Francisca Mattéoli’s Copacabana Palace: Where Rio Starts celebrates 100 years and explores the stories behind this iconic, glamorous Brazilian beachfront hotel—its cinematic views, star-studded guests, legendary parties, and Carnival chic.
This sumptuous book tells the legendary story of the Copacabana Palace Hotel, from its extraordinary beginnings to the contemporary and stylish destination that it is today. Themed chapters and exquisite photography explore how the hotel has been a part of Rio de Janeiro life for 100 years—from its opening in 1923, when there were few other buildings in the area, to the golden age of Hollywood glamour, the extraordinary free concert on Copacabana Beach given by the Rolling Stones in 2006 (with more than 1.5 million people attending), and beyond.
Affectionately dubbed “the Copa” by cariocas (locals) and guests alike, the hotel is famous for events such as the Carnival balls in February and the celebrations on New Year’s Eve, when everyone flocks to Copacabana Beach. Events and stories such as these are featured in this stylish book, which also includes specially commissioned photography by Tuca Reinés as well as by Gleeson Paulino and Pia Riverola that reveals the hotel’s stunning cinematic views, magnificent design, and extraordinary guests. Capturing the magic of one of the world’s most fabulous destinations, this book is a story of people and a culture—of both old-world elegance and contemporary flamboyance.
Includes new color photography and vintage black-and-white photographs
About the Author
Francisca Mattéoli was born in Santiago, Chile, to a Chilean father and Scottish mother. After living for many years in Brazil, she now resides in Paris as a respected travel writer. Her work has been published in magazines such as National GeographicFrance and Condé Nast Traveler, and her previous books, including Hotel Stories and Extraordinary Voyages, have been translated into many languages.
Tuca Reinés is a Brazilian architect and photographer who unites his knowledge in both areas to give shape to his unique photography work. His work has been featured in international publications including Vogue, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Wallpaper*, among others, for almost three decades, as well as in a number of books, including Bahia Style, Living Bahia, and Great Escapes South America. He lives in São Paulo.
Brazilian image maker Gleeson Paulino produces photographs and videos in São Paulo, London, and Paris. His work has been published in multiple high-fashion magazines and exhibited internationally
Pia Riverola was born and raised in Barcelona, and currently resides between Mexico City and Los Angeles. With an acute eye for detail and color, she creates captivating imagery across the genres of fashion, still life, landscape, and architectural photography.