Pool area overlooking the cliffs and ocean views at Ilhabela holiday rental.
Courtesy: AirbnbA seafront cottage in Ilhabela

14 Best Airbnbs in São Paulo

From hillside homes to charming chalets, here's our guide to the best Airbnbs in São Paulo

Katherine Lovage
Contributor: Jennifer Banful
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As the famed financial centre of Brazil, São Paulo is lively, vibrant and more than a little intimidating. With a rich cultural history, masses of forests and streets saturated with mixed-century architecture, it’s a development like no other, with plenty of world-class things to do.

When you’ve booked your plane tickets and perused some possible excursions, it’s time to find somewhere to stay. We’re going to make it a little easier for you, because whether you’re after a bed near the beach, in the centre of nightlife or by prime attractions, Airbnbs offer a bona fide feel of city life that even some of the best São Paulo hotels can’t compete with. So with that said, grab your passports and get scrolling through our pick of the best Airbnb venues in São Paulo.

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in and review every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on our expert knowledge of the destination covered, editorial reviews, user reviews, hotel amenities and in-depth research to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

1. A seafront cottage in Ilhabela

Tucked away on a secluded island, across from mainland São Paulo, this condo is a slice of tranquil Brazilian paradise. There’s space for four guests, wifi and an impressive Japanese bathtub on the porch to soak away your stresses. With beaches, palms and views of the ocean to boot, sway all day on the hammock whilst sipping on something sweet and boozy. Aaand relax.

What’s the budget range? A typical two-night stay here comes at a luxurious price. 

What’s it like to stay here? Nestled among the trees. A stay here feels completely remote, like a mini paradise in paradise – well, minus the mosquitos. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

2. A chalet in São Francisco Xavier

Set on four hectares of forest land, this adorable terracotta chalet offers you nothing but picturesque nature views. We're talking dewy mountain peaks and verdant landscapes that appear to stretch on for miles. Inside this cosy chalet, a modern oasis that offers guests two bedrooms, a bathroom, a quaint little kitchen and dining area, and our favourite spot a hammock on the deck overlooking the trees. Plus, you're no more than 15 minutes from the city centre. Ahh, bliss. 

What’s the budget range? Fairly cheap for two nights on a remote adventure - ideal for couples. 

What’s it like to stay here? Very romantic. Similar to what you might expect from a cabin stay in the woods. There's even a nearby trail, waterfall and some sheep.  

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 4.  

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3. A glass home in Ubatuba

Set amongst a backdrop of delicate woodland and sweeping coastlines, this glass home provides a space to kick back and gawp at Ubatuba’s heavenly vista. With accommodation for eight guests, understated decor and a location that’s only short slink from the beach, this architectural masterpiece is an Airbnb special. And since the only thing that separates you and the wild foliage is a pane of glass, you can literally become at one with nature.

What’s the budget range? If you're hoping for a cheap getaway, the more the merrier with this rental. 

What’s it like to stay here? Popping views. The floor-to-ceiling windows make this chic shack all the more worth it, especially at sunrise and sunset. Pure magic. 

Rooms: 4 beds, 4.5 baths. Sleeps 8. 

4. A sky-high apartment in the Historic Centre

Get a load of these gorgeous city panoramas from the hot tub or while enjoying dining for two in this cosy apartment set in Sao Paulo's Historic Centre. The boho chic decor is perfect for those after a homely vibe, while it also gives you those summer feels all year round. The apartment also puts you close to 25 de Marco Street, where you'll find the largest mall in all of Latin America. 

What’s the budget range? The perfect location for a budget-friendly couples' trip. 

What’s it like to stay here? This urban pad is a cosy hangout that offers sunny vistas and an excellent base for exploring Sao Paulo's historic architecture.

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2.

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5. A farmhouse in Mairinque

Concealed amongst the idyllic Atlantic Forest, this rustic farmhouse is anything but dishevelled. Outside, there’s a spacious pool, pizza oven and play area and inside you’ll find cosy rooms complete with log-burners. Plus, since there’s enough space for eleven people, you can bring the whole brood for some group R&R.

What’s the budget range? An absolute bargain whether you're going as a small or large group. Make it a honeymoon island for two or round up the gang for a serene farmland escape.  

What’s it like to stay here? It has a peculiar antique cottage feel – you'll be blown away by the interiors, then the pool, then the view. 

Rooms: 4 beds, 3 baths. Sleeps 13. 

6. An eclectic room in Paulista

Ideal for city escapes, this wonderfully artsy apartment is located on Avenue Paulista, a short walk from Parque Siqueira Campos and the São Paulo Museum of Art. Integrating original features of the house (concrete and wood) with vibrant soft furnishings and flora, the apartment feels incredibly trendy. If you don't mind sharing the place with other residents, then this is the perfect way to save some dough (so that you can splash out later on Caipirinhas).

What’s the budget range? Rates are pretty cheap for a five-night stay if you don't mind a live-in host.

What’s it like to stay here? This quirky apartment is bright and spacious and great for exploring on foot. 

Time Out tip: 1 bed, 1 shared bath. Sleeps 2.  

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7. A designer house in Paraty Atlantic Forest

Wild swimmers, rejoice: this Airbnb comes with a (private) waterfall and natural swimming pool. And if that isn’t enough to satiate your taste for the great outdoors, how does staying in the centre of a forest sound? Once you’ve dumped your stuff, grab something to munch on and park your behind at the dining table, where you can marvel at the magnificent scenery.

What’s the budget range? Cheap, cheerful and so so worth the adventure. 

What’s it like to stay here? If treehouses are your vibe, you'll love this dog-friendly luxurious dome home with high ceilings and tropical landscapes.

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 6 guests. 

Time Out tip: The road leading to the house is no small feat, so make sure to arrive during light hours. It's best to arrive fully stocked too!

8. A contemporary apartment in Morumbi

If homey city escapes with swanky rooftops are your thing, you’re in for a treat at this fashionably modern Airbnb in an apartment complex, complete with a gym, sauna, rooftop pool, mini market and more. Inside the apartment, you'll find stylish green doors, cosy neutrals and a sunny balcony that offers jaw-dropping skylines of the surrounding area. Like wow. When you’re done exploring the local area, including Morumbi stadium (home of São Paulo football club), you can kick back by the pool.

What’s the budget range? Ridiculously cheap for all those added perks, but we're not complaining ... 

What’s it like to stay here? It's a super convenient location for heading to Morumbi Malls and markets while boasting its own coffee shop, wine shop and hair salon. Guests love how safe it feels here, which is a huge bonus. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1.5 baths. Sleeps 4. 

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9. A garden penthouse in Bela Vista

The trendy Bela Vista has a lot to offer as an area to stay in. For starters, there's the Museum of Art Sao Paulo, Batman Alley, tonnes of restaurants, and if you're after a good view, the garden terrace of this penthouse is not too bad either. Set in a 15-storey building that boasts tonnes of sunlight, a communal pool, gym and even a laundry room in case you need it. What's not to love?

What’s the budget range? This Airbnb is another budget-freindly steal with spectacular amenities - ideal for business and leisure. 

What’s it like to stay here? It's a very secure redential complex, making it great option whether this is your first or 13th trip to Brazil. Enjoying breakfast each morning on your own private terrace is also a huge plus. 

Rooms: 2 beds, 1 bath. Sleeps 3.

10. A chic house in Caraguatatuba

This refined home in Caraguatatuba is a padisal hideaway, where you (and your favourite friends) can take advantage of the extensive amenities. Make a splash in the swimming pool or have a kick about in the multi-sports court before retiring to the lounge. With grand floor-to-ceiling windows, airy and bright living spaces and an outdoor hot tub, who knew living la dolce vita could be so easy? 

What’s the budget range? Not just stunning to look at, this affordable holiday rental is ideal for large families. 

What’s it like to stay here? Situated in a gated community, there's no doubt you'll find peace and quiet here. As for the house, it's bright, airy and well-equipped for al fresco dining. Cheeky BBQ anyone?

Rooms: 4 beds, 6 baths. Sleeps 15. 

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11. A rustic bungalow in Campos do Jordão

Bohemian getaways eat your heart out - this comfy and rustic-style cabin is très chic. Situated just outside of town, with exponentially beautiful views of the rolling landscape, this hillside home sleeps two and has space for you to park up. There’s also a clean, wifi-connected workspace - so web wanderers don’t fret: you may be staying in a forest, but you can still keep up to date with your uncle's Facebook statuses.

What’s the budget range? With such a fair price for two, why not WFH from here, or unplug completely and enjoy the silence coupled with serene views?

What’s it like to stay here? Consider it glamping among the hills – this cute little cabin for two offers marvellous views and a cosy rural hideaway. 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2 guests. 

 

12. A bohemian guest house in Ilhabela

Colliding fabrics and colours, this whimsical Airbnb is anything but plain. A far cry from basic budget chains with lifeless decor, this guest house indulges in creating a rainbow spectacle which can uplift the mood of even the most jet-lagged of travellers. Oh, and the reasonable price helps too.

What’s the budget range? A budget-friendly off-grid getaway for the adventurers. 

What’s it like to stay here? There's nothing quite like nature's playground. The nearby river adds to the tranquillity and intrigue.

Rooms: 1 bed, 2 baths. Sleeps 3. 

 

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13. A blue chalet by the beach

This fashionable, modern and very blue suite is delicately placed alongside Praia de Portinho, providing spectacular views of the ocean and beyond. In fact, even the interior takes inspiration from the surrounding waters, interweaving cool shades of blue and soft floaty fabrics. It’s aesthetically pleasing, yes, but more than that, it’s a reminder as to why you skipped that online hotel deal.

What’s the budget range? A low-cost break by the beach? Sign us up. 

What’s it like to stay here? This might be the most adorable home on the list. Its beachy cottage core vibe makes it unique and great for the gram. The views of the sea don't hurt either.

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

14. The low-key contemporary oasis in Bela Vista

Set in "Little Italy" A.K.A Bela Vista, this serviced apartment ticks all the boxes when it comes to location and comfort. The space is so modern, clean and well-kept that it practically looks brand new. And the wooden feature wall is just chef's kiss – so calming. In terms of downtime luxuries, you have them all: an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, gym, deck, a sauna, a concierge, and more. What's not to love?

What’s the budget range? Super cheap. 

What’s it like to stay here? An incredibly relaxing stay for those who prefer an elevated experience. The complex is right next to Frie Caneca Shopping Mall and the metro which is a huge bonus.

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 4. 

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15. The sleek penthouse with the sauna in Republica

This space can be summed up in two words: convenient luxury. Set in Rebulica, this spacious and bright penthouse offers a stylish, yet affordable refuge to those looking for somewhere quiet to hang their boots amid the neighbourhood's buzzy nightlife, architectural sites and market stalls. Along with the amazing hot tub and sauna experience, guests have felt safe and secure throughout their stay at this property. 

What’s the budget range? Welcome to affordable luxury. 

What’s it like to stay here?  The space is modern, sleek and totally worth it for the panoramic views from the terrace 

Rooms: 1 bed, 1 bath. Sleeps 2. 

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