Dec 24, 2008

The best hotels in Copacabana, Rio

Despite its fame, Copacabana beach isn't actually the best beach in Rio - that honour goes to Ipanema or Leblon, if you ask the locals, which are safer and have better restaurants and bars. But it continues to be a classic, its signature black-and-white sidewalks filled with tourists and souvenir vendors. The grand dame of Copacabana is the famous Copacabana Palace, a wedding cake of a hotel, all white. It's where the Rio high society gathers for weddings and galas.

Copacabana Palace
Avenida Atlântica, 1702, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2548-7070
Without a doubt, the nicest and classiest hotel in Copacabana. It has two very different sections: the original one, which feels much older, and the newer anexo, where the room décor seems fresher. The Italian restaurant, called Cipriani, is very formal and expensive but doesn't usually deliver. The Copa now has a state-of-the-art spa.

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Atlântica, 4240, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2525-1232
Hidden at the Southern tip of Copacabana beach, the Sofitel is all you'd expect from a... Sofitel! It has a panoramic elevator that takes guests and locals alike to the famed Le Pré Catalan restaurant (at right), which is considered by many the best in town and serves contemporary French cuisine with a Brazilian touch.

JW Marriott
Avenida Atlântica, 2600, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2545-6500

Pestana Rio Atlântica
Avenida Atlântica, 2964, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2548-6332

Royal Rio
Rua Duvivier, 82, Copacabana,
Tel. (55-21)2122-9292

Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2546-8000

Windsor Excelsior Copacabana
Avenida Atlântica, 1800, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2195-5800

Windsor Plaza Copacabana
Avenida Princ. Isabel, 263 (Copacabana)
Tel. (55-21)2195-5500

Rio Othon Palace
Avenida Atlântica, 3264, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2106-1500

Mercure Apartments Arpoador
Rua Francisco Otaviano, 61, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2113-8600

Hotel Portinari
Rua Francisco Sá, 17, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)3222-8800

Flat Princess Copacabana
Rua Xavier da Silveira, 58, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2156-9700

Mirasol Copacabana
Rua Rodolfo Dantas, 86, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2123-9292

Golden Tulip Regente
Avenida Atlântica, 3716, Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2525-2070
Olinda Othon Classic
Avenida Atlântica, 2230 , Copacabana
Tel. (55-21)2545-9000

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