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I have promised the lovely owner, Iaci that I would do a blog on her establishment.
Not only did she give us a very good price,
she also upgraded us to a fantastic and spacious room.
She speaks English, had promptly answered our emails, and helped us with directions.
Our room was spacious, and restored gracefully.
The hand-made bricks are stamped with "Rio de Janeiro".
Inside it oozes charm.
The wood work is painted.
The bathrooms remain with many original features.
But modern lovely hot showers are also there, and plumbing is modern.
The old world charm remains.
We enjoy a completely quiet and restful sleep.
The rooms are lovely and quiet - and clean.
The morning comes and I leave the quietness of the room and wander the property.
I watch the sun rise from the veranda on our level.
On one side is the bay of Rio.
This is a million dollar view.
To the other side, the modern city skyscrapers are in view.
How tall are these old palm trees?
They have a couple of friendly dogs
- but these are in a separate area - unless you want to befriend them.
I enjoy a peaceful and serene walk around the gardens.
I enjoy the detail of the pathways, and feel like I am in Greece or France.
I really enjoy the mix of old and new.
There is a lovely seated area near the pool under cover.
Here would be a great place to have breakfast served or an evening glass of your favourite drink.
Our price included a simple and nice breakfast with lovely coffee.
We met and chatted to the resident French artist who lives there.
Her works are hung around the property.
I think our biggest surprise was our final minutes where we were invited to see the view from the roof.
As we climbed the spiral stairs, we were in awe.
We were late on our return, but the staff (who spoke no English) were gracious.
This area is a very safe section of streets to walk.
We enjoyed a fabulous dinner the night before and walked back quite safely.
We are told she knows of no crime in this area with walkers.
I think the biggest surprise was arriving and it is such an unassuming building.
There is no sign to say it is a Guest House, or Posada.
So please don't have a heart attack and think you have come to the wrong place.
I think they have done this so the locals do not know of the beauty within the walls.
If you come to Rio, I highly recommend Baron Garden as an affordable stay.
The guest house is situated in a special neighborhood in Rio,
the Outeiro da Glória, at Rua Barão de Guaratiba 195,
and is near to Reedemer by mini-van.
(21) 2245 9929