Miramar Hotel by Windsor
What We Love
- The drop-dead sexy locale, right on Copacabana Beach
- The rooftop infinity pool and fitness center
- Sá restaurant serves local cuisine and has a 130-bottle wine list
- On-call butler service
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Copacabana is pretty but very touristy and the area can get packed during high season
- Pets are permitted for a fee
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It doesn’t get much more iconic Rio than this: a contemporary, sexy hotel fronting one of the city’s most famous beaches, Copacabana, and within strolling distance of another, Ipanema. The 200-room Miramar offers butler service and pool and beach attendants on hand to cater to guests’ every vacation whim. The lobby restaurant, Sá, offers a primer in local Brazilian cuisine (Carioca, which is also the term for Rio’s inhabitants). Relax under an umbrella on the wide, sandy beach in front of the hotel, or retire to the rooftop to work out in the fitness center, sweat it out in the sauna or just laze with a caipirinha by the infinity pool.
In the Area
Drag yourself away from the beach to take in a performance at the magnificent Municipal Theater in nearby downtown Rio. This Belle Epoque opera house, modeled on the Paris Opera, offers a year-round program and daily guided tours. Indulge your carnivore instincts at a churrascaria, Brazil’s version of BBQ; the Ipanema branch of the famed Porcão Rio offers a groaning buffet of grilled meats that’s sure to hit the spot. After dark sample some of Rio’s famous nightlife, which encompasses everything from casual botequim (bars or cafés) to high-octane discos, many situated on Atlantica Avenue, within staggering distance of the hotel.
How to Get There
I cannot recommend this hotel enough, the location, the rooftop pool and most importantly the amazing staff. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. The views from the rooftop area are out of this world and the food and cocktails round the pool are excellent and reasonably priced. We booked 2 excursions through the hotel and both were excellent (Rio sites and football game at the Maracanã).
Unfortunately my husband was taken ill during the trip and was hospitalised but the hotel were extremely helpful and went above and beyond to support me. Special mention to Thays on reception and butler Joao who are such a credit to the hotel. We ended up staying for an additional 8 nights in order to allow my husband to recover and be well enough to fly. This meant we were there for his birthday and the hotel surprised us with a chocolate cake, so thoughtful.
If you’re going to Rio, you have to stay at this hotel!
My wife and myself had a short break to Rio - staying at the Miramar hotel. The trip started off fantastically well - with one of the hotel driver’s Wolfgrand greeting us at the airport and ensuring we arrived at the hotel safely.
We thoroughly enjoyed the hotel stay and our time in Rio. However most of this is attributed to Wolfgrand the driver who educated us, entertained us and highlighted the best of Rio. We travel enormously, so we have sampled good food and service - but we came across a few magical places all due to the driver.
The hotel was pleasant, safe and in a great location - the location is unique with a mixture of Rio all within feet’s of the hotel. We started our trip with Wolfgrand and it ended with him. Well done Miramar hotel, great hotel and asset.... Wolfgrand - if you meet him, get him to tour you around Rio and uncover the marvels of Rio.
Until next time.....
Really nice stay at the Miramar. Rooms very good, shower fantastic, staff so friendly and helpful, breakfast was unbelievable, got champagne on arrival, great location and even the hotel taxi driver Marcelo was fantastic to us!!