Originally designed as an office tower, the building's exterior wears a skeleton of concrete over glass, and clean fountains dance in front of a lush, tropical circular drive. The vast lobby has a wide reception desk paralleling an equally large concierge station, both with efficient staffers. The all-glass atrium lounge sits like the prow of a ship headed into a neighboring park's sea of green. The tropical feeling pervades with polished dark hardwood floors offset by eggshell-white furniture. This seating overlooks a jungle of tropical greenery that surrounds the adjacent outdoor pool and deck. Designed by landscape artist Gilberto Elkis, the space, a little jungle in striking distance of bustling Paulista Avenue, reminds tourists that they are indeed in the country of the Amazon.
Bartenders exert no pressure to buy drinks in the inviting wood-planked lounge. One can simply listen to the modern jazz and gaze at the art. Stairs sweep down from the lobby to Las Palmas, an international restaurant with informal flair. The rooftop Window Lounge & Restaurante offers international fare and, more noteworthy, a panoramic view of sprawling Sao Paulo. At night the space becomes Club Window, and DJs pump out dance music, with a different theme each night of the week. To compete with the InterContinental down the street, the Gran Melia has begun providing both American- and Japanese-style breakfasts in the downstairs restaurant.
The indoor pool is set in a plank floor under trailing ivy. It supplements a full-range health club, with two new massage rooms. A business center supports a serviceable but dated conference space for 1,000 people. Pay parking is under the hotel, but the helipad has been discontinued. No pets are allowed.
High-speed elevators open to spacious hallways painted in mellow eggshell, with subdued red carpeting and bright floral displays. Accommodations show attention to detail, and thanks to the new owners' deep pockets, all rooms have been renovated with new plush tan carpets and contemporary furniture in cream and orange hues, highlighted by wood accents. Overall, the rooms are handsome and spacious, not cramped at all. Their look is urbane, with elegant down duvets on the beds, large comfortable furnishings, and first-rate art and decorative pieces. Furnishings include coat racks and double beds, and all rooms are equipped with phones with data ports, high-speed wireless Internet access, TVs and radios enclosed in attractive new armoires, safes and minibars. Elegant baths are clad in granite and stocked with hair dryers, magnifying mirrors and phones. Some units lack tubs, and others have separate stall showers. Deluxe rooms add sofas, and the 35 suites offer butler service. Guests should angle for rooms with Trianon Park views. Rooms are set aside for nonsmokers and guests with disabilities, and room service runs round-the-clock.
Management aims its sights at high-end business travelers and groups from North America and Europe. Because of the bad publicity surrounding the end of the property's relationship with Sheraton, which included the temporary closing of the hotel, the Mofarrej had to lower prices to regain its customer base. With the change of ownership, re-trained staff and renovated accommodations, this property has become a bargain, an excellent choice for those seeking comfort and reasonably priced luxury digs.
Location: At City
Guarulhos Intl- 32 km, 45 min drive
Congonhas- 10 km, 15 min drive
Nearby Points of Interest:
MASP - Museum of Art (Museum)- km
Ibirapuera Park (Park and Museums)- South, 3 km
Oriental District- Southwest, 5 km
Amenities are in All rooms unless noted otherwise
Daily Maid Service
Rooms for Non-smokers
Safe (In Room)
Cable/ Satellite Television
DVD/ VCR (some)
Shopping Mall/ Area
Tennis (Outdoor Tennis)
Health Spa/ Massage
Pool (Indoor Pool, Outdoor Pool)
Babysitting/ Child Care
Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
Paid Onsite Parking
Wheelchair Access to Common/ Public Areas
Smoke Alarm in Rooms
Sprinkler in Rooms
Valet Parking Service
In Room High Speed Internet Access
In Room Wireless Internet Access
Common Area High Speed Internet Access