Hilton Morumbi Sao Paulo
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This is my usual hotel in Sao Paulo, and compared with the business hotels I stay in around the rest of the world this hotel is one of the very best.
The hotel is in a new and attractive building. Views from rooms (especially on higher floors) are breathtaking. All staff speak good English (and tolerate my few terrible words of Portuguese) and provide excellent service. Rooms are of several different designs, but all are nice and the beds very comfortable.
There is a small shopping center under the hotel, which closes in the evening and weekends. There is a food court under the other tower in this complex which you can easily walk to. There is a big, upscale shopping center (Morumbi) a few minutes taxi ride away (hint: take a city taxi, not the hotel car: it is much cheaper, and I've never had a problem with SP city taxis).
On the downside, of course SP is a big and occasionally dangerous city. It is not recommended to walk around the area. I've walking outside from the hotel to the shopping center (D&D) in the other tower, but I wouldn't fancy walking anywhere further.
Note that if you get a taxi from the airport (GRU) to this hotel, pay the rate for Brooklin (spelling?) which is where this hotel is. It is not in Morumbi (which is a more expensive fare). On the way back, take a city taxi for the fixed rate, not the hotel car. Leave long enough to cope with traffic if leaving in the evening.
Secure Hotel, not close to anything a tourist would be interested in
Being my first trip to Brazil, I decided to play it safe and stay at the Hilton in Sao Paulo.
Flat rate taxi fare of $107R each way is very good value considering the traffic of Sao Paulo.
After a mis-understanding on check in that they pre-approve your credit card for $1000R on top of the room rate (you can request a lower approval rate at the front desk) everything just hummed along.
Room was spotless, great view, and the hotel is very secure, with 24 hour security driving motor scooters around the property. All guests to your room must sign in at reception.
This hotel is more suited for people doing business in Sao Paulo, not for the tourist. The local area is a mix of big business compounds, to shack towns surrounding it. Many of the Brazilian population live under the poverty line, but reports of high crime can be avoided if you dress down and don't act like a tourist.
The Morumbi Shopping Area is about a 20min walk from the hotel, only opens at 10am, and seems to be the only place for trusted food, unless you are willing to try the local restaurants which seem to be busy during business lunch hours with office workers. The Hilton does offer breakfast and dinner, but not cheap. The bottle of water in the bathroom, they were asking $12R for, where as I bought 3 bottles for less than $6R at a news stand.
Locals do not like you taking pictures, I had my photos deleted by a security guard, the ones I manged to save, I was just told not take pictures, nor do you want to show your camera out in the public anyway. If you have a cheap $2 plastic watch wear it, or don't wear a watch at all, if you are walking out of the block area.
My March Sao Paulo Hilton area Photos are at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_lohdan/sets/72157594584371060/ there are only 4 not withing the local area of the hotel. (Mod, you can remove this if it's against the T&C, sorry)
Would I stay here again, no, not unless I was doing Business in Sao Paulo, for the Tourist, I would look at the F1 Hotel, which seems to be closer downtown.
Stayed here last September. My room had the most beautiful view of the city. For me it was breathtaking, being accustomed to ocean views back home. I sat and watched til the sun hid itself. It was remarkable.
The staff thought of everything that you could need; even a sharpener was on the desk. The room also appeared to be sound-proof as I couldnt hear anything happening outside. It was so quiet I could get a lot of work done. I found it to be an excellent hotel, attractvely decorated, spacious and clean.
What I didnt like was that the bathroom seemed to enhance sounds, and the fact that the BATHROOM door was made from transparent glass. Couldn't figure out how to mask the sounds except to turn up the volume on the television, but if the light in the bathroom is switched off, you will find that the light from the desk or by the bed filtered through the bathroom door will be enough and you can have some privacy.
On checking out, the young man at reception had a problem when I asked him for a pen to sign a credit card slip. He wanted to know if I didnt realize that I could have taken the pens in the room and if I wanted him to send up to the room for them. This was said with ATTITUDE! Please, I only asked for a pen so that I could sign something. Gosh!! He was really an abberation, though. Otherwise, I had an excellent stay.
Great business hotel in Sao Paulo
First of all, please be aware that the name of this hotel is a bit of a misnomer. We were told that the location is actually in the "Brooklin" part of town, across the river from "Morumbi". Apparently, Morumbi is a more desirable neighborhood so Hilton decided to associate with it instead.
Anyway, I had a very pleasant 2 night stay at this hotel. Some notes that may be of interest:
- I was upgraded to one of the Executive Rooms on the 25th floor with an expansive view of the city. The room itself was very well appointed and comfortable as one would expect. I understand that the hotel was build several years ago, but they've done a good job keeping it up -- the place looks brand new.
- The location is great for business travelers as it is attached to the World Trade Center and the Nacos Unidas shopping center (which had a vast array of value- to mid-priced eateries, and a puzzling number of furniture/home stores). It's also very close to many corporate offices, especially high-tech (e.g. HP, Microsoft, EMC). However, the surrounding area includes a favela so it was highly recommended that we only take taxis or hired cars to get in/out of the complex.
- There's free wireless access in the Executive Lounge; wired connection in the room was about $10/day.
- The staff, especially Rachel at the front desk of the lounge, was very helpful and accomodating. They went out of their way to arrange cars & tours for us, and provided really good information and recommendations.
Beatifull hotel, great gym, good food. I'm a Hilton Honors Platinum member and I always try to stay on Hiltons when traveling overseas. But this one is a Hilton with a twist! After checking in I requested a room that didn't have a glass window between the bathroom and the room (yes, that's right - no privacy, the bathroom is like a fish-bowl) and since I was staying with my teenager daughters I didn't think that would work... Anyway, took me a whole day, ten phone calls and a lot of pressure to finally get a room with privacy. The staff wasn't helpful at all and sometimes even nasty.
Like the hostess to the executive room after asking my daughter for her information during breakfast because she had to pay for it (Platinum members have free breakfast for two). And being very combative when I told her that she was mistaken..."I don't think so!" she said on a nasty tone. After I talked to the manager, she apologized for the mistake. At check out, I was charged for an extra parking night, by mistake, once more.
I felt like the hotel was trying very hard to make an extra buck on me but not willing to provide a decent service.
About the location, after the increase of violence in Sao Paulo, this hotel is in a very dangerous area surrounded by slums. After 9PM and over the weekends it's not safe to drive around on that part of the city.
I love it!
This is one of the best business hotels anywhere! Obviously this doesn't include boutique or extreme luxury hotels, but for the large chains this hotel is awesome. I've stayed here 4-5 times over the past year and hate having to stay elsewhere in the city because I feel like I am treated like a king here.
The place is very modern as are the rooms, with wooden floors. The TV is a great size and includes DVD player (on exective floor). The work area is awesome and with more amenities than you probably need (even a printer in some rooms I've stayed in). The bathroom is marvelous, with separate toilet area as well as separate tub and shower. The gym is huge although the hot tub is a little old.
The executive lounge is fantastic, with a great view of the city and very decent appetizers, soda, beer, wine, cocktails. Breakfast is also served here and is excellent. The restaurants are first rate, especial Canvas Bar & Grill where the menu is on an oil painting canvas and the food is even better than you expect.
There are maybe only 2 things that I can criticize:
1 - you can feel a little cramped because the closet is in the hallway... also, the other doors are RIGHT next to yours and you can hear every time the other doors slam shut.
2 - the area isn't the best in the world (a favela near by although you'd be hard-pressed to notice) but it is convenient for many offices in that area. It is a short cab ride away from luxury shopping Iguatemi and Daslu.
If you like this hotel you'll also love the Hilton Buenos Aires since it has a similar feeling only the rooms and closets are larger and the location is fantastic.
Modern, Luxurious, and Safe/Secure.
As far as hotel facilities alone go, this ranks up there as one of my favorite Hiltons in the world. It is big and open and looks luxurious. As a diamond hhonors member, I received an upgraded room with a view over the city, a complimentary box of chocolates and wine, and access to the lounge. The room and bathroom were very modern. There was a nice large working desk that can see the TV, and high-speed Internet was available for a fee. The bar was always full of people, the staff spoke good English, and with the US exchange rate, almost everything is atleast moderately affordable.
The hotel has a small shopping center underneath, and is also within short walking distance (2-3 minutes) of a larger shopping area with some restaurants. Security was constant around the building (on motorcycles, on foot, etc.), and much of the area was secured with barricades. I felt very safe. I didn't have time for any "sight-seeing", so I can't comment on the location itself, but I didn't see much from the hotel that could have interested me.
Anyhow, a great hotel.
Great clean rooms. Good service. Great restaurants (try the asparagus soup and the curry squid risotto). Can't fault it. Executive lounge is well serviced too. Go stay there!
Fantastic hotel. Very efficient and friendly staff, great location for shopping (free shuttle to a major mall) or right underneath the hotel. The buffet is great with a lot of choice, including sushi at lunchtime. Room was very spacious with a separate work area, bathroom with both bath and shower.
I booked through expedia, you can't beat this hotel for value for money.
The Hilton Morubmi is perhaps the nicest hotel I have ever stayed at, having stayed at Four Seasons in many cities - I would say that this far exceeds even the quality of that chain.
The hotel is beautiful - very modern. The lobby is breathtaking, and the rooms are chic and comfortable.
Above all else, the hotel staff was incredibly helpful. The conceirege desk was full of good recommendations, and did just about everything to please us.
Check into the executive level - for an extra 35 per night, you get free breakfast, and free unlimited happy hour (drinks and appetizers). Make sure to order a caipirnha - Brazil's speciality drink.
I recommend this without hesitation. It's a great value, for a first class hotel.
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