Back in June, the Copacabana Palace Hotel embarked upon a significant renovation project. An iconic landmark on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, the hotel has hosted countless stars and celebrities since it first debuted in 1923. This is only the second such renovation project since then, and the first major upgrade since it became part of Orient-Express in 1989. The hotel has stayed open during the refurbishment.
The improvements have affected the main building; the lobby has been expanded to twice its size, and rooms on the first and second floor have had makeovers. The décor remains elegant and traditional in style, but these rooms are now up-to-date with new bathrooms, lighting, A/C equipment and furniture. Helmed by French architect Michel Jouannet, the project will be completed by December 16, 2012—just in time for Christmas. For more information, visit www.copacabanapalace.com.