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Rio Gaia Inn

Rua Barão da Torre 36/302 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 22411-000 Brazil (Show map)
16 Reviews
$175 - $175
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*****A 10-minute walk from Copacabana yet only 3 blocks from Rio's best bathing beach, Ipanema, on a quiet residential street one block from the famous "hippie fair" handicraft market. We're also a quick walk to the Lagoon, and just a block away are all the amenities you'll need: supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, banks, and the Metro.***** We rent 2 private rooms on the second floor of our duplex apartment, and 3 private rooms on the lower floor. Each floor has its own bathroom and both share two spacious and attractive common living rooms, veranda, and washing facilities. Beginning in March 2014 the owner will be renting, but will no longer live on the premises as she is setting up a B&B in the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Rio Gaia Inn is an eco-friendly option, given proximity to public transit, walking distance from Ipanema, Copacabana & Lagoon, walk-up (no elevator), fans rather than AC, recycling facilities, access to kitchen, organic farmers' market, and more. Theresa is a town planner and runs an NGO that works with community leaders from informal communities across Rio. She was born in the UK but raised in Brazil and the United States. She can provide informal support to researchers, volunteers and visitors interested in local culture, favelas, & politics. We offer modern facilities and comforts such as Wifi, a fan in each room, a modern kitchen and washing machine. Room cleaning including towel switches occurs weekly. Entering Rio Gaia Inn feels like arriving home.

Rooms & Rates

Rustic Room

The Rustic Room is a rustic style, with brick walls and window, rustic Brazilian furniture. The room features a Queen bed, desk and simple dresser. Wi-fi Internet is available, as is a telephone for local landline calls. Cleaning service twice/week. Pet-friendly. Family-friendly with the option of a pack n'play (travel cot) for babies. The Rustic Room is just in from the upstairs living area -- a spacious room with DVD and couches, and is closest to the bathroom. The next door varanda has table and chairs, hammock and an infant garden.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen

King / twin room

The King Room has brick walls and window, and more modern furniture. The room features a King bed which can be pulled apart to form two twins. The desk sits under a top bunk that provides a third bed when needed. Simple dresser, Wi-fi Internet, and telephone for local landline calls available. Cleaning service twice/week. Pet-friendly. Family-friendly with the option of a pack n'play (travel cot) for babies. The King Room is just in from the upstairs living area -- a spacious room with DVD and couch, and is closest to the varanda with table and chairs, hammock and an infant garden

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 King , 3 Twin

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Services4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Dining3.8

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Awesome Location!

3.6 on August 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed for 5 nights, we choose this bed and breakfast because of the location we rather Ipanema better that the otter beaches at Rio de Janeiro, The location it's just great, 3 block from the beach a block away from the subway and bus stop's and the General Osorio's PLaza werw ever Sunday happened the local hippie fair and ond thursdays the local products markets wich is a great way to know a lot of fruits. The only tiny issue is that we couldnt meet our host (Theresa) but she was very attend on our emails. I don't recommend this place if you don't like dogs cause Ginja is quit friendly but it take a while to get along.

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3.6 on February 15, 2012

We stayed in Gaia Inn in July 2011 for 4 nights. The place was nice in an excellent location in Ipanema only few blocs away from the beach. The owner and her assistant are very helpful and at disposal of the guests at any time of the day or night. We just met the owner the last day, nevertheless meanwhile we hold a good communication by mail.

Great Place and Outstanding Location

4.6 on January 24, 2012

Was my first time in Rio and I had a wonderful time. I traveled alone and felt safe my entire visit. The location made it easy for me to walk and get around. Room was nice and comfortable. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Became friends with a few people I met during my stay. I will highly recomend and will be staying again on my next visit. Kevin, Maryland U.S.

Great place to stay in Rio

4.2 on January 23, 2012

My wife and I stayed at RGI during our recent trip to Rio. The location can't be beat. It's located near Ipanema beach, around many bars and restaurants, and it's only a half block from the metro, Then you get the added benefit of a kind local host that can guide you as you find your way. The Inn itself is very comfortable. It's not fancy by any means, but it's clean, comfortable, and has many extra amenities that are great while traveling. Thanks Theresa!

very nice and excellent position

4.0 on January 22, 2012

Thank you Theresa, grazie alla tua ospitalità ci siamo sentiti come a casa. La posizione e' ottimale, la casa confortevole e pulita. Ti ringraziamo anche per tutti i consigli. Complimenti.

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Location Type

Beachside, City, Oceanside, Tropical


RIO - Rio De Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 25 miles

Directions to property:

It's about a 30-minute taxi ride, or an hour+ bus ride, from the airport to Ipanema where the Rio Gaia Inn is located. A taxi will cost approximately R$50-60 (US$30-35). We can also set up a driver to meet you and bring you right over for R$70.

Area Attractions

Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Nature area, Ocean, Juice bars, Produce, handicrafts, and supermarkets, Performing Theater

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Homestay

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Board games, CD player, Computer, DVD Player, Library, TV, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer , Pack n'Play (travel cot), Travel reference books, Children's toys & DVDs, Toddler bed, Collection of movies on Brazil

Room amenities

Ceiling fans, Desk, Internet Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Children's beach and park play areas, (please inquire as to particular activities), Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: flexible
  • Check Out:: flexible
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Suitable For Children: Please note that broken items will be charged
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 day minimum stay, 4 day minimum for New Years, 5 day minimum for Carnival
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of rental due upon reservation via PayPal
  • Cancellations: Cancellation must be made 7 days in advance or deposit will not be refunded in order to compensate hosts for the empty room.---------------------------------------HOUSE RULES: No smoking on premises. Noise must be kept to a minimum from 10pm-8am. Rooms located within a private residence so building rules must be respected including no smoking, loud noise, leaving building doors unlocked, throwing anything out windows, etc. Extra care should be taken to not disturb neighboring apartments, including not making noise in building's hallway or ringing the intercom on apartments other than #302. Visits from non-party guests not permitted unless permission specially requested and confirmed. Personal belongings must be stored in bedroom so common areas are left clear for others. Violation of rules may incur a R$200 fee. Building requires that guests provide a valid passport # and nationality for building records.




Languages spoken

Portuguese, English, Spanish

Resident Pets

1 Dog

About the innkeepers

Hiking, animals, nature, conservation, social change, favelas, meditation.

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Help yourself to yogurt, cereal & coffee

  • Cost: 10
  • Time Served: Anytime
  • Serving Location: Kitchen

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