We booked one of the suites. This was to be our splurge on out trip to South America. Neither my wife nor I felt it was worth it. That is not to say the room and view was not very nice, but was it worth $550 a day? I think not. Unless you really want the extra room, I would recommend just getting a regular room (although I don’t know what they look like nor how this price compares to other hotels in the area), and from the hotel website it looks like the luxury room has a better view.
The hotel is right on the beach. This is the big plus. Our suite had a very large room with the bed and desk, and a second room with a couch, TV etc. No question this was a very nice small apartment. And we had a balcony overlooking Copacabana. The bed was comfortable. The staff very helpful. The buffet was superb. The website photos are accurate as to the hotel and rooms.
But there were issues. If you are staying on Copacabana, you are there for the beach, right? So you would think the hotel makes a point to do its best in this area. No such luck. On the beach they had one staff member with plastic chaises and beat up umbrellas. The chairs have no cushion and are uncomfortable. The Umbrellas were very flimsy. Granted we had a day with wind, but the beach vendor’s chairs and umbrellas looked far better and did much better in the wind. Moreover, the hotel beach guy had set the chairs up in the middle of the very wide sand. About half way to the water. Everyone else was sitting near the water. Its like we were in the middle of the desert (not to mention part of coming to Copacabana is to see everyone else). We asked to move our chairs and he said we could not. Because of the wind and blowing sand, after a while we decided to go up stairs to the roof top pool area (which has a lovely view). Unfortunately, they only have umbrellas at the tables, not by the chaises, and they were not letting people open the umbrellas because of the wind (which frankly was a fraction of how windy it was on the beach). Putting aside the wind issue, they still did not have umbrellas you could use while relaxing on a chaise. Given the luxury nature of the hotel, I would have expected quite more from the beach equipment and staff, and, despite the wind, they still should have umbrellas available not just at a table.