Sao Paulo Hotels

The city’s economic pre-eminence ensures an abundance of hotels from international chains that cater for corporate customers, which means prices are generally high. However, boutique offerings, particularly those with a contemporary Brazilian flavour, are gaining a toehold. Meanwhile cheap hotels in São Paulo, particularly budget hostels around youthful Vila Madalena, give some relief for the less fiscally endowed.

The São Paulo hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three price categories:
Luxury (over 730BRL)
Moderate (500BRL to 730BRL)
Cheap (under 500BRL)
These São Paulo hotel prices are the starting prices for a standard double room and include taxes. Breakfast is extra unless stated otherwise.

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Luxury Moderate Cheap


(11) 3069 4369.

Film stars and glitterati frequent this exclusive São Paulo hotel. Cool minimalism infuses this 38-room, Leading Small Hotels of the World offering. Hidden behind its mirror glass façade are huge rooms, just three per floor, with soothing cream décor. The deluxe spa includes a complimentary spa-massage for guests and superb views over the neighbourhood. A champagne and caviar bar sits alongside a fine contemporary Italian restaurant on the ground floor. There is a helipad on the rooftop with an airport shuttle service available.


(11) 3896 4000.

This hotel’s ethos is opulent familiarity, hence why new arrivals are greeted by an inviting sunken lounge bar of plump leather sofas, with reception concealed within a Babylonian brickwork interior. The theme of easy decadence flows into the rooms with lots of wood and timeless leather furnishing. The Italian cuisine within the sparklingly lit Fasano Restaurant, under chef Salvatore Loi’s direction, is one of São Paulo’s finest. Naomi Campbell and Yoko Ono are among illustrious past clients.

Hotel Unique

(11) 3055 4710.

Like a stranded copper-green Noah’s ark, renowned architect Ruy Ohtake’s fantasy creation is a riot of imaginative design. Every inch of this boutique São Paulo hotel near Ibarepuera Park is whimsical to the point of surreal. Rooms with arched wooden floors reflect the hotel’s curvature, furnishings are sci-fi funky, and walls occasionally morph into sine waves. The blood-red swimming pool on the rooftop tops this extraordinary architectural adventure.

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Avenida Brigadeiro Luis Antônio, 4700

Staybridge Suites

(11) 3706 6600.

This modern skyscraper offers good rates for travellers in the thriving commercial district of Itaim Bibi with fabulous vistas towards Moema district from the corporate top floor rooms. The Staybridge is also conveniently incorporated into an open mall with a cinema, gym and restaurants, so there’s no need to risk life and limb crossing busy surrounding roads to go out.

L'Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo

(11) 2183 0500.

Popular with business clientele yet conveniently enough located off Avenida Paulista to crack the leisure market. The 76 rooms of this Portuguese chain offer ample comfort for those on the move with iPod docking stations and Wi-Fi. One little moment of magic is the bewitching symmetry of the falling staircase when viewed from the 14th-floor down the internal atrium. Striking pieces of art work adorn its walls and there's an indoor pool and gym.

Grand Hyatt

(11) 2838 1234.

Only in the moderately priced bracket if booked in advance because this is a luxurious residence bearing the hallmarks of quality expected from a Grand Hyatt. Located in the Pinheiros financial district, it has all the amenities you could wish for, including high speed internet, a choice of bars and restaurants, 466 rooms and suites and an exemplary spa. The Wine Library bar offers guests a giddying choice of 2,500 bottles. Breakfast included.

Hotel Excelsior

(11) 3331 0377.

This 198-room hotel in São Paulo, with its mammoth convention centre, flatters beyond its 4-star billing. The rooms behind Excelsior’s art-deco frontage are plain and businesslike, yet excellent value. Wi-Fi is free, rooms come with LCD TVs and there is a bar and fitness centre onsite. The location is also close by downtown Praça da República with nearby cultural icons such as Teatro Municipal and Edificio Copan. Staff speak English and can help book tickets and tours. Breakfast included.

Casa Club Hostel

(11) 3798 0051.

This simple little cheap São Paulo hotel features dorms and double rooms, plus it has the great advantage of being at heart of the action for Vila Madalena’s vibrant nocturnal scene. Casa Club Hostel also has a bar and restaurant serving inexpensive snacks within a secure compound and its rooftop terrace is ideal for chilling out on. The Wi-Fi here is fast and the live music shows and lectures are great for an evening in.

Rua Mourato Coelho 973, São Paulo, Brazil


(11) 3150 1555.

The striking contemporary black and white lobby belies the fact this São Paulo hotel plugs a well-needed niche for a combination of style and value. The rooms are no frills, but spacious nonetheless, with wood floors and cable TV. Air conditioning and anti-noise windows come as standard and the showers reuse rainwater in a bid to be more environmentally friendly. 155 is located in downtown Consolação, close to Rua Augusta’s nightlife and opposite the restaurant street of Rua Avanhandava. Breakfast included.

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Rua Martinho Prado 173

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