Visitors looking for luxury accommodation in Rio may find themselves gasping at the high price tags of high-end lodgings in the city, but the historic Copacabana Palace is one hotel that really is worth the splurge.
Copacabana Palace is an enduring beachfront beauty — Photo courtesy of Jefferson de Almeida
When it opened in 1923, Copacabana Palace stood alone on the beachfront, surrounded by thick jungle by the azure sea. With such an astonishing location, it's no wonder the hotel attracted the beautiful people of the time, with glamorous A-listers rushing to lounge on the beach and at the hotel´s pool. Here Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire took to the dance floor in Flying Down to Rio, and the hotel has attracted a string of A-listers ever since.
Although Copacabana Palace is now surrounded by high rise hotels, it continues to stand head and shoulders above the competition, metaphorically speaking, and its gleaming white facade, immaculate service and that famous pool make it a top option for those with the budget for luxury lodgings. The hotel´s restaurants, Cipriani and Pergula, are among the best in the city.
Even if you can only afford to spend one night here, it´s worth going the whole hog and splashing out on a room with a sea view, as those at the back of the building look out on to the less-thanbeautiful Copacabana backstreets.