Airbnb was a bit of an accommodation messiah during the recent Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, when an estimated 40,000 listings lured 85,000 guests to help pick up the slack from the city’s dearth of decent hotel rooms. This resulted in some $30 million into the pockets of everyday Cariocas – and zero significant property damages or incidents reported at the time of writing.
In an Olympics first, the Olympic Games’ official alternative accommodations partnership with the San Francisco-based company helped boost its profile in Rio and the upcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which run from 7 September to 18 September, is sure to follow suit.
Are you heading down to the Cidade Maravilhosa anytime soon? Here five Airbnb pads to bed down in the tropical South American metropolis.
A four-bedroom house in paradise for under $200 a night? This Mediterranean style crashpad in hip Humaitá is a dream home indeed, completely flipped in in 2014 and now features a gourmet kitchen (local fruit trees and garden herbs like basil, rosemary and mint are at your disposal), two outdoor terraces and a nearly unprecedented level of style and quality for Rio.
This design-forward, shabby-chic home inside a gated community backs up into an atmospheric stone wall and rainforest and is walking distance from Rio’s postcard-perfect urban lagoon, Lagoa.
Owned by young artists, this hip contemporary haunt sits in the middle of an environmentally-protected forest near Rio’s stunning urban lagoon, Lagoa, and blends into the natural habitat of centuries-old trees, monkeys, toucans and butterflies.
Hammock-strewn outdoor patios and pool seal the deal here, but the stylish granite flooring and large, sunlight-hogging windows means the inside stays cool and pleasant as well. In or out, paradise found, and for less than $40 per night.
This design-forward Santa Teresa abode frames spectacular views of Christo and Rio’s rainforest-covered mountains from a wonderful and wide outdoor terrace, where days can be lost in their entirety to the hammock.
The modern space maintains a few rustic accents, which marry seamlessly with the hipster-retro red refrigerator and other mod cons. At under $100 per night and sleeping four, it feels like stealing.
This stylish two-floor duplex sleeping four in Copacabana both modern and minimalist and is awash in typical Carioca trend, offset by artistic touches like the black, white and red-checkered bathroom and red living room tiling.
With a location within a five-minute walk from the beach and next to Siqueira Campos metro station, you are well-positioned for navigating a chic beach getaway in the heart of Rio’s Zona Sul.
This cool and contemporary Santa Teresa home sits among leafy surrounds tucked away in the forest, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city nearby.
Tropical birds and scurrying marmosets provide a soundtrack and constant entertainment; and the hip space, which sleeps four, epitomises Rio de Janeiro’s city-in-a-rainforest feel. Designed by Carioca architect Monica Vertis, the iron, wood and glass getaway boast Christo views from the kitchen and patio, along with an outdoor shower and tree swing.