Where to Stay for #WorldCup: Ronaldinho's $15,500 Crash Pad, and other Rentals
Sorry, Ronaldinho won’t be staying at his Rio listing during the World Cup. (Courtesy: Airbnb)
On June 12, the World Cup will kick off in Brazil, and the 12 host cities will fill with over 3 million people there for the most popular sporting event in the world. That’s a lot of lodgings that have already been booked.
But don’t worry—there are still plenty of places to stay, from sailboats to mansions. Just don’t forget to leave your digs in between games and enjoy everything Brazil has to offer. Here are some unique properties in the host cities from HomeAway, FlipKey, VRBO, and Airbnb. (Note: At publication time, all of these were available for at least some of the World Cup.)
Rio de Janeiro
After being left off the roster for the Brazilian team, soccer legend Ronaldinho announced last week that he will not be staying in town to watch his former teammates play. Instead, he’s renting out his home on Airbnb to the World Cup fan that can afford it. For just $15,500 a day, you could stay in the five-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion. The house comes with hammocks, a yoga room, treehouse, pool, and soccer-inspired art. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a guarantee of meeting one of the best players of his generation. “I will not be in Rio during period,” he wrote in his rental description.
Natal is known for its tropical climate and hot, sunny days. In fact, the city is nicknamed Cidade do Sol. This farmhouse will let you experience all that sun and Amazonian-like ambience up close. Sitting right on a river, outside town, the house has a dock, a pool, a pool table, five Spartan bedrooms (complete with crosses on the wall), and all the sun you could want. It claims to accommodate up to 30 people while costing just $66 per night.