By Leo Byrne, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Finding accommodation in Rio de Janeiro as the New Year and Carnival approach can be a frustrating exercise. Most hotels and hostels are booked months in advance and the lack of availability often translates into soaring prices that can dampen the holiday spirits.

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Beach-side apartments in Copacabana will offer some of the best views of the New Year’s celebrations, photo by

Yet there is another option in the Cidade Maravilhosa, temporary apartment rentals by the night, week or even month. Copacabana-based and expatriate owned real estate agency has been offering an economical and practical alternative since 2005 in the form of holiday apartment rentals.

“Usually, apartments are considerably less expensive than hotels rooms. I’d say that renting is usually half the price of a decent hotel room. Not to mention that hotels don’t have an open guest policy, which most of our apartments offer,” said Rafael Nicolay, the manager at

With over 250 apartments available all through the city, most visitors are sure to find something that caters to their tastes and budgets. As the New Year and Carnival draw closer however, many tourists head for the famous Copacabana neighborhood. “If the guest is in town for the New Year’s Eve, I’d recommend it because of the fireworks. It’s just an amazing thing to see,” Mr. Nicolay continued.

Even within the renowned district, a variety of properties to suit differing budgets are available, from luxury penthouses offering a front row seat to the festivities, to smaller one-bedrooms and studios. also offers numerous apartments near the beachfront Balcony Bar & Restaurant, which is also owned by the American expatriate, David Eger, and stays open 24-hours-per-day.

Short term apartment rentals offer all the comforts of home, photo by

“[Most clients] are looking for something on the beach or very close to it, which saves you a lot of money, since sometimes being just half a block from the beach would mean a big reduction on the price,” Mr. Nicolay added.

Irrespective of the type of apartment chosen,’s service differentiates itself from the competition by extending beyond that of other letting agencies. Guests can expect a representative of the agency to meet them at the airport and a tour of the neighborhood in which they are staying.

The staff are also on hand to help throughout the holiday with bookings and providing information on all of Rio’s most popular tourist destinations.

“We offer a very close and careful relationship with our guests. We are not the kind of company that forgets about the tenants once they have checked in. Our check-in guys are always extremely helpful and will help our tenants with any questions or doubts they might have,” Mr. Nicolay told The Rio Times.

Making a reservation with the agency is easy. The nine member staff speaks a variety of languages and will respond to requests and inquiries within 24 hours. Reservations can be made by phone or e-mail anywhere between four months to two weeks in advance.

Though when it comes to the holiday season those booking early will find they have more options. The combination of great service and apartments that are thoroughly vetted means that those finding accommodation through can focus on making their trip an unforgettable one.

The Rio office address is:
Rio Apartment Rental
Rua Belfort Roxo #307/1202
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil CEP: 22020-010

Phone in Brazil: +55 (21) 3042-8938
Phone in U.S.: +1 (518) 693-7494

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