Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro

Retro glamour on Rio de Janeiro’s beach
While a long list of A-list celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Princess Diana and Robert De Niro have graced the white marble interiors of the glamorous Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, the hotel itself is also a star. It appeared in the film Flying Down to Rio, in which Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced across the ballroom floor.

The French Riviera-inspired hotel was built in 1923 and reigns supreme from its perch on Brazil’s famous Copacabana Beach. It evokes a bygone era with its attentive service, 1920’s architecture and retro glamour. The Art Deco grand dame has 239 rooms, many of which overlook the beach, as well as three restaurants, a piano bar, an outdoor swimming pool and a private beach.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Copacabana Palace Spa offers a large selection of treatments ranges from traditional favorites like facials and massages to unique Brazilian-flavored services.
  • The spa’s popular two-story salon offers a full range of beach-friendly services, including highlights, pedicures and bronzing.
  • Rio’s grand dame earned its full-service reputation with a bevy of on-site amenities, including tennis courts, a business center, an oh-so chic outdoor swimming pool with poolside service, and a private beach with sun loungers, umbrellas and attendants.
  • Ever watchful attendants will make sure your day at the beach is just that. Sun loungers, umbrellas and water will be provided and the beach assistants will look after your belongings while you hit the surf.
  • For the ultimate VIP stay, opt for one of the seven Penthouse Suites. Each offers a terrace, original works of art, exotic carpets, French fabrics, marble bathrooms as well as exclusive use of a private swimming pool and a wet bar.
Things to Know
  • Do not leave without trying a caipirinha by the recently refreshed pool, made with cachaça, sugar and lime.
  • Thursdays through Saturdays, the pool comes to life with the sound of a local DJ from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Rooms
  • Guest rooms and suites are divided among the original building and the newer tower — both have views of either the beach or city skyline.
  • Suites are a smart splurge, especially those with direct beach vistas. All have separate living room and bedroom spaces, and some Pool Ocean View Suites have small kitchens.
  • French-inspired and timelessly classic, rooms are decorated in light-hued neutrals and rich fabrics.
  • They also feature Etro bath products, writing desks, fully-stocked mini bars, widescreen plasma TVs and iPod docks.
The Restaurants
  • Hotel Cipriani Restaurant pays homage to the Venice, Italy original with its traditional and inventive Italian dishes and includes a chef’s table for special occasions.
  • For Pan-Asian cuisine, try MEE, where a sake sommelier will guide you through 25 imported varieties. Specialties include dishes like Spicy Thai Salad, Vietnamese Salt and Pepper Crab and a range of sushi.
  • The vibrant Pérgula Restaurant is located poolside and available for all-day dining where you can try Brazil’s national dish, the feijoada, a bean and meat stew. Pop into the recently renovation space for Sunday Brunch, weekend cocktails accompanied by DJ-spun tunes or just a stylish selfie among the palm fronds and bright yellow banquettes. 
Getting There
Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil
GIG (24-35 min)  
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