About the Homestay
After my daughter went to college in the US, I DECIDED to be a homestay host, because I love having people around. I had nothing but a great time with my hosts since THEN! I live in a 4 bedroom apartment between the three main beaches of Rio, Ipanema, Arpoador and Copacabana. One of the rooms (The Young room) is now occupied by an American Homestay guest, que was here last year for some weeks to learn Portuguese, fell in love with the city and DECIDED to come back to stay for a longer period this time. We're a cosmopolitan home, I travel a lot, Have Been to many countries and have friends and family in the US, Europe and Uruguay. I speak French, and Spanish Inglês and love to exchange ideas and experiences. Our neighborhood has beaches, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and much more. I'm a bike fan and have an extra one que guests are welcome to use to know the lake or even to go biking to Sugar Loaf, the Botanical Garden and other nice places. There are bike lanes que take us everywhere, a real invitation to know the city and exercise at the same team. But if you prefer the subway, it's right around the block. And taxis or Ubers are available day and night and not expensive at all. Welcome!
Read more about Isabella and its vicinity on our blog here: http://www.homestay.com/blog/2014/10/21/discover-the-real-rio-de-janeiro-with-local-host-isabella
Bikes available for guests
- Bikes for use
- Internet Access
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Our apartment is three blocks from Ipanema beach, two from Copacabana Beach and three Arpoador Beach. Despite being a busy street, the apartment looks forward to the courtyards and so is quiet and airy. There are many bars, restaurants, cinemas and theaters nearby and the subway is just a half block. Taxis and buses pass the door at any time of day or night.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Water sports
- Bus Stop
Please note that only a light breakfast is included in the room rate. All other meals will incur an additional cost. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Light Breakfast
Smoking is not allowed inside the apartment. Like animals, but not allowed in the house. The kitchen is all. They can use the fridge. Just do not forget to wash the dishes after. There is a day laborer making heavier cleaning 1 time per week, but we ask that the common areas are always tidy.
Smoking is not allowed.
What a great host!! She just gives you the key and off you go!! Anything you want or need she is right there, she is a busy lady but she's there for anything! I want to Cabo frio and Buzios which is 3/4 hours away for 4 fats and she told me to not take my big bag so she as stored it for me when I get back! The massive bonus is you turn left out of the house and 4 minutes straight down the st is Ipanema and right from the house 4 mins again is copacabana, brilliant!!!! Metro is 5 mins away so easy to find and really clean and safe!!!! I'm back next week where she will help me book flight to foz iguassu
Excelente anfitriona,nos sentimos como en casa. Seguro que volveremos .
Isabella is one of the best host I experienced! She is caring, fun, with good taste for food, music, films ofcourse and so many other things! Big loss if you are not knowing her! Extraordinary personality and great place to stay!!! Recommend.
Isabella e' una fantastica host molto amichevole e sempre pronta ad aiutarti. La casa e' davvero carina e in una bella posizione x girare Rio.
Nn avrei dubbi a ritornare da lei.
My stay with Isabella was fantastic! I initially booked to stay for 6 days and extended this to 10 – simply because I felt so welcome and at home with Isabella. I can’t even describe in words how great my time was in Rio, thanks to this exceptional host. Communication was easy from the get-go. Isabella provided me with the location of the apartment and different methods of travel (bus routes, taxi etc) and was very prompt in replying. I arrived at around midnight and Isabella was up to greet me and help me get settled into the room.
The location - The apartment is very central! Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are about 5 mins walk in either direction. The area is a very quiet and safe and moments away from the hustle and bustle of Rio! I always felt safe walking around the area at all hours of the day, as well as the early hours of the morning. Great local bars and amenities at your doorstep and as soon as you arrive in the apartment and close the front door you can’t hear much of what is happening outside!
The room – I stayed in the studio room, spring room (and the double room on my second stay). The studio room is small and cosy, plenty of wardrobe space and a bathroom right outside. It’s on one side of the apartment, so you get a lot of privacy. The spring room is beautiful and bright with a double bed, great ceiling fan and it’s very airy. The double bed room is at a different apartment closer to Copacabana and the Arpoadar and has 2 single beds, great if you’re travelling with a friend! All of the rooms I stayed in were clean and comfortable. I always had a light breakfast of cereal (sometimes fruits) and there are tea/coffee facilities available.
The host – Isabella (my Brazilian mum) made me feel so welcome. Isabella asks what you would like for breakfast when you arrive and has no trouble providing this. Isabella provided some great recommendations on places to go when it was raining and the beach was a no-go. Her local knowledge is second to none, and she gave me great tips and wonderful maps/ drawings of how to maneuver around the city! I met Isabella’s friends who were a lot of fun – I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard in my life. Isabella is a big bundle of joy, she is very well educated, fluent in English/French and Spanish and very talented. I had the pleasure of seeing some of her remarkable work!
After going to Salvador, and booking to stay with Isabella on my return to Rio for a further 2 days I ended up coming back early and staying for 4 days. I took a great bike ride with Isabella around the lake to the botanical gardens and had brunch at La Bicylette. I was travelling solo and met plenty of friends through Isabella. I simply loved my stay and I’m looking forward to returning very soon!
If you’re reading this, look no further – book your stay and thank me later.
This review is for the 'Private ensuite' room
The location is brilliant, right by the Arpoador with quick access to both Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Isabella does try to provide useful tips and information about the area and events that are going on.
Unfortunately, this listing is extremely misleading. We stayed in the 'Private ensuite' room. From the host's listing, it would seem that this room is part of the same apartment that the other rooms listed are and that the information and pictures are describing. In reality, this room and the 'Double bed room' are in a separate apartment down the road. I didn't see that main apartment, but the one we stayed in could only be described as 'Dated, uncomfortable, cheap-looking, but expensive for it is, Copacabana' rather than the 'Trendy, comfortable, cheap Ipanema' listing it is under.
The host didn't make us aware that we were staying in a separate apartment, nor provide the correct address, so we ended up going to the main apartment. She said this was an oversight, and that she thought she had given me the correct address (after booking) which may well have been, but the situation should not have arisen in the first place.
The listing also said a light breakfast would be provided. No breakfast was provided (unless you count leaving us a loaf of plain bread as breakfast.)
Potential guests should be aware of this and of the following details if considering booking the ensuite room:
The room is on the ground floor right above the entrance to the underground car park for the building. Expect to be woken up on several occasions by the gate beeping and cars going in and out.
If you are over 5'9" you won't be able to stand under the shower without crouching.
The shower is cold.
There is no air-conditioning (the listing doesn't include AC for this room, but still be aware.) There is a ceiling fan but it is very noisy.
The room and bathroom are very small, dated and very basic.
If you want an ensuite room in Rio, there are much better and cheaper options available in my opinion. We had other options, but chose this as we were swayed by the misleading listing.
A estadia com a Isabella foi excepcional ela nos recebeu muito bem e o apartamento e ótimo e a localização melhor ainda entre copa e ipanema.
eu recomendo e todas vez que eu for visitar o Rio quero me hospedar com ela.
Muito Obrigado Isabella.
The location of the apartment was in between Arpoador, Ipanema, and Copacabana beaches (all between 1 - 3 blocks walking distance). Isabella was a fantastic host - very welcoming, speaks fluent English, and she knows a lot about the city. She was a great help in planning out my daily itinerary and even allowed me to see a glimpse of her work - which was a delightful bonus! I would love to stay with her again and am looking forward to visiting Rio again in the near future! The only thing that didn't work so well for me was that for some reason, my devices wouldn't connect with her wifi. If this happens to you, make sure to look for Bob's, McDonald's, or Starbucks franchise for wifi access. Some of the smaller eateries also have it, but you'll have to look for the sign.
Foi ótima a estadia! Isabella é uma pessoa simpática, atenciosa e gentil, nos ajudou ensinando os caminhos e sugerindo os locais, tanto para passeios, como para alimentação e todos eram ótimos. Amamos a estadia. O local é excelente, situado entre Copacabana e Ipanema. Foi incrível! Recomendamos.
It was great, easy to book, friendly reception, cozy place in the perfect location and a very friendly and helpful host. Plus the bonus of other nice guests to make friends with.