Belmond Copacabana Palace
The grand façade of the Belmond Copacabana Palace greets guests arriving to one of the world’s great cities and after stepping across the threshold you'll find yourself immersed in the enduring allure of Rio’s golden age. This is complemented by the hotel’s modern amenities, contemporary restaurants, and impeccable service which draws in jet-setting visitors from the world over.
When not out exploring Rio, guests can soak up the sun by the pool or on the beach — perhaps with a caipirinha in hand — or enjoy the hotel’s numerous other amenities such as their botanical spa, tennis courts, or gym. The hotel is also home to several renowned restaurants.
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Rooms and suites are divided between a main building and adjoining tower. Rooms vary in size and can range from city or partial ocean views right up to uninterrupted views of the Copacabana strip. All have marble bathrooms, air conditioning, and other amenities; the suite category and above also have their own private balconies.
For nearly a century the Belmond Copacabana Palace has occupied one of the prime spots on Copacabana Beach. Despite being right on Avenida Atlântica — the main strip that runs the length of the beach — the hotel remains slightly tucked back, allowing for respite from the whirling urban jungle just footsteps away.
Food and Drink
Several of Rio’s best-loved restaurants are found at the Belmond Copacabana Palace and with three options to choose from, there's the opportunity to sample different regional and international cuisine every night of your stay. Pérgula serves authentic Brazilian dishes. There's also hearty Italian fare at Hotel Cipriani Restaurant, and Michelin-starred pan-Asian cuisine at Mee. The upscale Piano Bar is an excellent place for an aperitif or a nightcap.
The hotel may seem opulent, but this is still a good option for families. Special amenities can be provided for children and connecting rooms are available.
Facilities and Activities
Facilities at the hotel include a semi-Olympic-size swimming pool, a spa, a tennis court, and three excellent restaurants and a bar, plus beach service. You'll also be able to see all the famous people who have stayed at the hotel in its 'hall of fame'.
This Art Deco landmark is one of the finest places to stay in Rio. The pool area is excellent, as are the restaurants and the spa facilities, and the rooms evoke the forgotten era of Rio's golden age.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The Arena Leme is a contemporary and comfortable hotel and it makes for a great base from which to explore the lively streets of Rio from the calmer shores of Leme Beach.
Looking out over arguably the most photogenic stretch of beach in Rio sits the Fasano. The hotel’s sleek outward character and understated interior design combine to make this Rio’s best choice for top-end sophistication.
More than just a hotel, the Emiliano has an identity synonymous with being fresh and elegant.
Tucked away in the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, Mama Ruisa is one of the most unique boutique hotels in the city and is replete with Brazilian hospitality and French embellishments.
The Miramar Hotel by Windsor is an Audley favourite in the Copacabana area of Rio, home to iconic views, beautiful beaches and numerous cafes and restaurants.
This modern and comfortable hotel is a great base from which to explore the vibrant streets of Rio.
The Rio Othon Palace is one of the best-located hotels in Rio and and boasts what are probably the city's best views of Copacabana Beach from its Sky Bar and small rooftop pool.
The Santa Teresa Hotel has been carefully restored to produce a beautifully finished hotel.
The Windsor Palace Hotel is located one block from Copacabana Beach and is one of our preferred value options for couples or families.
Just a short walk from the renowned Copacabana Beach, the Windsor Martinique offers guests an exceptionally warm welcome.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
The beaches are an excellent place to watch cariocas jogging, strutting and walking their poodles in the sunshine. You set the pace and if there is time you will also be able to circle the Lagoa before returning to your hotel.
The Maracanã football stadium was built in 1950 for the World Cup and is the biggest stadium of its kind, holding at one point, before terraces were converted to seating, more than 200,000 fans.
There is no other place in Rio that embodies the 'alegria' or happiness of the Brazilian people more than the nightlife scene in the neighbourhood of Lapa.
Stroll along a beautiful shoreline pedestrian path, popular with walkers and joggers. This is followed by a weaving hike up a trail with wonderful views of Rio's bay followed by a short (approximately 25m) but challenging section of rock climbing.