In a city as diverse as São Paulo, visitors from many tribes are likely to pass through. Known for hosting one of the largest LGBT parades in the world, São Paulo has some fantastic LGBT-friendly hotels for the community, located in some of the most interesting and trendiest places in the city. Here are seven great hotels to stay at when visiting São Paulo.
As one of the first five-star hotels in the city, the Ca’d’Oro has built a sizeable reputation for being a true São Paulo destination over the past thirty years. The hotel emerged even better in 2016 following extensive renovation; downsizing from the original size of almost 400 rooms to 147 suites, Ca’d’Oro’s owners say the hotel is now able to offer a much more personalised service to its clients. The hotel is situated in the 19th through 27th floors of a high-rise office building on Rua Augusta, near Avenida Paulista, but hotel guests and executives of the office building have separate entrances.
Located less than 350 metres from the Republica Metro Station in the center of São Paulo, the Comfort Downtown is within walking distance of museums, theatres, shopping, restaurants and some of the best nightlife of the city. The hotel offers 240 modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, has a 24-hour restaurant and hosts an indoor pool and gym for its guests.
Comfort Downtown, Rua Araújo 141, República, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 2137 4600
Sitting right on one of São Paulo’s most famous streets, Avenida Paulista, the Melia Paulista caters to both business and leisure travellers. The hotel is also steps away from Rua Augusta, with its bustling nightlife, and near one of the best museums in Brazil, MASP. Its location right next to the Consolação Metro Station allows visitors to easily move around the city. Since Avenida Paulista sits atop a hill, the hotel’s view of the city is also an attraction, with visitors being able to see the Parque do Ibirapuera on a clear day.
Melia Paulista, Avenida Paulista 2181. Consolação, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 2184 1600
Located two blocks from Avenida Paulista, this hotel sits in one of São Paulo’s liveliest neighbourhoods, Consolação. Close to an ample variety of restaurants and nightclubs, visitors also don’t have to wander very far to find the best theatres, museums and bars. Rooms feature free wi-fi, flat-screen TV and minibars, while suites feature rooftop balconies overlooking much of the city and hot tubs.
Bourbon São Paulo Express
Built back in the 1940s as a residence for an Italian countess in São Paulo, the Bourbon hotel still maintains the bomb shelter the countess demanded be put in the basement, now used as the hotel’s fitness center. Located in the heart of the city’s historical centre, the hotel is a five-minute walk from Praça da Republica and a two-minute walk from Largo do Arouche.
Located at Largo do Arouche the San Raphael is one of the most traditional hotels in the center of São Paulo. Less than 900 meters from São Paulo’s Municipal Theatre, the hotel is close to major shopping areas and a short taxi drive from one of the trendiest nightlife areas in the city, Baixo Augusta. The high quality service and extensive breakfast buffet are two of the factors which have guests returning to the hotel, making up for the slow and sometimes non-existent wi-fi connection on some floors.
San Raphael, Largo do Arouche 150, Centro, São Paulo, Brazil +55 11 3334 6001
Tryp Jesuino Arruda
Part of the Melia Hotel chain, the Tryp Jesuino Arruda is located in one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in São Paulo, Itaim Bibi. A favourite among those coming into the city on business, the hotel is close to the main hubs of commerce in the city. It also caters to those arriving with pets, being one of the few hotels in the city welcoming dogs and cats of any size.