Orient-Express completed a $20 million-refurbishment of the main building of the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This phased program commenced in 2011 and has seen enhancements made to the lobby, all 145 rooms and suites in the main building and the Cipriani restaurant. Attention was paid to maintain the hotel’s 90-year heritage and history, though this was infused with a contemporary style and design.
This phase of the work was started in July 2012.
There is now a transformed lobby that has been extended by 80 percent, allowing for a more 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 look. In addition to this, a stainless steel and glass portico was installed above the hotel’s main entrance to protect guests from the elements and the 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 characterized by its neo-classicist white façade, 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, with porcelain enamel bathtubs now complementing separate showers and marble counter tops with dual basins.
As part of the renovations, Copacabana Palace also introduced two new boutiques in partnership with retail management firm Seaside Luxe. Both boutiques, named 1923 and Villa Copa, will sell a range of apparel including swimwear and accessories for men and women.
Completed in 2011 were the renovations of the Cipriani Restaurant at the hotel. Re-launched in September 2011, the design now offers a light and airy environment with more natural lighting during the day. A highlight is the addition of a “table du chef” inside the kitchen, which is a dining experience for six people.
Copacabana Palace has been a landmark in Rio for almost 90 years.