The legendary Copacabana Palace, a landmark art deco hotel from its heyday in the glamorous 1920s to the modern day, is one of the grandest hotels in Brazil, and in fact all of South America, with a long list of famous guests and set directly overlooking Copacabana Beach.
The hotel graciously blends elegance and luxury with a classic style. The spacious guest rooms and suites have all been individually designed with fine period furniture and original works of art. Each of the rooms affords fabulous views of the ocean or towards the city and all the suites have spacious, opulent sitting rooms leading onto private balconies or terraces.
The Copacabana Palace boasts a magnificent, semi-Olympic size swimming pool and the only rooftop tennis court in the city. The hotel is renowned for its superb restaurants, with the Hotel Cipriani restaurant serving sophisticated gourmet cuisine and the Pérgula offering a relaxed dining experience indoors or on the al-fresco terrace overlooking the pool. There is also a lavish spa and one of the hottest night spots in town, the bar do Copa, popular with the city's style setters.
The Copacabana Palace offers the perfect luxury retreat from which to explore a truly vibrant city with its golden beaches and impressive colonial buildings surrounded by verdant tropical forests. Those lucky enough to travel to Rio for the famous carnival should be sure not miss the hotel's Grand Carnival Ball, one of the most glamorous parties in town.
The Copacabana Palace has 116 guest rooms and 129 suites, all decorated with fine furnishings and with either city or beach views. The Pool and Ocean View Suites all have a comfortable sitting room and private balcony. The Penthouse Suites have their own private terrace and are located on a separate Penthouse Floor, which has its own swimming pool and wet bar, exclusively for Penthouse Suite guests.
Children are very welcome at the Copacabana Palace and babysitting can be arranged on request. Cots are available and additional beds can be provided in the suites in the Tower Building.
Facilities at the Copacabana Palace include a vast outdoor pool, a rooftop tennis court and one of Rio's top spas, with an extensive treatment menu and complete with fitness room, steam room, hair salon, sauna and relaxation areas. There are also 2 excellent restaurants, a piano bar and the funky Bar do Copa.
Rio is a fantastic city just waiting to be explored. Excursions can be arranged to visit some of the highlights including the famous Corcovado monument, Sugar Loaf, the Tijuca forest and the bohemian quarter of Santa Teresa.
All Penthouse Suites at the Copacabana Palace benefit from a private butler service. The hotel also a beach service with parasols, loungers and security system for valuables.
When to travel
Rio de Janeiro is a year round destination. Spring (September - October) is one of the nicest times to visit Rio, before the humidity sets in. Rio's forests and gardens are lush and beautiful to see at this time. Summer vacation begins in mid-December and lasts until February. During this time the beaches are packed with Cariocas working on their tans. This can also be the rainiest time of year in Rio. The heavy heat starts around October and will reach 40 degrees Celsius on a sunny day. Winter vacation happens in July and, although the days can stay hot, the evenings in Rio get relatively chilly dropping to 15 degrees Celsius. The winds and dampness can make this feel colder. Summers are best for diving while the winter months (June - August) are the best for surfers. Carnaval is held every year, 7 weeks before Easter Sunday. During this period, and often the weeks leading up to it, Rio is at its liveliest. It is also a time when prices skyrocket and crowds can become unbearable.
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Location and directions
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Copacabana Palace is superbly located on Avenida Atlântica. It faces the world famous Copacabana Beach and yet is only minutes from the business centre, and the Ipanema and Leblon districts of Rio de Janeiro.
How to get there
11-hour 55-minute international flight to Rio de Janeiro. The hotel is located eight miles from the domestic airport, Santos Dumont, and 20 miles (about 40 minutes drive according to the traffic conditions) from Rio de Janeiro's international airport, Tom Jobim.