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Top AirBnBs in Rio de Janeiro

Top 10 AirBnBs in Rio de Janeiro

November 23, 2014

You won’t find the best caipirinhas hanging out with your fellow tourists. You need a friendly Carioca (Rio de Janeiro native) who can take you down the winding, colorful streets of Rio.

In addition to a tour with a local Rio guide (of course!), we recommend AirBnB to get a taste of the local life while staying in Rio.

We asked our local guides to pick the best rentals, taking into account location, price, attractions, and amenities. As a bonus, many of these rentals include a complementary, home-cooked breakfast.

Note: These are real, non-sponsored recommendations from our local guides. RealRio has no ties to these rentals.

10. Hammock in Copacabana

Hammock in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

A nap in a hammock overlooking a favela. What could be more authentic? This rental is a bed and breakfast in the Babilonia community of Copacabana.

Neighborhood: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, breakfast, wireless internet

Rent a hammock in Copacabana

9. Sleep under Christ the Redeemer

Sleep under Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

No, not the dinosaur head in the photo above. This eclectic flat is a one minute walk from Corcovado mountain, home of Rio’s famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue.

Neighborhood: Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, breakfast, wireless internet, air conditioning, washer, elevator, wheelchair accessible

Sleep under Christ the Redeemer

8. A taste of mansion life near Copacabana

Mansion life near to Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Located on a quiet, residential street, a two minute walk from Copacabana beach. Start your day off with complementary breakfast of coffee, yogurt, seasonal fruits, and assorted breads in the mansion’s airy dining room.

Neighborhood: Leme, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, breakfast, wireless internet, elevator

A taste of mansion life near Copacabana

7. Share a space with Tamarin monkeys

Share a space with Tamarin monkeys in Rio de Janeiro

A rustic, colorful, two-floor flat in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. This rental is near many artist studios, a small cinema, and (supposedly) the best acai in Rio. Tamarin monkeys frequent the craggy, twisting tree outside the dining room window.

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, breakfast, wireless internet, air conditioning, washer, elevator, parking

Share a space with Tamarin monkeys

6. The only Green Roof in Rio

The only Green Roof in Rio de Janeiro

The Casa 48 guesthouse, located at the beginning of a small favela, rents three rooms on the second floor. Your hosts will show you the soul of Rio with recommendations for local Roda de Samba parties, Forro dancing, and hidden museums. A standout feature: Casa 48 has the only “green” roof in Rio. Enjoy the rare opportunity to eschew air conditioning, thanks to 15cm layer of densely packed earth and grass that keep the flat at a cool temperature.

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, breakfast, wireless internet, washer

Stay under the only green roof in Rio

5. Urban treehouse

Urban treehouse, Rio de Janeiro

Nested in a sapodilla tree and surrounded by a garden and small forest, it’s easy to mistake this treehouse for an off-the-beaten-path getaway. But this urban treehouse is well-situated between the beaches and downtown Rio in the upper middle class Botafogo neighborhood.

Neighborhood: Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, wireless internet

Rent an urban treehouse

4. Private pool in Santa Teresa

Private pool in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

A zen retreat in a private house with an independent entrance. The house has a large garden with mango, guava and banana trees, panoramic views and a shaded swimming pool for when you need a break from the beach. A 10 minute walk will get you to Lapa Arches, Rio’s historical district.

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Wireless internet, air conditioning, breakfast, pool

Your own private pool in Santa Teresa

3. Psychedelic beach studio

Psychedelic beach studio in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

The owners named their pink home KublaKhan, after a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Built in the 1960s, KublaKhan is a psychedelic, Mexican and Greek style mansion with unique architecture and a beach front location.

Neighborhood: Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Wireless internet, parking

Experience a psychedelic beach studio

2. Stay on a sailboat

Sailboat rental in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro

Anchored in the calm waters of the Rio Guanabara bay in front of Botafogo beach, with amazing view on Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountain. The location is safe and central, between Botafogo, Urca and Copacabana. The sailboat is docked in a private club with access to Cagarras Islands, Paqueta Island, Ilha Grande, and Buzios.

Neighborhood: Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen

Stay on a sailboat

1. Have it all in an artistic house with a view

Artistic house with a view in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Rent your own house inside a rainforest garden with views of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf, yet only 15 minutes from the city center. The spacious bedroom, open kitchen, and artistic decor are notable, but the location takes the prize. Outside a bus runs every five minutes to downtown Lapa and the city center. The house is also near many excellent small, neighborhood restaurants and bars, including the Luna Cafe.

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
Amenities: Kitchen, wireless internet, washer

Have it all in an artistic house with a view

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