My husband and I spent five days in São Paulo, our first extended stay in the city, and wanted a hotel convenient to the subway, shopping and cultural attractions in a safe area. After a lot of searching, we settled on this place just a block and a half from Avenida Paulista.
The hotel, not too surprisingly, seems to attract mostly business people so be prepared for a busy breakfast area on weekdays. The front desk staff were courteous and quick although, and I say this as a Brazilian (and hence native speaker of Portuguese), the younger staffers had the annoying habit of mumbling instead of speaking clearly. The one older staffer was very clear and, as a bonus, spoke very good English (for the benefit of my husband). A taxi stand at the door of the hotel and free WiFi add to the convenience of this hotel.
The choices of food at breakfast were quite good: breads, yogurt, fruit, hot dishes, cake, fruit juices, etc. I quickly discovered a free cafezinho machine in the lobby that soon became a quick way to feed my caffeine addiction. The exercise area is large, larger in my experience than what I would expect in a hotel this size, although the weight machines needed maintenance. The hotel has a nice size pool but, on account of the cool weather, we didn't get to us it.
Finally, and this is the best feature of this hotel, is the fact that it is located between two well-regarded restaurants (we ate at one, Shintori, an expensive but good Japanese place) and near many other restaurants and bakeries. The São Paulo Art Museum is a short walk away as is the Trianon-MASP subway station. For book and CD shoppers, Livraria Cultura is a few blocks west on Avenida Paulista while FNAC is about one block or so east. There's even a Starbucks less than a block away. Parque do Ibirapuera and other attractions are a short taxi ride away. Were we to spend several days in Sampa again, we would certainly stay here again, at least if ready access to Avenida Paulista is a priority.
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