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“Great view from the roof terrace, otherwise nothing special” 3 of 5 stars
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Orla Copacabana Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenida Atlantica 4122, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-002, Brazil (Copacabana)   |  
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Ranked #69 of 214 Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
Hereford, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great view from the roof terrace, otherwise nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was our second stop in Rio - the first time we stayed at Marina Palace, Leblon. We booked ocean view rooms, and they were absolutely fine, but the whole hotel was a little "tired" - it looked like it could do with some updating. It was noisier than Leblon and felt much more touristy, but you get the full on Copacabana beach experience right outside.
Breakfast was fine, but eat early to avoid the rush as the dining area is small, and service was okay (although when we arrived at 10.30 the bar that shuts at 11 had long since closed).
Overall, just okay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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46 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Located centrally on Copacabana beach - rooms were clean and the bathroom a decsnt size. Had a room overlooking the sea front which had great views across th bay but a bit noisy from traffic below. Roof top terrace and pool were good and breakfast had a huge variety of options to choose from but the restaurant was probably too small if you hit peak time.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for a sea viw room - it is worth every penny
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Utica, Michigan
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Room was small and the beds were very small , "stains" all over the headboard, decent breakfast if you didn't have to wait for a table. Everyone at the front desk spoke English and was helpful. Just an average hotel. Great location.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, New York, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We stayed at Orla Copacabana for the last two nights of our stay in Brazil. Its a shame that we could not afford more, because it was really great. We splurged for the room with an ocean view, and I must say that being right on the beach, it was perfect. In fact, I think I would have been pretty upset if we paid all of that money and didn't have a room with a view. The hotel is expensive in general because of the location (on the beach in Rio!) and I don't recall the room prices (view vs. no view) having THAT big of a difference. It was a formal-style hotel with an available front desk, but is very much a hotel. We usually do the B&B thing, so it was a change of pace from that. There were actually lots of business people that you would see in the morning at breakfast or coming back after a long day's work, which I found interesting for a beach front hotel, but it made no difference to us. Breakfast was included and good- not the most amazing but certainly not bad either. The room was clean and far more impressive than many of the pictures I saw of dozens of hotels when I was researching where to stay (they all looked so outdated, old, and ugly). We were very, very comfortable, but honestly, we were not in the room to do much more than sleep- you are in RIO! The bellhop connected us to an awesome driver who took us around to see the sights, dinner, dancing, etc., and on our last day, to the airport. He was our age, personable, reliable, knowledgable, helpful, and made great recommendations. Though he did not work for the hotel directly, he was a part of a group of divers that seems to partner with the hotel, so I found it worth mentioning. Overall, it was a great short stay, despite the insane prices you will find everywhere in Rio, especially beachfront. A great treat if you can swing it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stayed at Orla because our first choice, Arena Copacabana, did not allow 3 travelers for some reason.

The hospitality at Orla was quite good, with several of the reception staff being multilingual. Some people on tripadvisor have complained about the size of the area where breakfast is served, but I found it to be adequate, but not as large as other places we have stayed in Copacabana. I think you just need to make sure you get down there a little earlier than most travelers so you don't hit the rush.

This whole hotel is very skinny, which I don't recall seeing in other reviews. It is literally maybe 20-25 feet wide in its entirety. So the breakfast/restaurant area, the reception area, and the hallways are all narrow. No major complaints about our room, everything was in working order, except you might have needed a PhD to figure out the in-room safe. There were no instructions on or around the safe, so we had to ask to figure it out. And, there were some smudge marks on the wall, like the wall needed a good wipe down.

The really big issue we encountered during our three night stay is that one of the guest elevators broke down. These elevators weren't fast to begin with. We found ourselves waiting up to 5 minutes for the elevator to come. We started taking the stairs (from the 7th floor!) and then quickly got wise to the service elevator and started using that. I think the elevator broke down on the first day we were there and wasn't repaired by the time we checked out. In a big city like Rio, I am SURE that someone who is qualified in elevator repair could have been summoned in that time.

Had the elevator not broken down, this would have been a pretty satisfying stay, but not exceptional. Considering the elevator, it was just ho-hum. Nothing to ruin everything, but nothing above and beyond.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed here for one night in January 2012 and the location was great with excellent views, however the room was basic and small.

I expected a little more considering the room was expensive.

The rest of the hotel is fine and the staff were helpful.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bilbao, Spain
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153 hotel reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
307 helpful votes 307 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

It is a nice hotel located very close to the Copacabana beach; Ipanema and Leblon are not far away either, connected by a long walkway, along which you can stroll o jog to your hear’s content. Many rooms have a view to the internal courtyard, avoid it if you really need a beautiful view. But once you get to the roof terrace, there’s a mini swimming pool there as well as the views onto the Copacabana beach as well as the Sugar Loaf. The breakfast room is very small, which causes huge queues and delays, which is annoying – but the breakfast itself is good.
The rooms are nice and functional.
I do not recommend sending postcards from the reception – they overcharge you significantly.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenida Atlantica 4122, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-002, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Rio de Janeiro > Rio de Janeiro > Copacabana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#34 On the Beach Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
#36 Family Hotel in Rio de Janeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Orla Copacabana Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Orla Copacabana Hotel is just off famous Copacabana beach, a half-mile from Ipanema Beach and downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Highlights at include hotel-wide complimentary WiFi Internet access, a rooftop swimming pool, poolside bar, and fitness center. ... more   less 
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