Rita and Beto are two very loving and friendly people. They went above and beyond to make me feel welcome. Whenever I had any questions prior, while, and after the trip, they were always there. They started to give me advice on the best way to arrive to the place from the airport. They advised me on where to find the Blocos (block parties) during Carnival week.
Although there was a language barrier since I spoke as much Portuguese as they spoke English, we ended up making a great connection because of the type of people they are. You have heard of Southern Hospitality. Now this is Southern Hemisphere Hospitality.
Rita and Beto treated me as part of their family where I did not feel awkward when I went to the kitchen or the living room whenever they were home. It is actually very pleasant to converse with them as this is the best way to help each other learn the language.
I rented a room which also has my own restroom. Rita provided clean towels and the restroom is very nice and clean. The whole house was always tidy and nice. Rita offered snack items and breakfast. The refrigerator was available to store items when I bought stuff from the market right across the street.
There is a 24 doorman and walking around the neighborhood felt very safe. I did not feel threatened even coming home at 3 or 4am. Rita gave me keys to the house so I was free to leave and come back as pleased with my own privacy. Walking distance to two of the nicest beaches (Ipanema and Copacabana). Walking distance to the Arpoador. This is definitely an ideal location.
Highly recommended!!! A++++