Perfect location, just a couple of blocks from the intersection of Brazil’s best shopping, people-watching and café-filled streets
A tiny bar where big name musicians play most evenings
Shiatsu and hot stone massages at the spa
What To Know
This hotel offers extensive business services
The spa is really just a few small treatment rooms, not a place to spend an afternoon
Valet parking and airport shuttle services are available
Parking on site
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European-style sleep in Sao Paulo’s upscale Jardins neighborhood with a top restaurant and clubby bar
Stylish 1930s European gentlemen’s club. Rich wood paneling, nicely patinated leather chairs and Italian travertine walls and floors set the tone. Designed by Brazilian starchitects Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan, it has a restrained, understated masculinity, all rich textures and classic details, such as framed vintage maps, streamlined light fixtures and Eames chairs.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are spacious, with windows that take up most of one wall and let in abundant light. Along with the usual luxury suspects, including parquet floors, Egyptian cotton sheets and Persian kilim rugs, they have arty flourishes such as Murano vases and Venetian-framed paintings. The marble bathrooms are similarly large and come with plush towels (and a heated rack to hang them on).
Wallpaper magazine named the jewel box Baretto bar the number one bar in the world. Discreet and intimate, it serves as a venue for musicians from Bobby Short and Carol Sloane to Caetano Veloso and Os Cariocas. The Italian trattoria Nonno Rugero is considered one of the city’s top restaurants, a grand room with a terrace overlooking a leafy street. There’s an indoor pool on the 21st floor that’s reserved for hotel guests, and a small spa offering treatments using products from L’Occitane, La Prairie and Germaine du Capuccini.
In the Area
The Jardins district is the Beverly Hills or Madison Avenue of Sao Paulo, a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood dotted with high-end boutiques and glamorous sidewalk cafés. The main drags are Oscar Friere and Rua Haddock Lobo, home to the very groovy Havianas flagship, sexy dress shops such as Le Lis Blanc Deux, bathing suit boutiques galore, and mellow spots like Café Santo Grao. At the latter, stop by the semi-enclosed terrace for terrific coffee and people watching.