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Looking out over Copacabana Beach, the Rio Othon Palace offers more than just a prize view of one of the world’s most famous swathes of sand. The hotel is located near some of Rio's standout attractions, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, and so is convenient for exploring the city. Its rooftop pool also makes it a good place to relax.

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

As with most Rio hotels, the décor is rather dated and lacks style and character. However, the rooms are spacious, have small balconies (although most are without furniture), and are clean and well-equipped. Rooms have air conditioning, cable TV, a digital safe, Wi-Fi, a telephone and a mini bar.

Location

The Rio Othon Palace’s location in Rio de Janeiro is unbeatable, with an ideal central location on Copacabana Beach, and only minutes from central Rio and both airports. It's situated between postos four and five, which are the lifeguard stations that locals use to demarcate different sections of the beaches. At posto four you’ll find locals playing beach volleyball and walking slacklines, while the calm waters at post five attract standup paddleboarders.

Food and Drink

A meal at Skylab, located on the 30th floor overlooking all of Copacabana, is a highlight of a stay at the Rio Othon Palace. The restaurant’s menu is inspired by French and Brazilian cuisine and on weekends there are special dishes such as the Brazilian soul food staple, feijoada, which is cooked up on Saturdays. On Sunday, traditional grilled meats are served all day.

Families

The Rio Othon Palace is popular with families as it offers connecting rooms, a rooftop pool and several dining options. 

Facilities and Activities

The Rio Othon Palace has a litany of services and amenities; they include beach service, a rooftop pool, a gym, a sauna, and a well-regarded restaurant.

Our opinion

While the Rio Othon Palace lacks the five-star service of other beachfront hotels, it's a good choice due to its great location towards the Ipanema end of Copacabana.

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    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.

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