Great Apartment Rentals in International Cities That You Won’t Find on AirBnB – Overview
AirBnB can be great for finding a cool apartment with central logistics. However, there are times due to high prices and limited availability that a good-old fashion apartment rentals service will meet your accommodations needs.
The following is a list of apartment rentals that I have used by country:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
I have rented apartments from them many times going back to 2005 in Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. In 2005, a studio went for 45-50 dollars per night in Ipanema. How times have changed! Apartments range from dingy studios to luxury apartments. You can negotiate for a longer stay. They provide reliable airport pick-up, but the drivers speak basic English. Overall, very reliable.
The owner is an expat from New York. The office is located in Copacabana. He also owns a laundry service next to the rental office. I have exchanged money there for no fee. The owner speaks fluent Portuguese and is a good contact. I have also used some of their excursions to Buzios, for example. Overall, reliable.
I rented from them 2x. They provide airport pick up with an English-speaking driver. I stayed in a 2 bedroom close to Parque Lleras and a studio close to Oviedo mall. Both apartments were clean, excellent location, and what I expected based on the pictures on the Internet site. Apartments had a washer, but no dryer, which seems to be standard. You can negotiate for longer stays.
This agency has been mentioned before on the forum. I rented a few apartments during my stay in Wroclaw. Do not rent the one by Cafe La Musica. It is very loud. The best apartment I rented was in the Szewska building. You can negotiate for longer stays.
This website is used for everything from apartment rentals, to selling random items, but is one of the most well known websites in Poland for long-term and short-term rentals. Listings may be in Polish, but just pop it in to Google Translate and it will spit out everything in mostly perfect English. Generally a very trustworthy website, just be careful for the usual apartment and rental scams that may occur.
The location is perfect, close to Lipscani and across the street from a mall; 5-minute walk to all the nightlife. Make sure the apartment has AC in the summer.
They have many apartments close to Independence Square. Transfer to the airport is reliable. The office staff speaks English.