Hello Suzanne, thanks for your stay. I don´t see how it can be dark you have 2 BIG windows to the street, maybe you did not open the Living-room windows (There is pictures on the description to teach how to use the windows on the living room)... Yes some times you can hear people talking AS SHOWN ON THE LISTING DESCRIPTION: "Lapa is one of the few historical neighborhoods that still holds all its genuineness and you will fell it, literally people socialize on the street, sometimes you can hear them talk to there neighbors, laughing, telling jokes... its a vibrant and genuine side of the city!" If you need a complete silence place you should not book a city apartment on a historic neighborhood. Just need to clear that out for everyone. Thanks again!