"Take the view"
This iconic hotel is worth the high price, if you choose the right room - we didn't try every single one, but you get a pretty good idea on site. Service is good, although plagued by the South American Speedy Gonzales restaurant style, you've got to hold on to your plate - at first it makes you laugh, but it is quite annoying in the end. Tiny detail for some, but a point to improve for us. Choose the main building, ocean view room. The view from floor to ceiling windows is fabulous. Pool side can be noisy, we had a bunch (like almost 100) lively Canadians touring there at the same time, love Canada, but I wouldn't have enjoyed a pool side room when they were having their pool party. Also, I don't think the wing building is worth it, for the same reason, the pool. Without the view, the stars would not add up for the cost. They arrange a free taxi to the mall in Ipanema, ask for it. All in all standard luxury. The Mee restaurant is reviewed separately.
Takes you back to colonial times! Luxury, tastefully decorated, delicate features, great food. A place to indulge and spoil yourself. Great location at Copacabana beach ( nice beach bar across the road as well) Nit the best part of town for shopping but the views on the front bedrooms are to die for
"Great hotel. Would I stay here again' Yes."
We stayed for four nights and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. All the usual compliments due to a 5 star hotel are deserved. Superb staff especially, from the door team to the waiting team, concierge.... Perfect level of service. On hand instaneously but no over bearing obsequiousness. Top marks. Only quibble is having to pay for coffee making in the room. Nespresso capsules at R$8 each. Before leaving the room for two cups by two people R$39 (the extra I guess is tax) is a bit of a pain and an unnecessary annoyance in the context of a hefty but worth it bill in a great city and location. I have no recollection of ever having to have paid for bedroom coffee in any hotel before. Currently in another Belmond in Brazil and again top marks for everything but...this time no coffee making facilities of any sort. Room service' First thing in the morning no thanks.
Hotel was very busy but staff were great Room with beach view was excellent and make sure you get one of these rooms worth the extra. Restaurants also fantastic and pool great. The Japanese restaurant particularly good
"Great beach location. Safe. Clean. Good pool. But take care with the room location..."
Pros: Right across from the beach. Huge pool with lots of seating in and out of the sun. Staff is very friendly. Rooms are very clean. Turn down service at night. Good business center. You can't go up in the elevator without a room key. A few cafes within walking distance. Comfortable beds. Someone walks you to your room and explains everything in the room and how to work it when you check in. They have several English channels to watch on TV. Cons: Not all rooms have an ocean or pool view. Our room was in the annex and overlooked a dirty, loud street. The room was really noisy from the traffic. I think the windows are just older and single pane, but it sounded like we were sleeping on the sidewalk. Be sure to ask for an ocean view or at a minimum pool view room when you make your reservation. Restaurants are expensive. They allow too many craft peddlers at the entrance. They harass you every time you go in or out. They are in business with the hotel because they deliver your stuff to your room. The hotel is older, so it's not the best for those who need ramps or lifts.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM