There are probably more hotels in Copacabana than any other part of Rio. They cover almost the whole range from semi-budget to luxury. If you are into luxury, there is only one place to stay and that is right on the beach. Here are three suggestions, all on Avenida Atlantica.
Rio's magic can be enjoyed from the rooftop pool at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio (Tel: 2545 6500; Fax: 55 21 2545 6555), with sweeping views of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. Copacabana's newest 5-star hotel, offers luxury accommodations wired for high-speed Internet access and designed for supreme comfort. There is a Spa & Fitness Center and temptation awaits at Terraneo with Mediterranean cuisine(breakfast, lunch and dinner)or at the stunning setting of Taiyou Sushi Bar Lunch and dinner) one of the best Japanese restaurants in Rio de Janeiro.
Even if you are not staying in the hotel you could be tempted to visit the American-style Terraneo where you can relax over drinks, beers, or order a Caipirinha Sampler to enjoy with traditional tapas. The simple Cafe da Praia which has snacks, sandwiches, sodas & delicious Brazilian coffee is a further option.
The Copacabana Palace Hotel (Tel: 2548 7070) is the most renowned hotel in Rio de Janeiro and has welcomed the rich and famous since 1923. A glamorous icon of the city of Rio, this Orient-Express hotel has a reputation of exemplary service, superb cuisine and opulent luxury which matches any of these great properties around the world. Ever since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' danced together at the Copacabana Palace in the celebrated movie Flying Down to Rio, the hotel has been the place to stay when visiting Rio de Janeiro. Guest rooms have been updated and now provide all the modern luxuries you would expect.
The full-service spa features massage and treatment rooms. In addition to an outdoor pool, Copacabana Palace Hotel provides a tennis court, a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna. Business-related amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and a technology helpdesk. There is also a fitness facility, a steam room, and a concierge desk.
Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana (Tel: 25251232) is considered one of the most prestigious Rio de Janeiro hotels. There are 388 rooms with balconies, 66 rooms with Club Millésime services, and outstanding cuisine at this hotel. You will also discover a Convention and Business Center, 2 pools, a gym, 2 saunas, and direct access to beauty salons and shops.
One of the hotel’s highlights is dining. Restaurante Atlantis is located on the first floor and features a beautiful balcony area overlooking Copacabana beach. It has buffets with special themes at lunch and a la carte dinner. Restaurante Le Pre Catelan is renowned as one of the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world by Hotel World magazine. It has modern decor and views of Copacabana. The menu changes fortnightly and it only opens for dinner.