Copacabana Palace A Belmond Hotel


Rio’s brightest star is always in style.

An art deco masterpiece, Copacabana Palace is the crown jewel on the world’s most iconic beach.

Since its doors swung open in 1923, this landmark hotel has entertained the rich and the famous. A hive of activity, this is the spot to mix with Brazil’s elite over caipirinhas. What’s more, it’s the best seat in the house for Rio’s theatrical highlights: the spirited spring carnival and firework-flecked new year.

Back when Hollywood celebrities flocked to the coastal city for its parties, fashion shows, and to spend a few nights shacked up in this elegant Grand Dame. Not that it’s a has been. Through the hallways of the Belmond are lined with headshots of past guests – including rockstar royalty Mick Jagger and Janis Joplin – every year, they keep adding a few… after all, this is still one of the best hotels to stay in while in Rio. For an experience that shouts “ holiday in Rio!” settle down on a lounger by the massive pool, listen to the sweet bosanova coming from the nearby bar, and order yourself something with a kick to it… If old world glamour and elegance get your pulse racing, you’ll find no better place on the Copacabana beachfront.

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