The Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is an icon in the city, but new in the eyes of luxury hotel goers by way of a multi-million dollar renovation which has left the hotel in tip top shape for those who expect nothing but the best. As a property opened in 1923, the grandeur and charm of what has been a place frequented by sitting presidents, heads of state, celebrities and others, remains. What guests are left with is the perfect combination of old and new, to soak-in the history and legend, while still enjoying the five-star modern amenities that makes this hotel great.
226 guest rooms, ball rooms, a state-of-the-art spa and gym, three restaurants, a bar and other public areas have been re-imagined and decorated to a tee, meshing seamlessly with their surroundings in this urban, seaside rainforest. Walking through the hotel you might notice white linens with splashes of palm leaves by the sparkling pool, ornate oil paintings in the lobby and Cipriani restaurant, wall-to-wall marble in the spa or warm wood textures in the antique furniture selected for the rooms. Every area, whether big or small, makes sense and pleases those who know good design.
Things that remain the same, and have been constant at the Copa, include service and attention to detail. The army of staff go above and beyond to make your stay memorable. There are other luxury properties in Rio de Janeiro and a handful of new properties opening over the next several years, but the Copacabana Palace has a firm grasp on what it means to please their guests. The concierge will organize a sunrise picnic at the base of Christ the Redeemer, a private car and tour of the fabled Confeitaria Colombo downtown or a lifting Biologique Recherche facial in the spa. No detail is left unnoticed.
Rooms at the hotel, whether the penthouse suite or standard guest room, come with a level of comfort only the Copacabana Palace can offer. Views of the city or sea, a welcome fruit bowl with tropical varieties from the Amazon, a plate of brigadeiros and fresh still water daily. Housekeeping is attentive twice per day with the morning make-up and the evening turn-down. Rooms are cozy, no matter the size and feel like a room in your home – a place to get truly comfortable in and let all your cares slip away.
We love the Copacabana Palace – there’s no comparison in the city. For those looking for the perfect hotel in Rio de Janeiro that brings the past, present, and offers you extreme comfort and luxury, look no further than the glittering white walls of the legendary Copa.