The spacious room can be subdivided into 2-3 smaller rooms by using Styrofoam studio props. 1 Sofa bed, several mattresses.View from the window to a quiet square, not onto traffic.
New Years' US$699.99/week | PhotoStudio

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4 Beds

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About this listing

Your own private safe apartment. Quiet, facing square w/trees, 5 minutes to metro. Bus across street 1 Block to Copacabana beach. Sofa bed and mattresses on floor, shower, Microwave, refrigerator, but no kitchen. Better then a hostel. Styrofoam room dividers. Own Wifi. Please no visitors for safety.

The space

Down from Carnival or New Year's $1199 in photo studio 6 days

The rest of the year this is a photo studio. We only rent this for New Years and Carnival, World Cup and Olympics.

It is quite spacious, 34 m2. Only 1 block from Copacabana beach, located at a quiet pedestrian only square with nice view from 2nd floor window. Quite safe, everything gated. Good air con. Main room about 4.5 m by 6 m, 16x20 feet.

We have a sofa bed, an a few single foam mattresses, and a double air mattress by Coleman. They are on the floor.

No visitors, for safety reasons. There are studio equipment and personal belongings. Reliable though not very fast internet.

US$ 599 for 2 people up to 6 days New Years and Carnival.

WORLD CUP PRICING in the range of US$ 160-220 dollars. I might accept shorter then the usual 10-14 day minimum. On longer periods during world cup we might want to use the studio for accasional photo work, in which case we would entertain additional discounts.For carnival and New Year's this is not needed.

Not a perfect apartment, no kitchen, but microwave and fridge. But best for eating out.

The photo studio equipment will be around, shoved to the side.

Closets are pretty full, but you have place to hang your clothes. Other clothes probably is best kept in your suit case.

Good for young people who do not seek luxury.

Cable TV with basic programming is included.

We can discuss you to come to my apartment, 80 meters away for occasional internet access or urgent viewing of football games on ESPN



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.

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,


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.

1 Person 10 day package

Suite 1: US$ 1599 (1 person) US$ 1999 (2 people)
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

Guest access

The entire photo studio, with own bath, shower, big area, but we have private belongings and equipment, so please be careful. Basic cable internet and wifi.

Interaction with guests

This is quite private, usually you get the keys and are on your own. But you can call or message for advice. I can advise you via phone or messengers. I myself and/or my assistant live 3 buildings away in the same block.

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The space
Accommodates: 5
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 4
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $10 / night after 3 guests
Cleaning Fee: $52
Security Deposit: $412
Weekly Discount: 21%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

Be respectful and considerate. There will be sensitive Photos Studio equipment around at the side of the room. Please no visitors. Exceptions would have to be discussed in advance (like your best friend from your country, etc).

This is because we have sensible studio equipment in the open and we don't want to risk anything breaking or being stolen.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

6 nights minimum stay

8 Reviews

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Dmitry User Profile
January 2017
It was a great experience of living in the photo studio! Perfect location, Copacabana Beach and the heart of Rio! Cris, Mario, thank you for everything!

William User Profile
June 2016
I stayed in Mario’s spacious Photo-studio apartment and it was exactly as described – the pictures on the listing convey the space and facilities perfectly and they met my needs for the week. It looks out on trees in a pedestrian-only square and considering it's right in the middle of Copacabana it is fairly quiet with little of the traffic noise of being right on the street. Bathroom was fine and although there is no full kitchen, the fridge and microwave were sufficient because I ate out most nights. WiFi was adequate though not high speed like in his other apartment. I used the mattress on the floor, which was comfortable, and I slept well although there is also a SofaBed that could be used. Although Mario was away travelling when I arrived, his assistant Yara was there to greet me and to show me how everything worked. His other apartment is only 50 m away, on the same block so help is at hand if needed. Mario checked in by email and Whats’sApp and was available by phone to make sure there were no problems. The location is good, quiet but only a block from the beach and there are a lot of shops and restaurants and good gym with pool close by. Transport is good. 7 min walk to Metro and taxis at the door with never any need to wait. Area is safe although one should always be alert to the possibility of petty crime on the beachfront. Overall, if you are looking for accommodation during a big event and not seeking luxury then the Photo-Studio apartment is perfectly adequate for a single or couple or even small group. You can rely on the description in the listing and Mario is an excellent host who makes sure everything goes smoothly.

Alexander User Profile
January 2016
Our stay in Rio de Janeiro couldn't be better. We stayed in the Photo Studio Mario offers which is only 100m to the beach. You can't be closer :) It is directly in Copacabana and still close to Ipanema (15-20min walking). Mario was straight forward about the studio and told us that there would be only two mattresses a bathroom and photo equipment. Cris the photographer arranged before we arrived already everything including setting up a small separator between the mattresses. Both my friend an I were there to celebrate New Year's Eve and enjoy the most time outside of the apartment - saying that, the studio was a good option if you are on a budget. It is clean, has two beds and a couch and a bathroom. Mario was very helpful and we had the feeling that we could call 24/7 if we need something. He is also living just one minute away. I do recommend him and would definitely come back! Thanks Mario! Cheers, Alex

Laura User Profile
July 2014
The place is perfect.mario is very honest about what it is-a workspace with mattress in it but if you don't mind skipping luxury this place is grand.i met Chris and she is a lovely lady,very chatty and willing to show me around and places where I could get wifi (just across the road in copa hostel).cooking facilities not available but I made salads and fruits salads fine! Thanks guys
Mario User ProfileMario is a superhost.
Response from Mario:
This review refers to the photo studio. There, a microwave is available upon request. The rooms in my apartment, of course, have a full kitchen. Thanks
July 2014

Jan-Willem User Profile
June 2014
We rented the photo studio for two weeks during the World Cup. The location is perfect; one block from Copacabana beach. The studio has decent facilities and you have everything you need. Mario is an excellent host, who takes good care of his guests.

Tina User Profile
February 2013
The studio was in a great location. Very close to Copacabana beach and safe. The studio was exactly as per pictures. Mario was an excellent host, he was quick to respond to my emails and accommodated my need to check in at 2 am. I stayed during Carnaval, and i liked how straightforward Mario was about the reservation process ( other people increased the price after i made an offer etc). If you are looking for an affordable option in Rio, I recommend this studio.

Michelle User Profile
January 2013
Mario and Cris''s place was a real find given the time of year and the price. Super centrally located with a short walk not only to Copacabana beach but also a slightly longer walk to Ipanema, so you really had the benefit of both beaches. Also very close to public transport such as metro and especially bus system. The studio is just as Mario describes, basic but comfortable and we were not presented with any surprises. For two female travelers, we felt perfectly safe in Mario's place; there is good security in place. Mario was very accommodating, flexible and thoughtful and eager to provide helpful and useful advice. We would definitely consider returning.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil · Joined in July 2011
Mario User ProfileMario is a superhost.

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.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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