Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s most picturesque cities. It’s where tropical forests, exuberant mountains and legendary beaches come together in perfect union, seducing travellers from all over the world. A few blocks from the beach, in the stylish Leblon area, the Fatima Macintyre House will make you feel the “carioca” spirit even before you order your first caipirinha. Owned by Fatima, an architect by trade, whose insight into Rio de Janeiro’s culture is evident, the Guesthouse is much more than a hostel or a B&B; it is a gateway to understanding the Brazilian way of life.
The Macintyre House can be found on a quiet and safe residential street in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive districts. The neighbourhood is bursting with high priced hotels, however none of them are a match for this budget friendly, one of a kind gem. Fatima’s years of experience as a host is reflected in her broad knowledge of the best restaurants, bars, exhibitions and tourist attractions in the city, most of which are within walking distance.
Three double rooms are available. Although the bathroom is shared with other guests, the house is so tastefully decorated and neatly kept that it only adds to its original charm. Breakfast is included so you can start your mornings with fresh orange juice, Brazilian coffee and a selection of seasonal fruits and cold cut meats.
Wireless service is free and available through out the house. If you are adventurous enough to drive there is parking available on the street. The guesthouse is equipped with laundry facilities, access to a complete kitchen, television and DVD player, as well as air conditioning for those all too common hot nights. However, if you are not an animal lover, do keep in mind that Fatima’s cat and Yorkshire terrier are permanent guests of the house.
The starting price for a double room is £55 per night, paid in cash upon arrival. Fatima is pleased to arrange transfers from both Santos Dumont and Galeão International Airport with trustworthy drivers, at friendly prices.
The Macintyre House will make you feel like a true local as you walk through its ironclad gates and onto the streets of Rio. Fatima’s attention to detail and welcoming nature make this Guesthouse a luxury accommodation in Brazil’s most famous city.
Where to find Fatima’s House:
Rua General Venâncio Flores, 555 – Leblon
Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22441-090