Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fairmont Rio de Janeiro
What it is
A paean to midcentury luxury set right on Copacabana Beach, with 375 spacious rooms (many with balconies), two swimming pools, a spa and three buzzing restaurants and bars.
What it isn't
Poorly serviced. Guests are Pampered with a capital P—from the valet and concierge services to the beach staffers doling out fluffy towels.
What we think
If we had to sum up this seafront resort in one word, it might just be “Glamour.” Take the guest rooms, where parquet floors, gleaming wood walls, marble vanities and artful LED lighting casts a captivating spell. Or the postcard-ready view of SugarLoaf Mountain—a monolithic, sculptural tower of granite and quarts— and white sand Copacabana Beach. It’s worth upgrading to the Fairmont Gold-level rooms for indulgences of a hotel-within-the-hotel, from the little (staffers remembering which pillow-type you prefer, and ensuring it’s in your room upon arrival) to the legendary (gratis afternoon canapés, an honor bar, and toothsome continental breakfasts). To really sprawl out, book a 755-square-foot Bedroom Suite—each has a plush king bed and balcony that peeps out on SugarLoaf.
You're here because
Chefs at the ocean-facing Marine Restô grill many of their seafood dishes on a josper charcoal oven—giving you the feeling of a primal fireside meal, without any of the effort.
You have to admit you hear the faintest whisper of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” as you belly up to Spirit Copa Bar for another mixologist-perfected cocktail. Perhaps it’s time for more tapas—you’ll need fuel to cha-cha and merengue into the night.
Restaurants & Bars
Marine Restô - offers fresh seafood and premium meats to be enjoyed with a breathtaking ocean view
Spirit Copa Bar - local spirits and creative cocktails paired with tapas and small plates
Coa & Co Café - offers freshly made coffee made by expert baristas and paired with light pastries
Set right on a prime swath of Copacabana Beach, within a few minutes walk of Pedra do Arpoador, a craggy peninsula where the crystalline waves are beloved by surfers from around the globe.