Which are the best luxury hotels in Sao Paulo? Our list includes: Emiliano, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt, Hotel Fasano, Hotel Unique, InterContinenta, Marriott, Palacio Tangara, Renaissance, and Sheraton Santos.
Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and Brazil’s cultural capital, with a thriving theatre, opera, dance and music scene. Shop for Brazilian designers and high-end gifts in the Jardins district, splash the cash at one of the city’s elegant malls, or mix with the locals in the market on Rua 25 de Marco in the downtown Centro area. For sophisticated bars and restaurants, head to Vila Madalena, or dance the night away in Vila Olimpia.
Our top pick for the best luxury hotel is Four Seasons Sao Paulo which is also one of the best Four Seasons in South America. If you like your Marriott Bonvoy hotels, W is heading to Brazil and is worth considering on your next stay in Sao Paulo. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc. is opening the brand’s first hotel in Brazil in 2021. With buzzing spots to grab handcrafted cocktails, decadent bites and take in rooftop views, W São Paulo will join W Panama and W Costa Rica (opening in late 2018) as one of the funkiest Marriotts in South America.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Sao Paulo 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 at Nações Unidas whisks you into modern Brazil at its best, a vibrant city where travellers come to experience an exciting cultural destination as well as a thriving centre of international commerce and trade.
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.
The 258-room hotel is set amid the leafy green spaces along the Pinheiros river in southern Sao Paulo. Hotel guests, residents and locals can enjoy the restaurant, a lounge, an oasis-like spa, and a variety of event spaces.
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 truly stunning spiral staircase floats its way up to the ballroom against a shimmering wall that captures light from both the outdoors and the space’s dramatic chandeliers.
The Hotel’s cleverly designed pool appears to extend out over the surrounding treetops, allowing guests to swim through to the outdoors, or stay within. The fitness centre also offers inspiring skyline views across the treetops just outside.
Guest rooms welcome guests as though into a private home, with a gracious palette of sensuous lines and touchable textures, accented by pops of vibrant colour. Area rugs on polished wood floors create intimate spaces where business travellers can focus on work, and those at leisure can lean back, put their feet up and relax. Of special interest are the Hotel’s One Bedroom Corner Suites with panoramic views, and the incredible Presidential Suite on the 14th floor, which is ideal for families or those who plan to entertain while staying at Four Seasons.
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.
Here, guests can experience authentic and modern Brazilian sophistication through a contemporary ambience, refined cuisine and warm service. The interior embraces clean lines and spaciousness which mixes with award-winning architecture.
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
The Fasano family ae backed by more than 100 years of proven talent in providing the city’s best cuisine. Fasano Hotel and Restaurant resulted from a partnership between Rogerio Fasano and Joao Paulo Diniz.
Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo is located in Sao Paulo’s most elegant neighborhood, Jardins, strategically positioned 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 an audacious recreation of 1930s style. Elegant architecture combines contemporary design with classical wealth of detail, such as period furniture and English brickwork on the facade.
The Hotel houses two of the icons of 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
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
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.
Palácio Tangará is part of Oetker Collection, a unique collection of Masterpiece Hotels including Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Germany, Le Bristol Paris, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc and Chateau Saint-Martin in French Riviera, L’Apogée Courchevel (French Alps), The Lanesborough in London, Fregate Island Private in Seychelles, Eden Rock – St Barths and Jumby Bay Island in Antigua.
Palacio Tangara brings the refined European hospitality combined with Brazilian art de Vivre to the biggest city of Latin America. Guests are welcomed with contemporary décor, bathed in natural daylight throughout its spacious rooms and suites and 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. 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.
7. 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 walk about.
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, heated indoor pool, and 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.
8. Renaissance Sao Paulo
The Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the charming Jardins neighborhood, just a few steps away from the iconic Paulista Avenue. Multifunctional rooms and suites feature a flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi access, luxury bedding and breathtaking views of Sao Paulo.
There’s a Wellness Floor with an excellent gym with great weightlifting and cardio, equipment and an outdoor swimming pool. The Spa will refresh your body and mind during your stay and you can fill up in their on-site restaurants.
This is easily one of the best Marriott Bonvoy hotels in Sao Paulo. Platinum members area reportedly often upgraded to corner rooms which offer stunning views across Sao Paulo from the bathtub and bedroom.
While there is security at this hotel, the area feels safe and the hotel is close to nightlife, and a quarter of an hour walk from MASP Museum and shopping malls with good and cafes restaurants.
The executive lounge here is great, with a full breakfast 7 days a week that includes eggs, cold cuts, cheese, pastries, coffee machine, juices, yoghurts, cans of soft drinks and water. Hot dishes include fresh omelettes made to order.
In the evening from 5.30 to 8pm is happy hour with lots of hot and cold dishes including Brazilian hot dishes, pasta, soup, chips, salads. Free alcohol includes beer, wine and sparkling wine.
9. Sheraton Santos
Sheraton Santos Hotel is a Rewards Category 3 Marriott Bonvoy hotel and is located in the heart of the city. Sheraton Santos Hotel features a skyway to the Praiamar Shopping mall, which comprises stores, restaurants and entertainment options.
Only two blocks away is the city’s renowned 5-kilometre beachfront garden. Nearby are the Municipal Aquarium, the Mendes Convention Center, the Pelé Museum, and the Port of Santos, one of the busiest in Latin America.
With 212 rooms and suites, this hotel in Santos offers guests 5-star amenities, such as 24-hour room service, drinks at the Lobby Bar and an authentic Portuguese restaurant. Exercise in the well-equipped fitness center, relax in the indoor pool and be pampered in the massage room.
This hotel has an executive club lounge but there are no reviews or reports on how this lounge compares to other executive club lounges in Sao Paulo.
10. Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo
Marriott Executive Apartments Sao Paulo is set in the quiet and residential area of Vila Nova Conceicao. These spacious apartments are conveniently located close to Itaim Bibi district, where you can find top-quality shops and a variety of restaurants next to Faria Lima Avenue, Vila Olimpia, Berrini and Paulista business areas.
Whether you are looking for one, two or three bedrooms, these apartments in Sao Paulo offer fully-equipped kitchens, comfortable seating and workspaces and high-speed Internet access.
Start your day off right with free breakfast at the Quench Restaurant, this breakfast is free for everyone staying and is provided instead of an executive club lounge. Additional on-site amenities include an upscale lap pool, fitness center, and meeting rooms.
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