Belmond Copacabana Palace
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
At a Glance
Without doubt Rio's most iconic hotel, located on the world's most famous beachfront
Perfectly positioned for exploring the many sights this colourful and pulsating city has to offer
Even from the outside the hotel exudes grandeur and glamour, which continues throughout the property inside
Rooms vary in size and position – it's worth considering splashing out on a pool or sea view room
Modern amenities and facilities, contemporary restaurants, and impeccable service guarantees a memorable stay
Take a dip in Rio's largest outdoor pool or enjoy beachside service (caipirinha essential) and never-ending people watching opportunities
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Belmond Copacabana Palace
The supremely elegant Belmond Copacabana Palace is a luxury hotel nestled between Rio's rolling hills and the world famous Copacabana Beach. The restaurants and spa at the Belmond Copacabana Palace are first class, as is the vast outdoor pool.
The legendary Belmond 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 Belmond 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.
The Belmond 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 Belmond 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 Belmond 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 Belmond 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 two excellent restaurants, a piano bar and the funky Bar do Copa.
All Penthouse Suites at the Copacabana Palace benefit from a private butler service. The hotel also offers a beach service with parasols, loungers and security system for valuables.
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.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
The beautiful Belmond Copacabana Palace is a true grande dame of a hotel. The historic building has an instantly recognisable facade, and is a real slice of old-fashioned elegance in the heart of the bustling Rio. I really loved my stay here, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a base for exploring this amazing city. The rooms are spacious and have wonderful high ceilings, and it's well worth being in a sea view room to wake up to views over the ocean. The location is ideal for exploring the city, strolling or jogging along Copacabana Beach and there are plenty of restaurants within easy reach, and one of the best restaurants in the city right here at the hotel itself! Expect genuine hospitality from the staff here - every person I met, from the doorman to the concierge desk couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming - true to what I've come to expect from Belmond's properties, and one of the real assets to the hotel.
Stepping through the doors of the Copacabana always feels like the start of an adventure, even if you're stopping for a coffee. When it opened in 1923 it represented the very height of sophistication in an exotic tropical paradise. Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner and Carmen Miranda flew in to laze under the palm fronds and gamble all night in the gold-leafed ballrooms. That old-school glamour is still here, twinkling away, while everything around it has changed (neighbouring Ipanema is far more fashionable than Copacabana these days). Its current owner, the Orient-Express group, recently spent $15 million to make sure the neo-classical beauty gleams brighter and whiter than ever, but the real secret to its enduring success is the service. With more than 600 staff, there is never a shortage of waiters, or eagle-eyed housekeepers to dust cobwebs from 254 high-ceilinged bedrooms. The three impeccable restaurants take care of both businessmen and bikini-clad beauties (the lunchtime seafood buffet in Pergola is sensational), while a new boutique, Villa Copa, leaves no excuse for sloppy swimwear - not that the pool boy would bat an eyelid.
Mark Beken (Staff)
Even after 80-odd years of being the grande dame of Rio, the Belmond Copacabana Palace has still got it. Nowhere in Brazil, perhaps in all of Latin America, has quite the same flawless service of the Cop, and few have such an inviting pool, just made for lounging round and taking in the scene. The new spa is a temple to pampering, and the hotel's fine dining restaurant, the Cipriani, is still the place for movers and shakers to meet and eat. The hotel is classical in design (plenty of floral designs) which may not suit everyone, and Copacabana has long been eclipsed by Ipanema as THE place in Rio, but stay at the Belmond Copacabana Palace and you will know you have made it.
Cook with a local in Rio
Uncover the secrets to Brazil's diverse and distinctive cuisine in this hands-on cookery class, learning how to prepare the perfect caipirinha, along with various other typical Brazilian dishes. Finish with an all important tasting session.
Hiking Sugar Loaf Mountain
Take in one of Rio's most iconic sights from an alternative perspective, enjoying a challenging hike with some climbing thrown in, up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. No experience necessary; your experienced guide will assist you with the climbing.
Rio Art Galleries and Shopping
The art scene in Rio de Janeiro is bursting at the seams, discover why this city has been labelled Brazil's cultural capital. Explore famous art galleries followed by some world class shopping!
Rio by Bike
Experience the fabulous city of Rio de Janeiro in a unique and exciting way with your very own private guide – on a bicycle! Make plenty of stops along the way and pass many of the city's key landmarks, travelling alongside those iconic beaches.
Experience the biggest party of the year at Rio de Janeiro's infamous Carnival, a weekend of Samba beats, energetic dancing and dazzling costumes. Samba schools spend all year preparing for the main event so this really is a remarkable spectacle.
Rio Sailing Experience
Escape the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro on this private full-day sailing trip. This is the perfect activity for those who relish the finer things in life and want to break the humdrum – this is no ordinary Rio city experience.
Rio southern beaches and SUP
Rio is famous for its spectacular beaches so why not stray further afield to the quieter, southern part of the city where you can explore some of the more secluded spots, a popular choice amongst the local surfing community.
Sunrise picnic at Christ the Redeemer
As dawn breaks over Rio, tuck into a picnic breakfast at the foot of the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain. An early start is rewarded with panoramic views of the city from this iconic landmark before other visitors are admitted.
Yoga at the Botanical Gardens
For the ultimate way to relax your body and mind, enjoy a yoga class in the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro, the perfect backdrop for some soothing stretching and a lovely place to escape the hustle and bustle of Copacabana Beach.
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls & Florianopolis
from £5100 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- An ideal first visit to Brazil for couples and honeymooners
- Combine the city of Rio, the mighty Iguazu falls and the beaches of Brazil's Emerald Coast
- Visit the Iguazu Falls, staying at the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, the only property inside the national park
Ultimate Argentina & Brazil
Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro & Florianopolis
from £6800 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Unearth the hidden gems of Buenos Aires on a privately curated city tour which takes you to the classiest haunts around
- Savour the finest vintages in Mendoza and tantalise your taste buds with sumptuous cuisine
- Absorb the epic scale of Iguazu Falls from above as you fly over this epic wall of water in a helicopter
Pantanal, Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, Angra dos Reis
from £7000 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Three fantastically different ecosystems to explore - wetlands, Amazonian rainforest and Atlantic rainforest
- Experience the best lodging in each location, and excellent guiding
- Great adventure opportunities, from horse riding to canoeing, and foot safaris to boat trips
Location & directions
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Belmond Copacabana Palace is superbly located on Avenida Atlântica. It faces the world famous Copacabana Beach and is only minutes from 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.
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