The apartment was simple but exactly as advertised. Furnishing was basic. However the best things about the apartment was a) its location - a residential neighborhood without a lot of tourist traffic and therefore reasonably quite and safe, yet close enough to all the tourist attractions so that taxi costs are not high and very close to the metro. Also in the Flamengo neighborhood, there is tons of shopping to be done and places to eat. b) the hospitality received from the owner was exceptional. He went out of his way to make sure we would be comfortable and took us out with his own friend to get to know the brazilian way of life. Whether it was related to the apartment or not, the owner was always available to help us with anything related to Rio. He really wanted to ensure that we had a good stay, not only in his apartment, but in the city of Rio. He was the perfect Brazilian ambassador.