"Grand old lady of Copacabana"
Very efficient check in service , excellent local drivers who work for the hotel , helpful concierge. Breakfast can be a bit of a bun fight but the choices are many and varied. Our room was in the original building with a view of the beach , lovely high ceilings , roomy well equipped bathroom . Some minor quibbles , the TV system is pain , it seemed to need to reboot itself every time it was switched on and the service at lunchtime at Pergula restaurant was awful , having placed an order one had an interminable wait for any food to appear , we ate there a couple of times and it was hard to understand why preparation and presentation of club sandwiches etc took quite so long , but it was good when it came.
"Belmond Copacabana Palace"
Visited Rio twice, last October and again end of January. Second time stayed at this magnificent hotel the Copacabana Palace. Staff were Profession, friendly, efficient and cooperative. What more could you ask for. Food was excellent. Accommodation; large rooms, great views of the beach, clean and well appointed. Pity Latam air couldn't manage to get our bags transferred to our flight from Santiago to Rio, on the same flight, or from the airport to our hotel in under 17 hours. The hotel is across the street from the beach, and the hotel runs out hose lines and waters the sand to keep it cool so that their guests don't burn their feet. Its a long walk from the road to the surf, its the widest beach I have ever seen.
"Go where the celebs go....."
Lunch, dine, have a drink at THE spot on Copacabana beach. Beautiful property with excellent service. If you want one of the best & iconic properties to stay at while in Rio, look no further. All the major hotels are opposite the beach, but this is the famous one.
"Fantastic stay post Carnival"
We stayed at the Belmond Copacabana Palace for 8 nights in March in a Pool & Oceanview suite. The hotel is in a great location and it's a lovely walk to Ipanema or Leblon, particularly in the morning or early evening when it's a little cooler. The hotel itself is spotless and has a very classic charm. The public areas are well kept and welcoming. Our suite on the 9th floor in the 'new' building (which was actually completed in 1948) was perfect. There was a spacious lobby with a small kitchen just off it, a beautiful triple aspect sitting room with french doors to the balcony and a huge bedroom. The bedroom had an enormous walk in wardrobe and the bed itself was incredibly comfortable. I must say as well the soundproofing was excellent, we were not disturbed by outside noise at all. The bathroom was a little old fashioned but kept immaculately and the shower pressure for the 9th floor of a post war building was impressive. We loved the view over the pool and to the beach. Breakfast each day at Pergula was fantastic (we particularly enjoyed the variety of the daily fresh fruit selection) as were evening cocktails at Cipriani. The staff at this property were also excellent, in particular Laetitia on the concierge desk and Maia from Guest Relations, the true mark of a well run hotel. Given the overall quality of accommodation and service we felt the Copacabana Palace offered excellent value, we would certainly recommend it and hope to return in the future.
"Beautiful luxury experience but not generous"
There are some luxury places you stay that are that generous that you really feel pampered and there are others that will charge you for everything and feel rather mean. I arrived at the beautiful Belmond Copacabana Palace after staying at a few places on the generous end of the scale and unfortunately it felt a little mean but to tell the truth it sits in the middle of the scale. The hotel itself was stunning, we stayed in a suite at the back of the building (no view) and it was older but truly lovely and a classical style. The rest of the hotel is stunning, the pool, bars, gym and restaurants are really stunning and out of the pages of a fashion magazine (except the hallway between reception and the main pool and courtyard. A little tip is to be careful when swimming in local beaches, all beaches in Rio are heavily polluted - ensure you don't swallow water and shower immediately (there are facilities on the beach from the hotel). Staff were wonderful, extremely helpful and lovely to chat with. A note to the hotel - they should provide more complimentary bottled water, the nespresso capsules should be complimentary and the tea a better quality, a complimentary driver service around the immediate area and a little improvement to the breakfast such as opening the kitchen to take orders for eggs/omelettes etc would complete the luxury experience. Frankly there is no better in Copacabana and I would not consider staying anywhere else but it really could be improved to provide a true luxury experience.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM