The affluent residential neighborhood Gávea is a must-visit for any frequent traveler to Rio de Janeiro. Located in the city’s zona sul, the southern region of the city which also encompasses Ipanema and Leblon, Gávea also enjoys spectacular views of the coast.
For those who like nature hikes, the Pedra de Gávea is worth a climb. It’s also the namesake of the neighborhood (the giant rock resembles a gávea – the Portuguese word for the topsail of a ship.) The pedra is literally just the tip of the mountain of things to do in the area. For lists of museums, parks, places to shop and more in Gávea, checkout these articles from Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor, and Rio.com.
Two things missing from these lists that we must add:
1.) Sunday night parties at 00 (Zero Zero) nightclub! Even if you are staying in Ipanema, we recommend you take the short taxi drive to Gávea to party at 00 on Sundays. (Get more info from our list of Rio de Janeiro’s gay bars and clubs.)
2.) Stay at one of these gay-friendly hotels. We highly recommend them.
Why save the best for last on our list of Gávea hotels? Bring your camera to this ultra-chic hotel. This is where fashion photographers from around the world take advantage of some of Brazil’s most amazing views. La Maison’s decor is inspired by the travelling experience of designer François-Xavier around the world.
The themes of the rooms are inspired by 5 different places: India (the Ganesha Room), China (the Shanghai Room), Brazil (the Copacabana Room), France (the Recamier Room) and the United-States (the Tiffany Room). The Copacabana and Recamier Suites, as well as the Tiffany Room take advantage of the spectacular view on the Tijuca Forest and the Christ Redeemer.
Get more details and photos of La Maison by Dussol.
Raul and Manu are your hosts at this charming bed-and-breakfast which is loaded with amenities. At Gavea BNB guests will find a sauna, barbecue facilities and a shared kitchen.
This is the perfect place for gay couples who would like to enjoy breakfast and head out for a day at the Rio’s nearby Botanical Gardens.
Get more details and check out photos of Gavea BNB.
When selecting a room at the Gavea Tropical, go for one of the suites with a private terrace and views of Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Gávea Tropical includes a spa resort with a hot tub, a steam bath, a sauna and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests have the opportunity to work out in the fitness centre.
A colonial-style breakfast including a variety of exotic fruits is served every morning. Room service is also available. Prepare your own typical Brazilian churrasco in the barbecue area.
Get more details and view photos of the Boutique Hotel Gávea Tropical