With its long stretch of sand bordered by hotels, apartments, and restaurants on one side and lazy ocean waves on the other, Copacabana is a stunning setting that guarantees unforgettable moments. It’s also the main tourist hub of Rio, offering easy access to all key attractions in the city. Here, an insider’s guide to the best hotels in this iconic area.
This is the most iconic hotel in Copacabana and, in fact, in all of Rio de Janeiro. Each year, its facade alone attracts waves of tourists posing for photos in front of its magnificent exterior, and its interior is even more impressive. With its elegant design, exquisite architectural details, and warm, attentive service, this hotel is without parallel. And if it’s good enough for the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, and Madonna, then it must be a special place to stay.
Having Copacabana beach at your doorstep is an asset, and this hotel knows it. One of its main attractions is the astonishing view across Copacabana from its rooftop, which can be enjoyed whilst soaking in the terrace swimming pool and sipping a cocktail. The hotel sits across from Posto 5, a part of the beach where stand-up surf paddle boards can be rented out to enjoy the beach in a more active way.
A luxury hotel with an entrance that leads straight out onto the famous Copacabana beach, this is a place that pampers and delights its guests. Impeccable service and sophisticated design make it a favorite among well-traveled elites, yet the rooftop is its defining feature. The open terrace with views across Copacabana is jaw-dropping and comes complete with an open-air swimming pool and a bar for evening drinks.
The location of this hotel is simply perfect: right in front of Copacabana beach and minutes away from Ipanema, the new go-to beach that is stealing some of Copacabana’s legendary glamour. It’s also right next to Copacabana Fort, which has a wonderful restaurant and superb views. No hotel in such a prestigious location would be complete without a rooftop swimming pool and bar, and Orla’s don’t disappoint.
This beauty of a hotel is located on the famous Avenida Atlantica, the road that runs parallel to the beach. It keeps up with the competition with its ocean-view rooms, welcoming service, and modern, well-kept appearance. Especially appealing is that its rooms have balconies, allowing guests to leisurely sit outside and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze and the hustle and bustle of Copacabana.
Although the name may recall tacky nights out in the east of Spain, this hotel is modern, clean, and always receives positive feedback from guests. Located a couple of blocks from the beach, it lacks the ocean-view rooms, but it is less expensive than its next-to-the-shore counterparts while offering a delicious complementary breakfast, fantastic service, and unbeatable access to tourist points in the city.
Located just minutes from the beach and the metro station, this simple yet welcoming hotel is ideal for those wanting a cozy place to stay without all the luxuries. The rooftop terrace offers city views and a pool, and a complementary breakfast of fruits, cereals, cheeses, hams, and breads is included.
Being part of a large, successful chain, this hotel’s reputation for upscale luxury is well-established. Some of the rooms have ocean views, and the hotel offers beauty treatments and a spa for those seeking a bit of pampering before a day of tourist activity or a night out at one of Copacabana’s many bars or restaurants.
This simple, low-key hotel is perfect for those who just want a clean place to rest between days and nights spent out and about in the city. Its unfussy furnishings won’t dazzle but do make visitors feel comfortable. The location is its major asset: it is situated just a couple of blocks from the beach and a few minutes’ walk from the metro, so all tourist points in the city are within easy reach.
A relatively inexpensive alternative to some of the luxury beach-side hotels, Royalty Copacabana is clean and simple yet still provides fantastic amenities such as free breakfast, a kids’ play area on the terrace, an outdoor swimming pool, and a steam room. Well-located within easy walking distance of the beach and metro, it is a perfect base from which to explore the city.