A hip, buzzy boutique hotel in São Paulo
37 Rooms / 19 Suites
On the outside, Hotel Emiliano is a dramatic thin-mirrored tower crowned with an overhanging helipad. Inside, the São Paulo hotel is every inch the epitome of design-forward Brazilian style with a discreet, attentive staff. You won’t find a pool or much in the way of outside space here, but you will find an excellent spa, a fitness center, a good restaurant and a business center. This boutique hotel in the fashionable Jardins district is understandably popular with the jetset, in-town-for-business crowd.
Blonde woods and design features such as Brazilian artist Siron Franco’s hanging sculpture (a giant, black cocoon) and the 16-foot vertical garden, soften the crisp-white marble floors of the glass-encased lobby. Settle into one of the Champagne & Caviar Bar’s bespoke armchairs — each made with hundreds of feet of beige rope by São Paulo design prodigies, the Campana Brothers — and choose from a menu of more than 75 different bubblies.
With 56 rooms in total, the hotel is small enough to feel exclusive while never feeling cramped. There are just two rooms per floor. Neutral tones, a plethora of woods and beige leathers are matched with soft lighting. Egyptian cotton sheets and goose-down pillows adorn king-size beds. In the bathrooms, you’ll find the hotel’s signature range of natural spa products, a hydro-massage shower and a high-tech toilet. The suites are double the size of the deluxe rooms and boast small kitchens. The penthouse Cubo Suite is set inside a sort-of glass cube and has an indoor heated plunge pool, a dining table, two desks, a large five-seat sofa and a freestanding bath tub from which to enjoy the 180-degree view of the city.
High ceilings, mirrors and a stunning vertical garden set the stage at Emiliano, the luxury hotel’s Italian restaurant and a favorite for business lunches and smart family gatherings. (Bonus: The tables are well spaced so you won’t share your conversation with the one next to you.) Diners have an option to order the five-course tasting menu or from the à la carte menu made up of freshly-made pastas, risottos, fish and meat. Starters have flair, such as the thinly sliced octopus served in a puff of cherry-wood smoke. The biggest draw, however, is the excellent weekend brunch. Take your time in choosing a succession of miniature dishes, from classic egg options to soups, pastas, meats and divine desserts.
Located just a few blocks from Avenida Paulista, one of the city’s main business hubs, Hotel Emiliano is on Rua Oscar Freire, home to many top restaurants and designer boutiques. In fact, the street is one of the very few places in São Paulo where you can indulge in high-end retail therapy without being inside a shopping mall. Santo Grão, just opposite the hotel, is one of the best cafés in town for people-watching and a superior cup of coffee.