About this listing
Nice tasteful small room, designed by French architect. Own bath, huge shared veranda. Sound proof door gives privacy. Paranoid safety with uncopiable house keys, excellent (for Brazil) internet with two internet providers. If you want a bigger room, pick my Penthouse 1.
Penthouse has large 45 m2 (500 sq feet) Veranda. Elevator goes to 12th floor, you need to walk one flight of stairs to penthouse floor.
Smoking allowed on Veranda. Please don't smoke inside apartment.
** Carnival, New Year's, Olympics pricing further down, at the end ****
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. In other words, suite 1 and suite 2 are quite well isolated against noise.
Safety is of utmost concern. The apartment keys can not be copied (unlike all the competitor's apartments) but carry a 400 dollar lock replacement charge in case of loss.
If you want visitors, please discuss in advance before booking. 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).
ESPN+ Cable, cable internet plus backup internet. 3G as third backup for real emergencies to be arranged.
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.
Large suite 1 has king size bed and Jacuzzi (total private area xx m2), other suite 2 has double bed, small but cute, designed by French architect.
SPECIAL PRICING NEW YEARS, CARNIVAL, WORLD CUP, Olympics
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,
NEW YEAR'S // CARNIVAL PRICING
10 day package; discount can be discussed
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$ 999 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
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.
Room cleaning 1 to 2 times a week, usually twice a week. Please tell, upon arrival, if you authorize us to enter to have the room cleaned in your absence, or if you don't. Please inquire about when we clean and contact cleaner to tell when cleaning is convenient for you.
You have your room, private bath in suite 1, suite 2, small fridge. excellent DSL internet, plus another backup Internet provider. Cable TV in the public entrance room, needs discussion if you want it in your room. Kitchen use ok, just let me know me if you want to do major cooking etc. Washing machine use ok, ask for instructions. Drying in machine or hang. 4G sim card backup or mobile internet maybe possible, needs do be discussed, has extra charges.
Interaction with Guests
I can advise, via phone or internet regarding your trip planning, Rio, etc.
If you need help and advice, while still at home, or during the trip, please let me know. Can help you find good eateries, or even join you for an Açai or juice etc. Often people make friends with other guests in my apartment.
Of course, you can have total privacy if desired.
When I am absent tavelling, I am reachable via phone, (website hidden), (website hidden), sms. I am pretty much available, even when I am absent, travelling.
Beach is one block away. Everything is nearby. Supermarket is downstairs next door, several more supermarkets within 1-2 blocks. Pharmacy downstairs in the building, a dozen more within 3 blocks.
Taxis pass by the door every minute. Buses to almost everywhere, especially downtown Rio, stop almost at the front door. Buses in the opposite direction are 1-2 blocks away. Metro Station General Osório 3 blocks away at the End of Rua Sá Ferreira. Upon returning do NOT leave at pedstrian exit Ipanema / General Osório or you will have a very long walk! Leave at Metro exit Rua Sá Ferreira/ Copacabana. Metro Station Cantagalo is slightly further away and may also be used.
I live here, so safety is a prime concern.
Key is non-copyable, the same key the key store locksmith uses for his home. Unlike all other apartments you can be sure that no prior tenant or Brazilian friend has a copy of the key. This comes at a price: Lost key fee is US$400, because I will change the lock and keys in case of loss.
Visitor policy is quite flexible, but subject to discussion and approval. Visitors need to show valid original ID. Sorry, no male visitors for safety reasons, except reputable business partners, relatives, your pal from your home country, .... (please ask).
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Tipp: Wenn ihr diese Unterkunft bucht, dann überprüft vorher, ob eure Haftpflichtversicherung für verlorene Ferienwohnungsschlüssel aufkommt. Rio hat eine hohe Kriminalitätsrate. Mir ist der Schlüssel tatsächlich gestohlen worden. Die Kosten, die Mario (siehe Unterkunftsbeschreibung) erhebt, sind nicht ohne, und meine Haftpflicht kommt für den Schaden nicht auf, da ich keinen "Plus"-Vertrag abgeschlossen habe.
Ansonsten: Unterkunft super. Ich war sehr froh über die Dachterasse und die Nähe zum Strand. Mario ist sehr organisiert und reagiert schnell.
Tipp: if you book this accommodation, make sure your insurance will cover the costs of lost keys. Rio is not a save place and to me it happened: i got robbed. The price for the keys is not little (see Mario's description). For the rest: the accomodation is great. I was very happy about the roof terrace and about the beach being so close. Mario is very organized and prompt.
Sorry for that mishap. There is a small chance the robber could come into the apartment and rob us all.
In all other rental apartments there is a serious risk that one of the prior visitors, (or a robber) kept a key copy and can come in and rob the new tenant. This does happen. Therefore, to assure highest safety levels, I have very expensive keys that can not be copied. If they get stolen, I change the expensive lock at prices up to USD 400.
Please be always careful with the keys. If you are worried to lose the key at the beach, you may leave your keys with the garage attendant if you give him a small tip.
This was the first time my and wife I used airbnb for our vacation. We were a bit nervous, but Mario made it a pleasant experience. The apartment is very close to the beach (it was perfect for New Years). There are close bus stops right across the street, and the metro is also very close by. There are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores nearby. The area felt pretty safe, even late at night. The room was a bit small, but it was still very cozy and very clean. The AC is amazing, which is a must in the summer in Rio. We also appreciated the fact that Mario spoke English. He was helpful in setting up a trip for us by getting a taxi driver for us. The cleaning lady came two times a week and she does an amazing job at cleaning up! Just to reiterate, the location is perfect for the price. Overall, the stay was a very good experience.
Ich war zum 3. Mal bei Mario und es war wieder fantastisch. Eine Super-Umgebung- sehr nahe an der Copacabana. Ein toller Empfang, ein sehr sauberes sehr gut ausgestattetes Zimmer. Mario und seine Partnerin waren wie immer nicht nur sehr freundlich, hilfreich und fürsorglich, sondern auch hervorragende und interessante Gesprächspartner über ihre Gastgeberrolle hinaus. Sie haben mir bei allem immer sofort geholfen, so unterstützten sie mich diesmal auch dabei, mein Handy in Rio benutzen zu können etc. . Ich würde gerne wiederkommen- Mario ist für mich die Topadresse und erste Anlaufstation, wenn ich nach Rio komme. Danke Mario ! - auch für das Gefühl, - zu Hause zu sein - immer wieder grossartig...
Die Unterkunft liegt super, eine Block vom Strand entfernt und auch das Zentrum ist mit der Metro schnell ereichbar. Mario ist sehr hilfsbereit, unkompliziert und mitteilsam. Das Zimmer ist klein aber fein, mit einem Mini-Bad, AC, hell, freundlich, super sauber und das Bett auch für zwei Personen sehr komfortabel. Kleiner Kühlschrank und Tresor für Sicherheitsfreaks im Zimmer. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt.
After having a really bad experience with a previous host we enjoyed our stay at Mario's place. He is a perfect host. The room was clean and very comfortable. It's located close to posto 5 at copacabana beach. Mario helped us a lot and had a lot of tips where and how to go. Many many thanks for hosting us.
Traveling such a long way from New Zealand, my husband and I really appreciated the fact that Mario spoke English! Before our trip and during our trip Mario communicated well with us. He and his lovely Girlfriend and warm, friendly and hospitable. We would recommend his apartment to anyone visiting Rio and it was reasuring to feel our belonging were safe and secure at all times.
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About the Host, Mario
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 assistant secretary in my Copacabana Apartment.