Accor Rio De Janeiro Developments: Sofitel Copacabana Becomes Fairmont & Caesar Park Now Ipanema Sofitel

The other week, I wrote (access here) about the closure of Sofitel Copacabana for more than a year due to extensive refurbishments and can now confirm that this hotel will become Fairmont Copacabana once it opens sometime in the second half of 2018.

Fairmont Copacabana

The Caesar Park hotel in Ipanema (Managed by Sofitel) has become Sofitel Ipanema and is going through some renovations as well.

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Here’s the press releases that I got from Accor:

AccorHotels, a leader in travel, lifestyle and digital innovations, announces the transformation of Sofitel Copacabana into the first hotel with the Fairmont flag of South America. The works begin this month and it is expected to finish in 14 months.

In Copacabana, the new Fairmont will reflect the “carioca” soul in its surroundings. The 400 rooms will be totally renovated and there will be a convention hall with 800 seats. The complete renovation will also feature a new pool area, with private lounges and views of Copacabana Beach. The new luxury spa will have a private VIP suite, as well as individual and couple cabins.

The Fairmont project in Copacabana will be carried out by the prestigious architect Patricia Anastassiadis and will prioritize spaces with design that provide well-being, comfort and perception of exclusivity. For 20 years in the market, the office has experience in corporate ventures, among them, hoteliers. In 2016, Patricia won the Corporate Architecture Award in the Interior Hospitality category. Altogether, her office counts 22 hotel projects.

While the Copacabana border is being prepared to receive the first Fairmont in South America, Ipanema will be presented with another novelty. After the investment of R$ 30 million for the refurbishment that prepared the iconic Ceasar Park Rio de Janeiro Ipanema – managed by Sofitel for the World Cup and for the Olympic Games, the hotel will be transformed into Sofitel Ipanema with upgrades in areas such as lobby, lounge, apartments and suites, restaurant, SPA and rooftop overlooking the beach of Ipanema.

“This transformation is part of AccorHotels ambitious project to make Sofitel Ipanema one of the best luxury hotels in Rio and in Brazil. With new design and furniture, following the concept of ‘Carioca’s House’, the rooms and suites have been decorated with pieces from famous Brazilian designers like Sérgio Rodrigues and Jader Almeida”, explains Patrick.

Conclusion

Although I was not always happy with the service received at the Sofitel Copacabana, I really liked the location. The Softel Ipanema is bit further in Ipanema than what I would prefer.

It is interesting to see how this first Fairmont branded property will work in Rio de Janeiro and what kind of refurbishments are done. The hotel did soft refurb for the Olympics, but could have been in a better shape. The hallways always smelled murky.

It is quite a change from the early 2000’s when there were few internationally branded hotels in the City (I used to stay at the InterContinental).

Now, there are quite a few to choose from from Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood and Accor chains. Only IHG doesn’t have a single property in the city at the moment. Not sure what happened to their Holiday Inn/Holiday Inn Express combo development that was supposed to open on time for the Olympics last year….

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