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Windsor Guanabara Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

I stayed in this hotel because it was a few minutes by walking from the office. I have already stayed in the hotels in UK, Chile, USA, etc. Some have nice amenities, coffee maker available in the room, Iron, bath tube, etc. In Windsor, supposed to be the same level, none of them. There were mosquitoes in the room and the internet worked whenever it wants. The gym started late (8 am, when i supposed to be at the office) and a little disappointment of the pool and the bar in the pool. The bed was not so comfortable and the shower wasn't hot. But positive points for the staff and the breakfast.

This was my first trip to Brazil and I'm glad that I had a good experience at the Windsor to kick things off on a good note. Although I only stayed for one night, I enjoyed the rooftop pool, the excellent (!) breakfast buffet, the really great water pressure in the shower (hey, that's important to me), the proximity to the lovely new light rail system and, two blocks away, the subway/Metro. Many staff members speak English, so that helped me quickly feel comfortable as I am still in the ultra-beginning stages of learning Portuguese. Be prepared for full-on urban intensity the moment you step outside: street vendors, deafening traffic, commuters hurrying here and there. But I love cities, so for me it was invigorating. I did get the sense, though, that wandering around at night is NOT AT ALL recommended. If you get homesick for US food, there is a KFC and a McDonald's within a block. Otherwise, there are MANY local restaurants and vendors nearby so you can enjoy living like a Brazilian for a bit.

We stayed here one day prior to boarding a Cruise Ship. We selected this hotel for its proximity to the port--you can catch a tam by the hotel and take it a few stops around the corner to where you board the ship. We found the free breakfast buffet to be one of the best we have experienced. Lots of variety, hot food kept hot, and clean dishes. On the other hand, we ate the buffet lunch at the hotel and found it overpriced and "underwhelming" in comparison to the breakfast. When entering the Hotel, the lobby is clean and neat, and the staff attentive and readily available. We liked the exercise room and the pool area on the roof, from which you have a decent view of the cathedral, port, and Christ the Redeemer statue on the hill some distance away. On the other hand, the room was noisy with the window open, and somewhat stuffy when closed. The bed was comfortable. However, the lighted magnifying mirror in the bathroom had a broken cord with an exposed "live" bare wire which could have given someone a deadly shock; they did not fix this before we left. There was also an active woodworm in the furniture!

I've stayed at this hotel three times in Rio. It has very good rooms, easy access to metro, good food with a lot of variety, and is relatively cheap. The staff is very helpful. The rooftop pool has wonderful views of Guanabara Bay. The only downside is the rooms are a little older, and while the location is perfect for business, it is not in a good location for tourists.

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 1324 reviews