Cable+DSL+ESPN!Penthouse1US-German

Apartment - Private room · Av. Ns. de Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22060-002, Brazil
Mario
Your host, Mario
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ESPN+ almost all Cable channels, DSL, cable internet as backup. 3G as third backup for real emergencies to be arranged.

***WORLD CUP, Carnival, New Year's pricing further down, at the end *****

(inquire for details on ESPN and internet, see below)

I have ESPN International with European soccer, US baseball and US football, so far not in the room but in the common room. Most other cable channels.

Possible to use cable in suite 1 or 2, to be arranged.

Note that in Rio half an hour or an hour per day of internet failure is quite normal, so a second provider would be useful for people depending on safe internet. Discuss your needs if you need fail safe internet.

I live here & work on the internet, I make sure it works.
Sound proof door at suite 2. Suite 1 is very well isolated against sound by 2 doors, and has only me as neighbor. No neighbor on the other side there is only building 10 stories below.

Safety is of utmost concern, the apartment keys can not be copied but carry a 400 dollar lock replacement charge in case of loss. Visitor policy flexible, subject to discussion and approval. Visitor ID required.

I speak fluent, perfect, native quality German, English, and Brazilian Portuguese. I lived for decades in all 3 countries, Germany, US, and Brazil. I am usually around to help out, give guidance and advice about safety, tourism, leisure, entertainment & nightlife. I occasionally might be busy or traveling, but even then I can usually help out via (website hidden). Discuss details if my presence is essential for you.

US phone line w/unlimited calls, incoming US phone number. Excellent mattresses, over dimensioned air con (12 000 BTU per room).

Large suite has king size bed and Jacuzzi (total private area xx m2), other suite has double bed, small but cute, designed by French architect.

Penthouse has large 45 m2 (500 sq feet) Veranda. Elevator goes to 12th floor, need to walk one flight of stairs to penthouse floor.

Smoking allowed on Veranda, please don't smoke inside apartment.

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SPECIAL PRICING NEW YEARS, CARNIVAL, WORLD CUP
(11.11.13)

I have the following 3 rooms in my apartment where I live

Suite 2: small but fine
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/178951

Suite 1: big, King size & Jacuzzi
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/178833

ROOM 3, small, simpler, a bit less privacy, no own private bath but shared bath, no own TV, no own fridge. Less then perfect housing, cheaper. Usually my own room, rented mainly for holidays
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/449391

PHOTO STUDIO, HALF A BLOCK AWAY IN ANOTHER BUILDING. used for professional photo work most of the year. Rented only on holidays. Your own spacious entire private apartment.

Restrictions: Sleep on mattresses on floor, no visitor privileges, no internet (may discuss occasional visits to my main apartment or a 3g internet chip).

Cheaper, sometimes shorter minimum rental periods.

It is preferred if you would agree, during longer rentals, the studio owner to occasionally use the studio for photo shoots. We would arrange this well in advance, in exchange we might discuss a bit better discount or a free photo shoot for you.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/810926

CLAUDIO'S LEBLON 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT, 2 miles away.
An entire apartment by my MD friend Claudio. He rents exclusively during New Year's, canival, world cup, olympics. The rest of the time he lives there. Excellent prestigious location, 1 block from the major's home, half a block from beach,
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/314975

WORLD CUP (AND MAYBE OLYMPICS?)

Suite 2 around US$ 250 per day, 10-14 day minimum
Suite 1 around US$ 280 per day, 10-14 day minimum

Photo studio and room 3 to be arranged, shorter periods possible, around US$ 180 to 220 per day .....

Photo Studio $1800 for 10 days on world cup.

NEW YEAR'S // CARNIVAL PRICING
1 Person 10 day package

Suite 1: US$ 1599 (1 person) US$ 1999 (2 people) https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/178951
Suite 2: US$ 1399 (1 person) US$ 1799.- (2 people)

Room 3: I might rent for 5 days and up, to be discussed. Note that room 3 is not up to the standards of suite 1 and suite 2

Photo Studio: US$ 1200 for 7 days for New Years and Carnival. Read the restrictions (mattress on floor, basically no internet, no visitors
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/810926

Claudio: US$ 450 per day for World Cup, US$ 300 for carnival and New Years https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/314975

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $30 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $570 /week
Monthly Price: $1820 /month
Security Deposit: $400
Cleaning Fee: $80
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  • For my first time using airbnb, Mario was a great ambassador of the spirit of the service. The pictures and descriptions of the listing was accurate. He was an above exceptional host that had great insight about the city and life in general. If you are lucky to have a vacant spot to book his place, there really is not much to compare.

    June 2014
  • Alles hat prima geklappt! Es waren noch zwei weitere Gäste in der Wohnung, doch wir hatten das größere Zimmer und auch ein eigenes Bad. Lage super! Die Dachterasse haben wir gerne genutzt.
    Der Kontakt mit Mario lief spitzenmäßig. Leider war er zu unserer Reisezeit nicht anwesend.

    January 2014
  • Mario has a great apartment and was one of the most helpful hosts I have had.

    Would highly recommend renting from Mario.

    January 2014
  • I returned to Mario's place after some business elsewhere in Brazil and stayed in the larger of the rooms he has. Immediately I felt at home and Mario has worked to upgrade the room and surroundings, with nice hammocks on the balcony and an improved hot water system. Being right in the middle of Copacabana with everything nearby is really excellent. Mario as usual makes sure all his guests are happy and can give you an information you want. You can be as private as you like or be a part of the houselhold if that is your preference. Again strongly recommended for all upcoming big events!

    December 2013
  • Mario's Penthouse 1 apartment is the best place ever when you're planning to stay in Rio. It doesn't matter how long you stay, it even doesn't matter whether Mario is present or not. You will be in heaven anyway because everything is always arranged into the smallest details to make your stay comfortable. In Mario's apartment you really have the feeling to be at home. I've been staying here more then 7 times and I see that other guests (Thomas, William) also regularly come back. Everybody knows why. For more details, please read my previous reviews. 100% OK and reliable. Until the next time, Mario!!!

    December 2013
  • Mario's apartment is really marvellous! In addition to the basic facilities (bed, bathroom, safe, internet, roomservice, kitchen, terrace + everything nearby) you'll find here a big kingsize bed, dimming lights for a cozy atmosphere, very fast Wifi, a jacuzzi and cable-tv with a lot of channels. At my arrival I've even been able to follow the final of the Brazilian Football Cup. Mario brought me also in contact with Fabiano, a great favela-guide. THANK YOU, Mario!!!

    November 2013
  • Mario’s place is in a great location in Copacabana with good access via bus and subway anywhere you might want to go. The apartment is well equipped – in the rom there is a small refrigerator and the kitchen is properly stocked with all appliances you need. A cleaner comes twice per week to clean the room. Good WiFi which allows you to work remotely which is a great advantage. Marion (as I have said before!) is an excellent host and even if he is away for a few days, he is still accessible and responds quickly to any problems. Everything works just as well.

    November 2013
  • Overall a very nice stay. The bed is large and comfortable and the bathroom is spacious with constant hot water. The room is private and quiet except for a little street noise from the buses that frequent Rio. The beach is only two blocks away and Mario's place is convenient and secure. They also have a great regular cleaning service which was appreciated. I would stay there again.

    October 2013
  • As you can see I am a regular visitor at Mario’s apartment and have always had a very good time. On
    this most recent trip Mario was actually away the whole week of my stay. I want to report that, nevertheless everything worked really well. In spite of him being overseas, it was almost as if he was there on the spot! Mario was readily available and reachable on sms, (website hidden), whatsapp. He even was available for emergency calls on his Brazilian phone while on another continent.

    Mario was very attentive – let me know well in advance that he would not be there and called regularly to check that things were OK. He went the “extra mile” and called from Germany to Brazil to facilitate a visit that I was making elsewhere in the country.

    All arrangements for cleaning and garbage were made and everything (e.g. WiFi) worked as it should. Even without Mario being physically there, I can say that he was an excellent host and I would strongly recommend him to other visitors.

    August 2013
  • I really enjoyed my stay at Mario's place. The location is excellent, a block away from the beach in Copacabana and in an area full of restaurants and shops. The Cantagalo Metro station is also not so far away so getting to other parts of Rio is easy

    The suite is comfortable and a good size, with nice breezes off the terrace (no view, however) and a comfortable bed. I liked the attached bathroom and the room had plenty of storage space allowing me to settle in for my week's stay. The wifi, air conditioning, and satellite television all worked well, but I did not take advantage of the terrace or kitchen much.

    Mario was quite helpful when we communicated as I was planning my trip, and although he was traveling when I visited he made arrangements that made it simple to get into the apartment. He also put me in contact with the friendly and helpful guest in the other room, making my visit seem more like a welcoming homestay than just a room rental.

    June 2013
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Deutsch, English, Português
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UCLA, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, University of Oregon, TU München
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I am German, lived for decades in the US, in Germany and in Brazil. Very familiar with all three cultures and speak the three languages like a native. Master's degrees in Computer Science and Psychology from top Universities and member of Mensa. Living with Brazilian girl friend in my Copacabana Apartment.
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