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Casa Florence, a fantastic place to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Casa Florence, a fantastic place to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Today I am delighted to talk about Casa Florence, a gem of accommodation in Rio de Janeiro run by my friend Alison McGowan, the director of Hidden Pousadas Brazil.

When Alison is in Rio (don’t take that for granted, as she spends a sizeable time of her time travelling around Brazil) she makes one suite of her penthouse apartment available to guests.

Bedroom and views

You can rent a beautiful bedroom with fantastic views to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and the Corcovado Mountain.

Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro
Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro
[bedroom]

Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro
[view from the bedroom window]

As well as your private bathroom, you will have access to an open-plan kitchen and a sitting room you are free to use. There’s free wi-fi and on the second floor you will discover a terrace with the most fantastic views of Rio.

Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro
[Corcovado mountain with the Christ Redeemer on top]

Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro
[Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas]

On the terrace you will find a cool jacuzzi you are also welcome to use.

Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro
Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro

Still on the terrace, a shaded dining area makes for a beautiful dining room with views to the Lagoa on one side and the Pedra da Gávea on the other side.

Casa Florence, Rio de Janeiro

The location

Casa Florence is right in the middle of Leblon, considered by many the best neighbourhood of Rio. Many of you will have discovered that affordable (and quality) accomodation in Leblon or near-by Ipanema doesn’t come easy.

From Casa Florence it’s a short walk to the beach in one direction, the Lagoa right in front, or the Botanic Gardens in the other direction. All within walking distance! Leblon is very well connected to the rest of the city through a system of buses (including one bus taking you to Ipanema subway station).

Come the night, there is a great number of bars and restaurants in the vicinity of Casa Florence – never mind the rest of Rio de Janeiro!

To find out more

If you’d like to find out more about Casa Florence, visit Casa Florence @ Hidden Pousadas where you will be able to check rates and availability as well as some more additional information.

This is not a paid review nor I am being commissioned by Casa Florence. Go, check it out and if you think it fits your needs, go ahead with your booking. I definitely loved the place but then, different people, different likes and dislikes.

October 30, 2012 | By More
Brazil 10: very unlikely Brazilian locations

Brazil 10: very unlikely Brazilian locations

mezquita, Curitiba, Brasil
templo budista de Foz de Iguazú
Procuradoria Geral da República
templo Zu Lai
Campos do Jordão
Memorial Ucraniano, Curitiba
templo Kinkaku-ji
Inhotim, Brasil
Holambra, Brasil
Belo Horizonte, Brasil

About the photos

  1. Mosque. In Curitiba. At destination: Curitiba you will find more information about this interesting capital in the south of Brazil.
  2. Buddhist Temple. In Foz de Iguazú. More information on what to see and do on the region at destination: Iguazu Falls.
  3. Procuradoria Geral da República. The Brazilian Attorney General’s office in Brasilia. It is one of many fascinating buildings at the Brazilian capital. More on destination: Brasilia.
  4. Zu Lai Buddhist Temple. In Cotia, state of São Paulo.
  5. Campos do Jordão. Also in the state of São Paulo, where a piece of Central Europe can be found.
  6. Ukranian Memorial. In Curitiba.
  7. Kinkaku-ji Temple. Near Itapecerica da Serra, in the state of São Paulo.
  8. Inhotim. In the state of Minas Gerais. An unmissable sight. More info on Inhotim: the perfect marriage between art and nature.
  9. Holambra. A Dutch settlement on the interior of the state of São Paulo.
  10. Alta Vila Tower. In Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais. Find out more at destination: Belo Horizonte.

About Brazil 10

This blog post is part of the series Brazil 10 where we take you on a themed and visual tour of Brazil. To find out more about the series and see the entries we have posted so far click here.

October 29, 2012 | By More
Brazil 10: a visual tour around the country

Brazil 10: a visual tour around the country

Brazil 10 is a new series here at the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG where we intend to make use of our 20,000+ collection of photos of Brazil to invite you on themed tours around the country.

In Brazilian Portuguese, something or someone “is 10” when it is perfect. Seems a good choice for this series but the truth is that 10 wants to celebrate the ten years I have been travelling around the country (in actual fact, the count will reach 12 shortly).

Brazil 10. Posts published so far:

October 29, 2012 | By More
Etihad Airways in Brazil from June 2013

Etihad Airways in Brazil from June 2013

Etihad

Just a few weeks ago we mentioned at D AIRFARE how Etihad Airways had plans for South America in 2013 and now we have confirmation: Etihad will fly from Abu Dhabi to Guarulhos international airport in São Paulo from June 2013.

On June 2013 there will be three weekly flights. From July 2013 the flight will become daily.

Yet a new route connecting Brazil and Asia.

October 24, 2012 | By More
Florianópolis has a new official tourism website

Florianópolis has a new official tourism website

Ilha do Campeche

Florianópolis launched recently a new official tourism website with versions in Portuguese (Vivendo Floripa), English (Living Floripa, Spanish (Viviendo Floripa) and Chinese. The initiative is the responsibility of the Florianópolis City Council and the government of the State of Santa Catarina.

The information is structured on four menus, All About Floripa, Enjoy, What to Eat and Sleep Well. The sections contained under those menus are filled with information and illustrated with photographs.

living floripa

Renewed institutional websites, information-packed and with a clear disposition to help the traveller are always welcome and Living Floripa is no exception. We only wish a bit more care had been put in the translations. Also, it would have been interesting to talk to those of us who’ve been helping travellers for years; we could have pinpointed the areas of information that are crucial for the foreign tourist. I’m taking a look at the Arriving in Floripa section, to give one example, and I sense the truly useful and practical information the traveller is desperate to find is nowhere to be found.

Our congratulations to all those involved in the initiative.

The main text on Florianópolis at the BRAZIL TRAVEL BLOG IS destination: Florianópolis.

OTHER BLOG ENTRIES ON FLORIANÓPOLIS:
Map of Florianópolis
Brazil in pictures: Florianópolis
Florianópolis North: what to do and where to go
Florianópolis Centre-Lagoa: what to do and where to go
Florianópolis South: what to do and where to go
Ilha do Campeche
bar do Arante, Florianópolis

October 22, 2012 | By More