The apartment was beautiful. The best part was the gorgeous view of the beach, Christ Redeemer, etc. from the huge balcony. The apartment is very spacious and easily fits seven people (three large bedrooms and a mai'ds quarters). Nereu is a wonderful and gracious host who helped us with any problems we had and gave us good tips to enjoy our visit. I would strongly recommend this place to anyone else.
Nereu's apartment is in a great location with terrific views of Ipanema beach and also to Christo, lovely cool breezes and nice views of the sunset. The apartment is a nice size, in a secure building with supermarkets less than 5 minutes walk, an easy 3 minute walk to Ipanema and 8 minutes to Copacabana. We walked everywhere. That said the apartment was a bit of a disappointment for the money we paid. It is 1960s and has not been renovated. Washing machine leaked on the floor, one of the bed mattresses was stained, beds were comfortable though, doors to bedrooms had broken locks and doors to balcony did not lock, paint and skirting boards not in great condition just OK. Ding table leg was wobbly, kitchen cupboards were damaged in some places, fridge was wobbly and quite old, cutlery and crockery was cheap, no basics on arrival such as tea, coffee, salt, pepper, oil and paper towel and no basic instruction or information for the apartment or area; albeit Nereu was helpful and nice when you could get hold of him. We had a miscommunication on check in, the previous clients had left the apartment in a terrible state of cleanliness, I hope they did not get a good review, it was disgusting. We were able to leave our bags which was great as we arrived at 0930, as agreed. The cleaners did a good job of cleaning the place up. It was a shame, with such a great location it could be really great. I have nothing to compare it to in Rio, but for mine it was not good value for money. With a coat of paint, some maintenance, a new kitchen, some effort and the problems fixed it could be so good. It was the most disappointing apartment for us quality wise so far using AirBnB, location and views were the best. I hope we have been fair in our comments.