The Copacabana Palace was beautiful and the service was impeccable. I interacted with the front desk, concierge, business center and event staff and they were all so nice and helpful.
The lobby was not as grand as I thought...but as it turns out, they moved the lobby so it would be off the beach - but the old lobby was so grand and beautiful as were the event rooms.
There were only two restaurants in the hotel, but many in the neighboring area. The Ciprini is among the best restaurants in the city, and unfortunately I was not feeling well the evening the group ate there so I missed out. The brunch buffet was expensive, but had many great options including shrimp 4 ways, lobster tails, oysters, fish, fruits, filet mignon, vegetables, salads, so many desserts, etc.
The pool area was nice and got very crowded on a nice day, leaving the opportunity to get a seat difficult. The hotel serves food and drinks in the pool area.
My room was in the tower with the spa & Cipriani Restaurant. The room was nicely decorated and I even had a balcony. The closet was nice and the bathroom was huge. There was no iron, but there was a hair dryer. Each night at turn down service, the havaianas were placed by the bed.
The day I arrived, was the day Bruce Springstein was leaving...he was in Rio for the Rock in Rio concert. What a great guy...he shook hands and took pictures with his fans for 20 minutes...several times a day. I took a picture of a colleague's wife with Bruce, but when I asked for a turn he got in the car and left...so although I was inches away and spoke a few words to him, I don't have a photo with him.