This month I write to you about one of the greatest architectural icons of the Art Deco style in Brazil. No wonder that the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, designed by French architect Joseph Gire, is considered by many, as the premier hotel in South America. It has 216 rooms (148 in the main building and another 78 in an annex) , a semi Olympic swimming pool, another exclusive pool on the rooftop for VIP guests, a tennis court, gym, three bars, an Italian restaurant, other Asian and one with international cuisine. It was opened in 1923 on the 13th of August. But after Brasilia became Brazil’s capital city, in 1960, the hotel underwent a decadent phase falling behind other newer and modern hotels. They considered to demolish the building in 1985. It was renovated in 1989 when Orient-Express Hotels bought it. After the reform it got back to its position again, among the best in Rio’s 5 star hotels segment. Many famous people have stayed at Copacabana Palace, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams, Walt Disney, the Rolling Stones, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Princess Diana, Pavarotti and others. But it was only in 2008, the Copacabana Palace was confirmed as cultural heritage of the city of Rio. Every year the Palace promotes a luxury New Year’s Eve event, with four party options for the arrival of the new year. For 2016, three suppers in restaurants: MEE, Cipriani and Arbour, besides the party that happens in the halls: Palm, Nobre, Golden and Front. The most accessible of these is the Arbour, signed by chef Philippe Rizzato, with drinks, oysters, foie gras and giant squid at the cost of R$ 2.500,00 per person. The most expensive is at the Palm Room, overlooking the midnight fireworks, costing R$ 3.300,00. After that you can join the party in the mythical hotel pool, or cross the walkway, exclusive to hotel guests to the sands of the beach of Copacabana and enjoy the show on the main stage which is right across the street. Rio de Janeiro is a magical city with lots of history and centuries-old architecture that I never get sick of admiring. It is always a pleasure to be back among the most beautiful scenery of the marvelous city. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
More about it, visit: http://belmond-copacabana-palace.hotels-in-rio-de-janeiro.net/en/