This Rio landmark overlooks its namesake beach and is the most traditional and elegant hotel in the city.
The Emiliano is one of the most recent arrivals to Copacabana Beach. While the service, restaurant, and comfortable rooms are noteworthy, it's the hotel's façade which is perhaps its most striking feature. Massive retractable panels (cobogós in local architectural parlance) give the Emiliano an ever-changing appearance. When closed, guests enjoy an added bit of privacy without completely closing themselves off and when open, they reveal views stretching from Leme to Fort Copacabana. Behind this portico, guests can enjoy 1,115 sq m (12,000 sq ft) of relaxation and leisure areas including the spa, restaurant, and rooftop pool and bar, with impeccable service to match.
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The Emiliano's rooms are tastefully, unpretentiously decorated and extremely comfortable. Rooms begin at 42 sq m (452 sq ft) and their en suites include marble fixtures, a Victoria Albert bathtub, a stand-in shower, and the Emiliano’s own Santapele brand toiletries. Higher categories of rooms are even grander, and offer sweeping oceanfront views. One suite has a private sauna, tub with massage system, and personal massage room.
The hotel sits at the far southern end of Copacabana Beach and from the rooftop pool and bar, it offers views of some of the most cherished sites in Rio, from Sugar Loaf at one end to Copacabana Fort at the other. Its location on Copacabana Beach is known for its calm waters which draw swimmers and stand-up paddle boarders. Just around the corner are the tree-lined streets of Ipanema which are filled with bars, restaurants, and cafes.
Food and drink
At Emile, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, the focus is on sustainability and freshness, in keeping with Emiliano’s mission of being a model establishment for Brazil. Set against the backdrop of a rising wall of vegetation, diners can enjoy dishes created from seasonal organic, biodynamic, and ecologically friendly ingredients that come from small local farmers and producers, whether it's the wellness breakfast or the à la carte dinner service. Food and cocktails can also be enjoyed at the rooftop pool and bar.
With connecting rooms available, this can be a suitable option for families with older children but more appropriate options do exist in the city for those with small children.
Facilities and activities
The rooftop pool is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon, but it's the Santapele Spa that's the real star feature at the Emiliano. Located on the 11th floor, the spa has an extensive menu of massages and skin treatments, all with a focus on rebalancing your wellbeing.
A modern but characterful hotel with friendly staff, a superb location, and excellent facilities.
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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.
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.
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 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.