Which are the best luxury hotels in Brazil? Which are the best luxury hotels in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco, Recife, Vitoria, Agua Verde Curitiba, Rio Grande Do Sul, Guarulhos, Campinas, and São Bernardo do Campo? The best luxury hotels in Brazil are undoubtedly in Sao Paulo, but there are some nice luxury hotels in Rio too.
Our top pick for the best luxury hotel in Sao Paulo is Four Seasons Sao Paulo which is also one of the best Four Seasons in South America. There is no Four Seasons in Rio De Janeiro. Of course, there is no Four Seasons rewards program, but if you are a regular guest of the Four Seasons or even want to try this iconic brand for the first time, you can take adventage of loyalty style benefits at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Brazil or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and more.
Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
1. Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo at Nações Unidas
Our top pick for the best luxury hotel in Sao Paulo is Four Seasons Sao Paulo, which is also one of the best Four Seasons in South America.
Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo is a 258-room hotel is set amid the green spaces along the Pinheiros river in southern Sao Paulo.
Of course, there is no Four Seasons rewards program, but if you are a regular guest of the Four Seasons or even want to try this iconic brand for the first time, you can take advantage of loyalty style benefits at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.
Ideally located for the Brazilian Grand Prix, which takes place at the Autódromo de Interlagos just minutes from Four Seasons, and the perfect place to stay for the world’s largest comic con, CCXP, in Sao Paulo, this much-needed haven of luxury has got to be the best luxury hotel in Sao Paulo.
Highlights of the Four Seasons Hotel São Paulo include a gallery-like domed space that showcases contemporary works by local artists. A stunning spiral staircase floats its way up to the ballroom, an amazing pool that appears to extend out over the surrounding treetops, and a fitness center which offers inspiring skyline views across the treetops just outside.
Guest rooms offer a gracious palette of sensuous lines and touchable textures, accented by pops of vibrant color. Area rugs on polished wood floors create intimate spaces where business travelers can focus on work, and those at leisure can lean back, put their feet up and relax.
2. Emiliano Sao Paulo
Emiliano Sao Paulo is a chain of luxury boutique hotels in Brazil. There is a wonderful Emiliano that is one of the best luxury hotels in Rio de Janeiro. The Emiliano Sao Paulo hotel is equally impressive and is located on Oscar Freire Street, in the heart of the exclusive Jardins neighborhood of Sao Paulo.
Described as sleek, dramatic, and drop-dead gorgeous, the 56-room Emiliano encapsulates the modern Brazilian ethos. Land your chopper on the private helipad, escorted by service-oriented butlers, and head to the country’s first champagne and caviar bar, where more than 80 brands of bubbly and rare Beluga roe await you.
Soak in the Japanese hot baths before a shiatsu massage at the spa, and then take a table at the hotel’s namesake Italian restaurant for homemade pasta and organic, locally sourced produce. The fashion houses and galleries along Oscar Freire, São Paulo’s version of Rodeo Drive, lie just beyond the lobby’s window wall.
3. Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo
Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo is located in Sao Paulo’s most elegant neighborhood, Jardins, between Avenida Paulista and Faria Lima. Nearby stores include Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Bulgari and Cartier.
The design by Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan is a recreation of 1930s style. The elegant architecture combines contemporary design with a classical wealth of detail, such as period furniture and English brickwork on the facade.
The hotel houses the Mark, Fasano, rated South America’s best Michelin-star restaurant for Italian cuisine, and the Baretto Bar, a cozy space for cool music and jazz of the highest international standards.
Designed to provide space and comfort, there are 60 rooms spread over 20 floors. All 50 apartments and 10 suites enjoy a fine view of Sao Paulo. The latest technology is combined with stylish decor, such as linen curtains, Persian Kilim rugs, king-size beds with 500-thread Egyptian cotton sheets, and goose-feather pillows.
Lending to the hotel’s exclusive air, a fleet of executive cars is available for airport transfers and trips to restaurants owned by the Fasanos. The penthouse health club is a favorite, with its swimming pool, ofuro baths, sauna, and fitness center; the views of the city are jaw-dropping.
4. Hotel Unique Sao Paulo
Hotel Unique is in a building that is shaped like an ocean liner. Locals lovingly call it “The Watermelon”. Hotel Unique is a living, breathing part of the city of São Paulo, a place where architecture, art, design, fashion, gastronomy, music, and exquisite service are at the heart of a groundbreaking hotel.
Yes, this hotel is indeed unique and guests are welcomed with a glass of champagne. The hotel’s provocative design makes a bold statement over São Paulo’s Jardins area, with a five-minute walk to lush Ibirapuera Park and luxe shopping along Rua Oscar Freire within an easy ride by car.
Natural light filters through porthole windows in the 94 minimalist rooms. While it’s hard to resist the lobby’s pod-shaped, oversize chairs, the real scene is up on the roof at the polished Skye Restaurant & Bar and ruby-red pool with an underground sound system.
5. Palacio Tangara, Oetker Collection Sao Paulo
The ultra-plush, 141-room Palacio Tangara is surrounded by the lush greenery of Burle Marx Park, with easy access to the main business, leisure and culture districts of the city.
Guests are welcomed with contemporary décor, bathed in natural daylight throughout its spacious rooms and suites, and a variety of culinary venues.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten lends his Michelin-star chops to the signature restaurant, already awarded with a Michelin star, and the city’s best chef’s table. The glass cube wine cellar is the perfect display case for fine vintages and their fashionable tasters.
The silence of nature and the sounds of exotic birds lull loungers by the two pools, while a spa beneath the hotel lifts spirits with treatments from Sisley.
6. Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro
Situated on the promenade facing the magnificent Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, this art deco icon has 239 rooms including 101 suites, a half Olympic size swimming pool with a sunbathing area, a tennis court, and the best spa in town. Three restaurants at the Hotel offer elegant surroundings, exemplary service, and gourmet cuisine. Known as one of the best restaurants in Rio, Cipriani, offers exceptional Northern Italian cuisine.
Belmond Copacabana Palace is the best hotel in town and yet room rates remain remarkably cheap at just $361 USD per room per night. Stay there dance the nights away. “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl…..”
7. Emiliano Rio, Rio de Janeiro
Emiliano welcomes its guests in the heart of Rio with a prime location on Copacabana Beach. Combining modern elements with a bit of a 1950s touch, the result is a stylish blend of beach resort and city hotel.
Folding articulated panels filter the sun through floor-to-ceiling windows in the 90 modish rooms, which feel downright cozy thanks to woven wall fabrics and natural woods. Many rooms offer stunning views of the sea with warm wood flooring and touches of marble and gold. Ring up the on-call butler for caipirinhas on your glass-railed balcony.
Emiliano Restaurant offers contemporary cuisine, enlivened by locally sourced, organic ingredients, and a living wall that brings the rainforest inside, while the rooftop restaurant is a more informal setting for light seafood and healthy fare.
In addition to the extensive spa and gym, guests will enjoy relaxing on the roof deck by the infinity pool, with a panorama spanning from Leme to Copacabana Fort.
8. Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro is a hotel born from a collaboration between the Fasano family (of restaurant fame) and Philippe Starck (of design fame). This new hotel is uniquely situated at the heart of Ipanema Beach, with decor that is elegant and understated with signed pieces of the 1950s and ’60s. A meeting point for locals and travelers, the hotel features the lobby lounge, Londra with live music, and most prominently the Fasano Al Mare, Rogerio Fasano’s gastronomic restaurant dedicated to traditional Italian seafood.
This casually elegant hideaway offers 89 rooms and suites with private terraces, Wi-Fi and plasma televisions; a rooftop infinity swimming pool; spa treatments; beach service; and a decidedly stylish ambiance, thanks to Starck’s and Fasano’s thoughtfully chosen furnishings.
The rooftop is an area is our favorite bit of the hotel and is accessible only for hotel guests with spectacular views over Ipanema Beach and features a pool, fitness center, sauna, massage, and a pool bar for drinks and light meals.
9. InterContinental São Paulo
The InterContinental São Paulo is located in the Jardins area of the city which feels safe and is close to good restaurants, shops and the subway public transport system. The foyer is smart with a rough stone wall behind the reception and an interior design that reminds me of InterContinenal O2 in London which we have also reviewed.
The rooms are also similar to those at the London O2, modern and fairly generic but luxurious and large with a marble bathroom. There is a nice gym and a smart outdoor pool with seats around it, but the weather is not always suitable to use this facility.
The executive club lounge is smart with creamy and brown furnishings and can be found at the top of the building. Here, Club Room guests can enjoy breakfast, afternoon refreshments, and drinks and snacks during the evening happy hour. During this cocktail happy hour, expect plates of sandwiches, pizza, and veggies along with wine, beer, and sparkling wine but no Champagne.
You can see what we have experienced in terms of food and drink at the club lounge at InterContinental O2 in London and the club lounge at InterContinental Park Lane which will give you an idea of what to expect. This will undoubtedly be one of the best club lounges the city with a substantial hot and cold buffet and a la carte breakfast and evening canapes and alcoholic drinks.
10. Grand Hyatt São Paulo
Grand Hyatt São Paulo is nestled in the city’s vibrant business district, close to many of São Paulo’s top restaurants, shopping centers, and attractions. The area around the hotel feels fairly safe during the day and early evening. You can walk to the mall, World Trade Center, and to both the Morumbi and Berrini train stations which offer services several times a day. To get around the city, you can take the subway into the city and walkabout.
Spacious rooms feature modern amenities and locally inspired décor. Enhance your stay with a Grand Suite, which includes a separate living area, Grand Club® access, and panoramic city views.
Find peace and tranquility in the heart of Brazil’s most populous city at Amanary Spa. Choose from a variety of soothing facials, therapeutic massages, and invigorating body treatments to relax the mind and body. The facility features seven treatment rooms, a sauna, a heated indoor pool, and a fitness center.
A highlight of this hotel is the Grand Club® Lounge which is located on the 20th floor and provides comfort and convenience for guests of the Club and Suite categories. Along with high ceilings and breathtaking city views, the lounge offers complimentary continental breakfast, high-speed internet access, cocktails, and appetizers. Within the lounge, the continental breakfast and evening food is very good and better than most American Grand Hyatt club lounges. All drinks including alcohol are complimentary.
Unwind after a busy day in São Paulo, or soak up the Brazilian sunshine at the pristine outdoor pool. Visit this urban oasis steps from your room, with relaxing lounge chairs, shady umbrellas, built-in fountains, and lush gardens.
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