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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

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
<em>peixaria do Jokka Loureiro</em> fish restaurant in Manaus

peixaria do Jokka Loureiro fish restaurant in Manaus

We hadn’t visited a restaurant for a while here at the blog. Today we are presenting a 100% off-the-beaten track food experience we had during our trip to Manaus.

peixaria do Jokka Loureiro, Manaus

We learned about the peixaria do Jokka Loureiro on a blog review (you’ll be pushed hard to find a mention to it on a printed guide, whether in English or in Portuguese) and thrilled with what we read we headed to the fish restaurant, in the São Raimundo neighbourhood, Manaus west (exact location of the restaurant on Google Maps).

peixaria do Jokka Loureiro, Manaus

The restaurant is at the end of a cul-de-sac. You ring the bell and someone will open the gate for you. The interior of the restaurant couldn’t possibly be more spartan: chairs and tables and hardly anything else. Well, not entirely true, from the height of the restaurant you enjoy a fantastic view of the river Negro which by itself would be a good enough reason to go as far as the São Raimundo neighbourhood.

peixaria do Jokka Loureiro, Manaus

In Manaus, do as the locals. We went to Jokka Loureiro to feast on some Amazon fish. There is no printed menu, and the options available are truly basic: tambaqui, pirarucú or tucunaré, the finest of the Amazon fish. We had heard of the awesome costillas de tambaqui (tambaqui ribs) and that was what we ordered.

peixaria do Jokka Loureiro, Manaus

Along with the fish we had some beer and rounded up the meal with dessert. The final bill for 2 reached R$55.

Jokka Loureiro is on Rua São José, 9. The safest and less stressful way of getting there is a cab. Approximately R$20 from the centre of Manaus. The restaurant only opens for lunch, from 11:30 to 15:30, Monday to Saturday. It seemed really popular with the locals.

destination: Manaus
map of Manaus
photos of Manaus
Teatro Amazonas, Manaus
the Meeting of the Waters and the Janauary Ecological Park, near Manaus

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April 26, 2010 | By More
Reviews: <i>Pousada dos Meros</i>, Ilha Grande

Reviews: Pousada dos Meros, Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande, Brasil

NAME: pousada dos Meros

WHERE: Vila do Abraão, Ilha Grande, Río de Janeiro




LOCATION: in the Vila do Abraão, two blocks from the beach and a short walk from shops, restaurants and the main pier.

THE PREMISES: a two-storey building with all the rooms facing a small garden.

THE ROOMS: smallish rooms with a comfortable bed. A small tv and a mini-bar. Electric shower.

PRICES IN NOVEMBER 2008: we paid R$80 per room per night.

BREAKFAST: included on the price. Reasonable breakfast with sweet and savoury options.

FOOD: the pousada doesn’t serve meals. However, complimentary coffee and cakes are served every afternoon. There is a crepe parlour right next to the pousada.

RECEPTION: helpful and kind. If you book by email, print all the messages and take them with you, as the person who handles email communication with the pousada is not based in Ilha Grande.

CONTACT BY EMAIL: All our enquiries were replied to in less than 24 hours.

OUR OPINION: if being right by the beach is not a must, Pousada dos Meros is a good option in Ilha Grande, offering a correct balance between price and quality. The location is good and its staff is kind and helpful.

destination: Ilha Grande
map of Ilha Grande
trekking in Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande: photo album

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October 8, 2009 | By More
Reviews: <i>Hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho</i>, Salvador

Reviews: Hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho, Salvador

Salvador de Bahía, Brasil
[photo: view from the window of our room at the Ibis Rio Vermelho]

NAME: hotel Ibis Rio Vermelho

WHERE: Rio Vermelho, Salvador de Bahia

WEBSITE: Ibis Salvador Rio Vermelho



LOCATION: the hotel is located in the Rio Vermelho neighbourhood, right next to a tiny and secluded beach. Rio Vermelho is one of the bohemiam quarters of Salvador, with lots of restaurants and an active night life. To get to the center of Salvador (Pelourinho) from Rio Vermelho you have to take a taxi or a bus. The tourist Salvador bus stops right in front of the hotel. See the location of the hotel on Google Maps.

THE PREMISES: the hotel occupies a building attached to the Mercure hotel – belonging to the same hotel chain. It has the classic structure of most Ibis hotels, with a dining room and bar on the ground floor.

THE ROOMS: your standard Ibis room, correct. Separate bathroom. Tv and telephone. For our travelling needs, more than enough.

PRICES IN MARCH 2009: we paid R$109 per room per night.

BREAKFAST: not included on the price. It costs R$10 per person per day. We ended up having breakfast at the hotel to avoid being delayed. Breakfast is correct, it lacks the charm of a classic breakfast at a Brazilian pousada but it is more generous than a continental breakfast.

FOOD: available at the restaurant. We didn’t eat at the hotel.

INTERNET: the hotel offers paid wi-fi access. There is also a computer offering paid internet access.

RECEPTION: efficient and professional.

CONTACT BY EMAIL: we booked through the hotel’s website. All the options and charges were presented clearly.

OUR OPINION: those familiar with Ibis hotels are unlikely to be dissapointed. Comfortable accommodation with no luxuries attached at a very competitive price. Those wanting to stay at the Rio Vermelho neighbourhood will find the Ibis hotel an excellent choice. Being far from the center of town wasn’t a problem for us.
a city called Bahia
from Rio to Salvador
Salvador: photo album
map of Salvador
Salvador bus, visit Salvador from the top of a bus
SENAC restaurant, Salvador
sorveteria da Ribeira, top-quality ice-cream in Salvador

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September 24, 2009 | By More
youth hostels in São Paulo

youth hostels in São Paulo

There are three youth hostels in São Paulo affiliated to Hostelling International:

There are also three independent youth hostels:

I haven’t stayed at the any of the hostels mentioned on this post. For that reason, I can only comment on their location and not on the services they provide.

Youth hostels in Brazil
São Paulo’s top ten
São Paulo getaways
five reasons to love São Paulo
five reasons to hate São Paulo

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September 17, 2009 | By More