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Windsor Guanabara Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I was forced to stay one night in Rio due flight issues and I spend one night in this hotel. The first impression about the staff, mr Bruno in the reception and mr Erivelton helped me with luggage, helped relieve the tension of the flight shift. About the hotel, the position seems very good and although I didn’t go through my room in details seems good enough for my purpose.

This was the third time I used the hotel, main plus with this place is the location right next to Candelária Church which is just across the street and quite close to SDU airport.. Plenty of transport options available close by. Breakfast served is delicious with plenty of choices.Hotel now looks little dated and will need refurbishment soon.

I was forced to stay overnight in Rio when my flight from Amsterdam made it impossible to get to my final destination that day. KLM provided accommodation at this downtown hotel and included breakfast and dinner. The hotel is situated in a bustling part of the city and looks very modern from the outside but the interior is much in a traditional style. The lobby is quite small and very busy. My room was large and comfortable with a very large bed and a Jacuzzi in the bathroom. The room was light and airy although the air conditioning was a little intrusive. The mini bar was empty. I ate a light evening meal which was very good and the breakfast buffet was also very good.

My flight home was cancelled and this was the hotel that the airline booked for all of the displaced passengers. Kudos on the last minute accommodations but the hotel made me feel sandwiched between 1987 and a daytime flophouse for discreet encounters. The reception lacked any sort of welcome, energy or atmosphere. Staff were transactional, at best. The decor has not been updated in at least 15 years and I think that may be generous. The room... a simple hard mattress sandwiched between light oak nightstands with a built in desk and cabinet. The shower had an awkward entry with two doors, meeting in the corner, a few trip hazards and it took forever to get warm water to shower. Bonus on the custom branded towels, I haven’t seen those since Clinton was prez. Meals - both dinner and breakfast options were simple and efficient. They got the job done, buffet style with nothing special to note. There aren’t a bunch of dinner options nearby since this is a business district. Would I go back? No. Would I recommend it to a friend? No, unless they’re under 23 and on a serious budget or over 50 and looking to enjoy some paid company, if you know what I mean.

My husband and I spent a night here. Great if you want to be in the middle of the city. We had a corner room with a great view of the church and the harbour. Slightly dated rooms but very comfortable and great facilities. A very tasty buffet breakfast.

Close to the old harbour and several attractions like musea, you can wander though the streets and have different views of the bay or an elevated church. Those churches are worth a visit because they are richly decorated in a baroque way.

It is a dated hotel, with tiny old rooms, with cheap linens and towels. I stayed there because it was a 5min drive to the hospital were I had a conference, but definitely was not a good choice. Ok to walk around during the day, although it is chaotic, but dangerous to do it during the night. Nice staff and fair breakfast though.

I slept in this hotel for only one night. The structure is located in a very trafficated district, and not in a beautiful zone. The personell in the reception are good, they was very kind with me at any of my question. The rooms are with old furnishings, but everything is clean and in order. The restaurant personell also are good and kind; they portion of the food are very big and good. The only main problem is the soundproofing windows, was very big noisy all the day from the main road outside of the hotel, which make me not sleep in the night.

Location is convenient at the center of the city, but the place will be in the center of traffic jam in the morning and evening. I had a late night flight back home but our limo couldn't make it on time due to bad traffic jam around 18:00. Also this place have a gym on top floor, but not enough to change close or take a quick shower. Better to extend your check-out to change close and prepare for your late flights. Also the room seemed to have some ticks...

We were directed to this hotel by the airline after our flight to São Paulo was canceled. The hotel is conveniently located 8min from the Santos Dumont airport at Downtown Rio. The property is dated however very clean. The prices for food and beverages are really absurd and quite shocking, not even 5 star properties charge this much ( prices at The Belmont Copacabana Palace are cheaper than here) We wanted to buy a bottle of water for the room and got shocked: The price for a small bottle of local water is 8 Reais + 20% taxes!!! Seriously? Absolutely ridiculous!!! On the room service menu the price for coffee is 45 Reais? Do they add gold ate this coffee? We've also paid 30 reais for French fries by the swimming pool. I really don't understand the mentality of overcharging like this or when the hotels overcharge on the mini bar and room service. The staff is not super busy and cost of food in Brazil is fair. Come on... you could have guests like us to talk nicely about the hotel and recommend it to other travellers. Never booking at a Windsor property because of this absolutely ridiculous experience.

Avenida Presidente Vargas 392 Rio de Janeiro RJ

Hotel highlights

  • Close to National Library and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Porto Maravilha, Windsor Guanabara Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as National Library and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. This 3.5-star hotel has 542 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Located in central Rio de Janeiro, the hotel is also near Arcos da Lapa and Museum of Modern Art.


Start your day off right with a free buffet breakfast, served each morning from 6 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Order from 24-hour room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Windsor Guanabara Hotel's 542 soundproofed rooms provide minibars, free local calls, and safes. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also included.

Property features

At Windsor Guanabara Hotel, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna. Valet parking is offered for BRL 35 per day. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and 32 meeting rooms.

Room options

Executive Superior Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Luxury Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Executivo Family Plan

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1355 reviews