ESPN+ almost all Cable channels, DSL, cable internet as backup. 3G as third backup for real emergencies to be arranged.
(inquire for details on ESPN and internet, see below)
***WORLD CUP, Carnival, New Year's pricing further down, at the end *****
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.
SPECIAL PRICING NEW YEARS, CARNIVAL, WORLD CUP
I have the following 3 rooms in my apartment where I live
Suite 2: small but fine
Suite 1: big, King size & Jacuzzi
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
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.
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,
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
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|
|Extra people:||$30 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$470 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1699 /month|
|City:||Rio de Janeiro|
On this visit in stayed in Mario's smaller room. I found this still very good - the access to the balcony where there are nice hammocks set up and places to read and work is just great. The bathroom was small but quite usable. As usual, Mario went out of his way to make sure everything was provided that I needed. He is always availble by phone (free call) so even if he is away for a few days, he gives top priority to his guests and can solve most problems very easily. Really wish I could come to Brazil during the World Cup or Olympics - this would be a great place to stay.
It was the eight time in 4 years I stayed in Mario's apartment and I know why. Forget the new craze to live in a favela for a few days: you don't have that much comfort and you will have to walk upon a lot of stairs !!!! Here you're only one small block away from the beach, also nearby restaurants, buses & banks and you can easily make contact with Mario's other guests. This apartment provides everything you need: an excellent bed, a small refrigerator, Wi-Fi, a safe, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, a washing machine, roomservice twice a week and last but not least a nice, quiet, green terrace outside (on topfloor). Mario is also a great guide who gives you always the latest tips. THANK YOU, Mario!!!
Just finished a wonderful stay in Rio at Mario's apartment. His apartment has extraordinary location in Capacabana with only 1 block away to the beach. The bus station is just across the street which leads to almost everywhere in Rio.
Mario is also very welcoming and willing to provide help. He took me to taste the local personalized food Acai de Mario. When I had problem, like change the plan and need suggestion, I just placed call to him and he is always helpful. The room has a private bathroom and good privacy is provided as long as door closed.
A good choice for vacation. Thanks Mario.
I stayed 5 nights in this penthouse apartment located a mere small block from Copacobana Beach and a block from supermarkets, restaurants and bus stops. The subway was a few blocks away. The room was quiet even though there were two other apartments in the same space with a sliding door affording more privacy. The facility had all the necessities, a private bathroom (including a separate shower, Jacuzzi and large medicine cabinet and sink), a small kitchen with a microwave, regular refrigerator in the kitchen and a small refrigerator in the room. In the room refrigerator there was a carafe of cold water and glass thoughtfully left for the tenant. There was excellent security of the apartment building with a 24 hour doorman and keyed entrance to the apartment block and the apartment itself. A safe was in the ample closest. The desk for writing or computer was quite small but there was enough plugs for the techie. There was a penthouse entrance to the room with a nice dining table outside. Free wifi was available with the password provided by the host or the maid whose English was good enough to answer questions about the apartment and its surroundings. Ipanema Beach is an easy mile walk and for the music lovers very close by the apartment is Bip Bip where with just 4 Reals you can grab cold beer, a seat and on the sidewalk listen to Brazilian music played by musicians who come and go with different instruments, a real jam session almost at your doorstep. The crowd old and young sings along to their oldies and for this traveler that alone would lure me back to this apartment in Rio, city of glorious views unparalleled in all the world..
I spent a total of 10 weeks living with Mario in the smaller suite. Everything was fine and clean. The empregada came twice a week, changed towels and linen and cleaned the space thoroughly. Great and reliable WiFi significantly above Brazilian standard!
I loved the location, one block of Copacabana beach, near restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets and everything you need for your daily life. Plenty of buses in front of the house and the metro station Cantagalo in walking distance. I would strongly recommend staying with him anytime.
Although Mario was actually away in Germany a couple of weeks during my long-term stay, I must point out that everything worked really well. Mario was readily available and reachable for every question or for little problems day and night and always responded within hours, often with the problem already solved. It was almost as if he was just round the corner. Mario was an excellent host, very attentive and with great answers to every question.
Thanks for all, Mario! Your location will be first choice for my next stay in Rio.
Just as all the six times before, it was a pleasure to see Mario again. He's a helpful friend and an excellent Rio-guide. During the 4 days I was there, I did a bicycle tour of the Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas with Mario. One night he also took me out to the fantastic botequim São Nunca in Barra were I've never been before. Mario's apartment is ideal located and he's a perfect host. THANK YOU !!!
My 6th time at Mario's place in about 2 years. Fantastic location. I wouldn't even think to go elsewhere!! This time, I've stayed only 3 days and I had bad weather, but Mario introduced me to some local samba-venues I couldn't find anywhere else. Thanks to him, I've also visited the new Museu de Arte of Rio, opened only 1 month ago and not yet in any touristguide. THANKS Mario!!!
My stay with Mario was excellent and I would recommend staying here. His penthouse is located one block away from the top part of Copacabana beach with restaurants and shopping all around.
Mario is a caring host, who makes a big effort to make sure you have everything you need. You need only ask and he will try his best to accommodate you. Be it information, a temporary cellphone, a hairdryer, etc. . . His internet is reliable which was very important to me. Each room has a small fridge and there is also a large one in the kitchen if you should want to cook. However I really recommend not bothering but rather selecting the good place called Apetito kitty-corner across the street which has a big, quality cold salads, hot cooked dishes and a desert buffet along with a grilled meats section. You help yourself and then the food is weighed and you get to eat exactly what you feel like eating. This was perfect for me and also as a place to invite new friends to. If you have heavy bags ask downstairs for some help to carry them up the steps from the 12th floor where the elevator stops to the penthouse floor. You really don't need much when visiting Rio - bathing suits and casual clothes will do. Bring you own sunscreen because that is expensive here and choices limited. But you can buy most anything you need. I stayed in the small penthouse 2 and I was comfortable. Next time I will stay in the bigger penthouse 1 - and I will be writing a new review after that.
Sehr netter Vermieter ! Stand jederzeit mit Rat und Tat zur Seite. Habe mich rundum wohl gefühlt! Sobald ich wieder in Rio bin, werde ich wieder versuchen ein Zimmer hier zu bekommen. Danke !
Mario is a good host. He personally made my stay better talking to me all the time I was in the apartment (we exchanged a lot of views about many topics). His place is well positioned close to Copacabana beach and not far from Ipanema, it is clean and secure (the room has its own lock and key, as well as an electronic safe).
Unfortunately, a problem made me come back to my city three days after arriving at Rio, but I would recommend staying with Mario while in Rio without hesitation.