After A Disco Break, Brazil's Copacabana Is Back!
The famous Copacabana Palace in Rio had once been the place to be when visiting Brazil especially during its 80s and 90s heydays. But then something happened and, well, the place fell into a bit of disarray. Then in 2011, Orient-Express stepped in. They shut down the place in June and finally have announced that after throwing $20 million into a makeover, the iconic hotel is back!
The lobby has been expanded for a more airy feel and all 145 rooms and suites in the main building have been renovated from furniture down to the linens. Careful attention was made though, to ensure that the history of the 90-year old hotel was well respected, keeping the marble staircase, and unearthing the original ceiling that had been covered by plaster.
The Cipriani restaurant, which is a neighborhood favorite, was also improved, and a new concept was added-- a “table du chef” inside the kitchen. This is an intimate dining experience for you and five of your closest pals, where a special menu is presented to you, complete with wine pairings. But, the folks in the main dining room don't have to be too jealous--Chef Nicola Finamore has created a new menu for that area as well, featuring Italian dishes rom the restaurant’s namesake in Venice.
A Deluxe Beach View room starts around $740. A hefty price, we think, so we're hoping the hotel is truly world class again.