From sandy beaches to Christ the Redeemer to its warm, laid-back culture and sey locals, gay Rio de Janeiro has long been a best touristic destination for the gay community around the world. With many gay friendly hotel Rio de Janeiro it’s time to plan your holiday to Brazil!
Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit.
Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado and for Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). Its raucous Carnaval festival, featuring parade floats, flamboyant costumes and samba dancers, is considered the world’s largest.
Top Attractions to Visit in Rio de Janeiro
Full-day Tours in Rio de Janeiro
- Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch
- Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro
- Full Day Sugar Loaf, Maracanã including Skip the Line Christ Redeemer By Train
- Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro
- Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch
1. Sol Ipanema Hotel Rio – Gay Friendly Hotel Rio De Janeiro
Sol Ipanema offers a superb location on the Ipanema Beach seafront, within a vibrant area of bars and restaurants. It features a sunny terrace with breathtaking coast views. WiFi is free.
Sol Ipanema Hotel offers spacious air-conditioned rooms with a bright contemporary décor. All feature a 32-inch LCD TV and minibar, plus a luxurious bathroom with amenities and a magnifying mirror. Some rooms boast scenic views of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beachfront.
The location makes this place. Right across from the beach and within walking distance to a ton of restaurants and shopping. Location is absolutely perfect for walking to the shopping, to the beach across the street, for amazing views from The roof top bar and pool area.
The hotel provides beach towels, chairs and umbrellas.
It is an expensive area to stay, but well worth it – felt safe at all times.
The rooms were pretty good size, but the bathroom felt a bit small (but enough). The view from the room window to the ocean is amazing.
The room has a comfy king bed, good closet space, a safe, desk, mini-fridge, large bathroom with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, & soap
Breakfast is included in the stay. The restaurant where the breakfast is served overlooks the Ipanema beach. The breakfast included cereal, different kinds of pastries, fruit, juice yogurt, coffee and some hot breakfast. They are open from 6:00 to 10:00 AM. The same restaurant is open for sit down dinner in the night.
The rooftop pool is small but the hotel is so close to the ocean that the pool is really for cooling off. The view from the rooftop bar is also amazing.
How much does a room costs at Sol Ipanema Hotel?
This room offers panoramic Ipanema Beach views, a 32-inch LCD TV and a private bathroom with amenities and a bathrobe.
2. Belmond Copacabana Palace Rio – Gay Friendly Hotel Rio de Janeiro
Our second option for a gay friendly hotel in Rio is a luxury 5* hotel which will not disappoint you during your holiday in Rio!
This hotel is 1 minute walk from the beach. The elegant 5-star Belmond Copacabana Palace offers luxurious rooms with marbled bathrooms and panoramic ocean views, located on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beachfront. Services include a wellness spa and 3 gastronomic restaurants.
Located in the famous Copacabana Beach, the Belmond Copacabana Palace is known as the most luxury hotel in Brazil. A symbol of sophistication and refinement, the Copa offers an impeccable service, excellent cuisine and luxurious accommodation, confirming its tradition of ideal place to stay in Rio de Janeiro. The Belmond Copacabana Palace offers three restaurants inside its facilities; the Italian Cipriani, the Pergula Restaurant, with Brazilian and international cuisine, located next to the pool and the new Pan-Asian restaurant awarded with a prestigious Michelin Star, Mee.
Apart from being a landmark in one of the most beautiful areas of Brazil, the hotel is also a center of wellbeing. It offers one of the main spas in the country, with different types of treatments, as well as a beauty salon, both open to the public. It also has a boutique with national and international brands and exclusive pieces. The exclusive Beach service offers sun loungers, umbrellas and water for the guests. The personalized treatment enchants the guests and provides a family atmosphere, making everybody feel at home.
The hotel is also known as one of the most sort after venues for parties and Rio´s social events. It has a convention center with ten different rooms and salons of different sizes and shapes, to suite the various needs of the clients. For parties, the hotel offers the luxurious Golden Room, the Nobre Room and the Copacabana Rooms, which can be used for cocktails, dinners, wedding receptions, business meetings and other large parties
The spacious rooms at the Belmond Copacabana Palace are individually decorated with English antique furniture and original artworks. All offer king-size beds, free use of internet and a free pair of Havaianas flip flops. Some include private balconies with panoramic city or ocean views.
Being a part of the Belmond group the expectation is set very high and I can assure you the hotel is fabulous.
The Copacabana Palace is a beautiful old world hotel full of character and charm. It is well located on Copacabana beach – an easy walk to Ipanema and a short drive to Sugarloaf and Corcovado. The buffet breakfasts are fantastic with lots of variety and the fruit is seasonal and incredibly fresh.
The breakfast selection is plentiful, from exotic fruits to delicious pastries and many hot options.
The rooms are well-designed and artfully decorated. Beach-facing rooms are preferred but not essential, as in any event you are right on the beach when you walk out the door.
The pool is pretty, but due to the shape of the hotel, the sun is limited to narrow parts of the pool throughout the day. The beach setup is wonderful, with lounge chairs towels and water available.
This hotel offers all amenities including a wonderful full service Spa, fantastic toiletries in every room including robes and flip flops should you want to step down to the pool, Spa or cross the avenue to the beach!
This is one of our favourite hotels in the world. Always a warm welcome from first arrival at the front entrance to check-in, bellboys, restaurant and housekeeping staff. This hotel has always been about luxury and the staff who maintain the high standards expected.
Our sea view suite in the annex was beautiful with housekeeping service for whom nothing was too much trouble.
Breakfast is legendary in this Hotel and a couple of dinners taken in the MEE asian fusion restaurant were outstanding.
As soon as you enter you know you are in a hotel of considerable sophistication, with polished marble everywhere and very professional staff. Check in was a breeze and my suite was palatial, with a wrap-around balcony (which unfortunately due to the weather I was only able to enjoy on my second day there – but what a joy!).
The suite itself had everything I could wish for and, being a corner suite, it was flooded with light. House-keeping was first-class; spent consumables were quickly replaced and the rooms were cleaned to a high standard.
The staff always had a smile on their face; they obviously like their job. Any request was dealt with quickly.
The hotel is in a prime location on the seafront and the nearest metro station is only about a five minute walk away, so access to the rest of Rio is easy.
How much does a room costs at Belmond Copacabana Palace?
With views of Copacabana Beach, this suite is located in the main building within the 1st and 5th floors. It includes king-size beds, a large living room and comfortable bathroom
3. Royalty Rio Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotel Rio de Janeiro
The hotel Atlântico Travel Copacabana is situated at the Copacabana. Not directly at the beach but about 5 minutes by foot (500m tops). The hotel is a tower building with 18 (?) floors. My room was on the second floor with look at the air-conditioning duct. The room was pretty small with two beds in it (a single and a full-size), a table, a chair, a fridge, a safe, tv, air-conditioning and a bathroom with shower. It is nothing if you want to stay all the day long in your room. The room itself was clean and the maid came every day.
The staff at the front desk is very nice, friendly, patient and accommodating. I had the impression, that not everyone speaks English (fluently). I had problems with understanding their Brazilian Portuguese, they had problems with understanding my European Portuguese, but everyone tried and somehow we got along very well. So really there was no problem at all.
The dining room is in the basement. It’s a bit tight there due to the cramped premises. There is a rich breakfast buffet with fruits (banana, melon, papaya, mango…), cakes, puddings, bread, sausage, cheese, yogurt, scrambled eggs, coffee, tea, water, juice…