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).
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.
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.