It wasn’t until after we walked out of the Copacabana Palace hotel in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, that I realized how important this hotel is. It started in the morning. We left our apartment for a tour of a favela, or slum in Rio de Janeiro. After, we went to the famous Copacabana beach and walked on the sidewalks, unique to beaches in Rio.
There are several bathroom stations with numbers about a kilometer apart from each other. While walking past a few of them, we crossed the street to where the buildings were. My mom wanted to go inside Copacabana Palace.
We went in and our tour guide talked to the people in the lobby in Portuguese. Of course, hotel receptionists and concierge speak English so my mom asked if we could get some coffee. While walking to the place to have coffee, I saw several people wearing tags with their pictures and even a group of people wearing jackets with the USA soccer crest.
When we got to the outdoor area by the pool, there were mostly men in suits and ties. We on the other hand, were wearing shorts and t-shirts. Either way, we went in and asked to have coffee. The hostess lady in front told us we couldn’t sit by the pool because they were reserved and we weren’t ordering food. They obviously weren’t reserved. And I don’t know how but my mom was talking and and then all of a sudden we were being led to a table by the pool.
I ordered a dessert ‘tarte tartin com sorvete de baunilha e tuille de castanha de caju’ or in English, tarte tartin served with vanilla ice cream and cashew nut tuille for 28 reals. I liked how it was arranged… great Instagram pic!
During our coffee and dessert, someone who works at the restaurant came to our table and told us some of the history of the hotel. Apparently Copacabana Palace hotel was and is an important hotel where a lot of famous people have stayed at. It is now owned by the hotel chain, Belmond. An oceanfront view room costs US$1,000 per night and the presidential suite is US$3,500 per night (according to the representative).
We were in Rio de Janeiro during the Confederations Cup 2013 and we found out some important people from FIFA, including the president, Sepp Blatter were staying in the hotel while we were there! When we walked out of the hotel, there were many journalists waiting and watched as we walked out the door. They were ready to take pictures of some important people involved in the Confederations Cup. So no, they weren’t waiting for us.