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Lonely Anthony Bourdain Tries Out A Love Hotel in São Paolo

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  Site Where: Rua Doutor Freire Cisneiro, 80, Jardim das Graças, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 02714-020
December 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM | by | ()

Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of “The Layover”, and we like it because he names the hotels in the cities where he'll be spending his precious time. So, for entertainment and a dose of travel value, we'll give you some deets on the properties he picks, just in case you find yourself looking for a place to stay in a city sanctioned by this travel personality/chef.

Layover Hotel Episode 4: Censiv Motel: "Is there anything more lonely and twisted than checking into a love hotel alone?" That's the question Bourdain asks about São Paolo's Censiv Motel, known as one of the city's most popular "love motels". You know the place--a no tell, motel where you stay for a night, or just a few hours.

Perfect for a layover of any sort, really.

Layover Hotel Honorable Mention: Hotel Unique: Like its name suggests, this hotel definitely is different in that it's built to resemble a ship with port-hole windows in the rooms. Back in 2010, we tapped into this place for its design excellence and love it still for its mega height.

Bourdain finds himself upstairs early in the morning nursing a hangover and dishing out quips while looking out onto the city from the hotel's rooftop. "Up too early on the rooftop deck of the Hotel Unique and I need some f*cking coffee and possibly some quality time," he says. We figure the latter was a reference to being all by his lonesome at the Censiv and we can certainly relate!

So far, we think this is our favorite of Bourdain's Layover hotel experiences. Hotels with character and a story to tell (or not!).

[Photos: Travel Channel; Hotel Unique]

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