São Paulo


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About São Paulo

Sao Paulo is a global city of epic proportions and Brazil’s cultural capital. Expect a city of extremes with towering skyscrapers, cracked pavements, thousands of restaurants and bars to fit every budget, art-house cinemas, museums and world-renowned shopping. The best places to stay in Sao Paulo vary between fiercely chic design hotels where your every whim will be catered for, to charming small boutiques where the intimate setting gives a real feel for the culture.

Paulistanos, as the natives are called, are quite international and you'll find evidence of the varied heritage in the flavours of the restaurants, the dancing in the nightclubs and the cocktails in the bars. The restaurants are amongst the best in the world, so this is a real foodie’s destination.

Nightclubs never sleep, so you can expect to party on into the early hours. It is a buzzing metropolis akin to London or New York, perhaps a little dirtier and more polluted, but every inch as cosmopolitan.

Given that the city is now a bit of a tourist hotspot, be sure to book ahead if you want to guarantee yourself a room in one of the best places to stay in Sao Paulo.

The best places to stay in Sao Paulo

For a Designer Boutique

  • Emiliano is an extremely cool luxury hotel offering chic designer suites with private butlers, complimentary massages and some have private pools. Plus there's a gourmet Italian restaurant, beautiful spa and helipad for those who fly straight in!
  • Fasano Hotel is a Five Star property, terribly sophisticated and almost masculine. Here you can expect a top of the range spa, two excellent restaurants and a jazz bar. Very hip.
  • The Tivoli Sao Paulo - Mofarrej is a luxury boutique hotel to the hilt! Minimalist with all the mod. cons., but bags of individuality. There's a fabulous French restaurant, a Banyan Tree Spa and a roof top terrace with pool. It's surprisingly family friendly as well.
  • The Hotel Unique is a five star designer boutique hotel in the shape of a ship. Suites are decorated in minimal muted tones and plenty of style, there's a wonderful roof top terrace including a pool with views and a gourmet fusion restaurant.

For A Smart City Stay

  • L'Hotel Porto Bay boasts classic, tasteful accommodation in a great location. With a restaurant, courtyard pool and spoiling spa, it's a wonderful all-round choice.
  • Located on the outskirts of the city in the midst of Burle Marx Park, Palacio Tangara offers ultra-chic accommodation in metallic tones. Set in an historic mansion, the hotel also features a truly magnificent restaurant and a pool.

For An Apartment Or Villa

  • If you think you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons, March to May or October to November, with comfortable average temperatures hovering around 21-24°C.
  • The summers are generally pretty humid, whilst there can also be a fair amount of rainfall.
  • Most international visitors will fly into Sao Paulo - Guarulhos International Airport which is well served by public transport links to the city centre.
  • LATAM and British Airways fly direct from Heathrow to Guarulhos, with the journey taking approximately 11h 45m.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in São Paulo

  • Hotel Guest Urban São Paulo (Pinheiros) 14 rooms from £70

    Local exploring  -  Set in hip Pinheiros which is filled with concept stores, co-working spaces, and coffee houses
    Value chic  -  A good value stay well suited to young couples or groups of friends wanting a chic city base
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Sao Paulo Metropolitan Cathedral or the Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion
    Full of character
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    A chic small hotel set in an old townhouse on a quiet street in the hip Pinheiros district. Rooms have a rustic charm with wooden floors, whitewashed walls, and vintage pieces. Breakfasts are served and there is a quiet terrace for an evening drink. Great value and well positioned. See More

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  • Tivoli Mofarrej São Paulo São Paulo (Cerqueira César) 95 rooms from £146

    City Style
    Spa breaks
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Parque Trianon, Planetarium and Teatro Municipal.
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    A Five Star boutique with flair. Luxury rooms and suites in minimal design with all the mod cons. Fantastic French restaurant, Banyan Tree spa, gorgeous roof top terrace and pool. A hotel with the wow factor. Family friendly, romantic, and gourmet. See More

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  • L'Hotel Portobay Sao Paulo São Paulo 84 rooms from £164

    5* Luxury  -  With standout service, impressive artworks, & good facilities this is an easy option for a luxury base in the heart of the city
    Local exploring  -  Well set on the Alameda Campinas, 50m from the Avenida Paulista, close to some of the city's best restaurants, bars, and shops
    Restaurant  -  The bistro Trebbiano serves European fare
    Spa  -  There's a small but well equipped spa
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    An elegant five-star hotel with a central position near Avenida Paulista. Spacious rooms and suites are decorated in muted hues with faux-French furnishings and 400-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. With an indoor pool, well-equipped spa, and European restaurant — this is a sophisticated stay. See More

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  • Hotel Unique, Sao Paulo São Paulo (Jardim Paulista) 95 rooms from £219

    City Style
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Professor Aristoteles Orsini Planetarium, Ibirapuera Park, Ibirapuera Gymnasium and Ibirapuera Auditorium.
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    Recommended by  -  Design Hotels

    A boutique designer chic hotel in the shape of a ship. Five Star luxury rooms and suites have all the mod cons and minimal decoration. Fantastic roof top terrace with a pool and lounge area, gourmet fusion restaurant, and extensive spa. Extremely hip hotel, perfect for movers and shakers. See More

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  • L'Hotel Porto Bay São Paulo (Bela Vista) 84 rooms from £208

    City Style  -  With a chic Mediterranean bistro, luxurious spa and sharp design this is a stylish option.
    Local markets  -  Visit the Municipal Market for a real flavour of Brazilian cuisine.
    Restaurant  -  Trebbiano Ristorante - Italian & mediterranean a la carte.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the tranquil Ibirapuera Park.
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    An elegant hotel well located with easy access to the city. Smart rooms feature soft hues, large sash windows, funky black and white rugs and Impressionist art. A chic Mediterranean bar is popular with locals. The tranquil courtyard pool is the cherry on this particular cake. A fabulous city base. See More

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  • Palacio Tangara São Paulo (Panamby) 141 rooms from £393

    Foodies  -  Foodie heaven- enjoy exquisite dishes artfully crafted by their renowned chef!
    City Style  -  An wonderfully indulgent and chic city break, nestled in a dense rainforest!
    Great walks  -  Wander through the beautioful Burle Marx Park
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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    Palacio Tangara enjoys a wonderful location in the midst of Burle Marx Park, Sao Paulo. This historic mansion offers luxurious and chic accommodation with epic views. Feast on gourmet cuisine in the restaurant, and lounge with a cocktail by one of the pools! An upmarket city stay. See More

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  • Hotel Fasano São Paulo São Paulo (Jardins) 60 rooms from £420

    Romantic Break  -  With elegant, luxurious suites, it's perfect for a romantic stay in Sao Paulo.
    Local exploring  -  Well placed for exploring the sights and sounds of Sao Paulo.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Parish of Our Lady of Brasil.
    Local markets  -  Browse the local markets streets of Jardins.
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    Stunning five-star hotel that focuses on quality service with minimum fuss. Features such as an excellent Italian restaurant, a deluxe spa and an atmospheric bar make it a great option for staying in Sao Paulo. Combining luxury and class, it's perfect for a romantic break. See More

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  • Emiliano São Paulo (Jardim Paulista) from £547

    Foodies  -  Fantastic Italian restaurant.
    Good wine list  -  296 labels.
    City Style
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    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    Probably the coolest most luxurious boutique hotel in Sao Paulo. Utterly chic suites come with private butlers, complimentary massages, skyline views, and even a private pool. Gourmet Italian and seafood restaurant and luxury spa. Each living area is a work of art. For those who can afford it. See More

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