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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.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite 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.

Rio Gaia - Great Place, Great Location

4.8 on September 16, 2011

Hi My family (2 adults and 3 teenagers) stayed with Theresa in April this year, 2011, at the start of our visit to Brazil, from the UK. We were with her for almost a week and it was a great place to stay. Theresa was very helpful at every stage, she was most helpful by email when arranging our booking and organised our taxi from the airport with Wilson, who was a very helpful and cheerful Brazilian. The accommodation is the top floor of her apartment in a small block, in an excellent location just a short walk of 5 minutes from the beach. and just around the corner from the Ipanema hippy fair which runs every weekend. It isn't a Luxury apartment, but it is comfortable, homely, quiet and safe, with a good breakfast. It is also just around the corner from the Metro which takes you straight into the city centre or you can easily walk along the beach from Ipanema to Copacobana. Theresa was helpful with ideas and recommendations and made a few phone calls for us to make reservations. Contrary to many reviews we found Rio (and Brazil in general) to be friendly and safe, ok so you have to be sensible, but no more than in any big city. Whilst in Rio we did all the usual sites including Sugar loaf, Corcovado, Santa Teresa, Lapa the old city and a favela all of which are well worth a visit. Much of this can be done yourself perhaps just using Wilson as a taxi, which would be a fraction of the price of an organised tour. Having only just arrived in Brazil from the UK we took a few days to adjust, so didn't go out much in the evening, but we did go to the rio scenarium, which was well worth a visit and a great night out. All in all I would strongly recommend the Rio Gaia Inn as good value for money in a great location and with a friendly host. Thanks Theresa From Martin, Rebecca, Sophia, Emily & Ben

Phenomenal location, Outstanding hosts

4.6 on April 01, 2011

My family and I stayed at the Rio Gaia in February for several days. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, the veranda was lovely, and the Theresa, the host, was fantastic. She is a wealth of information and incredibly accommodating and generous, and just a lovely woman. I highly recommend the Rio Gaia!

Great location, wonderful hostess

4.6 on March 23, 2011

We stayed with Theresa for several days in December 2010. The location can't be beat - just two blocks from Ipanema Beach, in a neighborhood with lots of restaurants. The suite arrangement was great - we made ample use of the living room and balcony. Theresa was very generous and helpful. We opted out of the optional breakfast, which we preferred to get on our own. No air conditioning. Highly recommended.

Rio Gaia Inn was Terrific!

4.8 on March 07, 2011

I found Rio Gaia Inn on and didn't know what a treasure I'd found until I arrived late at night, was treated royally by Theresa, and settled into my comfy bed. Theresa is thoughtful, knowledgeable, and very generous with local information. Her home was comfortable and filled with books. Her other guests were quite interesting and I ended up taking a private tour of a favela with one of them, an international journalist. Rio Gaia Inn is ideally situated near Ipanema beach and public transportation. I look forward to returning to Rio Gaia Inn and Theresa's warm hospitality.

Like Being With Family

4.8 on March 06, 2011

Being at Rio Gaia Inn was like being with family. Theresa, the innkeeper, could not have made us feel more welcome. Myself and my 3 grown children and my daughter's fiance rented the space above her own flat - two rooms with ceiling fans and a very comfortable living area, also with ceiling fans, good lighting and a TV, a nice-sized porch, as well as a clean and ample bathroom, for our week stay in Rio at a very reasonable price. The flat is up a few flights of stairs but even in the Rio summer, I never minded them. Because our rented space was accessed through Theresa's apartment, we always felt very safe and left our computer, passports and other valuables in the rooms without a worry. At the same time, being upstairs allowed us our privacy. Theresa could not have done enough for us. She invited us to use her kitchen downstairs; she took us on a tour of the neighborhood and helped us understand the city, the culture and the history of Rio; she invited us for coffee in the afternoons; and even let us do our laundry there. Theresa is fluent in English and Portuguese and that also made our stay in this incredibly vibrant city that much more comfortable. Her place is only two blocks from the lovely, lively beach in Ipanema. Her hospitality was easy and warm and I left feeling we had become friends. I hope to go back to visit Rio someday and I will make sure If I do, to stay at Rio Gaia Inn again.

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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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120

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

Nightly Rate: $100 - $120


Location Type

City, Oceanfront, Vista oceano, Tropical


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

Directions to property:

We are on Rua Barão da Torre in Ipanema, a 5-minute walk to the beach, yet only blocks from Copacabana. We are located 2 blocks from our friends at the Rio Dolphin Inn. As they explain: "While most of Rio’s neighborhoods such as Santa Teresa, Lapa, Botafogo, Urca and downtown are fascinating and worthy of a visit, only Ipanema and Copacabana have it all. Rio is a huge city--12 million people—and though it is fun to visit these other neighborhoods and attractions, you really want to stay in a place that is centrally located, where there are cool neighborhoods to explore, where you can walk out at night and visit local restaurants, cafes and bars, where it’s fun to get around on foot or bike, and where—perhaps most important-- you are by the beach." In this case, you actually have your choice of four beaches within a few minutes walk from Rio Gaia Inn: Copacabana, Ipanema, Diabo and Arpoador. What more could you want?

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 No smoking allowed in apartment or building.
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Please note that broken items will be charged
  • Childcare Provided: Limited Young English-speaking babysitter available w/ prior request
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 day minimum stay, 4 day minimum for New Years, 5 day minimum for Carnival
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Cash
  • 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

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About the innkeepers

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

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

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Rua Barão da Torre 36/302 , Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, 22411-000 Brazil (Show map)

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