We stayed in Vanessa's studio apartment for the last week of the Olympics. Vanessa is very prompt in communicating and her English is good. She was waiting for us at the apartment to show us around and explain the neighborhood. She was prompt in meeting us on the last day, and is a very sweet person concerned that all is well with her guests.
The location is great, near groceries, restaurants, small bars and of course, most important, Copacabana Beach! Walk to either corner of the short street and see the beach. It is also comfortable walking distance to 2 metro stations, which we used to get to the Olympic venues. The neighborhood felt safe, and the people there were friendly.
The apartment is a basic studio with very small bathroom with small shower (as pictured). The kitchen is small (more of a kitchenette), but all we needed was the fridge and microwave for our stay, and appreciated having that in the room. The apartment worked for a weeks stay for 2 people. We spent most of our days at Olympic events, but this would be a nice affordable place for 1 or 2 people to spend a week at the beach that are satisfied with a basic studio. Great location for a beach trip, with Copacabana one short block away.
Everything worked fine, including the fridge, microwave, air conditioner, tv and wifi. The wifi signal was great and the connection speed was good. The only negative, and it was not a problem for us, is that there was a musty smell after being out all day with the windows closed, but opening the windows or running the AC took care of that. It was very quiet for sleeping, as the window faces an interior courtyard, so no street noise.
We had a great time in Rio!