Iconic hotel Copacabana Palace reopens in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO: The Copacabana Palace, an iconic luxury hotel on the Rio de Janeiro waterfront, reopened on Thursday (Aug 20) after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to close for the first time in its 97-year history.

Four months after closing to all but two long-term residents – musician Jorge Ben Jor and the hotel's own general manager, Andrea Natal – the soaring art-deco building opened again for travellers and even locals looking to escape the daily grind of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Precautions for the reopening include "social distancing in high-traffic areas, such as the pool and restaurants", the hotel's owners, the Belmond group, said in a statement.

The hotel is offering four packages, including a 30-hour stay, "perfect for anyone seeking rest and tranquillity in the city."

Weekend prices for August in the hotel's online reservation system ranged from less than US$300 to US$1,653 a night.

A symbol of a city known for its breathtaking beauty, sultry nights and bossa nova beats, the Copacabana Palace has hosted the likes of Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot, Mick Jagger, Princess Diana and Madonna.

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