The Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo is located to the west of the city in a modern business development. It’s about an hour’s drive from Guarulhos International Airport if there’s no traffic. It’s often said to be the ‘best place to stay in Sao Paulo’ – so I was curious to try!
The hotel is rather expensive during the week, but very affordable (as low as $99) at the weekend. I had paid just that as a non-refundable rate.
I am always amazed how ‘aware’ Hyatt check-in agents are. They are some of very few people in the industry who seem to be ‘in control’. They are not overwhelmed, but they are friendly, speak perfect English and smile. From Bishkek to Seoul, it’s astonishing how well Hyatt makes check-in a warm welcome (although it’s different inside the US).
We were given a corner room on the 18th floor, just below the Club rooms that overlooked the busy freeway. While the noise insulation is done well, the freeway is audible when louder trucks or motorbikes drive by.
The room itself had two twin beds (with nice hard mattresses) and we got an extra bed at no charge. The room was small though, especially with the extra bed.
The bathroom and extra hallway were both huge and the rain shower was fantastic, but overall I found the room design to be odd; there seemed to be a lot of wasted space.
However, the AC worked fast and the internet was easy to connect to. It would slow down during the evening hours, but would stay usable.
We walked down to the outdoor and indoor pools and gym area which were all in good shape.
I also liked the sauna, which was very hidden and housed in an extra small room (though the spa itself was huge).
We slept well and the double curtains actually kept the sunlight away.
In the morning, we went down for breakfast which was fantastic. Lots of high-quality savory and sweet options, as well as lots of fruit and juices. It’s tough to find a better breakfast, especially for the price of just BRL 50 ($16 incl. tax per person).
This is a great business hotel which gets the job done almost without fault. The staff are all exemplary and I can’t think of a better way for hotel employees to interact with customers.
What was missing was the ‘vibe’ and an easier way to explore the interesting bits of the city. The closest areas are a solid 15-20 minute Uber ride away.
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About the author: Torsten is a serial entrepreneur who started almost a dozen ventures on four continents. Torsten's love for travel has brought him to 130+ countries and travel with most of the world's airlines. You can reach Torsten at [email protected]
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