São Paulo

Hotels in São Paulo

The selection of hotels in São Paulo ranges from historic to ultramodern, and from independent to big chains. The main parts of town to stay in include Avenida Paulista (the financial district), the shopping-friendly area the Jardins, the more residential Higienópolis, or Centro (which can get a little dodgy after dark). Since the city attracts so many business travelers, rates are highest during the week, while deals abound on weekends. Book ahead to stay at some of the best hotels in São Paulo.

Fasano is a chic, small São Paulo hotel that feels like it was flown here from Milan. Muted gray marble in the public spaces contrasts with clubby leather armchairs and Brazilian modern art. Downstairs, the Italian restaurant is a see-and-be-seen spot. Hotel Unique was designed by renowned architect Ruy Ohtake. It’s a favorite São Paulo hotel among rock stars and fashionista types, and looks like a giant slice of watermelon, with curved hallways, sloped walls, and oversize round windows, along with minimalist rooms. The Grand Hyatt is a 466-room business hotel but is more than just Western-style convenience. It has a 2,000-bottle wine collection in its library lounge, while rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the pastel-colored rooftops.

High in the mountains of Vale dos Mellos, 160 miles northwest of São Paulo, sits a stone-and-glass lodge conceived to showcase the best of the country.

This glass-and-marble tower has 57 white-on-white rooms accented with furniture designed by the Compana Brothers and Eames. Relax in the renovated spa or in your bathroom’s claw-foot tub. Best for Stylish travelers seeking easy access to the city’s top boutiques.

Shaped like a slice of watermelon, this 95-room property created by renowned Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake is a design junkie’s dream; the interiors have features including curved hallways, sloped walls, and oversize round windows. Best for Architecture geeks.

Brazilian innovators Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan designed this sexy retreat with clubby leather armchairs and Brazilian modern art. Downstairs, there’s the see-and-be-seen Italian restaurant, where São Paulo’s creative set gathers. Best for Sophisticates and fashion gurus.

This Japanese-like mini-hotel has train-size cabins with local TV and private bathrooms for grabbing some quick shut-eye or a much-needed jet-lag-jolting shower. Fees start at $32/hour (double); day-use, $75 (double).

Housed in a yellow Mediterranean-style mansion, the romantic hotel is just a block from the beach. All 12 rooms at this adults-only boutique hotel are awash in pastel hues, and several have private verandas overlooking the small pool and gardens.

Located on an otherwise nondescript residential street, the 22-suite hotel looks anything but typical. Bungalow shacks outfitted in bright colors and filled with funky accents surround a pool that snakes through the property like an Amazon tributary.

You’ll find one of the top wine lists in town at the Hyatt’s 2,000-plus bottle library lounge. If it’s views you’re after, all 466 spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the pastel-colored rooftops. Best for Pleasure-seeking business travelers.