Gran Melia Nacional

Niemeyer’s Nacional revamped by Gran Melia in Rio

Av Niemeyer 769 Sao Conrado Rio de Janeiro 22450-221 Brazil


Who's Going

Design Lovers, Day Trippers, Convention Visitors

Reason to Stay

Removed Location, Iconic Architecture, Rooftop Scene

Hotel Type

Design Hotel

Even people familiar with Rio are unaware of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer's cylindrical Hotel Nacional in Sao Conrado. It occupies a private, beachfront swathe of one of the city's top suburbs - defined since 1972 by this iconic tower. A massive, destination hotel with 413 rooms, double restaurants, two bars, nightclub and convention facilities, the property was revamped as a 5-star design property by Spain's ME Hotels and Resorts. The architectural integrity of the property has been invigorated by designer Debora Aguiar incoprorating original elements of the property like its famed Pedro Corrêa de Araújo chandelier in the lobby to Roberto Burle Marx's original landscaping. Further amenities include a 34th floor helipad, which you'll want to even see Rio's livelier neighborhoods like Ipanema and Copacabana, as well as a full-floor Clarins Spa.

The Room

A staggering 400-plus guest rooms mean that guests often arrive for on-site conventions and meetings, with use of the lobby and swimming deck precluding visits to Ipanema and Copacabana. Room boast ocean and golf course views with modem décor and architectural floor to ceiling windows. Exotic, Brazilian woods mix with Niemeyer-inspired décor. Red Level rooms occupy a full-service concierge floor with all-day food and wine presentations.

Preferred Room

Junior SUite

Special Features

Iconic Architect, Destination Hotel, Rooftop Eatery


Iconic Architecture, Pool, Restaurant, Lounge, Bar

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