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Note: This establishment has become Meliá Ibirapuera

Sonesta São Paulo – Ibirapuera
Avenida Ibirapuera, 2534
Moema, São Paulo, Brazil 04028-002
55 11 2164-6000ãopaulo

A Modern Hotel Suited to Its City
By André Gayot

Animated Façade

São Paulo’s modern architecture—comprised of such masterpieces as the Edificio Copan by Oscar Niemeyer—requires that any new construction conform to the esthetical standards that have been established. Because a hotel is often a very visible structure, it can easily disfigure a city skyline. And so, when the Sonesta São Paulo – Ibirapuera was conceived, the idea was to integrate it into the city.

In the surrounding skyline, the Sonesta building fits in with its gracious proportions. The façade is lightened by an atrium that opens all the way to the top, and is animated by the motion of the exposed elevators, which are visible from the street. The slick, bright lobby is engaging as you walk in from the street; noise and the agitation are left behind thanks to heavy glass doors. On the right side, the restaurant Tabu invites diners for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Slick Lobby: An Enclave of Peace thanks to Heavy Glass Doors
Quiet Rooms Provide Respite from
the Razzle-Dazzle of the City

Although big cities—and big city hotels—can often feel impersonal, that is not the case at the Sonesta, thanks to General Manager Michael Gonsalves. He tends to his hotel with a blend of Anglo-Saxon efficiency and Latin American charm. His seasoned background, combined with a fluency in numerous languages (including Portuguese, Spanish, English and French), help him carry out a philosophy that emphasizes attentive service.

The Moema location (a nice residential quarter south of the city, with many shops and restaurants) is close to the business district and major attractions, and is convenient for both businesspeople and tourists. Mainly, though, São Paulo is a business-oriented city, and as such it attracts corporate travelers who expect amenities and services in tune with their needs. There is a business center, and Internet access can be found in all 271 rooms and suites, along with a direct dial telephone. Rooms are decorated with light tones and dark wood paneling; they are well-sized, while the bathrooms are proportionately smaller with showers only. A nice touch: Amenities are presented in green packages printed with descriptions of Brazilian culture and natural resources.

A Spacey Look Gives Way
to a Stylish Interior

In the spa, dubbed the Caminho do Corpo ("the way of the body"), you can swim, sweat in the sauna or experience body massages, lymphatic draining, shiatsu or foot reflexology. Relaxed and oblivious to the ongoing razzle-dazzle of this vibrant city, you are ready for bed, from which you can watch programs in several languages carrying the news of the entire world.

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