Choosing where to stay in São Paulo is largely based on the purpose for the trip. If you are looking for fun, nothing is better than to remain in districts such as Vila Madalena, which is famous for its Bohemian lifestyle. Those who come to the city for business reasons should consider options closer to the city centre, in the economic hub. Whatever your needs may be, eclectic São Paulo has the perfect accommodation for you. Check out the following list of the best luxury hotels and the best hostels in town.
Unique – For those who cannot go without comfort and elegance, the Unique Hotel is a perfect choice. Located in the Jardins, an upper-class neighbourhood in São Paulo, the hotel draws attention for its bold style of façade, in the shape of an inverted half-moon, with circular windows, a bit like a ship. On the terrace, one can find the renowned Skye restaurant, under the leadership of French chef Emmanuel Bassoleil, together with a bar and a pool with a panoramic view. The Unique has been chosen as the best hotel in South America in 2015, by ‘Condé Nast Traveller’.
Address: Avenida Brigadeiro Luís Antônio, 4700, Jardim Paulista. Contact: +55 (11) 3055-4700 or www.hotelunique.com.br. Basic Room: BRL 1,000 (USD 310) per night
Emiliano – Located on the upmarket shopping street Rua Oscar Freire which is also one of the most expensive streets in Latin America, the Emiliano Hotel has a team of butlers at the disposal of its guests. As well as a spa, a sauna and a swimming pool, this hotel offers an open-air restaurant specialised in Italian cuisine. Another highlight of this hotel is the ‘Champagne and Caviar’ bar, which offers a rare selection of luxury food. The rooms all have a view of Ibirapuera Park.
Address: Rua Oscar Freire, 384, Cerqueira César. Contact:+55 (11) 3069-4369 or www.emiliano.com.br Deluxe Room: Deluxe Room: BRL 1,440 (USD 446) per night
Hilton Morumbi – Just right for anyone who is in São Paulo on business, the Hilton Morumbi is within the complex of the Nações Unidas Business Centre (Centro Empresarial Nações Unidas – CENU), which also includes such multinational companies as Microsoft, Samsung and IBM. This hotel has a fitness centre, spa and swimming pool, and also the Canvas restaurant, one of the city’s best.
Address: Avenida das Nações Unidas, 12901, Brooklin Novo. Contact: +55 (11) 2845-0000, 0800-596-0000 (within Brazil only) or www.hilton.com. Room rate: BRL 615 (USD190) a night
Ô de Casa – Those who enjoy a Bohemian lifestyle and nightlife shall not be disappointed staying at the ‘Ô de Casa’, which is in the neighbourhood of Vila Madalena. In a modern style, this hostel has a large green area, premises for socialisation, and also a busy bar which is open 24 hours a day. The location also has free breakfast and the Internet. There are only 30 vacancies, so we recommend booking in advance.
Address: Rua Inácio Pereira da Rocha, 385, Vila Madalena. Contact:+55 (11) 3063-5216 or odecasahostel.com Room Rate: BRL 45 (USD 14)
The Pod SP Hostel e Bar – The hostel is in the neighbourhood of Pinheiros, an upmarket part of São Paulo, with easy access to the city centre and also to younger districts such as Vila Madalena. The primary distinction of this hostel is the beds in the shared rooms, known as pods, which have reading lights, cupboards with locks, and curtains to increase privacy. ‘The Pod’ also offers a bar, a snooker table, a terrace and garden. The use of the Internet and the breakfast are free.
Address: Rua Dante Carraro, 94, Pinheiros. Contact:+55 (11) 3360-7830 or www.facebook.com/thepodsp. Room Rate: BRL 39 (USD 12)