Rio de Janeiro


Belmond Copacabana Palace, A Temple of Luxury in Rio de Janeiro

Walter Raymond


Located at the foot of Christ the Redeemer and facing Copacabana beach, the Belmond Copacabana Palace is an icon of the "cidade maravilhosa". It is considered one of the jewels of international hospitality for its style and architecture, which have remained intact after nearly a century.


Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire danced together for the first time in one of its ballrooms. That memorable scene from the movie Flying Down to Rio (1933) was the venue that showed the world the remarkable talent of this dancing couple and the refined taste of the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Numerous personalities from the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics have chosen the Copacabana Palace while visiting Rio. The hotel’s Golden Book has been signed by personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana of Wales, Mick Jagger, Madonna and Vinicius de Moraes, among others.

Belmond Copacabana Palace

It was built in the style of the grand hotels of the French Riviera, on the mythical Copacabana beach at the foot of Christ the Redeemer. It is considered one of the jewels of international hospitality for its style and architecture, which remain intact after almost a century. To host so varied and distinguished guests, the hotel has 245 luxurious apartments and suites. The spacious rooms are furnished with fine antique furniture and decorated with original artwork. The common areas boast high domed ceilings and wood-paneled walls lit by crystal chandeliers.

The Belmond Copacabana Palace has the distinction of capturing the best of Rio to share it with its guests.

At the spa, guests find a sophisticated urban sanctuary devoted to cleansing and toning. A gym, tennis courts and pool contribute to this relaxing experience. Guest services extend to the very edge of the beach, incorporating the sun, sand and sea of Copacabana to the delightful amenities offered by the hotel.

Belmond Copacabana Palace

It is well known that the Copacabana Palace dining experience is quite memorable. The classic Northern Italian cuisine complemented with innovative touches of local ingredients has transformed Cipriani Restaurant into one of the meeting points for Rio’s elite. This locale is the setting for one of the most exciting culinary adventures in this emblematic Brazilian city: The Chef’s Table. To experience it, you must be the lucky diner who occupies the table located in the heart of the kitchen and try to resist the temptation of signature dishes prepared by chef Luca Orini, all complemented by carefully selected wines.

MEE delivers the sophistication of Asian cuisine. It features an exotic adventure through the gastronomy of Southeast Asia, accompanied by more than 25 varieties of sake imported directly from Japan. Meanwhile, the Pérgula restaurant offers a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere by the pool. There, international fair dialogues with Brazilian culinary delights such as the typical feijoada.

The Belmond Copacabana Palace has the distinction of capturing the best of Rio to share it with its guests. Thus in the evenings, music, fashion and theater personalities often visit the Copacabana Piano Bar. Its fun sophisticated ambiance fosters conversation among couples or groups of friends with soft piano music in the background.  ■


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