Excelsior Copacabana Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Excelsior Copacabana Hotel
Excellent Excelsiorfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fabulous viewfrom travel_obsessed
A Great Birthday !!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Highly recommendedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
It has a wonderful roof top pool area which provides great views of the beach. It also has a little tent area across the street at the beach, which will provide you with beach chairs and towels. However, after an hour of being besieged by literally in-your-face vendors on the beach, we retreated to the roof top pool.
The staff will get you a taxi and tell the driver where you want to go. However, traffic congestion around Copacabana is often terrible. We ended up walking 10 minutes to the subway, which is an excellent system, and got to most places faster and a whole lot cheaper.
It is worthwhle exploring the Palace, right next door, which is a truly grand old place. The second floor has photos of many of the famous who have stayed there.
All in all, the Excelsior highly deserves its reputation.
Great Hotelfrom jwsmd3
Note most rooms face side street with varying amounts of partial ocean view, a few are ocean front and 2 or 3 face inwards. We were "upgraded" at check in to a partial ocean view, what we got from Expedia likely run of the house...so if you must face the ocean consider booking directly!
Breakfast buffet was plentiful and wound up having both lunch and dinner here, both very good assortment and quality.
The hotel arranged pick up upon arrival at airport for 90 Reales and gladly would pay it again but I found a trustworthy cabbie to get me back for 35 Reales on the meter which I gladly supplemented with an unexpected, greatly appreciated generous trip.
Probably as good if not better, and cheaper than the Marriott, Le Meridein or Sofitel.
Excelsior Does Not Disappointfrom happyatthebeach
For those who don't want to venture far for meals, there are several nice restaurants within two blocks. No, they're not top rated by any guidebooks (except for the Italian restaurant at the Copacabana Palace), but they do offer fresh tasty food. Some that we liked: Arab (middle eastern food), Top Beer (what else, beer and appetizers, pizza, etc) and The Trattoria (Italian).
good staff; disappointing roomsfrom NashvilleVoyager
The staff were great, going out of their way to answer tough questions. Still, one would like a concierge. Household staff and porteiros were also terrific.
But the reviews for this hotel are simply out of line -- the are far too forgiving. Try another part of Rio -- the Ipanema Towers, for example. The Copacabana is dangerous, anarchical, filled with aggressive prostitutes, importuning beggars, over-priced restaurants, polluted air and high speed traffic. Nice place to visit, but live elsewhere.
Excellent value.from Paul-SArlington
We splurged on an oceanfront room, I think on the seventh floor-- Copacabana Beach right in front of us- beautiful view of the ocean. Don't miss the sunset from the rooftop pool/lounge area. If you turn your back on the beach, the Christ statue is illuminated on the hill behind the hotel.
We had heard horror stories of the crime in Rio, and in fact the hotel hands you, upon check-in- stern warnings about walking around with cameras, jewelry, and more than a little bit of cash.
So-- we asked about escorted tours and were first suggested one of the commercial all-day bus tours. When we hesitated, the hotel staff offered to set us up with a private tour in an air-conditioned minivan with a knowledgable english-speaking native. WOW! He was great. We teamed up with another couple and split the $70 TOTAL COST for a six hour tour (plus cable car fees, etc). He was full of local insider info and was able to drive us all the way up Corcovado (you can't do that in a bus) where you take an elevator and two escalators to get to the feet of Christ. On the way down he drove us through the largest urban forest in the world--again, something you'd miss in a bus.
The hotel was very clean, very well-managed, and the buffets were fabulous.
We did hear that Ipanema beach was friendlier and more family-oriented than Copacabana, but the Excelsior is really a wonderful place to stay and you could always take a cab to the other beach. If I ever get to Rio again, I'd stay here again.
Stay here!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Rio de Janeiro
Fabuloue Rio! Order taxis from hotel & once out of the hotel only use taxis waiting in established pick-up sites -oronly flag down newer looking (yellow) ones. Don't accept anything from anyone on the street - several scams.
Taxis For Copacabana - to and from the domestic airport runs about R$25 or slightly higher using the meter. According to locals, tipping taxi drivers is not customary as it is in the States.
Other names for Excelsior Copacabana Hotel
- hotel windsor excelsior
- Address: Ave Atlantica 1800 - Rio de Janeiro - 22021-001 - Brazil
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