Sofitel Copacabana Rio De Janeiro Closes May 1, 2017 Due To Renovations

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Softel Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro is closing on May 1, 2017, for significant renovations. The hotel is expected to reopen after 14 months (or so).

Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Closes April 30 2017

The hotel went through soft refurbishment before the Olympics and they have been doing work in the rooms after the event too based on my personal observations.

You can access Sofitel Rio de Janeiro’s website here.

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Conclusion

I really like the location of the hotel that is basically between Copacabana and Ipanema. The location of the Cesar Park is not as good and the Santa Teresa hotel that is MGallery by Sofitel (whatever that means) is closer to the city center and not convenient to the beaches.

Rio de Janeiro saw significant hotel development before the Olympics and the prices are currently depressed. Gone are the days when you had to pay $500 per night to get a decent room.

Both the new Grand Hyatt and Hilton hotels are in Barra that is inconvenient location unless you are planning to stay in that area.

These hotel renovations tend to take longer (and be over budget) than originally planned. I guess that their goal is to open in the fall of 2018 before the high season begins.

I will be back in Rio next month and had planned to stay at the Sofitel. Need to find another hotel to stay at. Perhaps I’ll finally try out that Santa Teresa MGallery one.

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  • Tony L

    Hilton is taking over Windsor Atlantica from May 2. It will be great if you can write a review of that!

    • Wasn’t this Le Meridien years ago? This is basically in Lemme. I really prefer the other end of Copacabana.

      • LXHON

        Cmon John Leme to end of copa is 10min. At any rate the grand old lady is the Copacabana Palace, which is devine. A spotless, great (unusually large) room at a respectable price (and without the nonsense of 20m2 fasano) with the best service of any hotel in Brazil.BAR NONE. The new kid on the block has just opened with folding white balcony doors very close to your old haunt: Emiliano. Haven’t stayed and I’m sure the rooms are minuscule and overpriced but definitely going to be an icon on the beach. Enjoy!

  • Pablo

    I’m currently staying at the Sofitel and it is an absolute joke. They have already started closing it down and working on it. No Club lounge – which I was advised prior to arriving would be available given I’m a Platinum member. I had no Platinum benefits given until i complained to management. It’s just a terrible hotel, in dire need of a renovation and better facilities.

    It’s going to be rebranded as a Fairmont hotel when it reopens.