Pullman Sao Paulo Ibirapuera
What We Love
- Located steps from Parque Ibirapuera, Sampa’s vast urban park, and just three miles from the domestic airport
- Staff is friendly and well versed in English (a rarity in Brazil)
- Dependable, speedy Internet and 24-hour fitness center
What To Know
- The hotel lives and breathes flight crews, IBM employees and fly-by-night businessmen — it's not the most family-friendly
- No dedicated concierge service
- Modern decor may be jolting if you like it low-key
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Industrial chic. The futuristic lobby is an artsy mix of modernisms: bright yellow space age pod chairs, S-shaped lounge chairs in mauve and heather, and a healthy selection of charcoal-colored sectional sofas, all lit by floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in plenty of natural light and hanging glass panels that cycle between various colors depending on the time of day.
Bed and Bath
Moody and masculine hallways lead to the more standard guestrooms, content in their traditional business hotel attire: soft khakis, marble where appropriate. The rooms are much less Jetsons-like than the lobby — although they do have motion-sensor lighting. Kingsize beds, Trussardi bedding (Brazil’s best) and marble desks are standard. Renovated Executive Rooms are the same smallish size but are more aligned aesthetically with the lobby and offer the added bonuses of Nespresso pods and umbrellas for the taking. The bathrooms are of average size and are stocked with biodegradable sugary-sweet bath amenities from Terra Brasili; Executive Rooms come with cheeky peekaboo showers.
The hotel’s It restaurant pulls triple duty: Besides the main space there’s a classy, purple backlit bar with pricey cocktails (though they come with their worth in cashews) and a small but pleasant café/patisserie. Dinner is solid contemporary Brazilian fare; standout dishes include filet mignon with hearts of palm spaghetti, cod puree with truffle oil, and a bang-up grilled tuna. The pool is tiny (there’s a separate sunbathing terrace elsewhere), but the fitness center is well equipped with Life Fitness and High On machines, and the spa offers a pleasant machine Pilates room and an inviting (and separately bookable) Japanese furo bath. The fabulous breakfast spread is served in a more subtly shaded dining room long on soothing turquoise and morning smiles.
In the Area
The hotel is right next to the city’s most famed green space, 500-acre Ibirapuera Park, home to a host of famous Oscar Niemeyer buildings and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the fascinating Museu Afro Brasil. Some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best restaurants, including D.O.M. and Maní, are within a 10-minute taxi ride (or 30-minute walk). Big commercial avenues like Paulista and Faria Lima are within striking distance, and both the domestic and international airports are also nearby.
How to Get There
I stayed at the Pullman Sao Paulo Ibirapuera approximately two weeks ago for business. Daniela at the front desk is so warm, welcoming, efficient and very professional. I had friends meet me at the hotel and we visited at the cafe near the front desk. When Daniela saw that they brought their 4 year old son, she gave him a really cute Pullman child's luggage tag along with a "kiddie" coupon for a complimentary juice or water. When we told he that he didn't use the coupon because it looked like play money and he didn't want to spend it, she brought him two balloons. I was so amazed and impressed by her kindness and thoughtfulness. She is an AMAZING employee and does an OUTSTANDING JOB. I can't thank her enough for her sweet gestures given to my friend's young child. Please give her my sincere thank you for being so kind and gracious.
Location, Check in, spacious rooms, huge breakfast buffet, nice and competent staff. This is what one from a business hotel expect. Proximity to great park is an extra. The only negative point is the traffic.
I’ve stayed at Pullman Guarulhos and that’s a pretty decent hotel even if it’s “just” an airport vicinity stay. So that was my point of reference for the Pullman São Paulo Ibirapuera. I arrived early (8am) at the Pullman Ibirapuera. I know the check in time is 2 or 3pm. They check me in early for a 50% additional (fair enough) but the couple checking in on the desk next to me (same check in date) got checked in without the premium, so that was mildly annoying. Lobby, location, cafe and bar area modern and bright and nicely done. Rooms dated, stale, functional, musty odour in the halls, dirty carpets. Nothing dramatic but now I’m paying a 150% tariff and these things do matter. Staff are fine, very friendly and helpful, didn’t have breakfast, bar area fine with decent drinks. Some raucous groups staying in the hotel but no big drama. About 120-150 reales taxi from Guarulhos this was just an overnighter. Positives = staff, bar, cafe negatives = overcharged, dated, rooms need a refurbishment / update