Rio’s Famed Hotel Glória Faces Potential Demolition

The hotel has been steadily deteriorating since 2008 when, after 86 years of continuous activity, it was purchased by the property arm of Brazilian Eike Batista’s EBX group for R$80 (US$20) million. Batista promptly closed the hotel and gutted the interior in order to realize his stated desire to restore the building’s “1920s charm” and simultaneously transform it into a world-class luxury facility.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - One of the few remaining art deco jewels from Rio de Janeiro’s golden age, the Hotel Glória provided elegant urban sanctuary for movie stars, singers, politicians and heads of state, for over 80 years. However, now effectively abandoned for more than a decade, it seems as if this landmark’s days are numbered.

Reports reveal that a recent engineering survey organized by Rio’s City Hall concluded that it would be better to implode the property than invest in long-delayed renovation plans. It remains unclear if or when this implosion would take place . . .

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