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Panoramic Ocean View Apartment. Spacious & Centrally Located. Inaugural Pricing!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

143 Square Meters With Large Living/dining Room, And 3 Bedrooms & Two Bathrooms

Ocean front with unencumbered view of the entire Copacabana and Leme Beaches. Spacious 150 square meters (1500 square feet) apartment with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Beautiful sunrises and cool ocean breezes. The ocean is in front of you with restaurants, outdoor life and the famous Rio beach culture at your feet. Convenient to transportation and shopping.

You are in the epicenter of the Leme/Copacabana neighborhood. Everything that happens in Rio happens outside our window: parades, marches, half marathons, cycling tours, you name it we see it. We saw the The FIFA Fan Fest, Rolling Stones concert, Pope Francis, Lenny Kravitz, and the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks from our window.

There are two elevators accessing the apartment: the front social elevator (recently updated) which services only one apartment per floor and the rear service elevator (servicing 3 apartments) with entry through the kitchen.

The house features new sofas, art work, persian carpets in the living room, and antique furniture (including TV cabinet previously owned by the legendary Brazilian crooner/singer Roberto Carlos). There is an ultra comfortable hammock in the living room which is perfect for an afternoon nap. Ceiling fans in all rooms. The twin beds in two bedrooms can be combined to be king sized beds and there is a full sized bed in the third bedroom. All beds have a 3 inch topper for added comfort. kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, microwave. washer, dryer and filtered water dispenser. The kitchen comes equipped with refrigerator, cook top/oven, washer and dryer, microwave, mixer, toaster, coffee maker, expresso machine, blender, sandwich press, dicer among other devices and utensils.

There is a 24 hour 7 day a week doorman for the building with video surveillance in all common areas.

There are two 15MB internet routers in the allowing excellent access throughout the apartment and uninterrupted internet access to in case of outages. The apartment also includes an inkjet printer and a computer monitor in case you need to work or print out an important document.

The apartment is on border between the Leme and Copacabana neighborhoods. This area is great. This area is very safe and much more peaceful than the rest of Copacabana. There are some outstanding restaurants in the area and some night life as well. You can rent bikes across the street, rent a paddle board at the other end of the beach, or go for an ocean swim.

From Galeao International Airport, it is a 40 minute to 1 hour cab ride or about 65 to 100 reais depending upon route, traffic, time of day and year (After 9PM, all day Sunday, Holidays and the month of December taxis are 20% higher. You can tell this if they place the meter on flag "2").

From the Santos Dumont Aiport (domestic) it is 30 reais taxi ride (15 minutes).

From the bus station it is about a 50 reais cab ride.

From either of the airports or bus station, you have the option of taking a luxury bus (frescao in portuguese). The cost is about 15 reais. You need to take the bus which goes to Copacabana. You would get off at the Windsor Atlantica Hotel on the corner of Avenida Atlantica and Princesa Isabel. Note on Sundays and holidays this bus stops on Barata Ribeiro which is a 10 minute walk to the apartment.

More Details

John Sunao Ii
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About John Sunao Ii

I live between Rio de Janeiro and the San Francisco bay area in California. I am a public radio DJ with a Brazilian music radio program for the last 30 years. I am also a story teller and have a knack for making people laugh.

I love the outdoors and especially cycling up to the Christ statue or in the hills above Silicon Valley. I am very familiar with the musical scene of Rio and can be your guide or give you the information you need.

I am a native English speaker and speak fluent Portuguese and passable Japanese. I also can make myself understood in Spanish.

My philosophy as a host: My parents were very successful small business owners with a carnation farm and later a flower shop. They had their business listed in the best of Silicon Valley and even had local TV coverage. Out of hundreds of similar businesses, they were able to differentiate themselves on how they treated and interacted with their customers. They worked hard to give that little extra that made people want to come back. My goal as a host is to treat as you my parents would have. Let me show my definition of hospitality.

John Sunao Ii purchased this apartment in 2003

Why John Sunao Ii chose Leme

Location Location Location. We chose it because it was a building on a corner with an entrance onto a small square. It is in a very safe area where you do not need to look over your shoulder (my guests frequently mention this in their reviews). It is easy to to get to any part of Rio de Janeiro. Convenient to the metro, public buses, and taxis. Beach in front of you, downtown 15 minutes by taxi, Ipanema is around 5 minutes by taxi. And then, there is the VIEW!

What makes this apartment unique

So many memorable events just outside our window. When Pope Francis came to Rio de Janeiro, he made his public appearance right in front of our apartment. We were literally the closest people to him. When they ran the half marathon, we could see the finish line and runners sprinting towards it. We have seen movies, music videos, new broadcasts where you can see our apartment and building. We are that centrally located.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Leme in Rio de Janeiro

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 7
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No guests other than the registered guests provided at time check in are allowed in the apartment.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Spacious!
    Shared Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Third bedroom with a lateral view of Ocean - 1 Double Bed , Comes with 7cm topper.
    Master Bedroom with Ocean View - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Twins can be combined into a king bed with a 7cm topper.
    Second Bedroom with Ocean View - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Twins can be combined in a king with a 7cm topper.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Pick at airport can be arranged for smaller parties. Also, guide services are available.


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Panoramic Ocean View Apartment. Spacious & Centrally Located. Inaugural Pricing!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Perfect place in Leme/Copacabana

  • 5 of 5

Apartment exceeded my expectation. Beautiful views, nicely furnished, and wonderful location. John was an awesome host informative, friendly and accessible. He helped arrange transportation.

We arrived later then anticipated due to multiple flight delay. John met us at the apartment and helped us settle.

The apartment was wonderful and made our trip to Rio a great vacation for our family of 7.

We cannot thank job enough.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Las Vegas

Copacabana beach front condo

  • 5 of 5

“John’s apartment has a fantastic view of the entire Copacabana beach and it is an easy walk across the street. It is actually on the border of the neighborhood Leme, which is quieter and calmer stretch of the Copacabana beach. There were excellent restaurants nearby and really convenient to the market, and other local businesses. Major attractions were all a short distance away. John has an excellent guide with a lot of good tips and hints on where to eat and go. His friendly and knowledgeable assistant Charlotte met us at the apartment and gave us a quick tour of the apartment and the local area. Both of them were excellent hosts and always available when we had questions. We got there late in the evening and they had thoughtfully left fruits and cold cuts for a morning breakfast. The apartment was nice, clean, and very neatly decorated. It was exactly like the photos. We cannot say enough about the apartment and highly recommend it!”

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Much Dan! Really glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Los Angeles, CA. USA

Rio Trip

  • 5 of 5

What an awesome experience. My expectations were exceeded and John, the host, set a high benchmark. All I wanted to experience in Rio was right outside John's doorstep. Morning walks on white sand beaches made all the difference for me. The beachside was scattered with restaurants, kiosks, and the rhythms of Rio. John created an amazing guide which covered his favorite local restaurants and activities that only a local would know. I look forward to coming back. If you ever wanted to experience Rio, John's place is clean, has updated amenities, and was our home away from home. Stan

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Castro Valley, Ca Usa

Rio/Leme Vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation experience!!! This apartment was awesome! Speculator ocean views from several rooms. The apartment was clean and spacious perfect for our family. Very safe location directly across from Copacabana beach. Very centrally located. Excellent restaurants choices steps from the front door. Definitely worth the price!!!

Owner was very responsive, responding to emails and questions and was easy to communication with. He provided many site-seeing, travel, restaurant suggestions/recommendations and really help us to schedule and organize the trip as well as a provided a owners guide book in the apartment that we could refer to.

First time using vbro.. Have always used hotels but after this experience I will look to vbro.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment in the best location with amazing views of Copacavana

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this beautiful apartment with my family and were extremely happy with the location, the amazing views over Copacabana beach and the distribution of the apartment. The place was very clean and comfortable. We were greeted by someone who showed us around and also organized some sightseeing excursions for us. The owner was great, very responsive and left us all kind of welcoming goods at the apartment. This is a perfect place to visit Rio, walking distance to the beach and most other places. The building was secure, with a security guard 24/7. I would highly recommend this apartment and can't wait to come back!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palo Alto, CA, USA

My stay at John's beach front property in Rio.

  • 5 of 5

This apartment has been my go to place every time I visit there with my daughter and husband. It's spacious and you cannot beat the location of being right in front of the beach, and cost a say less than a hotel ! The owner/hosts are great people. Enjoy your stay!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank Aki! Look forward to your next trip!
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Nearest Airport
8 Kilometres
Santos Dumont
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Praca XV
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
31 Kilometres
Linha Vermelha
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: not necessary

Rio de Janeiro is an amazing city with incredible nature beauty, a place to enjoy the outdoors and sporting life and at night enjoy great dancing. music and dining.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35.72
Refundable Damage Deposit £285.72

No guests other than the register guests at time of reservation are allowed in the apartment. Names of guests must be provided and will be kept with the doorman. No smoking, drugs, or pets are allowed. We ask that you respect the neighbors by not making loud noises or play load music between 10PM and 9AM in the morning. Also avoid making loud noises in common areas of the apartment building. If you go to the beach, please use the side entrance and shake out your towel and completely clean legs and feet of sand.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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