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
- 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 decided to stay a couple of days in Sao Paulo at the beginning of my month traveling in Brazil with my son and I wanted to be near Ibirapuera Park and all the museums/art galleries. Even though I never usually stay in chain-type hotels, I chose the Pullman Ibirapuera because of its location and I’m really glad I did. The rooms were comfortable (the mattress was heavenly), the staff charming and helpful and the view from our room was fabulous.
The three reasons why it doesn’t get a five star rating are: they didn’t fill up the mini-bar while we were there, our laundry, while definitely clean, didn’t smell so good when we got it back and the breakfast was kinda expensive. However, none of these things did anything to spoil our enjoyment of the hotel.
I normally use this hotel for business in town.
Hotel rooms have been renovated recently. Rooms are comfortable, Bathrooms are a bit tight but functional. Windows have been switched to sealed glass which significantly reduce the noise from traffic outside.
Staff is very attentive and well trained.
Some additional highlights are the exceptional breakfast, wellness center and Spa on site.
the friendliness of the staff, the cleanliness and the quality of the facilities, everything was perfect. Near to ibirapuera park. The food is very good, the breakfast is great, the gym is very complete.
All services were excellent . . . very nice environment . . . night events really good.Food experience reallyt nice and drinks were very good.Location is perfect . . . safety area . . . near mall.Hotel personnel really warm
Really nice hotel, the location is Really good, the staff are very friendly and profesional. The bed and pillows are Really good, i slept like a baby. The surroundings of the hotel are very safe. There are many restaurantes near the hotel