Pension Amalur wasn't fantastic but it did the trick. The beds and rooms were quite comfortable and the owner, Miguel, was a hoot. The location was the best part. Unfortunately, there was no breakfast.
Books does a great job of suggesting activities in the neighborhood and throughout the city. Each night they have several suggestions for where to go out and each day the owner, Felipe, helped me to find day trips. I had a great time at Books and Lapa was an awesome place to go out dancing and just enjoy the local music.
I really enjoyed chatting with the staff in Portuguese. They're a nice bunch & very welcoming. The facilities are clean and the location is perfect for going to the beach or just walking to shops and restaurants.