay very much and will certainly stay the next time in Rio again at Luiz’ apartment.
My friend and I spent a week in Rio in June 2012. He is originally from Brazil and was showing me his country. He and Hilda hit it off famously. As they chatted in Portuguese I enjoyed some of the best breakfasts a person could have. Fresh fruit, breads, eggs, juices..it was something to look forward to every morning and it got you going for your day. Hilda was the perfect hostess and a wonderful conversationalist at breakfast going back and forth in English and Portuguese. She made us feel so at home. By the end of the week we felt like we lived in Rio. For the price in Rio you will not find anything better. We love you Hilda! Looking forward to going back to Rio in 2014.
Stayed there in October. Trip to Rio was amazing and the highlight was staying in the Utropico Guesthouse. Would recommend it without hesitation. A peaceful and safe retreat to return to each day after touring around Rio. It may seem a bit far out but was well worth the effort. Silvia + Francisco were wonderful hosts who couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. Would willingly fly to Rio again just to stay there.
Fun, sun , great atmosphere and a sense of true Rio. This is a great spot for relaxation, while close to the beaches etc of Rio. Silvia and her family made us very welcome in a very comfortable part of their home which is laid out in 3 sections. Each has it's own sitting and outside patio area as well as bedroom. The decor is tasteful. The property sits on the waters edge of an island with a beautiful tropical backdrop. Rainforests lie in the background while the hum of passing boats is interrupted by the songs of many varied and interesting birds and others (including a monkey). One is truly made to feel at home here. No trouble is spared in being very helpful with ideas and information about transport and tourist attractions. Breakfast is leisurely and varied with great fruits and Brazilian coffee. Although Utropico is a little away from downtown Rio, part of its charm is getting there by boat and a feeling of warmth and safety while staying there. We had a great time and look forward to our next visit.
El lugar esta muy bonito,incluso mas de lo que te muestra las fotos, la atencion perfecta, el desayuno delicioso. Ubicado en un lugar donde puedes disfrutar de la tranquilidad de la naturaleza pero muy cerca y accesible a las playas y al centro. Altamente recomendable
Dear traveller, Me and my fiancée stayed one week in Hilda's B&B in the end of July 2012. What can we say? Except that Hilda welcomed us so generously and so nicely. She is always carefull and attentive to your comfort. His place is spacefull, well-situated (transports are very accessible), nice and vey clean. Her breakfast is probably the best in town if you are found of exotic fruits, maracuja juice, cheese, delictessen meat and good humor. In one sentence, what ever you are loking for, you will find it at Hilda's place. Bom viajem por Rio, a cidade maravilhosa! Ciao!
From the first moment i saw the area where the house is i understood how lucky i was. The view from the window is extraordinary, very close to Gloria metro maximum 10 min walking, very beautiful and safe location. I was warmly hosted by Ann for all my long stay in Rio during 1 month. I never felt like a stranger in her house. She was my guide in every moment i needed help. If u don't speak portuguese that's the host u need! Her native English is not commonly found in Rio. I highly recommend this great place for those who are looking for comfort, security and real feel of Rio. By all means I am going to come back here next vacation. Alexander from Russia.
Luis is a very helpful, friendly and hospitable guy. He welcomed us and made ¿¿us feel at home! The apartment is very nice and tastefully furnished. It is located in a convenient location to visit Rio. The bedroom is pretty, with air conditioning and a PC connected to internet; the bathroom is sideway to the room and is very comfortable and spacious. Luis' breakfast is excellent and we also could use the kitchen. So, what to say more? We recommend!!!
Fomos bem recebidos pelo Luis e sua namorada e passamos uma semana excelente em seu apartamento. O apartamento é muito bonito, limpo, organizado e decorado com muito bom gosto! O quarto é bem confortável, possui ar condicionado, ventilador e um PC com internet, com um banheiro logo ao lado! O café da manha estava ótimo e também pudemos utilizar a cozinha. O ap é pertinho da praia de Botafogo, Shopping center e de onibus e metro para os principais pontos turísticos. Também nos sentimos bem seguros inclusive a noite. Resumindo: só podemos recomendar! Com certeza voltaríamos! Luis und ihre Freundin sind tolle Gastgeber, wir haben wunderschöne Tage in Rio verbracht. Die Wohnung ist sehr schön, sauber und organisiert, und wurde sehr liebevoll eingerichtet. Das Zimmer ist sehr bequem, mit Klimaanlage, Ventilator, Internet und ein eigenes Badezimmer direkt daneben. Die Lage ist sehr sicher und in der nähe von Strände und öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel zu den berühmten Sehenswürdigkeiten wie der Zuckerhut (sogar 20 - 30min zu Fuß), Copacabana, usw. Es waren tolle Tage und wir können es nur weiter empfehlen!