Choosing hotels in São Paulo during a trip requires good planning and organization above all else. São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, so defining an itinerary and understanding what each region of the city offers will make all the difference in every travel experience.
It is impossible to arrive in the city of São Paulo for the first time and not be impressed by its energy. If, on the one hand, it is the most important economic center in Brazil, on the other, it is the capital of culture in Latin America and offers us a world of possibilities. With more than 12 million inhabitants, it is one of the most vibrant, bustling and culturally and diverse destinations you can visit in the world. The city that doesn’t stop, whether day or night, has an intense schedule throughout the year.
Between museums, art galleries, theaters and shopping centers, the contrasts of the busy financial world that drives the city mix with its bohemian and cosmopolitan side. Travelers have a wide range of starred restaurants, bars and street bars with doors open to those who want to get to know the city in an intimate and unpretentious way.
Where to stay in São Paulo?
Well, this is always a tricky question. After all, in such a big city, how can you choose the best neighborhood to stay in among so many options of cheap, expensive, well-located and cool hotels?
Before making this decision, it is quite crucial to evaluate some questions: what is the purpose of the trip and which places do you intend to travel to? After all, Brazil’s largest metropolis is home to a huge hotel chain. Therefore, there is no shortage of hotel options in all neighborhoods and with different daily prices.
The busiest areas are those around Avenida Paulista, the neighborhoods of Pinheiros, Vila Madalena, Jardins, the center of São Paulo and hotels near 25 de Março. Regardless of your choice, a basic tip is to check if the accommodation has a metro station nearby. This will certainly make all your journeys easier and prevent you from getting stuck in the city’s chaotic traffic.
To give you an initial idea of the size of São Paulo’s hotel network, we selected some accommodation options.
5-star hotels in São Paulo for a luxury stay
Hotel Palácio Tangará
This hotel was built on the outskirts of the famous Burle Marx Park. In total, Hotel Palácio Tangará offers 141 spacious rooms – including 59 suites – all with beautiful views of the park. Some of its rooms even have a furnished terrace or a balcony.
The hotel’s gastronomic experiences are led by renowned Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who has a career of excellence in Michelin-starred kitchens. Among the additional amenities at Hotel Palácio Tangará, there are 9 event rooms, one of which is a large ballroom for up to 530 people, as well as terraces overlooking the park. Leisure and sports areas include a gym, spa with private garden, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and even a kids’ club.
Hotel Emiliano is located on the elegant Rua Oscar Freire. Its design is impressive, with an elegant and modern decor, which makes the accommodation experience even more pleasant compared to many hotels in São Paulo.
Many of its rooms are covered in light wood and decorated in soft tones. All rooms include air conditioning, free WiFi, an LCD TV and an iPod docking station. The Emiliano’s spa is very comfortable, offering a sauna and hot tubs, where you can enjoy a variety of massages and beauty treatments. Its restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine, and the menu includes personalized options and vegan and gluten-free meals.
For those looking to relax with a little more comfort and luxury, the property also has a champagne bar and lounge bar with DJs and a vertical garden.
This 5-star hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is one of the best hotels in São Paulo. Its location is considered excellent by many guests as it is in the Jardins neighborhood, one block from Avenida Paulista and MASP.
Its decoration is in a contemporary style with suites that include a seating area with orchids, and some units have an incredible panoramic view of the city. Tivoli Mofarrej also offers a luxury spa, Anantara Spa, which was one of the winners of the World Spa Awards 2015. Its environments are Thai-inspired, with different treatments and massages.
Breakfast is served in a rich buffet, with various items to please guests’ palates, including croissants and French pastries. One of its restaurants, The Seen Restaurant & Bar, has a very beautiful view of the city. For those who like to drink something and relax to the sound of calm, live music, the Must bar serves cocktails specially created by the winner of the best bartender in Brazil award, Jessica Sanchez.
For even greater comfort, the hotel has an outdoor pool, gym and 24-hour room service.
Good Budget Hotels for a cheaper or business stay
Wz Jardins is a hotel located on Av. Rebouças, 2 minutes from Oscar Freire metro station, at the same time as it has the best daily rates in the region. Focused on the young public, the establishment manages to bring all the technology and innovation that a modern hotel needs. In its surroundings, travelers can find the best of leisure and business, with excellent options of restaurants and shops, convention centers, hospitals and universities.
Ibis Budget São Paulo Jardins
If you want to save money, but without losing comfort on your business trip, Ibis Budget Jardins is an excellent option, located on Avenida 9 de Julho, close to Oscar Freire in one of the most noble places in São Paulo, the Jardins neighborhood. Although the apartments have very small rooms, the hotel combines modernity and simplicity in a masterful way. The chain is already known mainly among young people who always think about reducing their costs without giving up good infrastructure.
Ramada Suites Itaim Bibi
Hotel Ramada Suites Itaim Bibi is 5 minutes away from Shopping Iguatemi and Ibirapuera Park. Among the amenities found are a swimming pool, breakfast, sauna and excellent service. The accommodation is part of the Atlantica Hotels chain and has several restaurant and bar options around it. Clearly it couldn’t be left out of our incredible list of the 10 best hotels in São Paulo.
Novotel São Paulo Jaraguá Convention
Novotel Jaraguá is located close to the main tourist and business attractions in São Paulo, next to restaurants and bars, such as Famiglia Mancini, Bar Brahma, Casa do Porco. The hotel is part of the AccorHotels network and is ideal for work and business trips, with quality infrastructure and a privileged location, while spending little.
One of the most elegant hotels in São Paulo, a favorite with business travelers. Located a few blocks from Avenida Paulista and close to financial and cultural life. Maksoud Plaza has a fitness center with a heated pool, a renowned restaurant and bar and 38 event rooms. The hotel, which is part of the Accor chain, stands out as one of SP’s icons and its architecture brings guests back to the past.
Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi
The Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi is today classified as the largest hotel in Brazil with 780 apartments, modern social areas and incredible service (its biggest differentiator). The hotel is part of the IHG network, one of the largest in the world. The Holiday Inn is located next to the Anhembi Convention Center, close to the Expo Center Norte and has easy access to the Marginals of the city of São Paulo. An excellent option for those going to an event in the capital of São Paulo.
B&B Hotels São Paulo Luz
B&B Hotels is located in the Luz region, just 1.9 km from the municipal market, very close to the central region of São Paulo. Excellent option in the central region, combining comfort, safety and fair price, ideal for an excellent business stay.
Grand Mercure Villa Olímpia
Located 4 km from Congonhas airport, in the Vila Olímpia neighborhood, the Grand Mercure has excellent restaurants, shops and shopping centers in its surroundings. A midscale business hotel with excellent service, location, value for money and infrastructure for business travelers who do not give up on a memorable experience.
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