When it comes to accommodation, there’s a huge range of options available to visitors to Sao Paulo. From extravagant hotels such as Hotel Unique or the InterContinental, to excellent Airbnb rentals of all shapes and sizes, tourists are spoiled for choice. However, sometimes you are looking for all of the comforts and amenities of a hotel, without having to pay top dollar for it. Here are some of the best and cheapest hotels in Sao Paulo.
H3 Hotel Paulista
Tucked away in the neighborhood of Bela Vista, H3 Hotel Paulista is a 3-star hotel that offers excellent value for money. Housed in a modern building, its rooms are surprisingly spacious given the price. They have some superior rooms for business tourists, including their own office space. Services are up to standard, while the complementary breakfast is well above what you might expect from 3-star accommodation. In terms of location, the hotel is a brisk five-minute walk from Paulista Avenue, Sao Paulo’s main street, and is next to the charming Italian quarter of Bixiga, with its excellent restaurants and bars.
Ibis hotels are renowned worldwide as excellent options for travelers looking for comfort at a fair price, with over 1,000 hotels in 65 different countries. There are plenty of Ibis addresses in São Paulo, but the pick of the bunch is Ibis Paulista, offering simple, low-cost rooms, excellent services, and a fantastic location. Situated on Paulista Avenue, the hotel is a stone’s throw away from the modern heart of São Paulo, as well as having ample public-transport links. For something even cheaper, there is the Ibis Budget hotel around the corner on Rua da Consolação, while Ibis Budget Sao João is also a good option for those wanting to stay in the historic center.
Brazilian hospitality chain Nobile has a number of hotels all across the country and its newest location, Downtown Sao Paulo, is a superb option for anyone visiting the city. Guests get plenty for their money, with nicely designed rooms, an impressive breakfast, and a free-to-use swimming pool and fitness center. Its location is excellent, situated in the middle of São Paulo’s vibrant historic center, only one block away from Praça da Republica and the Republica subway station.
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Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera
The excellent Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera hotel offers comfort, excellent facilities, and peace of mind, with a rare balance between location and tranquility. The hotel is in the upmarket neighborhood of Moema, very close to Ibirapuera Park and easily accessible from Congonhas Airport, and despite having plenty of excellent restaurants and bars nearby, the area is surprisingly quiet and relaxed – something hard to find in the bustling metropolis of Sao Paulo.
In a charming remodeled mansion in the neighborhood of Vila Mariana, WE Hostel is an excellent hostel with friendly staff, a wide variety of rooms, both shared and private, and all the facilities you need for a great stay in Sao Paulo. The surrounding area is one of the most underrated in the city, with the hostel being within walking distance of Ibirapuera Park and the Ana Rosa subway station. Vila Mariana is a trendy neighborhood on the rise, attracting a hip, young crowd to the restaurants and bars on nearby Rua Joaquim Tavora.
Another well-known chain of hotels, Mercure has some great accommodation options for tourists in Sao Paulo, attending to a wide variety of needs, from families to solo business travelers. Their best offering in the city is the Alamedas hotel, located in the leafy, swanky neighborhood of Jardins and only two blocks from Paulista Avenue. The standard rooms are large and comfortable; alternatively, guests can opt for their privilege rooms, located on the hotel’s top floors, for something a little fancier.
The Novotel São Paulo Jaraguá Conventions, located in a well-preserved historic building in the city center, is a great option for tourists looking for the comfort and service expected from any Novotel hotel around the world, while experiencing the rustic old center of Sao Paulo. The Anhangabau subway station is a very short walk away, while there are some excellent bars and restaurants in the surrounding area, as well as the happening nightlife spots Rua Augusta and Praça Roosevelt close by.
Pousadas in Brazil can refer to anything from B&Bs to guesthouses and small hotels. Of Sao Paulo’s pousadas, Valparaiso is one of the best, and guests get plenty of value for money. The rooms are spacious, even being suitable for families, while the services are excellent and the breakfast always well received. The Paraiso subway station is less than a minute away, connecting you to the rest of the city, while a quick five-minute walk will have you on Paulista Avenue. This is a great option for all kinds of travelers and all group sizes.
The Pergamonis an affordable 4-star hotel located on Rua Frei Caneca, in the trendy neighborhood of Consolaçao. Guests are within walking distance of subway stations, while the lively nightlife hub of Rua Augusta is just one block away. The staff are friendly and helpful, while the rooms are spacious and clean. This is a solid option for either solo travelers or couples.
For solo travelers looking for a comfortable, well-located place to sleep in Sao Paulo, as well as somewhere to make new friends, look no further than Bee.W. The adults-only hostel receives guests from all over the world and has some excellent indoor and outdoor social areas. Sao Paulo is a city best explored through more than one pair of eyes, and Bee.W is a great place to meet your new travel companion, or just pick up a few tips on places to go. Only three blocks from Paulista Avenue, it is a great base from which to explore the city, as well as having lots of cool bars in the surrounding area. The hostel bar itself even attracts plenty of locals on weekends.