A Legend Reborn

A US$20 million refurbishment of the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has been completed, ensuring this iconic property's place as the city's house of chic. The new look includes meticulous enhancements made to the lobby, all 145 rooms and suites in the main building, and the Cipriani restaurant, in preparation for what is set to be a very exciting few years for Rio. Careful attention was paid to maintain the hotel’s 90 year heritage and history, whilst infusing the décor with a contemporary style and design.

Now, as guests arrive at the hotel, they enter a completely transformed lobby that has been extended by 80 percent, allowing for a more relaxed and streamlined check-in process. The lobby’s Carrara marble staircase has been widened, and the original ceiling, which had been hidden under plaster, was rediscovered during the renovation and restored to its original splendour, making for a much more spacious and lighter feel. In addition, a stainless steel and glass portico has been installed above the hotel’s main entrance to protect guests from the elements, and the sweeping exterior of the hotel’s entrance has been expanded allowing for multiple vehicles to drop guests off at one time.

All rooms and suites in the main building of the hotel, which is characterised by its renowned neo-classicist, dazzling, white façade and which has been closed since June this year, have been re-designed and given a new lease of life with new fabrics and furniture throughout. The majority of bathrooms were expanded and underwent complete structural redesign. Beautifully-designed porcelain enamel bathtubs now perfectly complement separate showers and marble counter tops with dual basins.

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