Hotel Emiliano Rio de Janeiro
Anyone seeking to strike all of the timeless Rio high notes will probably discover lots to fawn over here in the southern tip of Copacabana beach, overlooking its historical military fort.
The entire stretch of the famed sands sweeps out from below all of the way to Sugarloaf Mountain, Arpoador’s cove-like shore is a 10-minute stroll, and dining and shopping choices abound, especially the Galeria River arcade along with also the ever-lively ‘Baixo Copacabana’ nightlife hub that comprises the sultry looks of diminutive bar Bip Bip, a 15-minute walk up the seafront.
Style & personality
In the soul of the late, great Oscar Niemeyer’s eldest former HQ along with the futuristic soon-to-open Museum of Picture and Sound, Emiliano’s facade divides the dull concrete monstrosities of Avenida Atlântica having an intricate, natural chain of panels which control the total amount of sunlight streaming from a morning.
Woven fabrics adorn flooring and walls combined with beautifully rough-hewn marble and the total effect combines with a great deal of natural timber along with also the restaurant’s enormous, dwelling tropical wall to exceptionally calming effect.
Service & amenities
The team help to generate a medium-sized hotel sense much cosier. Friendly, educated and eager to please, the on-call butler, space turn-downs and shore service all make for a refreshing change to Rio’s all-too regular hospitality recalcitrance. Pop on personalised flip-flops and visit the glorious rooftop pool which L-shapes in the front of this sun-loungers to provide a gorgeous tropical refuge, or reach on the compact fitness center with its widescreen views across the Atlantic.
Elect for the sea-view and be wowed from the panorama until you, the rumble of the street (largely) drowned out by the crashing of waves. The bespoke beds, and of course four distinct dimensions and form of cushion, make for an impeccable night’s sleep and morning coffee and night caipirinhas around the balcony are musts, as is a very long bath with views straight back through the bedroom into the sea.
Intuitive zonal lighting runs out of the bedroom into the walk-in dressing room and divide toilet, and the blankets would be the Emiliano’s very own stunning Santapele brand.
Food & beverage
The towering wall of greenery elevates the Emilie restaurant to something spectacular, as actually does the food itself, due to French chef Damien Montecer’s magical touch with local fish specialities largely sourced from neighboring Angra. Look no farther than a steaming bowl of finely loaded fish bouillabaisse or the beer-braised Kobe beef ribs with baby turnips. Light and refreshing or wealthy and meat-heavy, it’s a complicated menu with prices to fit (mains begin from approximately R$42/#10).
The Wellness Breakfast entails beautiful platters of papaya, mango and pineapple, eggs and detox juice, or move continental for freshly baked breads, waffles and cheese.
Value for cash
Double rooms from R$1,350 (#350). Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Many rooms are adapted for handicapped use, but there’s a couple of stairs to negotiate from the elevator into the swimming pool.
More sophisticated than most of Rio’s beachfront resorts, Emiliano obviously caters towards couples and professionals within young households.
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