Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel review - Rio de Janeiro

(Rio de Janeiro Hotels) - Palatial 1920s property with glamorous Art Deco interiors and charming historic touches. The historic Copacabana Palace, which dates back to 1923, is now part of the upscale Belmond hotel group. Find a full Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel review in this exclusive article.

belmond copacabana palace rio de janeiro

Much of the hotel has undergone renovations in the last several years, and beautifully maintains a 1920s aesthetic while attending to modern desires -- such as having a large business center equipped with computers, printers, an espresso machine, and an ATM. The lobby is spacious and sleek, with Art Deco cross-pattern marble floors, crystal chandeliers, rich woods, wrought iron railings, and boxy leather chairs. The area is stunningly tiered for an open, majestic atmosphere -- guests step inside, and then walk up a half-flight of stairs to access common spaces, such as the beautiful library, or cross the hall to another set of stairs leading to guest rooms. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel Beach

The hotel is quite large, and even in passthrough spaces there are nods to the past, such as the decorative stacks of wooden luggage and classic, wood file drawers contrasting with modern white furnishings on an airy patio. Guests run the gamut, from well-off couples to families to business travelers, who drift between the beach, the pool, and the plush, interior common spaces. 

Location

Just off a beautiful beach, within walking distance of restaurants and parks

Aptly named, the Belmond Copacabana Palace is across the street from the Copacabana Beach. It's just under 15 minutes' walk from the Estadual de Chacrinha park, and about a five-minute walk to the Cardeal Arcoverde metro stop. There's a large concentration of shops, restaurants, and bars accessible on foot, though most guests tend to dine on the property. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace Map Rio de Janeiro

The Ipanema and Leblon districts are both within about a 10-minute drive, and the international airport is about a half-hour away by car. A high-tourist spot, guests may want to look out for pickpockets, but otherwise, the area is safe. 

  • Address: Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001
  • Phone: +55 (21) 2548-7070
  • Web: belmond.com

Rooms

Grandly reminiscent of the 1920s 

Even the most basic room at the Belmond Copacabana Palace is distinctive, with high ceilings and wood molding reminiscent of the 1920s era. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel Room

Rooms have fluffy comforters, classic wood furniture, and tasteful floral-patterned curtains, and while colors and furnishings change a bit from room to room, all have an elegant Art Deco style. Each has an iPod dock, flat-screen TV, and writing desk; many have city or ocean views from tiled balconies, along with well-stocked minibars. Bathrooms are tiled in white marble, and some have showers only, while others have tubs, as well. 

belmond copacabana palace suite

Deluxe rooms have seating areas with couches and chairs, while gigantic Suites have separate living rooms, capsule coffeemakers, and large soaking tubs. The robes are plush and, instead of slippers, the hotel provides flip-flops, perfect for the beach. Rooms also have fresh-cut flowers, and a lemongrass fragrance pervades the property. 

Features

The beach, a gorgeous pool, a spa, three restaurants, and more 

A luxury hotel, the Belmond Copacabana Palace offers a slew of features. There's a full spa that does beauty and body treatments, and has a fitness center attached. There's also a tennis court on premise, with lessons available for a fee. Those feeling less active can relax on the pool patio, a grand space with plenty of lounge chairs and staff who are happy to provide towels, drinks, and light food. The beach is also just across the street. 

belmond copacabana palace pool

In addition to the popular Copacabana Piano Bar, there are three restaurants at the Palace: Cipriani, an upscale Italian restaurant; Pérgula a more casual (but still pricy) Brazilian restaurant with a free buffet breakfast; and Mee, the hotel's pan-Asian restaurant. The restaurants are well-regarded, but guests may be able to find better deals out in the neighborhood. Bar do Copa has live DJs from Wednesday through Saturday nights. Two on-site boutiques sell unique clothing and other various gifts, and there is 24-hour room service. 

Pros

  • Stunning property just off the beach with luxe Art Deco interiors
  • Impeccable service throughout the hotel and on the beach
  • Elegant rooms often have balconies with city or ocean views; extravagant suites
  • Large, heated outdoor pool with food and beverage service
  • Spa with sauna and steam room
  • Three restaurants, piano bar, and DJ lounge
  • Tennis court and fitness center
  • Two boutiques with unique items
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Pickpockets operate in the area

Bottom Line

The palatial 243-room Belmond Copacabana Palace is an historic Art Deco hotel just off the beach in Rio De Janeiro. The luxury property, now part of the Belmond hotel group, is classic and classy, with spacious, high-ceilinged common spaces and service staff that attend to guests throughout the hotel, the pool, and on the beach. 

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rooms are plush and elegant, and many have city or ocean views, well-stocked minibars, and beautifully tiled Juliet balconies. Features include a luxe spa, heated outdoor pool, and three highly regarded restaurants, as well as a lounge with a live DJ. This is one of the best hotels in town, and among the most expensive.