Apartments are a very popular form of accommodation and are relatively good value in comparison to the hotels, particularly if you are sharing with a number of friends. Try and get a property that is on a higher floor for noise reasons and always check that there is 24-hour security available. Heading south past Barra da Tijuca, almost all the accommodation is self- catered and ranges from unfurnished studios to fully furnished two bedroom apartments with short term lets. Before you hand over any cash, remember to sign a weekly agreement.
Rio De Janeiro Apartment Rental Travel Guide
Apart hotels are listed in Guia 4 Rodas, RioTur’s (the information office) booklet, O Globo, the Jornal do Brasil (both daily) or Balcao magazine.
1. Rio Apartments
Rua Farme Amoedo 76, Suite 301 & 302, Ipanema Telephone – 2247 6221
The agency had a number of luxurious aparthotels and one and two bedroom apartments across Rio on its books.
2. Copacabana Holiday Apartments in Rio
Rua Barata Ribeiro, 90-A, Copacabana Telephone – 2542 1525
Lets one to four bedroom apartments or luxury penthouses that can be a short or long term let.
3. Top Apart Hotel
Rua Joaolira 95 Telephone – 2511 2442
Spacious and individually designed apartments that are not only close to the beach but have a swimming pool and gym facilities too.
4. Rio Flat Service
Telephone – 3512 9922
Studio and one-bedroom apartments in Copacabana, Leblon and Lagoa that come fully equipped and have swimming pools.
Rio developed as a shipping centre for gold and supplies during the gold rush and snatched Salvador’s capital crown in 1762. The city then expanded rapidly with European-style architecture, palaces and parks springing up to house the wealthy. Already the rich/poor divide that you see today was established and the annual Carnival became the only time of year it was acceptable for all classes to party together on the streets. Then Sao Paulo begun to suck at the city’s power and wealth and Rio’s decline was in full flow until relatively recently when seedy districts were cleaned up and the city reclaimed its tourist sovereignty.