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“Friendly Place in Jardin Area” 4 of 5 stars
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Pousada Zilah
Alameda Franca 1621, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01422-001 , Brazil   |  
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Ranked #11 of 116 Sao Paulo B&B and Inns
San Diego Area
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27 hotel reviews
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“Friendly Place in Jardin Area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We stayed at Zilah for two nights over a recent weekend. We found the front desk staff, all of whom were bilingual, to be quite helpful and very pleasant.
The room we had was spartan but clean, the bed was firm and reasonably comfortable. The bath was clean and water plentiful.
The breakfast was excellent, featuring fruit, juice, pastries, and even eggs cooked to order.
One caveat on the sleeping rooms - should you wish to retire early, (after a overnight flight) the rooms that surround the rear courtyard share that space with the kitchen back door, and the clanging of plates and even conversation by staff can be troublesome. I was surprised that the conversation carried on for some time even after the kitchen was closed.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Surrounded by high rise, but in a pleasant area of Sao Paulo, this is a gem of a find, tranquil public areas and good restaurant. The rooms are basic,clean and comfortable with air com. Good choice of breakfast and friendly staff.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We've stayed here for the second time and again we loved it. It is such a surprisingly charming place, surprising because not something you would expect in a neighborhood of skyscrapers. The breakfast is the best I've had in Brasil so far (travelling 3 months), the restaurant offers very good en well priced food for lunch and dinner, our room was fine and the staff is very friendly and professional. Our children loved the fishes at the entrance. Location is also perfect, with nice bars, restaurants, shops and a museum on walking distance. I would recommend it to anyone who intends to stay in Sao Paulo!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

Location excellent for walking around the Jardins and about a 15 minute walk to Paulista, one of the main streets in Sao Paolo. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable. The staff very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was delicious, with excellent coffee and service. I would definitely recommend this place. May seem a bit pricey, but it's in the heart of the Jardins, which is probably why. If you want safe, comfortable and lovely breakfast in a cool area, this is the place for you.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

The location is good. The place is a large house with a nice looking restaurant. The food is good. The Internet works very well. The people are friendly. But the rooms are disappointing. I was very surprised by the poor quality of the room. I was in a single room and in a double. The single did remember me a cell in a monastery. It was basic, the quality of the bed was horrible and it was cold. Next day I changed to a double. The room size was nearly the same, but with a larger bed. The bed was a bit better, but the quality was basic. It can be improved with a bit of investment, and I would make the rooms a bit friendlier and not so cold in temperature as well as in feeling.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

I came here on reading a recommendation on the "Guide du routard" for Brazil. This is an old posada, which is rare in Jardim Paulista. It's close to everything: within Jardim Paulista, and 30min walking from the centre (or else take the metro), which is not a lot in such a large city. It costs around 100EUR per night, which, compared to other hotels in this neighbourhood, is low or standard (plus, the breakfast is included and very good). The rooms are no more than OK (it's winter now, I guess in summer the lack of air conditioning could be a problem), on the small side, but clean. The two real problems are: (i) the noise from the traffic on the nearby Avenida Reboucas (practically a motorway); (ii) the cold sifting in from the huge gaps in the windows fixtures, which, on top of the gaps, do not even close properly. Both problems could be settled by changing these very old windows with double or triple-glazing ones.

It would take so little to make this a great hotel. It's just a shame that the owners have chosen to save money on something like this.

Room Tip: Room 3 is very small but less noisy; room 5 is larger but very noisy. WiFi works but the DNS servers...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2011

I travel to Sao Paulo regularly on business, and this is my favorite place to stay. The rooms are spread out over two stories of a large old colonial house in Jardins, and surround a small court yard in back. They are basic, clean, and vary in size. The bathrooms are adequate, although I have very occasionally had problems with hot water. Rooms at the front do get a lot of street noise, so bring ear plugs if you are sensitive.

There is a cafe/restaurant in the front of the guest house, with tall windows that open on nice days. It serves free breakfast, which, while it doesn't offer the variety of some larger hotels, is of high quality. The cafe also serves other meals at reasonable prices.

Free internet is included and is of good quality throughout the pousada. There is no fitness center. While the price may seem a bit steep for a guest house, in my experience it is a good value for Sao Paulo, which is ridiculously expensive overall. I am baffled by a few of the negative reviews on TripAdvisor - there is nothing about this place that is squalid, rude, etc. - travelers who are looking for a guest house rather than a luxury hotel experience won't go wrong.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Alameda Franca 1621, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01422-001 , Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Sao Paulo > Sao Paulo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 116 B&Bs / Inns in Sao Paulo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Also Known As:
Pousada Dona Zilah Hotel Sao Paulo
Pousada Zilah Sao Paulo, Brazil

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