One of the world’s most popular hotels is in Brazil’s Rio. This is Copacabana Palace hotel that is regarded as the premier hotel in South America as well as the best place to stay in the Southern Hemisphere. Overlooking the famous Copacabana Beach, this hotel is an 8-storey edifice with an annex of 14 storeys encompassing 216 rooms, fitness center, semi-Olympic pool, an elite pool for the VIPs at the penthouse, a 3-storey spa, tennis court, and two restaurants. To add more to its glory besides the all-encompassing stay requirements, it has been the choice of famous personalities such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Walt Disney, and Elton John. What more do I need to say in honor of such a preferred place?
At the Copacabana Palace, All the 148 rooms in the main edifice as well as 78 in the annex offer balconies with good views of the beach. Amenities here include the DVD player, CD player, premium bedding, Hypo-allergenic bedding, separate sitting area, patio, climate control, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, voice mail, direct-dial phone, complimentary bottled water, refrigerator, minibar, housekeeping, turndown service, designer toiletries, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, bathroom phone, separate bathtub and shower, mirror, slippers, electronic/magnetic keys, cable television service, desk, clock radio, safe, rollaway beds, cribs on request, complimentary wireless/wired, high-speed Internet access, dial-up Internet access (surcharge), curtains, and speakerphones. And above all, the best part is that all of them are non-smoking zones!
Rooms offer beach, city, pool, or ocean views.
Airport transportation for a fee
Air-conditioned public areas
Multiple small meeting rooms
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Express check- in and check-out
Full-service health spa
Gift shops or newsstand
Limo or Town Car service
Safe-deposit box – front desk
Shopping on site
Swimming pool – outdoor
Tennis on site
Babysitting or child care
Golfing, running track/path, Pilates classes/instruction, Yoga classes/instruction, bicycle rentals, helicopter/airplane sightseeing, eco tours, and golf lessons nearby
Swimming and aerobics on site
Charges might apply for some of these services. The full-service spa here offers all the possible massages, treatment rooms, and a hair salon.
Rio’s most superb restaurants are at the Copacabana Palace. One of them is the Cipriani Restaurant offering lunch as well as dinner and featuring north Italian cuisine, traditional as well as innovative. On the other hand, the Pergula Restaurant by the pool features breakfast buffet, a la carte lunch, and al fresco dining. Here, the tables are arranged on the terrace offering the sweeping pool views and also in the air-conditioned room.
US$ 575 per room.