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Rosewood Hotels is serious when it comes to having 50 hotels by 2020: we heard about Montecito and Puebla, we know about Bangkok, Jakarta and Bali, then there is of course Paris, and possibly Amsterdam.
Today it is the addition of its first hotel for South America, where the group is picking Brazil as its entry point. Rosewood São Paulo will open in 2018 in Cidade Matarazzo, a landmark building from the early 20th century that was once a maternity hospital. Big names that will put their name on the project are architect Jean Nouvel and designer Philippe Starck, along with Brazilian artists Beatriz Milhazes and Saint-Clare Cemin.
Brazil is hot and its going to get hotter in the next decade, thanks to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. That's why we're having journalist Scott Mitchem, who has been traveling to Brazil for years, give us the lowdown on the country’s evolving hotel scene as well as its top players.
One would expect more than a few great hotel options in a megalopolis of 11 million people, but that’s not the case in São Paulo. Sure the city is packed with limited-service options, but we can count our favorites on one hand. In fact we have. Following are our Top Five Must-Stay Hotels in São Paulo in order of preference. We hope this helps you on your next trip to Brazil’s bustling business capital.
1.The Fasano and 2. The Emiliano: It’s almost an impossible choice between the two top options, the Fasano and Emiliano Hotels. Both properties were designed by famous local architects, and are impossibly stylish - the Fasano by Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan, and the Emiliano by Arthur Casas – with fantastic guestrooms and suites, as well as great pools and spas located on their top floors. And both have ideal locations in the posh neighborhood of Jardins, just blocks away from each other.
The Fasano (pictured up top) is on a quiet, tree-lined street named after Vittorio Fasano, who began the family restaurant business nearly a century ago, while the Emiliano is on the fashionable shopping strip of Oscar Freire – it doesn’t get any better.