Copacabana Palace Gets $20 Million Revamp

By Paul Joseph

One of the world’s most iconic hotels, the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has been given a $20 million makeover to mark the residence’s 90th anniversary.

The hotel’s 145 suites and rooms have been augmented with new furniture and fabrics, whilst the bathrooms have been fitted with porcelain enamel bathtubs and double countertop wash basins trimmed with marble.

Additionally, the hotel is now home to two luxury boutiques – called 1923 and Vila Copa – enabling guests to peruse and purchase clothes, accessories, swimsuits and one-off pieces designed by local and international designers.

Other notable improvements include an enlargement of the reception and a widening of the stars.

Built by French architect Joseph Gire in 1923, the Copacabana Palace has welcomed an incredible roll-call of famous names over the years including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Dian, Princess of Wales and Luciano Pavarotti.

The hotel was bought by the Orient-Express group in the late 1980s.

By Paul Joseph