*This apartment had some great things going for it yet also a number of items that really detracted from our pleasure...
*Prior to our arrival, Maria - the manager or owner - was immediate and helpful in her response to my queries. We met her at the apartment and she was very helpful with her suggestions of things to do, etc. It makes a difference to be able to meet the person we're renting from.
*The bedroom was large with a queen bed (that had wonderfully clean and comfortable sheets) and a couch. There were windows looking out on to the street 4 floors below and high ceilings with beautiful ceiling medallions. The location was top notch with restaurants, fruit/vegie stores, artisanal gelato café, and a classy Italian clothing store nearby. Plus, the fantastic city view from the park Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcantara.
*The detractions were...
1) While we were in our apartment bedroom, lying on the hard mattress, we kept hearing someone using a key to get into an adjacent apartment. The key noise was so loud that many times we thought someone was coming into our apartment. Then, in fact, someone did come into our apartment totally unannounced. We think they came in to get cleaning supplies from a closet near our entry door. Nevertheless, this incident upset us and made us feel very uncomfortable.
2) If one expects to cook in this apartment it is a challenge - No counter space! The tiny refrigerator is about 6' up on a shelf (at times we need climb on a chair to use it!). The freezer part of the frig was all frosted up and of little use.
3) The TV didn't work and the shower head was broken. Maria already knew of these issues and should have fixed them prior to our arrival, She did offer to have a repairman come and fix these two items while we were residing there but no one ever came to do the repairs. Also, the bathroom towel hooks were broken.
*We feel that considering everything the rent was expensive.
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