Now when you arrive a the hotel you are greeted by a stunning lobby with a Carrara marble staircase, and the original ceiling, which had been hidden under plaster, now visible and restored to its original splendor. In addition, a stainless steel and glass portico has been installed above the hotel’s main entrance to protect guests from the elements, and the sweeping exterior of the hotel’s entrance has been expanded allowing for multiple vehicles to drop guests off at one time.
All rooms and suites in the main building of the hotel, which is characterized by its renowned neo-classicist dazzling white façade, have been re-designed and given a new lease of life with new fabrics and furniture throughout. The majority of bathrooms were expanded and underwent complete structural redesign. Beautifully designed porcelain enamel bathtubs now perfectly complement separate showers and marble counter tops with dual basins.
As part of the renovations, Copacabana Palace has also introduced two new boutiques inspired by the energy and spirit of Rio in partnership with retail management firm, Seaside Luxe. Both boutiques, named 1923 and Villa Copa, will sell a range of stylish apparel including swimwear and accessories for men and women – ranging from chic basics to one-of-a-kind designer exclusives by both local and international designers.
Completed in 2011, were the renovations of the Cipriani Restaurant at the hotel, regularly lauded as one of the most sophisticated restaurants in Rio. Re-launched in September 2011, the design now offers a light and airy environment with more natural lighting during the day. The delicate décor reflects the easy-going elegance of the city without compromising the sophistication and exclusivity of the restaurant. A highlight is the addition of a “table du chef” inside the kitchen, which is an intimate dining experience for six people. To coincide with the launch of the new-look restaurant, Chef Nicola Finamore created a new menu serving classics from the restaurant’s namesake in Venice, and innovative Italian cuisine.
Its unbeatable position on the lively Copacabana Beach and location in one of the world’s most vibrant cities, has made the hotel a popular destination for almost 90 years. Since opening in 1923, the hotel has established a reputation for excellent service, luxurious accommodations and with its bar having had its own facelift in 2009, for being one of the coolest drinking and star spotting spots in the city. It has welcomed countless high profile guests from the world of politics, business, and sports, as well as stars from the big screen, giving testament that it really is the premier luxury hotel in Rio. The completion of the refurbishment at the hotel will kick start a year of celebrations, as the hotel enters its 90th year.
A Deluxe Beach View Room at Copacabana Palace starts from approximately $740 a night. For further information or to make a booking please visit www.copacabanapalace.com or call Orient-Express US reservations on 800-237-1236.