Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana.
Sexy, Stylish & Luxurious in Every Way.

The interior of the Imperial Suite with stunning views.

The Sofitel sits between Rio’s most famous beaches.

Expansive views from Restaurant Atlantis.
World-renowned Restaurant Le Pré Catelan is a destination in itself.
Exceptional spa service awaits guests.

Story by Ken Panton

One of the world’s most exciting city destinations is Rio de Janeiro and the city offers an expansive array of accommodations.  Our recommendation for the jet-set crowd is the Sofitel Rio de Janeiro, which can boast location and luxury with equal enthusiasm. This well-appointed hotel stands with the fabulous Ipanema beach on one side and the infamous Copacabana beach on the other side. The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro is one of the few hotels to feature terraces and each of the 388 guestrooms and suites are complete with exceptional views.

At this towering structure style prevails. The handsome lobby is often host to what appears to be an extension of Rio’s fashion week, where the stylish guests and visitors look as if they are fashion pages come to life. Guests reserved at any of the 66 rooms or suites on the executive floor can enjoy the Sofitel Club Millésime – an exciting new concept of services created for those seeking exclusivity and excellence. The exclusive products and services on this floor are designed to insure the guest’s comfort and well-being, with maximum efficiency and world-renowned quality. When you book the Club Millésime you get exclusive check-in and check-out, personal butler service, private breakfast lounge, and soft drinks and local beer free of charge in the minibar and much more.

Guests will find that visiting many of Rio’s attractions is easy from this central location. Or simply stay on the property and enjoy time in one of the two pools and exceptional dining. Atlantis restaurant is located on the first floor with a beautiful balcony area overlooking Copacabana beach. The offerings include buffets with special themes at lunch and a la carte dinner. Light meals from Atlantis are also available for those who want to enjoy poolside dining.

Restaurante Le Pre Catelan is renowned as one of the top 10 hotel restaurants in the world by Hotel World magazine. Heading this exceptional venue is Internationally renowned Chef Roland Villard, Latin America’s only member of the Academy of French Culinary Arts and the Corporate Chef of all Sofitel hotels in South America. The award-wining Le Pre Catelan is gastronomic destination for connoisseurs of cuisine, as well as being one of the most beautiful restaurants in Rio.

Complete with modern decor and views of Copacabana beach the HORSE'S NECK bar is fabulous and very cool. This African style bar offers a great variety of tapas, the most comprehensive list of Belgian beers in Rio, and an interesting selection of micro-distilled cachaças.  The bar has an enclosed terrace area with a view of Copacabana beach so you can people watch while enjoying libations.  The Bar is also a venue for musical shows and cultural events and on Friday and Saturday bands perform Brazilian music.

The Pool Bar features a unique view over Copacabana Beach and the Sugar Loaf and offers a wide variety of cocktails, local snacks, and light meals and sandwiches.

When staying at the hotel make sure you meet with the friendly and exceptionally knowledgeable Concierge who can apprise you of special events at the hotel and make arrangements for your cultural and recreational activities outside of the hotel.

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