Luxury São Paulo hotels
The Emiliano stands tall and golden in the city’s most exclusive shopping district. Inside and out, the design is all slick glass and creams, with floating orchids in the lobby and inviting Campana brother’s chairs. Pure bliss.
Rua Oscar Freire 384, Jardins. 3068 4399.
Fasano São Paulo
Designed by architects Isay Weinfeld and Marcelo Kogan, the brick and wood exterior of the Fasano São Paulo is simple and suave. The hotel’s interior decor is equally charming, with hefty leather sofas and a sunken lobby bar. Relax in the huge rooms and enjoy amazing views over the city.
Rua Vittorio Fsano 88, Jardins. 3896 4000.
George V Casa Branca
For a royal touch, stay in the George V Casa Branca, which offers modern furniture, enormous beds and wide balconies. It’s the perfect place to stay for walks to Oscar Freire and Rua Augusta, and the Nove de Julho bus corridor is a block away.
Alameda Casa Branca 909, Jardins. 3067 6000.
Mid-range São Paulo hotels
To experience one of the best boutique hotels in São Paulo try the striking Normandie Design. Though the hotel is located in the bustling Centro district, the clean comfortable rooms make for a relaxing night’s sleep.
Avenida Ipiranga 1187, Santa Ifigenia. 3311 9855.
Le Premier Suítes
Le Premier Suítes is a great deal for anyone looking to stay in the Jardins on a budget. The hotel is classy, with a pool, a small fountain outside, a sofa and a writing desk in each room and a large dining room with a grand piano. Look forward to typical Brazilian cheeses, juices, breads and fruit at breakfast time.
Rua Guarara 511, Jardins. 3887 1599.
Hostels in São Paulo
Pousada dos Franceses
Tucked away in a calm residential section of Bela Vista, the sweet Pousada dos Franceses is a typical metropolitan hostel installed in a house and filled with foreign travellers. If you have laundry, do it here; the washing machine is set on a terrace that looks out onto a typically paulistano view of buildings and antennas. There’s also a BBQ area at the back.
Pousada dos Franceses Rua dos Franceses 100, Bela Vista. 3288 1592.
This family-run guesthouse is typically Brazillian and has been going for decades. It’s popular with Brazilian travellers who come from other parts of the country too, so you will be well immersed in Brazilian culture. The highlight is you also get free wifi and rooms 38 and 39 which onto a mini terrace.
Rua Desembargador Eliseu Guilherme 269, Paraiso. 3889 8624.
Casa Club Hostel
A one-of-a-kind hostel, Casa Club is ideal for travellers aged 18-30 who are happy to share communal rooms (two are mixed gender, one is female). Shared rooms can also be converted into private rooms for R$120. Casa Club started as a bar – its become known for its lock-ins – and its also just a short walk from bars, restaurants and shops.
Rua Mourato Coelho 973, Vila Madalena. 3798 0051.