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This family-friendly Rio de Janeiro hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Instituto Moreira Salles and Parque da Cidade. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Leblon Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Hotel Features

A full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool are available at this hotel. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa tub, and a sauna are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 6 rooms feature kitchens with refrigerators and stovetops, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Guests will also find balconies, iPod docks, and sofa beds.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to a full-service spa, Gavea Tropical Boutique Hotel features an outdoor pool and a spa tub. The hotel offers a restaurant. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. A computer station is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary.

Event facilities measure 538 square feet (50 square meters). This Art Deco hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, and spa services. For a surcharge, the property provides a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and an area shuttle. Limited complimentary onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Concierge services 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Computer station 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Total number of rooms - 6 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Restaurant 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Pool sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 538 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 50 
  • Free self parking 
  • Sauna 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Steam room 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Shopping center shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Parking (limited spaces) 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Area shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Garden 
  • Spa tub 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking, Parking (limited spaces)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Balcony 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Phone 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Iron/ironing board (on request) 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Rollaway/extra beds available 
  • Desk 
  • Access via exterior corridors 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • In-room safe 
  • Kitchen 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Cable TV service 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Minibar 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Shower only 
  • Sofa bed 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • LCD TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Stovetop 
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils 
  • Partially open bathroom 

Where to Eat

A complimentary continental breakfast is served between 7:30 AM and noon.

Gavea Tropical - This restaurant serves breakfast only. Reservations are required.

24-hour room service is available.


Start your morning with a free continental breakfast, available from 7:30 AM to noon. Room service is available around the clock.

Nearby Things to Do

An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Skydiving nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Ecotours nearby 

Spa Services

The onsite spa has massage/treatment rooms. Services include massages, facials, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

  • Manicures and pedicures 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Spa tub in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 5 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No elevators


The charges below are included in your overall room price:
  • Resort fee
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Airport shuttle fee: BRL 120 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Early check-in fee: BRL 230
  • Late check-out fee: BRL 230
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Boutique Gavea Tropical
  • Boutique Hotel Gavea
  • Gavea Tropical Boutique
  • Gavea Tropical Boutique Hotel
  • Gavea Tropical Boutique Hotel Rio de Janeiro
  • Gavea Tropical Boutique Rio de Janeiro
  • Tropical Boutique Hotel
  • Gavea Tropical Boutique Hotel Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

We should mention

Parents or a legal guardian traveling with children under 18 years must present the child's birth certificate and an identity card with photo (passport, for example) at the check-in. For international travels from Brazil, if just one of the parents is traveling with the child, she/he must present – in addition to the child's certificate of birth and identity card with photo – a letter authorizing the trip signed by the other parent with a notarial certification of signature. In case the parents or the legal guardian, as applicable, cannot or are unwilling to give this authorization, a judicial authorization is required. People who intend to travel to Brazil with children must consult with the Brazilian consulate before traveling for more information. A resort fee is included in the total price displayed. Up to 2 children 5 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

Gavea Tropical Boutique Hotel ratings based on 31 Verified Reviews

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4.4 out of 5
90% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.6 Service & staff
4.3 Room comfort
4.2 Hotel condition
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Lovely boutique hotel with great views

5 out of 5
by from london
Posted Aug 20, 2016
Brilliantly run, very friendly, delicious breakfasts. Great views - but that does mean you do mostly need taxis to get around.
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Lovely local and friendly hotel.

5 out of 5
by from Leeds, England
Posted Apr 20, 2016
Pros: Friendly staffs and comfortable room.
Location: View is good, visit the beach and Sugar Mountain!
It is a lovely and friendly hotel, the staffs are really nice and the view is beautiful!! Staffs were so helpful and our stay went smoothly, we also stayed with our children and they enjoyed their stay. It is a bit far away from the beach but the room comfort and view is lovely. Good value for money as well I must say. Breakfast is typical Brazilian and it was very nice, fresh fruits are lovely!!
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Amazing hotel, few cons

4 out of 5
Posted Nov 2, 2015
This hotel was the highlight of our trip to South America. The suites were amazing. Dont get the villa though. Pros: Gorgeous views and we got to feed little monkeys every morning! My better half absolutely loved this. The rooms were well decorated and clean. Get a suite and pay the extra $10-20 per night. Its well worth it. Customer service was top notch. Being a boutique hotel we regularly interacted with the owner and manager, both of whom were very helpful and spoke English! Con: We originally booked the villa. The Villa is actually a smaller room rigjt above the street. No scenic view unless you like a dirt hill. The sewage from the street had a tendency to linger in the Villa if you left the doors closed. We moved to the suite (next size up) the first day. Perfect for couples even though it can fit more.
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Room smells like a sewer

1 out of 5
by from North Vancouver
Posted Nov 1, 2015
Pros: The staff is very friendly, collaborative and accommodating
Cons: Need to re-do the pipes for the Villa, it makes the whole experience not good at all and speaks very badly on how the hotel is taken care of.
Location: It is in an interesting area where you can see the huge gap between have's (Gavea) and don't have's (Rocinha).
Stayed in room #7 which is advertised as a Villa. The room could be good if it didn't smell terribly, didn't have a mosquito pest and didn't need to escalate very steep steps to the lobby area, maybe 70 steps. The staff is very nice but impossible to compensate for not being able to sleep at night.
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a hotel in the city with a real tropical feel

4 out of 5
by from united kingdom
Posted Oct 30, 2015
Pros: once inside the hotel the outside world feels a million miles away it has a real tropical feel , where you can see lemurs and toucans in the trees
Cons: the hotel was a little hard to find and there was no sign outside as it looks like a regular house
Location: just a few kilometres from all the popular tourist beaches copacabana ipenapa etc and in easy reach of sugar loaf and christ the redeemer statue
my husband and i had a relaxing pleasant stay the staff are first class and really helpful nothing was too much trouble .
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Disappointed with the hotel

1 out of 5
Posted Oct 24, 2015
Pros: It had a beautiful view. That was about it.
Cons: The rooms need to have privacy for the bathroom. There is not privacy at all.
Location: It shows that is is 0.3 miles from Leblon, but it is much further and there is a Favela slums directly above the hotel.
The hotel details showed a room for 5. It only had one double bed and a sofa bed that is very uncomfortable. The baths did not have any doors, so there was no privacy for anyone who wanted to take a bath or use the toilet. It shows that is is 0.3 miles from Leblon, but it is much further and there is a Favela slums directly above the hotel. We had to move out, and the owner promised us a reimbursement for the difference. But when I requested one from Expedia, the owner did not give the difference that was owed.
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Serene and outstanding view

5 out of 5
by from El Paso, Texas
Posted Sep 13, 2015
I believe this hotel is the best kept secrete in Rio...no party scene around. It is tucked away in a mountain in Gavea neighborhood. This hotel caters to visitors who appreciate superb personal customer service as well as beautiful city views... You MUST upgrade your room to obtain the view! The hotel rooms are spotless; I was very pleased about it since I am somewhat of a "germ freak." The complementary breakfast is quite complete. Sipping my coffee in the breakfast area and watching the small monkeys being fed by the staff was my favorite part of the morning. The setup of the hotel is in 6 or 7 levels, one to three rooms per level. There is a lot of walking involved so if you have difficulty walking, this will not be the hotel for you. I personally loved the exercise of going up and down the stairs; however, as much as I loved the hotel, I would not be able to bring my elderly father here. We stayed here a week and loved every minute of it; however, the hotel it is not perfect... a little too much chlorine in the Jacuzzi, lol, and the wireless internet drops from time to time... made us remember that there is no perfect world, lol. Rauber and Flavia, the managers, are multilingual and always are available and willing to help with suggestions of where to go or how to get there. I fell in love with every single staff member of this hotel; they are wonderful and are very gracious people. I will definitely come back to visit them again!
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Gave a Hotel Tropicana

5 out of 5
by from Scottsdale, Arizona
Posted Jul 14, 2015
It was a wonderful experience. We felt like we were on our honeymoon. The Staff was amazing and very helpful. The only downfall was it was difficult to get Internet but other than that we loved the place.
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Personal touch - great staff - wonderful stay!

5 out of 5
by from SC
Posted Jul 3, 2015
Pros: Personal touch - we enjoyed learning Portuguese, hanging out on the breakfast porch and seeing the monkeys.
Cons: The description of the suite said 2 king beds, which needs to be updated to reflect the correct beds available. We had enough room for our family.
Our family of 4 stayed in the suite at the Gavea Tropical and we had a FABULOUS time! We got to know the staff quickly and appreciated their helpful recommendations on where to go and how to get around. Wonderful breakfast every morning and delightful visiting monkeys on the patio, We never would have had this type of experience in a high rise on the beach. Many thanks to Zoila, Henrique, and Silas for truly making our vacation special. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
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Stunning views from the balcony

5 out of 5
by from UK
Posted May 20, 2015
Pros: Small, quiet hotel with a casual and friendly atmosphere - spectacular views!
Cons: Toilet facilities are not fully enclosed and the sliding door sometimes difficult to open and close - there was a knack to it
Location: We walked each day - even reaching Copacabana - but realise some people may have trouble walking down the steep street with very uneven footpaths
Arrived a little bit shell shocked as taxi driver had trouble finding hotel - but all worthwhile when waking to such a spectacular view. We soon got our bearings and walked into Gavea and Leblon each day - taxi ride home as hills are steep. The staff at Gavea Tropical Boutique do everything in their power to make your stay as enjoyable as possible with a very friendly attitude - fresh towels each day, wonderful breakfasts - but the views in all directions make this hotel a little piece of heaven!
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