My husband is Brazilian and we go to Brazil often. I have been to Rio maybe 20 times, but I had not been there recently since we had kids, so I was a bit worried about how Rio would be for a family. Our kids are 7 and 4. I am very safety conscious and a worry wart.
We decided to stay at the Copacabana Palace, even though in the past Copacabana beach has been much seedier than Ipanema. The Copacabana Palace has an amazing pool and open space (hard to find in Rio) and great beach service, both of which we thought would be good for our kids.
I was incredibly happy we decided to stay in Copacabana. There has been a total transformation of the beachfront since I was last there 5-6 years ago. Copacabana is so clean and button uped. I am not sure where they put the prostitutes and other surly folks who used to hang around (everywhere!), but they are for the most part gone and I felt totally safe walking with my kids all along the beach. The are installing new kiosks to buy food (presumably in anticipation of the World Cup and Olympics) and the beach looks great. The police presence is literally block by block during the day and there is just an overall feeling that they have staked a claim on this part of time to make it safe to walk, run, shop, play, etc. I still would not wear your diamonds or take tons of pictures with your $1000 camera, but that is just me, why ask for trouble?
We heard from many Cariocas (people who were born in Rio) that the police crack down in the favelas has made a huge improvement on crime in Rio and we would have to agree.
The Copacabana Palace is always a treat. The breakfast by the pool in the morning is one of the most relaxing wonderful ways to start your day. The staff is always accommodating and great with the kids. The pool service (for food) could have been a bit better, seemed a bit understaffed there when the pool got busy, but overall just a wonderful time. The tower has suite rooms, but they were just soo expensive that we took a regular room in the main part of the hotel and just stuffed all of us in it. The rooms in the main hotel are not huge, but they are beautifully done with good bathrooms and great mattresses and linens. Not to mention fabulous views if you are facing the ocean.
Note that Rio is very expensive with the weak dollar. Ouch! But, this is a great time to go and don't worry a bit about taking the kids. Also, do not miss the art fair in General Ursorio Square on Sundays or the Bossa Nova (a great smoothie) from a sweet little cafe just a block from the Copacabana Palace called La Fiducia Cafe. Great breakfast, lunch or break spot.
Enjoy it. Rio just has something that makes is special, even despite its traditional issues, however right now I think you have all the pluses and few minuses (expensive). Rio is truly a wonderful city right now, I hope that stays that way for a long time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the famous Copacabana Beach, the Belmond Copacabana Palace is known as the most luxury hotel in Brazil. A symbol of sophistication and refinement, the Belmond Copacabana Palace offers an impeccable service, excellent cuisine and luxurious accommodation, confirming its tradition of ideal place to stay in Rio de Janeiro. The Belmond Copacabana Palace offers three restaurants inside its facilities; the Italian Cipriani, the Pergula Restaurant, with Brazilian and international cuisine, located next to the pool and the new Pan-Asian restaurant awarded with a prestigious Michelin Star, Mee. Apart from being a landmark in one of the most beautiful areas of Brazil, the hotel is also a center of wellbeing. It offers one of the main spas in the country, with different types of treatments, as well as a beauty salon, both open to the public. It also has a boutique with national and international brands and exclusive pieces. The exclusive Beach service offers sun loungers, umbrellas and water for the guests. The personalized treatment enchants the guests and provides a family atmosphere, making everybody feel at home. The hotel is also known as one of the most sort after venues for parties and Rio´s social events. It has a convention center with ten different rooms and salons of different sizes and shapes, to suite the various needs of the clients. For parties, the hotel offers the luxurious Golden Room, the Nobre Room and the Copacabana Rooms, which can be used for cocktails, dinners, wedding receptions, business meetings and other large parties. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Copacabana Palace By Orient-Express Hotel Rio De Janeiro
- Copacabana Palace Rio De Janeiro
- Copacabana Palace Hotel
- Belmond Copacabana Palace Rio De Janeiro, Brazil