"Don't expect decent portion sizes in the Cipriani Restaurant"
We have just returned from a 3 week tour of South America. In Rio we were unable to stay at the Hotel as fully booked, but decided to eat in the Cipriani Restaurant. We had a pasta starter, which was not large, but sufficient as a starter, however, when we received our main course of the Classic Veal, I just burst out laughing as I could not believe how small the size of the portion was. I kid you not, there were 4 pieces of veal, each piece about the size of a 50p piece!!. I called the Maitre'd over and was informed that they would advise the Chef on the size of the portion. Not good enough especially for the prices charged.. The food was very good though, despite the size! I would also like to add that I have eaten on several occasions at the actual Cipriani Hotel in Venice, and never had received such a small portion there, even thought they are part of the same group. So, unless you are on a diet, avoid this place.
"THE PLACE TO STAY IN RIO !"
Our travel agent had booked us into this hotel for a 5 day recovery after a month touring South America , and boy , did we recover ! From the moment you walk into the foyer , you know you are somewhere special ,and that feeling continued until we checked out . We had a lovely sea view room with an enormous bathroom.All the staff , without exception , were fantastic .The hotel is located right on Copacabana Beach and if you get bored with sitting around the gorgeous pool area , there is a fully staffed section of the beach for hotel guests. There are plenty of bars and restaurants close by and at no time did we feel unsafe walking around day or night . I could go on , but in all honesty , there was nothing to find fault with here and I would wholeheartedly recommend this as a truly wonderful place to stay.
"BEST HOTEL IN RIO !!"
I stayed in this luxury hotel for a few days before a two weeks cruise to South America and Antarctica with Princess cruises... best hotel in Rio with the best service and fantastic views ...even Sarkozy and Karla Bruni were there and we met them...
"Lives up to the hype"
Traveled to Copacabana Palace in February 2017 with a large group. We were here 4 nights and then flew over to their sister hotel in Iguazu (see Cataratas review). First off, we were greeted by the bellman and he promptly tagged our luggage as our room wasn't quite ready. The group has a little area in the salons upstairs so we waited while other people were still arriving. We weren't waiting long when our phone rang and we were summoned to the front desk for our keys. Walking into the room, I will say that I was relieved that the room air was working well, as most of the corridors and hallways in the hotel itself were humid. Can't be helped really - the "feels like" temps when were there were over 100 degrees every day. The humidity in Rio is horrendous. Not the hotel's fault mind you, I just thought I'd throw that in there! Anyway, the room was quite spacious with a big closet and drawers with a beautiful, secure, roomy safe. We had a king size bed which was very comfortable as well as the pillows (always my most criticized area). The bathroom was very spacious also. Two sinks and a big tub with separate shower. Plenty of room for all of our toiletries and it's always nice when all your toiletries are layed out on a washcloth. We had a few meals in the hotel for our group and I can't say we had a bad meal, considering it's difficult to feed a group and please everyone. The hotel itself has a lovely pool area with plenty of shaded areas and umbrellas for people like us who do not like to bake in the sun. The pool attendants are right there with clean towels and service is wonderful. Now for the criticism, and believe me it's really not much, but I always try to be honest in my reviews: I find the language barrier difficult in Rio. We have visited many countries and most of the hotel staff has people that speak English or at least a little bit of English. I totally understand that I am visiting their country, but when you're in a hotel of this magnitude, you would think there would be more English speaking staff. The turn down service was lovely, but they always came at 4:00 pm when we were getting ready for dinner. One day, I had to gather up the towels and hand them to the maid for fresh morning towels, or we wouldn't have any. She had no idea what I was saying, but when I handed her the towels, she got it :) This really is a lovely place to stay, and it's a secure feeling when you have to put your room key to the elevator to move it. The internet is lightning fast. The views of Copacabana Beach are beautiful and the hotel seems to be located in a heavily populated area. I say 'seems to be' because everything was planned for us so we never went off on our own. But we did have some people in our group that went shopping and said it was close by. Plus, there's some kind of flea market a few blocks down, but only on Sundays. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Was here for the Olympic Games. Really the only place to stay in Rio. Right across from Copacabana beach. We were very impressed with the security at the hotel given the amount of people and worldwide attention the Olympics draw. This is a classic hotel with a lot of history. We stayed in the adjoining building which was a little older but the rooms were spacious and clean. The pool was maintained very well and staff was excellent. Totally recommend.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM