Not only was this a charming room, but also a charming house... in a charming area... with a charming host!
I recently stayed there during the world cup and it was only after a tireless, and ultimately futile, search for last minute availability at the numerous Hotels in Rio, I was introduced to AirBnB and decided to give it a go.
Catherine is a very welcoming and elegant lady, who combined her approach with a perfect balance of respect for personal privacy, and hospitality which made you feel as though you were in you're own home.
Her house is very spacious and is decorated in good taste. The room is very comfortable and homely. I immediately felt relaxed the moment I arrived. I put this down to two things, Catherine’s refined and friendly personality, with no over-the-top exaggerated first greetings or awkwardness, and the fact that her house has a very spacious and relaxed feel to it, with plenty of windows from one end if the house to the other allowing natural light and a nice breeze to flow through the house during the warmer parts of the day.
She also has a lovely dog called Tuca! (I hope I spelled her name correctly!) She is well trained and will gladly accept affection if offered haha, but also has a good sense of when to leave you alone.
Overall, this was a very positive experience for my first AirBnB booking. I am a 30yo male and I was travelling solo while staying with Catherine. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a relaxed oasis in the lovely area of Impanema.