Windsor California

Location: Rio de Janeiro | Brazil

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

Combining a relaxing, traditional atmosphere with a prime location on the iconic Copacabana Beach, Windsor California is promises the best of both worlds. Rio’s famous attractions are on your doorstep, and you can even take in views of Christ the Redeemer as you relax by the rooftop pool, caipirinha in hand.
Perfect forA stylish hotel stay with an unbeatable location on Copacabana Beach.
In the knowEven though the famous bossa nova song talks of The Girl from Ipanema – Rio’s other iconic beach – the genre was born in Copacabana, and you’ll hear it everywhere you go as you walk down the beach.

Recommended for...

  • Luxury Hotel
  • Setting & Views
  • Beach
  • City Hotel

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Beach destinations don’t come much more iconic than Windsor California’s, with the hotel opening out onto the white sands of the world-famous Copacabana Beach, with landmarks including the Leme rock formation and Copacabana Fort in view. 

Rooms at Windsor California

The rooms at Windsor California have a tasteful, elegant and traditional decor, making for a relaxing sanctuary which is the perfect antidote to the chaos of Copacabana. The colour scheme is stylish grey and white, with extensive use of rich dark wood, while the lovely bathrooms are hewn from dark grey marble.

Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of the views over the beach and the sea, while many rooms, such as the Luxo and Superior rooms, also have balconies from which you can take in the scenes unfolding on the beach. 

Food & Drink

Rio is a city that loves its food, and the Windsor California is no different. Breakfast takes the form of an extensive buffet, with fresh tropical fruits and yoghurt on offer alongside fresh bread and pastries and more substantial cooked dishes.

At lunch and dinner, an ever-changing menu offers a selection of Brazilian and international dishes, with the restaurant having a superb rooftop vantage point – what could be more quintessentially Rio than tucking into some churrasco with Christ the Redeemer looming on the horizon?


Even with the beach on your doorstep, it might be hard to drag yourself away from the rooftop pool, which offers stunning views across Copacabana Bay. If you like to keep on top of your exercise routine while you’re away, there’s a well-equipped gym, and a sauna for you to relax in afterwards.

Activities at Windsor California

The hotel's enviable location means that the recognisable attractions of Rio are within easy reach here. Christ the Redeemer is one of the world’s most striking statues, an Art Deco masterpiece which looms over the city from its perch on the Corcovado mountain. The train ride up to the statue to take in stunning views over the city is a must while you’re in Rio.

Sugarloaf Mountain is another Rio landmark, jutting out of the sea in front of Guanabara Bay, while Copacabana Beach itself, one of the city’s main attractions, is right on your doorstep. The hotel provides chairs, parasols and towels which you can take with you for a day on one of the world's most famous beaches. Whether you want to play football, sip caipirinhas, or just people watch, this is where the life of the city is played out. 

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Hotel location

Windsor California is around 45 minutes’ drive from Rio de Janeiro's international airport. 

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