There is only one Starwood hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil and that is the Sheraton Sao Paulo WTC (World Trade Center) Hotel. I stayed here last year for three nights and loved the design rooms. This year, I booked two nights on a BRG rate of $199+tax / night which made it $500 total tax included. $250 is a bit steep for a Sheraton, but this hotel won me over last year with their top notch service and their infamous Design Lounge.
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Because I invoked Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee, I was also entitled to 2,000 Starpoints after my stay. I was so glad to have booked this hotel in advanced because a standard room was going for $500+ a night due to an ongoing convention. I used two Starwood Suite Night Awards and was confirmed into a Design Suite.
There are several ways to get to the Sheraton Sao Paulo from GRU airport. You can take a taxi for $80 USD to the hotel or use the Airport Bus Service that drops you off at the nearby Grand Hyatt for $18 USD per person. From there, it is only a 10-15 minute walk to the Sheraton Sao Paulo. There is another method for $4 USD total if you’d rather take the public bus (onibus) from the airport that drops you off at the Tatuapé metro station. You would then transfer to the metro and try to get to CPTM Line 9 and get off at Berrini station. From there, it is a 10 minute walk to the Sheraton Sao Paulo hotel. We took the Airport Bus Service since our flight touched down pretty late and didn’t want bother with more economical bus/metro method.
When you enter the lobby, you wouldn’t think it was a standard Sheraton because of the marvelous upscale lobby and beautiful decor. It felt more like a Westin and almost W-like to me. If you are a SPG Platinum guest or booked a Design Room or Design Suite, you can use the dedicated check-in at the Design Floor on the 4th Floor. All you need to do is mention to the front desk agent that you would like to be checked in at the Design Floor and they will check your reservation on their computer. Then, you will be given a one-time use keycard to use in the elevator to reach the 4th Floor.
The Design Floor desk agent welcomed me to the hotel and notified me that I was upgraded to a Design Suite (I already knew that from checking the SPG app). I opted for the 500 Starpoints as the welcome amenity since breakfast was included in the Sheraton Lounge for Platinum guests. Internet was free for Platinum guests, but you must tell the agent how many devices you will be using or else you will be stuck with access for only one device.
I went up to the room and was shocked at the room I was given. The Francisco Calio Design Suite has an open bathroom floor plan, meaning no walls and no privacy shades when someone is showering or using the toilet. I was traveling with my friend so it was awkward when it was our turn to use the toilet or take a shower. I made a video of my Design Suite at the Sheraton Sao Paulo.
The plush couch was the highlight of the room since it almost felt like a full size bed.
There was an open bathroom floor plan layout.
The view from the bedroom.
The Design Lounge is the best part of staying at the Sheraton Sao Paulo. It’s exquisitely beautiful and easily the most upscale Sheraton Lounge I’ve ever been to.
The best part of the Design Lounge is the unlimited alcoholic beverage bar. You can have the Design Lounge attendant make the famous Brazillian caipirinha drink or do it yourself! Here is a video of the lounge attendant illustrating on how to make a caipirinha in the Sheraton Design Lounge:
There are also small pastries and soft drinks like the famous Brazilian Guarana drink available throughout the day. Be aware that both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are removed at 10pm nightly but the lounge remains open all day.
I didn’t have a chance to try out the breakfast or partake in evening appetizers in the Design Lounge during my stay.
Overall, I had a fantastic stay at the Sheraton Sao Paulo. The hotel is located in the financial district of Sao Paulo which is 35 minutes away from downtown. I had no problems taking the nearby metro (CPTM Line 9, Berrini Station) and felt safe throughout my entire stay in Brazil. Hotels in Brazil are generally expensive as Brazil is ranked #6 on one of the most expensive places to visit in the world. If you are a die-hard Platinum Starwood fan, I would highly recommend this hotel as you will get your stay and night credit along with access to the coveted premium Design Lounge.