With the World Cup set to light up Brazil in the summer of 2014, São Paulo, which is hosting games at its newly built Arena Corinthians, will explode with football fans. Hotels prices are guaranteed to skyrocket, and sorting the best from the rest will be tough. These ten hotels, which range from luxury to boutique to budget, offer cultural experiences that guarantee a fulfilling visit to São Paulo, beyond the football fever.
Located in São Paulo’s fashionable Jardins district, Emiliano prides itself on offering a uniquely Brazilian type of hospitality. The hotel facilities include a spa, a gym and a champagne and caviar bar in which the house DJ regularly performs. The hotel is also notable for its location on Oscar Freire Street, which is renowned as Brazil’s most luxurious shopping street and features outlets of many of the most swanky and sought after brands in the world. The rooms of the Emiliano match these luxurious surroundings, with contemporary Brazilian furnishings combined with classic Eames pieces and the best in high end amenities.
Emiliano, 384 Oscar Freire Street Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3068 4399
An artsy boutique hotel which presents something different from its more luxury orientated Jardins neighbours, Pousada Dona Zilah offers a reasonably priced and very cosy hotel experience. The rustic design extends throughout the family run enterprise, and the owners are always available to offer city tips and other recommendations for football weary travellers. The hotel’s restaurant, The Zilah Gourmet, offers the best Brazilian cuisine using only local, sustainable ingredients.