First Vila Galé hotel in Rio de Janeiro The Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro, in the Lapa district, is targeted for leasure and business tourism. The Vila Galé group opens today its first hotel in the Carioca capital. With a privileged location in the city center, more precisely in the Lapa district. Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro will have the same services and infrastructures of excellence known to all Vila Galé hotels. Built from an old palace, the new Vila Galé hotel has two new buildings composed by rooms, restaurants and a convention center. Inspired in Bossa Nova and the Luso-Brazilian culture, the project had an investment of more than 35 million Euros (114 millions Reais), which included the recovery of the palace and the construction of the two new blocks with the convention center and a 14 story high building which will hold the majority of the 292 rooms available.